Williamson Valley News
February of 2019 is not that far away. We want to remind you that per our ByLaws, the Board of Directors is elected every 2 years in the odd year. Once that election takes place, the new Board elects the officers. Some of our Board may choose to run again, and some may not. To date we are aware of two members who are not running again. We need new people to step up to help us continue. WVCO offers a good service to the community by, for example, trying to keep you informed on important issues that may affect this area, providing educational articles, holding community meetings with a variety of speakers, picking up trash and much more. And let’s not forget our annual BBQ! We feel it is important for you to know that the Board fears that if we don’t get new volunteers who are willing to work, we may have to consider dissolution of this organization. That is difficult for us to say, but with the same people doing everything all the time, the end is rapidly approaching. We would hate to see that happen.
So please, think about helping. The more people we have, the less work there is to do. It is a great bunch! If you think you might consider helping but would like to know more, please contact Diane McKelvey at 928 899-6002 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sandi Brown at 928 445-3767 or by email at email@example.com. We would welcome the opportunity to to meet with you!
Thank you for your consideration.
Kirkland Mine Project
As published last month, a community meeting was held on July 11th in Skull Valley regarding this mine project. There is a new Public Comment period which began July 7th and runs through September 4th. There will be no extension to this comment period. Although our Board members were unable to attend, we have gathered substantial information on this important issue for you. It is lengthy, but informative. If you are at all interested in this, please read the information provided.
During the July 11th meeting of the BLM regarding the Kirkland Mine, transportation and water were major concerns of the residents in the room. Add to that list air, vegetation and wildlife to name a few.
The segments below are taken from the Kirkland High Quality Pozzolan Mining and Reclamation Plan-Draft Environmental Assessment July 2018 (MRPO). The entire document is 100 pages and can be viewed at https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=80330 It is listed under Documents as “Draft Environmental Assessment”. There is an abundance of information available on this site, including background, studies, National Historic Preservation Act, Public Meeting Materials and Public Scoping.
Proposed Action and Alternatives
2.1.1 Mine Production Activities-Line 29 and 30
At full production expected by year five, the expected output from the Kirkland Mine is 500,000 tons of material per year.
Page 10 –Line 30 and 31
In part states that ‘for the foreseeable future mining operations would occur during daylight hours within a 10 hour daily shift. Loading and hauling operations could occur 24 hours per day, 4-7 days per week…’
22.214.171.124 Offsite Transportation Line 16 and 17
The total daily vehicle estimate of inbound and outbound traffic during full production is 210 vehicles, 160 transport haul trucks and 50 vehicles for employee traffic including water trucks for dust suppression
126.96.36.199 Lines 24-31
The haul routes that would be used in support of the proposed action are as follows:
1) Haul Route 1 – Iron Springs Rd from the mine entrance to SR 89 via Kirkland Valley Rd and to US Route 93 via SR 89
2) Haul Route 2- Iron Springs Rd from the mine entrance to the Hillside area via Yava Rd
3) Haul Route 3 – Iron Springs Rd from the mine entrance to SR 89 north of Prescott via Williamson Valley Road and Pioneer Parkway
Westland Resources’ worst-case scenario of 100 percent of all mine traffic on Route 3 indicates an increase in all vehicle traffic between 2.9 and 10.7 percent. For truck traffic, the increase would be between 29.4 and 82.5 percent
2.3.2 Transportation Options Considered Based on Scoping Comments
During public scoping, use of BNSF Railway from the Kirkland Junction Rail Yard approximately 1.5 miles south of the mine entrance was suggested. The rail yard at Kirkland junction is a maintenance site, where BNSF Railway stages equipment required for maintenance activities along the adjacent rail lines. The rail yard at Kirkland junction was not constructed as a loading facility and would require construction of a spur, interchanges and loading structures to outfit the site as a loading station. While constructing a rail spur and interchange may technologically feasible from and engineering perspective, it is not economically feasible as the construction of a rail spur would require extensive earth work to adjust the grade of the rail line for loading as well as building a railway siding and loading facility. The implementation of this option would require truck transport from the mine to the rail yard. The likelihood for the potential use of the option by KMC, LLC in the future is speculative at this time.
3.13.3 Environmental Consequences
Under the most conservative estimate, a maximum of 7 full trucks per hour would exit the mine (4 or less trucks per hour is more likely).
Five completed studies on the 88 acres of public land and adjacent private property have been filed with the BLM: geochemical assay, jurisdictional waters, traffic impact, supplemental traffic analysis, and evaluation of Skull Valley Ranch Wells.
The only water that will be used at the site is for dust abatement. KMC estimates an average demand of 28,800 gallons per day (gpd), with a maximum demand for 35,000 gpd, when mining operations reach full capacity.
KMC is looking at purchasing water from two irrigation wells on a nearby ranch. Ranch irrigation consumes at least two times more water than the maximum demand expected for the mine.
WVCO Trash Pick UP
The next trash pick up is scheduled for Monday, September 24th at 7:30am.
2018 MEMBERSHIP/RENEWAL DRIVE
WON’T YOU PLEASE JOIN US? OUR 2018 MEMBERSHIP/RENEWAL DRIVE CONTINUES. PLEASE NOTE: If you have submitted your membership dues between October 2017 and December 31, 2017, you are current for 2018. Please do not resend!
Annual Membership for 2018 is still only $25.00 per household.
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 and roads, as well as informational topics like fire-wise landscaping, native animal issues and, most importantly, keeping our community updated on current happenings affecting WV.
• Serving as a voice of the WV community to public officials and organizations.
• Advocating for water management and long-range planning, reasonable growth for Williamson Valley while maintaining its rural atmosphere – 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.
Also, we greatly value your input. Visit the website, 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.
But don’t forget, we are always in need of volunteers to help in the following areas and more.
- write articles for our newsletter
- publish or help publish our newsletter
- attend various meetings on the Board’s behalf
If you are interested in helping in any capacity, please contact Diane McKelvey by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 928 899-6002. We can then arrange for you to come to our next Board Meeting so we can meet you and discuss your interests and what would be a good fit for both you and WVCO.
Thank you for your consideration.
To download a membership form, please click here: Membership Form 2018 (1)
WVCO Board of Directors
WVCO’S 4th ANNUAL BBQ
WVCO 4TH ANNUAL BBQ
It just keeps getting better and better! From feedback received, our 4th Annual BBQ was a huge success! We were told by many when departing that it was the best yet! And it was – a perfect day, gorgeous grounds, fantastically delicious food, great music (Denny had new equipment and sounded better than ever), the fun of the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies and, best of all, the most gracious of hosts, Jim and Barb Buchanan. We can never thank them enough for sharing their beautiful ranch with all of us! And they prepare all the food themselves – for 300 people! The ambience was incredible and it was a joy to see neighbors visiting with friends and making new friends.
WINNERS!!! We are pleased to announce our 4 winners of door prizes! They are Char Malone, Sherry Dickenson, Eileen Davis and Karen Patterson! Congratulations ladies!
Diane and I want to thank everyone who helped with this event behind the scenes (choppers, shredders, parking crew, set up, tear down, etc.), as well as Denny Kuller for great music, as well as the Prescott Regulators and Shady Ladies for helping point us in the right direction and serve us all that delicious food! And special thanks to Military Graphics for supplying us with some wonderful materials and designed the Williamson Valley License Plates!
Thank you all for attending!
Diane McKelvey and Sandi Brown
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 email@example.com 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
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.