Williamson Valley News
WVCO’S 4th ANNUAL BBQ
WVCO’s ANNUAL MEETING – February 22, 2018
Our Annual Meeting was well attended and very interesting. Neil Thomas’s presentation on a partial history of Williamson Valley was fascinating and we learned a lot of interesting facts. Yavapai County Supervisor Brown, Chief Deputy Dave Rhodes of the Sheriff’s Department and Yavapai County Public Information Officer David McAtee provided us with a better understanding of the proposed extension of existing jail tax. If you weren’t there, you missed a lot. Thank you to all those who attended!
Before Wildfire Strikes
Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC)
Williamson Valley Community residents experienced the stark, albeit terrifying, reality of having a wildfire at their doorsteps in 2013. Having a Central Yavapai firefighter in full wildland turnout gear on your property and feeling the searing heat of the advancing fire made Jim Buchanan thankful that he and Barb had worked hard earlier that year to remove literally tons of hazardous vegetation from his ranch.
The Sundown Ranch had prepared for the inevitable wildfire.
Prepare is the first word in the new logo for the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission, also known as PAWUIC. (pronounced: pou-ik)
prepare ● protect ● preserve
Creating Defensible Space around your home will help to protect your property from a fire by providing a safer environment for first responders to defend your home. Creating Defensible Space around your home in the face of an advancing wildfire is risky business And if it is too perilous for firefighters to defend your home, they will move onto the next structure that they can safely defend.
The final objective is to preserve lives and land PAWUIC has helped to create more than 32 Firewise® communities to achieve these three goals over the last quarter century.The Commission is an all-volunteer, non-governmental organization bringing together public safety organizations, government forest and land services, and homeowners to solve the issues associated with living in the wildland urban interface (WUI).
PAWUIC has brought more than $6 million in grants to subsidize landowners’ costs to remove hazardous vegetation from their properties and create Defensible Space around their homes. We are currently working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop a program for ranchers/homeowners along the border with the Prescott National Forest to create a fuel break.
Visit us at www.yavapaifirewise●org for more information or call 928-277-8032.
To help support PAWUIC and in recognition of the assistance it has provided to Williamson Valley communities, the WVCO Board recently voted to donate $200 to PAWUIC.
• Information and education on how to reduce wildland fire danger by means of an annual EXPO, meetings, training, newspaper articles, helping local communities gain Firewise® community certification, and maintaining its regional information web site.
• A source of grant funding for area fire department efforts to reduce fuels and mitigate other fire dangers.
• Training scholarships for area firefighters at the Arizona Wildfire Academy.
• Supporting efforts for economically and environmentally sound ways to utilize the biomass generated from fuels reduction and forest health projects.
• A most important monthly forum for sharing ideas and coordinating efforts among the involved agencies. Time: 7:00 AM on the 1st Thurs. of each month in the Freeman Building at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Dr. The public is always welcome to attend. Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding experience.
WILDLAND DEFENSIBLE SPACE PROGRAMS
Defensible Space Grant
Central Yavapai Fire Department recently was awarded a 90/10 grant through PAWUIC that expires September 30, 2017. CYFD will provide pre and post property assessments for creating defensible space to homeowners at their request. This includes photo documentation as well as a written recommendation of hazardous fuels to be mitigated. The homeowner will hire a licensed contractor to complete the recommended work. Upon completion, the property owner can be reimbursed up to 90% of their expenses. The maximum reimbursement is 90% of $1,000.00/acre, up to 1 acre.
For this grant CYFD estimated that 26 acres within the Williamson Valley corridor and Granite Oaks subdivision would have defensible space work done. Most property owners have approximately
¼ – ½ acre of defensible space cleared around their home. We are hoping that residents in this area will participate and we can use up the allocated funds. Once the funds are used up we still provide defensible space assessments to property owners, just with no reimbursement.
For an appointment residents can call CYFD at 928-759-9933.
Central Yavapai Fire District will continue its dedication to provide fire wise protection for all Williamson Valley homeowners.
Happy New Year,
Rick Chase, Fire Marshall
Central Yavapai Fire District
For Williamson Valley Fire District Residents
The Williamson Valley Fire Department will also assess your property and discuss how to make it defensible. Call the Department at (928) 717-2304 to schedule an assessment.
CODE RED EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office now utilizes CodeRED® as its Emergency Notification System(ENS). With this service, we can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises.
Although ENS does contain published landline phone number information by default, the Sheriff’s Office may only get landline phone data updates twice a year. This is why it is vital that you register all your phone numbers, including mobile numbers, directly to assure contact in an emergency.
By signing up or opting-in, you may enter alternate phone numbers and/or modes of contact. You may also specify your primary contact mode. The opt-in process will require that you have a valid email address. A confirmation email and/or text message will be sent upon completion of registration (will be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org and may take up to 5 minutes). Once registered, you may opt-out at any time.
When delivery of the alert to your primary contact mode fails, the system will automatically fall back to other methods. With respect to phone notifications, if the system detects an answering machine, it will deliver the message to voicemail. If the phone is not answered and no answering machine is detected, the system will redial the number at a later time or, if specified, fall back to another contact mode. When the call appears on your caller-id, it will display the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office business number: (928) 771-3260.
Please, NEVER REPLY to Alert message emails or text messages! Instead, please call (928) 771-3260.
To register your phones on the Code Red system, go to http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/
YAVAPAI COUNTY SERVICES
WON'T YOU PLEASE JOIN US?
WVCO is volunteer-based, and works diligently on your behalf to keep Williamson Valley a beautiful, rural community. This is done through many avenues, including, but not limited to:
- Providing education for WV residents through newsletters, emails, community meetings regarding development, zoning, water, roads, politics, as well as informational topics like fire-wise landscaping, native animal issues, and so on.
- Serving as a voice of the WV community to public officials and organizations.
- Working with other unincorporated communities to increase our voice in the county.
- Advocating for a reasonable WV road plan, and water management and long-range planning, and much more.
WVCO has become a well-recognized and respected organization. The more members we have, the more representative and helpful we can be. It’s a great resource for information. Isn’t it nice to have somewhere to go (our website), and have someone to contact with your questions, concerns, opinions, etc?
So, please join the organization today (or renew your membership) for an annual membership fee of only $25.00 per household! This money helps with publishing the newsletter, filing fees, research fees, supplies, etc. Help us to be the best research arm and advocacy group, keeping our community updated on current happenings affecting WV. Your membership shows your support for our community, and helps ensure that we will maintain the quality, character and beauty of this special area that we all call home.
Also, we greatly value your input. Visit the website, williamsonvalley.org, come to the community meetings. Let us know how you feel and what your vision is for Williamson Valley. Your contribution and insights are appreciated.
Where is the Williamson Valley Community?
Some of you may wonder what or where is the Williamson Valley(WV) Community. The WV Community is united by Williamson Valley Road from its intersection with Iron Springs Road at the south end to Campwood Road at the north end. All communities or homes that access Williamson Valley Road are considered part of the WV Community. The map below shows this area.