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Board of Supervisors makes history as 5 members take seats

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors begin their first meeting of the new year with five supervisors, from left, Chip Davis, Tom Thurman, Rowle Simmons, Craig Brown and Jack Smith.<br>
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors begin their first meeting of the new year with five supervisors, from left, Chip Davis, Tom Thurman, Rowle Simmons, Craig Brown and Jack Smith.<br> Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg

For the first time in Yavapai County history, a five-member Board of Supervisors convened a meeting on Monday morning.

The board, which now consists of two experienced Supervisors, Tom Thurman and Chip Davis, and three newcomers to county government, Craig Brown, Rowle P. Simmons, and Jack Smith, posed for official photographs before getting down to work.

Early in the meeting, Brown, who has attended many board meetings as a spectator, made his stand known on a building project.

The board was asked to approve a $274,000 HVAC-system refit for the Camp Verde County Courthouse, along with a $90,000 control upgrade.

Ken Van Keuren, director of the County Facilities Department, said the problem was that the contractor had gone out of business and there was "no one to go after" to remedy the problems that had cropped up.

"It would seem that we're always coming back, we're coming back quite often, to fix things we didn't perceive in the original bid, and/or the company's gone out of business and/or the guarantee that's been given to us by whomever, ends up costing us more money," Brown said. "I would just hope that in the future... we are very critical of what we see so these kinds of issues won't pop up in the future."

The vote to approve the money was unanimous, as was every other vote on Monday, including one in support of a zoning change for a small family cemetery in Chino Valley, which had been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The meeting progressed smoothly, with virtually no procedural problems. Davis was voted chairman for this calendar year, with Simmons the vice-chairman.

Thurman wrapped up the meeting with the observation that, "I'm just digesting all this new way of doing things. I think we've got a good board."

"This brand-new five-member board that's been seated to set the pace for the next century is going to be hard to beat," Davis added. "It's amazing."

After the session, Smith said, "I had a lot of fun. This is awesome. It's great to get the first one under my belt, and I'm looking forward to many more."

Simmons, a former Mayor of Prescott, said, "In many ways, it's similar to the city council. It's good to be back in the arena."

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