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Yavapai County supervisors to honor Purple Heart recipients

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will honor several Purple Heart recipients today, March 16, during its regular board meeting in Cottonwood.

County officials have located only three Purple Heart recipients who live in this county, with the help of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Legion and a Cornville resident.

Attending the meeting will be Iraq War veteran Eric Schultz of Prescott, and Vietnam and Iraq war vet Rod Consalvo from the Verde Valley, according to Supervisor Tom Thurman's office. The World War II vet is unable to come because of his health.

The Military Order of Purple Heart asked county officials throughout Arizona to issue proclamations, and the County Supervisors Association suggested all the counties do it, Supervisor Tom Thurman's office said. American Legion representatives and other military veterans also plan to attend Monday's meeting.

The board will proclaim itself a "Purple Heart County" and give each Purple Heart recipient a copy of the proclamation. The Purple Heart recipients earned the honor for wounds suffered in combat.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the county administration building, 6th and Mingus, in Cottonwood. Anyone also can watch via video at the county building, 1015 Fair St., in Prescott. The full meeting agenda is online via Yavapai.us/bos.

Also at Monday's meeting, the supervisors plan to:

• Vote on contributing money to a U.S. Geological Survey study of where Middle Verde River water comes from.

• Vote on the dates of April 1 to June 1 for the county's annual free slash (wood cuttings) disposal program at all its solid waste transfer stations, to promote the reduction of wildfire danger by reducing overgrown vegetation.

• Decide whether to grant a use permit for a bed and breakfast in the Sedona area. The owner plans to live on site and house as many as 14 guests in two buildings, but does not plan to serve breakfast. The planning commission recommended approval on a 7-3 vote.

• Conduct a closed-door meeting about hiring a new Yavapai County Public Fiduciary, then possibly appoint someone in open session.

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