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YuCount Community Newsletter JUNE 2018

Post Date:06/01/2018 9:45 AM
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2018 NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK

Yuma County Public Works does a lot more than just maintain roads.  The department takes care of solid waste disposal, transportation planning and tries daily to improve quality of life in Yuma County.

Click and watch the video to see what Yuma County Public Works did for this year's National Public Works Week.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (NACO)
CONGRATULATIONS to Yuma County Risk Management and the Yuma County Library District for setting up the standards to receive an Achievement Award from NACO.

Watch the video to find out why the awards were given and when they will be presented.
 
ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS
Yuma County Public Works has been installing accessible pedestrian signals throughout Yuma County.  These special devices are used to communicate walk and don't walk tones for pedestrians who are blind or have low vision.

Watch the video to find out exactly where these devices have been installed.

 
YUMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S BOAT SAFETY
Summer is here and it is very important to remain safe even when you are boating.  Watch our video for details on how to stay safe and alert while being in the water.
 
HEALTH CARE FOR YUMA COUNTY CITIZENS ON PROBATION
The grand opening was held on May 2, 2018,  and it was packed with people celebrating a partnership of agencies to provide health care for Yuma County citizens on probation.

These services are offered to the Department of Corrections Parole Population, U.S. Federal Probations, and the general public.

Watch the video to see how a collaborative effort has prospered after a year in the making.
 
2018 LETR (LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN)

Officers from Yuma County Adult Probation and employees from the Sheriff's Office joined other law enforcement entities throughout Yuma County for the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run.  

Six torches are carried from different parts of Arizona and they ended up in Phoenix.  Every year they raise funds for and increase awareness of the Special Olympics.

Watch our video to see Yuma County Officers who participated in this special run.
 
LEGAL DEFENDER
Many individuals who are charged with a crime can’t afford to hire an attorney. This means that they are considered indigent – or financially incapable of hiring a private attorney. In order to prosecute these individuals, the government is required to provide them with an attorney who will represent them in their criminal charges. As such, this mandate has created the Legal Defender's office – a government office of lawyers who represent indigent defendants in their criminal matters.

You can learn more about the Yuma County Legal Defender Office by visiting our website.
 

KIDS AT HOPE (KAH) GOLF TOURNAMENT
May 5, 2018, what an amazing day it was!  The Inaugural Yuma County Kids At Hope Golf Tournament was a huge success, exceeding all expectations. Thanks to the golfers and especially to Leo Mendez and Rose Hooker for taking the lead and thanks to all the Treasure Hunters who gave up their Saturday to help!  It’s amazing to have such support from our local businesses and families, who donated cash or prizes to make this golf tournament so successful. 

The funds raised will allow Kids at Hope trainers to continue sharing the message of Kids at Hope with more schools and organizations.  We are already making plans for the Second Annual Kids at Hope Cinco De Mayo Golf Tournament to be held at Cocopah Bend Golf Course on May 4, 2019.  Mark your calendars. 
EMPLOYEE SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE (ESGR) PATRIOTIC EMPLOYER AWARD
On April 17, 2018, Mike Eslinger, a supervisor for Yuma County Juvenile Court, was recognized with the Patriotic Employer Award.   The Patriot Award, which is awarded through the Office of Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed. Patriot Awards are awarded to individual supervisors, not to an entire staff or organization as a whole.

This recognition and award are based on a nomination made by one of Mike’s employees, Tyler Rhodes.  Mike is an exemplary supervisor and a retired Marine, who continues to strongly support those who serve.   He is very much appreciated by those he supervises, so it is no surprise that he was nominated by an employee who currently serves in the Reserves.  
 
 
AZTEC GRADUATION
AZTEC Principal Steve Pallack announced the Class of 2018 graduates at the commencement ceremony Thursday afternoon, May 25, 2018, at the Yuma County Main Library.
 

Rock on at Yuma County Libraries during the 2018 Summer Reading Program, LIBRARIES ROCK!

Super Sign-up Day is Saturday, June 2. Stop by any library to pick up your reading log and participate in a kick-off activity! There is no charge to sign up.

