Greetings! April is a busy and enjoyable month because we get the opportunity to recognize and celebrate YOU! The Years of Service, Employee of the Year and Safety Excellence Award Winner of the Year event will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in downtown’s historic Yuma Theater. I hope to see you there! We will celebrate all employees who have served milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years with Yuma County and the Courts. We will also announce the nominees and winners for the Safety Excellence Annual Award, Courts Employee of the Year and County Employee of the Year. All the nominees are deserving of recognition, so the Merit Award System Board will have a difficult time selecting the final winner in each category.
On April 1, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed the month of April 2019 as “National County Government Month” and “Yuma County Government Employee Appreciation Month” to kick off our celebration and recognition of your hard work on behalf of the Yuma County community. The proclamation states in part that “Yuma County employees play essential roles in keeping our community safe and secure by preserving public health and well-being, ensuring public safety, and promoting local economies while providing professional and loyal public services.” Thank you for what you do every day to serve our community.
On Friday, April 26 the County offers all employees and their families “Dinner and A Movie”. This will be held at the Yuma Civic Center from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. All employees should have received an email invitation in March to register for this event. Please RSVP to Human Resources through the EventBrite website. If you didn’t receive an invitation please contact HR to ensure you get registered!
On another note, I want to let you know that our trip to Washington DC last month for the NACo conference and Capitol Hill Visits was worthwhile. Our Board of Supervisors and I were able to meet personally with all Arizona Senators and Representatives to build relationships and discuss our priorities. All told us they understand the importance of PILT and have signed on to support it for 2019. We will continue to push this issue until we get a multi-year commitment or a permanent appropriation. This is $3.6 million for Yuma County each year – a significant amount of money!
While at NACo, we learned about a very practical and useful tool that I would encourage you to take advantage of – the TestIT app. The “TestIT” mobile app leverages a broadband sampling tool to aggregate broadband speeds across the country from app users. With the press of a single button, users are able to test their broadband speed from anywhere. Additionally, users can compare their internet speeds to the national average and minimum standards established by the Federal Communications System. ***No personal information will be collected through this mobile app.***
Please download the TestIT app and use it wherever and whenever you choose. This is a practical way that we can involve the business and residential community throughout Yuma County in providing accurate broadband data to NACo. The data collected through this app will help identify areas where broadband service is overstated and underfunded by comparing the data to the National Broadband Map. Your help identifying gaps in our nation’s broadband coverage is critical to making substantive changes to the process for reporting broadband service.
I appreciate your continued service and dedication to Yuma County and our community. Thank you.
Antonio Rios, Computer Technician II (Yuma County Main Library), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for April 2019. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Antonio 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 April.
Toni Lindsay-Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Click on the image above to see pictures of the GLOW RUN!
Riddle: Mr. and Mrs. Mustard have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family?
March Riddle: You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What id you eat?
On March 19, 1979 the Yuma County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution in recognition of the contributions and outstanding citizen and pioneer Clara Osborne Botzum (1894-1986). The resolution states that Ms. Botzum was responsible for the building of the bridge, dedicated September 25, 1939, across the Colorado River linking Arizona and California at Parker, Arizona. As result the bridge was directly responsible for economic development of Northern Yuma County. Ms. Botzum devoted twelve years to Yuma County as its representative in the Arizona State Legislature in the House of Representatives, and as a member served as the Chairperson of the Mines and Mining Committee. *One of Ms. Botzum’s earliest memories was accompanying her father, E. S. Osborne, one of Parker’s mining pioneers, down the Colorado River in a boat manned by Mohave Indians, from Topock to the Billy Mack Landing, a point just off the Colorado River Indian Reservation. On January 4, 1979 the Parker Bridge was officially renamed the Clara Osborne Botzum Bridge. Ms. Botzum was driven across the bridge in a 1925 Model T, driven by Marion Beaver, a Yuma County Supervisor at the time. (*Source: https://www.parkerpioneer.net/news/article_85d4edc0-2762-526d-b1d1-a6c933043c89.html Board members were: Glen H. Strohm, Chairman; Marion Beaver, and Robert W. Kennerly.