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YuCount Newsletter MAY 2018


Post Date:05/01/2018 4:40 PM

Administrator's Message


I want to thank those of you who attended the Years of Service, Safety Excellence Award and Employee of the Year Award Ceremony on April 11!  Also, I hope you were able to enjoy the Employee and Family Appreciation Dinner & Movie night on April 20. Both events were well organized, festive and intended to celebrate YOU, our dedicated employees – Thank you!

May is a very active month for the County’s budget process. The Budget Review Team has given each agency and department head information about what is being recommended for their agency’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19. The Recommended Budget has been submitted to the Board of Supervisors and will be presented to the public at the May 7 Board meeting. On May 9-10, the Board of Supervisors meets with each department and agency head to review their budgets and to hear any additional comments. Any changes the Board decides to make will become part of the Tentative Budget. The Tentative Budget is then advertised and the County holds public hearings in June for anyone from the public to comment on the budget. The budget is adopted in late June for the fiscal year starting July 1.

As you know, the Board approved the County’s health insurance plans for all employees with NO INCREASE in premiums for employees!  This is a big benefit to all of us, and it’s very rare in the field of health insurance. When you see a Supervisor, please let them know you appreciate their action.

I wish you a very happy and healthy May. Enjoy the Memorial Day holiday coming up on Monday, May 28!

I appreciate your commitment to public service and your contributions to the success of Yuma County. Thank you for what you do each day for our community.

Susan K. Thorpe
Yuma County Administrator
Recently the 10th Annual Fair Housing Festival was held to assist people who have been looking for housing, but have become frustrated with the process or feel they have been discriminated against while going through the process. Local organizations from around Yuma County were on hand answering questions about housing discrimination and many other housing-related service questions. The video link above will give you a better understanding of what went on and how you, or anyone you know, can get help with fair housing.

In April, the Yuma County Public Works Department visited some local Elementary Schools to demonstrate the equipment that is used for traffic control, highway and solid waste divisions. Check out the link to see how some 1st-3rd graders got a closer look at how our roads are maintained. All of this is leading up to National Public Works Week held every year in May. Keep an eye out for an update in the next YuCount/County Line.
The Yuma County Victim Services Annual Walk a Mile in their shoes event provides support to those who have been victims of domestic and sexual violence.  Agencies spread out over a mile to set up information booths that can benefit these victims and their families.

Take a few minutes to watch the video on how you can participate and give your support to those in need.

For more information, you can contact the Yuma County Attorney's Office-Victim Services or visit their website.

Public defenders are lawyers who defend people charged with a crime and cannot pay for her/his services. Instead, public defenders are normally reimbursed by the state, usually at a lesser amount than the lawyer would make in private practice.

Find out how the Office of the Yuma County Public Defender protects the constitutional rights and liberties of all persons directed to their service by clicking on the link above.

If you like pretty gems that sparkle and shine, I invite you to dig in my virtual mine. My first is purple, fit for a king, My second is green where Dorothy did her thing. My third is red, July's birthstone as well, My fourth is seen in strings and is found inside a shell. My fifth is hard, pure Carbon and expensive to buy, My sixth is Crocodolite, striped like the big cat's eye. Seventh is two words, a man-made fake of April's stone, Eighth is very dark and found at Lightning Ridge alone. Now take from each gem, one letter in its turn, And you will find the stuff for which even the gods yearn.

The New Year New You Fitness Challenge was an 8-week challenge.  It began on January 26 and ended on March 27. The challenge started off with 149 participants. Of those only 92 completed the challenge. All participants had the opportunity to attend fitness classes during the 8 weeks. There were three activities that required completion in order to be eligible for an incentive. There were 5 top teams and they all received a Fitbit. The rest of the participants who completed the challenge received a water bottle, gym towel, and wireless headphones.

The Yuma County Employee Benefits Fair took place on April 18th at the Main Library and April 19th at Pivot Point. It was a benefits education event where our county employees had the opportunity to meet with all our vendors to help them make the best selections for their open enrollment benefits. A variety of vendors were present to give out useful information as well as giveaways. Overall, our annual benefits fair was a successful event.

