Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Approve 37 Water and Sewer Projects
On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved the list of 37 Water and Sewer projects that will greatly improve the water and sewer systems of 21 communities throughout Yavapai County.
There were 67 project requests submitted, totaling over $50,000,000. Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Mallory said, “It brings me great joy to know that funding these 37 projects will have a positive impact on our communities. Water and Sewer services are vital to every community, and I am excited to see how these grants will help improve these important services.”
Not every project that is being funded will receive 100% of what was requested but Yavapai County staff has reached out to those organizations to ensure that partial completion of the request can be achieved with less than 100% of what was requested.
In the coming months, grant agreements between the County and the requesting organization, will be brought before the board for approval.
Click here for ARPA Water and Sewer Grant Applications
Yavapai County Tax Deed Auction
The Board of Supervisor’s 2021/2022 Tax Deed Sale Auction in now underway. The Board of Supervisors of Yavapai County will sell to the highest bidder the real properties held in the name of the State of Arizona by tax deed pursuant to A.R.S. 42-18301 and 42-18302. The minimum bid for each property is listed in the official “List of Auction Parcels” document that can be found at Yavapaiaz.gov in the news section.
All properties are offered for sale "as-is, where-is". No warranties or representations are made regarding the properties, including but not limited to, availability of water, utilities, irrigation, sewers, access, ingress, street or road maintenance, zoning, applicability of subdivision plat, suitability for building, flood plain status, or any other physical characteristics or title issues relating to the property.
Do not bid if you are unsure of the property being offered, your bid is your offer to purchase. No refunds will be issued.
Yavapai County Has a New Emergency Manager
In April of 2022, Ashley Ahlquist was promoted from a Planner in the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management to Emergency Manager. She replaced Brian Hunt who left Yavapai County in April to pursue other career opportunities.
Ashley started in the Emergency Management office as a Specialist back in July of 2021 and before that worked for almost a decade in public safety telecommunications for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. While there she established the only tactical dispatch team within Yavapai County and facilitated in-service training for dispatch agencies in Northern Arizona. Additionally, Ashley was trained as a Critical Incident Stress Management peer counselor, in FBI Crisis Negotiations, and certified through the State-Wide Interoperability Coordinator as an Incident Command Communications Manager.
Ashley has a B.S. in Public Safety and Emergency Management; a M.S. in Forensic Psychology and she is currently finishing her second M.S. degree in Leadership.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Mallory said, “I am excited to see how the vitally important public resource of Emergency Management will thrive under the leadership of Ms. Ahlquist.”
Yavapai County Institutes County Wide Fire Ban
On May 2, 2022, The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair, Mary Mallory, signed the Interim Fire Prohibition Order which prohibits the use of fireworks and implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions across all four fire zones in Yavapai County. The effective date of the fire ban is May 5, 2022, at 8:00 AM.
Fire Ordinance 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.
Prohibited activities will include the sale or use of fireworks; building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site; smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an outdoor area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials; and operating or using any equipment with an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order, per the details provided in Ordinance 2020-2.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Mallory said, ““I would like to ask all residents to be alert to the fire danger present in our county, please respect the prohibitions and take precautions to avoid accidentally igniting a fire. One spark is all it takes to cause a devastating wildfire.”
Yavapai County Emergency Manager Ashley Ahlquist said, “"Instituting a fire ban is not something we take lightly, but with such an early start to fire season and multiple active fires in the region, this is the time of year where the benefits of a fire ban far out way the hardships. I have made this recommendation to the Board because of the need to protect lives, our homes and the natural resources we all enjoy. As a resident of Yavapai County I appreciate everyone doing their part."
This fire ban will stay in effect until the risk has diminished and there is agency consensus that restrictions may be lifted.
2022 Spring Clean Up
Yavapai County Has a New Development Services Director
At the regular Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 20, 2022, the Board unanimously voted to approve Jeremy Dye as the new Development Services Director.
Mr. Dye has been serving as the interim Director since November of 2021 and has been with the County since July of 2015. Jeremy was promoted to Assistant Director of Development Services in December of 2017. He came to Yavapai County from the City Scottsdale where he was the Streets Operations Manager and won several awards including the City Manager’s Award for Excellence – “Quality Customer Service” – 2011. Before moving to Yavapai County Jeremy also spent over 9 years as a Firefighter for the Rural-Metro Corporation, also in Scottsdale.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, Vice-Chair James Gregory said, “Thank you for stepping up and taking control of the Department and thank you for implementing many of the changes recommended by our recent study of the department. Your hard work is reflected in the improved customer service and newfound efficiencies of the Development Services department.”
Vice-Chair Gregory went on to make a motion to appoint Jeremy Dye as the Director of the Yavapai County Development Services Department.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair, Mary Mallory after offering the second went on to say, “Congratulations Jeremy. We are excited to see you in this position and look forward to seeing where you take this department in the future.”
Donate to Support Those Displaced by the Crooks Fire
Yavapai County Emergency Manager Ashley Ahlquist said, “Yavapai County residents are generous to a fault. We have received so many calls about where and what they can donate to support their neighbors displaced by the Crooks Fire.”
