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Yavapai County Administration Building Will Be Open for Treasurer and Elections

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown has determined that on Monday, October 5th, the Administration building on Fair Street in Prescott and the Administration building on 6th Street in Cottonwood will reopen on a limited-access basis so that residents can pay their property taxes and vote in person.  Chairman Brown said, “Due to the ongoing pandemic, access will only be allowed to the Treasurer’s Office, or for purposes of early voting.”  

The building will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Contact with other departments within the buildings will continue to be by telephone or appointment only. Telephone contact numbers are posted at the entrances and can be found online at Yavapai.US

Chairman Brown went on to explain, “While in the buildings, we will continue to urge the public to wear a mask and observe physical distancing, especially in hallways leading to the Fair Street Treasurer’s Office.  You will be reminded at the entrance.” 

 

 

Yavapai County Justice Center Site Passes Environmental Inspections

Phase I Environmental Assessment
Before breaking ground, the County hired Speedie and Associates (Speedie) to perform a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) on the site of the Yavapai County Criminal Justice Center located at 1200 Prescott Lakes Parkway in Prescott, Arizona.  The assessment was conducted in conformance with standards distributed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)  

The County also asked Speedie to assess the Justice Center site for other environmental conditions or risks such as the presence of cultural, archeological or historic resources,  any endangered flora and fauna, the presence of radon gas, soil vapor impacts,   environmentally significant drainage conditions, the impact of construction on any National Wilderness areas or National Wildlife Refuges, and the impact of construction under the laws and regulations governing the Clean Water Act and the Coastal Barriers Resources Act (CBRA).  

Speedie’s assessment, conducted pursuant to Phase I ESA procedures and analysis, revealed no evidence of historical recognized environmental conditions (HRECs) in connection with the Property. The assessment recommended the County properly dispose of old debris remaining on the site and properly cap and abandon the old wells. The assessment found no obvious evidence of cultural, archeological or historic resources, no endangered flora and fauna, no radon gas, and no environmentally significant drainage conditions.  The Environmental Assessment Report from 

Speedie may be found at https://yavapaijustice.com/FAQs.  

ADEQ Inspection
On September 1, 2020 a resident of Yavapai County contacted the Arizona Department of Environmental Equality (ADEQ) and expressed his concern regarding environmental conditions on the Justice Center site.  

On September 3, 2020, representatives of ADEQ visited the Justice Center construction site to inspect the condition of the site and the construction activity. ADEQ inspected the site in order to determine if conditions and activity on the site complied with Arizona environmental laws and regulations (ARS Titles 44 and 49, and AAC Title 18). After inspecting the Justice Center construction site, ADEQ found no deficiencies on site and determined that no further ADEQ action was necessary.  

ADEQ’s inspection report may be found at https://yavapaijustice.com/FAQs

 

 

 


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Review New Justice Center Website

At the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday August 2, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors had the opportunity to review and comment on a new website launched on Monday (8/31/2020). The new website, YavapaiJustice.com says, “This website is here to provide you with the history and illustrate the need for a new Justice Center in Prescott as well as keep you updated on construction developments for this project.”

Yavapai County Public Information Officer David McAtee presented the website to the board and stated that the design and content was a collaborative effort between the County Administration, ITS and Facilities. McAtee said, “Everyone came together to make this happen and I think the public will really enjoy the information as well as the weekly updates as the construction of a new Justice Center progresses.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said during the presentation, “I am very impressed with this site and I know many of the people who have already seen it are impressed. The website is to provide information to the public and I look forward to seeing just how many people come to the site to get accurate information.”

The site contains a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page where you can read some of the most common questions as well as submit your questions, that will be answered by Yavapai County Administration. New questions may be added to the FAQ page if appropriate.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Mary Mallory said, “I just appreciate having a place where people can go to get correct information and I am proud of the fact that this County is making good decisions in support of law enforcement for this county.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Randy Garrison said, “This is a great project (Justice Center) and will be so beneficial to so many of our communities, and the citizens that live on both sides of the County. I am proud of the work being done with the Justice Center as well as telling the story of how we got here. The site looks great and you have all done a terrific job with it. I appreciate all the hard work.”


FREE COVID-19 TESTING BLITZ BY SPECTRUM HEALTHCARE IN SEDONA & PRESCOTT

Spectrum Healthcare is providing FREE COVID-19 Testing on Saturday, August 29th in Sedona and Prescott. 

Times and locations of the FREE COVID-19 testing are: 

  • 8:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday, August 29, 2020 
    • Red Rock High School in Sedona 
      • 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road 
      • (928) 634-2236 
    • Spectrum Healthcare in Prescott 
      • 990 Willow Creek Road 
      • (928) 778-0330 

        What to expect:  
  • Spectrum Healthcare encourages you to pre-registration on their website at www.spectrumhg,org, however, it is not required! 
  • When registration is complete it expedites testing.  There is no need to bring ID or insurance information to the day of testing.  Spectrum Healthcare will gather demographic information for anyone who is not registered.  
  • For the day of testing participants will drive through and stop at a few tents. The first tent will verify registration, or perform registration as well as answer any questions. The second tent will collect a nasal swab.  
  • That’s it! The specimens go to the lab on Saturday and we call or email results to the patients as soon as they are received, about 3 days. 