Thinking Money is a new traveling exhibition designed to teach tweens, teens and the adults in their lives about money. Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, Thinking Money explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, imagining your future self and avoiding financial fraud.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the library is also hosting a series of financial workshops. Please check the Calendar of Events for dates and times.

The interactive, all-ages exhibit will be at the Main Library, 2951 S 21st Drive, through May 5th. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours, Monday-Thursday 9AM-9PM; Friday-Saturday 9AM-5PM.

For more information, call (928) 782-1871.

Thinking Money was created by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
David McCain, IT Computer Technician II (Yuma County Main Library), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for May 2018. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Alex received a mounted certificate, a nameplate in the book of his choice, an Employee of the Month pin, and his photo will be hung at the Yuma County Main Library during the month of January.

Congratulations David!

Cherie M. Brown-Probation Officer II

Ana Silva Angulo-Detention Officer I
Audren L. Morris-Financial Services Sup.

Stephanie Lopez Perez-Library Assistant I
Roberto Graciano Reyes-Groundskeeper

Kristin C. McManus-Attorney III

Richard C. Parks-Attorney III

Luis C. Carrasco-Equipment Technician I

Paul Swanson-Probation Officer III

Eva Masillamoni-Title Examiner II

Maria Soto-Administrative Manager

George Amaya-Registered Sanitarian Supervisor

Roberto Gutierrez-Senior Sign Technician


On Wednesday, May 2nd from 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Yuma County Main Library, we will be offering a training course titled “Preparing for Your Employee Performance Evaluation.”

In this course, participants will learn how to identify, evaluate, prepare and propose development in an employee performance evaluation.

You can register by clicking on the link below:       

Join us on Wednesday, May 9th, and Thursday, May 10th for May’s lunch and learn on hearing loss.

Ron Gomez from Miracle Ear will be at the Main Library on Wednesday, May 9th and at the Heritage Library on Thursday, May 10th from noon to 1:00 pm.
One will learn from this seminar:  What is hearing loss? How is it diagnosed? What are the signs and symptoms, and how to overcome it?  

To register, please log in to your HRintouch portal at -, click on the “Health & Wellness” tab, and then on the “Lunch & Learn “option. 

Lunch is provided, so space is limited!

We look forward to seeing you there,

Yuma County Human Resources Benefits Staff

The theme for this month’s SupportLinc promotion is ‘LIFE101.’ Please post or distribute the attached flyer at your workplace to promote the SupportLinc program during the month of May.
Whether you’re out on your own for the first time or facing a new life challenge, you need some basic skills to succeed. Learning to cook for yourself and doing minor home repairs is a great start. Your employees can get a handle on basic life skills to be self-reliant and prepared for anything by calling 1-888-881-LINC (5462) to talk to one of SupportLinc’s helpful specialists. In addition, the SupportLinc website (located at provides articles on home maintenance, preparing healthy meals and more.
This month’s online seminar, ‘diy: apps and guides for household management’, will be available on demand starting May 15. Get a helpful overview of key household management items, as well as links to guides and apps to help you keep track of it all. It can be found on the website under ‘Online Seminars’ in the ‘Centers’ section. All new and archived online seminars are located in this section for ease of access.

                                MAY 2018 LANDLORD2
On June 6, 1922, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution ordering the modification and re-establishment of the No Fence District. Mr. C. A. Lindeman filed a petition on behalf of the residents and taxpayers owning property on the Yuma Mesa, lying outside the boundaries of the No Fence District, asking that the boundaries be changed and re-established so as to incorporate said lands within the said district.

The Clerk was ordered to publish the resolution in the local newspaper for four (4) weeks and upon completion no fences would be required around the lands in the No Fence District, making it unlawful for any animal to run at-large in the district thereafter. The Board originally created the No Fence District on December 5, 1913. Board of Supervisors members were: George Downey (Chairman),    J. C.  Power and J. P. Corey.

Submitted by:
Ginger Hamilton
Yuma County Administration
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