This is National Volunteer Week and what better way to celebrate than to sign up to volunteer or donate. It is always best to find an organization that you know is reputable when volunteering or donating, so Yavapai County has put together this short list of local and national organizations that we know will keep your support local and do the most good.
The American Red Cross is always here during an emergency, and they can take financial support as well as volunteers. https://www.redcross.org/
The Yavapai County Food Bank is located in Prescott Valley at 8866 E Long Mesa Dr. You can drop off shelf stable food or make a donation by calling (928) 775-5255. If you have been displaced by the Crooks fire, they are available for food distribution on Tuesday and Wednesday between 3-5 PM and on Thursday and Friday between 1-3 PM. http://www.yavapaifoodbank.org/
We will provide more options as they become available.
Health Effects of Smoke from Wildfire and Prescribed Burns:
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases, and water vapor. The primary health concern is the small particles. These small particles can cause burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, and illness (i.e., bronchitis). They can also worsen chronic heart and lung disease (i.e., asthma, emphysema, and COPD).
Many factors play into a person’s susceptibility to smoke. These factors include the level, extent, and duration of exposure, age, and individual susceptibility. Anyone who can see, taste or smell smoke should curtail outdoor activity. But people with heart disease, lung disease or asthma should avoid the outdoors entirely, as should children and the elderly. When smoke levels are dangerously high, the appropriate protective measures should be followed:
Ways to Protect Yourself
Avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. If you are healthy, you usually are not at a major risk from smoke. People at risk include those with heart or lung diseases, children, and older adults.
Use visibility guides. Because smoke is highly visible, it is possible to visually estimate smoke levels and estimate potential health impacts. Generally, the worse the visibility is, the worse the smoke is.
Use common sense. If it looks smoky outside, it is probably not a good time for outdoor activities. And it's probably not a good time for your children to play outdoors. If you feel ill because of wildfire smoke, regardless of the Air Quality Index (AQI) level, take necessary precautions: stay indoors, use a HEPA filter, and limit your activities. Contact your health care provider for additional instructions.
Pay attention to local air quality reports. Stay alert to any news coverage or health warnings related to smoke. In the event of dangerous smoke levels, the Local Health and Emergency Authorities will issue instructions based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI, based on data from local air quality monitors, tells you about the daily air quality in your area and recommends precautions you can take to protect your health. As smoke gets worse, the concentration of particles in the air changes - and so do the steps you should take to protect yourself. If you are advised to stay indoors, keep your windows and doors closed. Make sure air conditioning units have a clean filter in the air intakes. Devices with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters can reduce the indoor pollution. Do not add to indoor air pollution. Don’t use anything that burns, such as wood fireplaces, gas logs, gas stoves, or even candles. Don’t vacuum; that stirs up particles already inside your home. Don’t smoke; that puts even more pollution in your lungs, and in the lungs of people around you. Dust masks aren’t enough! Common masks will not protect your lungs from small particles in smoke. HEPA masks may filter out the small particles but are not suitable for people with lung diseases. Those with lung diseases should follow your respiratory management plan.
Call your doctor if symptoms worse.
For more information contact: Cecil Newell, R.S. Public Health Protection Section Manager: 928-442-5492
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, working with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce the continuation of the annual free slash drop-off program at County transfer stations beginning April 1, 2022, through June 1, 2022.
County transfer stations are in: Black Canyon City, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley. Free slash drop off will be held during normal operating hours. For locations and hours, please visit: http://www.yavapaiaz.gov/Portals/30/TransferStationList.pdf
This free slash drop-off program will assist residents in creating defensible space around their homes and other structures. Cutting away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures and removing all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground can reduce the potential of a wildfire spreading to your home.
Please take advantage of the free slash drop-off program as you create defensible space around your properties.
Only the following items will be accepted: brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items not accepted are lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal, and garbage.
All slash must be removed from plastic bags.
This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.
When using Yavapai County facilities, please follow the recommended CDC COVID guidelines. For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.
Plan for major roadwork along Interstate 17 between Anthem Way and Sunset Point starting in 2022.
Welcome to the I-17 Improvement Project
The 23-mile section of Interstate 17 (I-17) between Anthem Way and Sunset Point is one of the most heavily utilized roadways in Arizona, seeing more than 1 million travelers each year.
Currently, I-17 has two travel lanes in each direction between Anthem Way, north of Phoenix, and Flagstaff. The highway passes through rolling terrain in the southern and northern segments and mountainous terrain with steep, narrow lanes between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point.
We look forward to improving this stretch of I-17 north of Phoenix. The work includes widening 15 miles of roadway, replacing two bridges and widening 10 others, and constructing approximately eight miles of flex lanes.
BAGDAD AIRPORT ROAD REALIGNMENT
Fann Contracting, Inc., in conjunction with Yavapai County will be performing roadwork on Bagdad Airport Road in the Bagdad area. Construction will begin March 14, 2022, and continue through May 5, 2022. Road construction will consist of realignment of the existing curve before the entrance of the FMI mine, side road realignment, and new asphalt pavement with some miscellaneous signing and striping upgrades. The project length is approximately 1400’. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times; however, motorists may encounter lane restrictions, reduced speeds, and flagging operations throughout the work zones. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devices when traveling through the work zone.
For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183 or visit us on the web at www.yavapaiaz.gov/publicworks.