Thank the Blue


Pizza Restaurants Come Together to Raise Awareness about Underage Drinking

Yavapai County, AZ – In a continued effort to raise awareness about the harms of underage drinking MATFORCE, an anti-drug organization that raises awareness about substance abuse issues in Yavapai County, has resurrected our Pizza Box Topper Art contest. In honor of reestablishing this popular public awareness campaign, MATFORCE has selected a contest winner from this year’s Youth Poster Contest and a contest winner from past Pizza Box Topper Art contests.

The Pizza Box Topper Art contest is a category under the annual Youth Poster contest that allows the opportunity for youth to create strong messaging against underage drinking. Winning artwork in this category is printed and distributed on the top of pizza boxes at participating local pizza restaurants

The 2020 Pizza Box Topper Art contest winner pictured above, is 14-year-old Jaydon Robinson, from Chino Valley. The Pizza Box Topper Art contest is a category under the annual Youth Poster contest that allows the opportunity for youth to create strong messaging against underage drinking. Winning artwork in this category is printed and distributed on the top of pizza boxes at participating local pizza restaurants.

Merilee Fowler, Executive Director of MATFORCE, expressed her excitement for the level of participation from our local restaurants. “We are very pleased and grateful that so many pizza restaurants are helping raise awareness about underage drinking. It is a testament to just how important this issue is to our community.”

The following pizza restaurants have agreed to participate in handing out the flyers with the underage drinking message:

  • Camp Verde pizza restaurants: Crusty’s Pizza, Domino's Pizza
  • Cottonwood pizza restaurants: Vinnie’s New York Chef’s Pizzeria, ACME Pizzaria, Strombolli’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
  • Dewey and Chino Valley pizza restaurants: Guido’s Pizza, Pizza Hut
  • Prescott pizza restaurants: Peter Piper Pizza, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Two Mamas’ Gourmet Pizzeria, Streets of New York
  • Prescott Valley pizza restaurants: Streets of New York, Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, The Pizza Place, Domino’s Pizza, Papa Murphy’s, Guido’s Pizza

´╗┐For more information about the harms of underage drinking or tips on how to start the conversation with your kids visit matforce.org/Parents-Educators.


Job Fair


A Rabies Vaccination Reminder

Media Release

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Scott Mascher – Sheriff

255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301

Dwight D’Evelyn – Public Affairs Supervisor

 

August 18, 2020   

 

A Rabies Vaccination Reminder - The best defense for domestic animals is a rabies vaccination. Arizona law requires dogs and cats to be up-to-date on vaccinations.   

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Pets are family. Take care of them by making sure they have a rabies vaccination. It could be a lifesaver and is required before a dog license is  issued - https://ycsoaz.sheltertrack.com/Public/Home.

It is important to note in cases where your pet has never been vaccinated and was exposed or bitten by a rabid animal, a 120-day quarantine is required in an approved facility at the owner’s expense by law.

Background on Rabies from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) -

A rabies vaccine can prevent rabies. Rabies is mainly a disease of animals. Humans get rabies when they are bitten or scratched by infected animals. Wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes are the most common source of human rabies infection in the United States. Most rabies deaths in people are caused by bites from unvaccinated dogs. Rabies infects the central nervous system. After infection with rabies, at first there might not be any symptoms. Weeks or even months after a bite, rabies can cause general weakness or discomfort, fever, or headache. As the disease progresses, the person may experience delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, hydrophobia (fear of water), and insomnia.

If a person does not receive appropriate medical care after an exposure, human rabies is almost always fatal.  Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating pets, staying away from wildlife, and seeking medical care after potential exposures and before symptoms start.

*** In Yavapai County before a license is issued for any dog, the owner or a veterinarian must present proof of the vaccination by a veterinarian that documents owner information, a description of the dog, and the date a revaccination is due.

What if your pet is bitten by a rabid animal?

The Arizona Department of Health Services is given the authority by state statue to regulate the disposition of animals that have been exposed or bitten by a rabid animal. If this occurs, the procedure is as follows:

Determine whether the dog or cat is vaccinated against rabies.

1. Find out if the wild animal to which the dog/cat was exposed is available for rabies testing.

2. If the wild animal is not available for testing, presume the wild animal is positive.

3. If the wild animal tests positive for rabies (or presumed positive), proceed as follows:

If the exposed dog/cat is currently vaccinated against rabies or overdue for a booster vaccination but has appropriate documentation of previous vaccination regardless of when the previous vaccination was given:

1. Notify local animal control.

2. Immediately take the dog/cat to a veterinarian for medical evaluation and booster vaccination.

3. Owner needs to provide veterinarian with appropriate documentation that shows the animal has been previously vaccinated with an approved rabies vaccine.

