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Flood insurance, courthouse trees on county board agenda

Supes also consider POW/MIA Recognition Day, Constitution Week

The National Flood Insurance Program has been in the news recently and county residents soon may be able to access information to help understand their flood insurance options.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to consider approving a $10,000 contract with Bender Consulting Services, Inc. to provide educational outreach, training support and workshops for residents to learn about Physical Map Revisions and corresponding changes in flood insurance coverage. The matter is included on the consent agenda, which supervisors sometimes approve without discussion.

“The NFIP is certainly something Flood Control deals with a lot,” said Yavapai County Assistant Administrator Jack Fields. “A lot of what the district does, and citizens do, is dependent on maps published from FEMA and how the flood district reacts.”

The contract anticipates the need for information for those impacted by the Goodwin Fire, he added.

Yavapai County started producing Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) in 1985, which rate the risk of flooding. Homes built before then have no flood rating. The mapping, periodically updated by FEMA, affects homeowners’ flood insurance rates.

If approved, Bender Consulting will advise the county flood personnel on flood insurance; participate in training opportunities to the realty, insurance and mortgage company businesses; and attend public forums and open house events that relate to FIRM revisions. The county also anticipates revisions to Yarnell and Doce fire study areas.

“Bender has advised the county flood control district on flood insurance matters relating to the post-Goodwin Fire flooding that has occurred this summer, and we anticipate possibly doing some pre-emptive meetings with local insurance companies in the spring prior to fire season, utilizing Mr. Bender’s expertise,” stated Dan Cherry, Flood Control District director, in his memo to the board.

Federal reform legislation could impact insurance on older buildings and those being mapped into higher risks. It is important that property owners understand the impacts and what options they have, Cherry added.

Also on the consent agenda, the board will consider a routine contract with Arrow Fire & Land Management LLC to assess the health of 145 trees on the courthouse plaza. The arborist will look at structural stability, insect infestation, treatment options, and recommendations for trimming, pruning, removal or replacement, if needed.

The contract, for $7,500, is not triggered by anything specific, Field said. “An assessment needs to happen on a regular basis. It’s time we checked them out. We need to think about what’s going to happen to them in the future.”

The board is expected to proclaim Sept. 15 as POW/MIA Recognition Day and will decide whether to fly the POW/MIA tribute flag outside county administration buildings in Prescott and Cottonwood during the month of September.

Yavapai County chapters of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution are requesting a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meets in the Administrative Services Building, 1015 Fair St., Prescott.