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Yavapai County Supervisors to study cleanup of abandoned properties

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors (BOS) will discuss setting up a Foreclosure Property Preservation Program through Community Champions as it convenes into a study session after the regular board meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the County Administration Building on Fair Street. The agenda item is for discussion only.

According to the organization’s website, Community Champions uses a property registry to locate and target abandoned properties, then collaborates with the “responsible parties” and the community to create a revitalization plan. At no cost to the community, the organization will pay for the revitalization effort, partnering with local non-profits, to rehabilitate the property.

“The funding comes in the form of a secured loan from Community Champions to the non-profit. Funds are paid back by the non-profit after the property is revitalized and sold at market value,” the website states.

David Williams, Yavapai County planning manager with Land Use, said in his memo to the board that unincorporated areas of the county average about 700 foreclosures at any one time. Locating the responsible individual is almost impossible, and creates a significant waste of staff time. In addition, when the county takes steps to abate abandoned property, it costs the taxpayers money that it often cannot recoup.

Using the Community Champions’ program, a nationwide organization based in Florida, it can create a funding source to pay for abatements, including making improvements in county parks or providing more money for Fire Wise grants, Williams stated.

Also on the agenda:

• Ponderosa Park Community is asking to use $11,500 from the Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels Grant through Arizona State Forestry to treat the riparian area along Indian Creek. Flood Control will do additional work on area drainage with $3,000 from its budget.

• Using $6,800 from State Farm Safety Program for creating videos on seat belt safety, teen and senior driver safety, and travel safety through the Sheriff’s Office.

• Possible approval of re-appointments of Superior Court pro tem judges: Joseph Butner III, Jeffrey Paupore, Joseph Goldstein, Catherine Kelley, Rhonda Lee Repp, Michael Goimarac, Donald Stevens, and Mark Moore.

• Possible approval of contract with Wexford Health Sources Inc. for medical services for county adult jails and juvenile detention over three years: FY16-17, $3.2 million (decrease of 3.9 percent); FY17-18, same amount; and FY18-19, $3,334,164 (4 percent increase).

• Use of the Yavapai County Coors Event Center for temporary storage of supplies for homeless veterans until the Veterans Stand Down event in September.

• Possible contract approval with Infrastructure Management Services, not to exceed $99,975, for data collection, assessment, and information on roadways, paid for with the Regional Roads Half Cent Program.

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