How to Participate

KIDS-Complete your reading log and you’ll receive a free SUPER COOL MYSTERY PRIZE BAG and be entered in the GRAND PRIZE drawing. Complete additional reading logs and a survey for multiple chances to win the GRAND PRIZE, one of eight $25 Barnes and Noble gift cards!

TEENS-Read a book and you could win instantly! For each book read, you will get a scratcher ticket that could have one of several small prizes. Winners at all branches. You will also be entered into a drawing for a gift card.

ADULTS-Write one-sentence “Book Riff” reviews of the books you’ve read for a weekly drawing at each library. Each Book Riff gets you a separate entry. Feel free to “riff” on books you read with your family, too! Submissions will be accepted beginning Saturday, June 2.
 
JUNE YUMA COUNTY LIBRARY CALENDAR EVENTS

 
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
JUNE 2018

Erika Bustamante, Library Assistant I Teen/Spanish Outreach (Somerton Branch Library), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for June 2018.

This award is to recognize an employees who inspires us with their effort and attitude. Erica received a mounted certificate, a name plate in the book of her choice, an Employee of the Month pin, and her photo will be hung at the Somerton Branch Library during the month of June.

Congratulations Erika!




 
2018 FIRST QUARTERLY SAFETY RECOGNITION NOMINEES
Within the Health District Department, Barbara Diaz helped develop the safety onboarding process for new employees. She also helped implement policies that monitor visitors, suppliers, and outside vendors to ensure a safe workplace. The building safety committee also provides a way for employees to generate ideas and provide feedback on possible safety procedures on an ongoing basis while maintaining employee engagement in safety issues all year long. All Health District staff must complete annual and quarterly health and safety training as part of their professional development plan, which Barbara tracks and updates as needed. Barbara’s knowledge and quick thinking have mitigated negative outcomes and hazards on numerous threatening and hazardous situations.
Michael Breeze was instrumental in initiating and implementing safety protocol for all attorneys, both prosecution, and defense, in protecting themselves from communicable diseases as they interact with clients/defendants in the County Jail system. When one attorney was exposed to MRSA, Michael immediately worked with leaders in the Sheriff’s Office, Detention Center, County Attorney’s Office, Legal Defender’s Office and the Safety Compliance Officer to secure personal protective equipment for all attorneys. He developed a notification system to alert attorneys when their client/defendant was diagnosed with a communicable disease in a manner compliant with confidentiality (HIPAA) and OSHA.



MICHAEL BREEZE
PUBLIC DEFENDER

2018 QUARTERLY SAFETY RECOGNITION WINNER



 




SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM (SFSP)
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children (ages 0-18 years) continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Yuma County’s Arizona Health Zone Program will be partnering with SFSP sponsors to promote and increase meal participation. To help make it a great experience for kids participating in the program, we will be providing fun and physical activities for kids at several summer food service sites. The SFSP will take place between June 4-July 27, 2018, during breakfast and lunchtime hours.  

Below you will find flyers of sites that will be offering the free Summer Food Service Programs and then a generic flyer with a number that anyone can text to and it will state the closest SFSP location. 

On April 19, 1928. the Yuma County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution instructing the County Attorney to investigate the gasoline prices in Yuma County, it appearing form information to the Board that gasoline shipped through Yuma was selling in Phoenix and Tucson at Twenty cents (*2.73) a gallon, and Texas gasoline that is shipped through Yuma to Los Angeles is sold ten cents cheaper than in Yuma.  (As of December 1929 the investigation was still ongoing.)

In other business, in April 1928 sealed proposals were opened for an electric refrigerator for use in the kitchen at the Yuma County Jail.  Proposals were received from Blalack and Whitman, General Electric Refrigerator $394.25 (*$5,390.17); Imperial Valley Hardware Company, Kelvinator #231, $405.00 (*$5,537.15); and E. F. Sanguinetti for the Servel Electric $375.00 (*$5,126.99).  The contract was awarded to E. F. Sanguinetti for the Servel Electric Refrigerator in the amount of $375.00.  (*This is an approximate calculation of dollar value comparing prices in 1928 to the current value.  Board members were: George Downey (Chairman), Allyn R. Tuttle, and Frank G. Lucas.
 
Submitted by
Ginger Hamilton,
County Administration
 

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