4. Confine the dog or cat under the owner’s control and observe closely for 45 days. The animal should be kept in a building, pen, or escape proof enclosure. The animal should only be removed from confinement on a leash and under supervision of a responsible adult.

5. At the first sign of illness or behavioral change, the animal should be taken to a veterinarian, and the health department and animal control should be contacted IMMEDIATELY.

If the exposed dog/cat has never been vaccinated against rabies:

1. Notify local animal control.

2. Consider immediate humane euthanasia OR;

3. Animal control will quarantine the animal for 120 days (4 months) in an approved facility run by either a veterinarian or an animal shelter.

A. The owner is responsible for payment of all expenses related to the quarantine. This cost can be significant and is completely outside the purview of Animal Control personnel. 

5. A veterinarian should vaccinate the animal against rabies upon entry into isolation or one month prior to release to comply with pre-exposure vaccination recommendations.

6. The quarantine is completed 120 days after the exposure.

 

So don’t wait! - Take these simple precautions to protect you and your pets through licensing and maintaining a current rabies certificate.

Resource - https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/rabies/index.php

Recent rabies news - https://twitter.com/azgfdTucson/status/1236124456461824001?s=20

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov



Healing Field


Yavapai County Re-Institutes County Wide Fire Ban Effective Immediately

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig L. Brown has re-instituted the County Wide Fire Ban effective at 10:00am on Monday, August 10, 2020.  The County Wide Fire Ban has been re-instituted after the Yavapai County Emergency Management Officer, Ron Sauntman, determined that a fire emergency exists in Yavapai County.

This determination is based upon the likely re-implementation of fire restrictions by the Prescott National Forest and the Coconino National Forest, effective on or about August 12th -14th, 2020.   Fire Managers have determined that key criteria will be reached or near enough to warrant taking these restrictive actions.  These include lack of moisture this time of year, escalating fire weather conditions, the potential commitment of firefighting resources across the region/nation, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which may strain resources, and increased forest visitor use. 

Neighboring jurisdictions and agencies with wildland fire responsibility are discussing re-entering into 2020 fire restrictions as part of continued collaboration in community and resource protection. We work closely with our partners to support our shared interest in fire prevention and reducing the risk of human-caused wildfires across the landscape. Such decisions and timing to implement fire restrictions is made after frequent communication with neighboring National Forests; Bureau of Land Management and other Federal Land Agencies; Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management; and our local fire departments.

This determination includes the following Fire Ban Zones:  Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Zones of Yavapai County, which include the following cities and towns; Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewy Humboldt, Mayer, Cordes Junction, Black Canyon City, Congress, North Wickenburg, Peoples Valley, Yarnell, Wilhoit, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde, and unincorporated areas herein.

Section V of Ordinance 2012-1 provides that “If it appears that a delay in imposition of restrictions would pose a threat to the public health and safety, the Emergency Management Officer may request that the Chairman of the Board, upon receipt of the Notice, immediately impose the restrictions.”  Given the nature of the ambient conditions and the importance of a coordinated approach to implementation of a fire ban, I am, therefore, requesting that you act in concert to enact an Outdoor Fire Prohibition within the Fire Ban Zones indicated. 

The fire ban will commence on the effective time and date indicated above and is to be ratified as an emergency measure by the Board of Supervisors at its next normally-scheduled meeting.


Forest Service Fee Applications

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is taking applications for the 2020-21 Title III Forest Fee Program. The funding available for this program is approximately $125,000.


Project proposals will be considered from both inside and outside County government. All eligible projects must fit into one of the following categories:

• Carry out activities under the Firewise Communities Program to provide homeowners in fire-sensitive ecosystems education and assistance with implementation, techniques in home-siting, home construction, and home landscaping that can help protect people and property from wildfires.

• Reimburse the participating county for search and rescue and other emergency services, including firefighting and law enforcement patrols, that are –
      o Performed on Federal land after the date on which the use was approved
      o Paid for by the participating county

• To cover training costs and equipment purchases directly related to the emergency service described in paragraph 2.

• Develop and carry out Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture.


The deadline for submission of applications for 2020-21 funding is August 28, 2020. Applications will initially be screened for funding eligibility, reviewed by the Yavapai County Emergency Management Department for greatest need and submitted to the Board of Supervisors for review and preliminary funding determinations at the September 16, 2020, Board of Supervisor’s meeting.

Final allocations may be approved following publication of the preliminary project list and a 45-day notice and comment period. For more information contact Catherine Boland, Budget Manager at 928-442-5366 or email at catherine.boland@yavapai.us for information. Application forms are also available on the Yavapai County web site at www.yavapai.us.


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