Yavapai County Supervisor, Chip Davis, met with residents of the Lake Montezuma, Beaver Creek and Rimrock area for the quarterly community meeting Saturday.
Davis and Henri Prud'homme of the county's Management Information Systems Department, showed citizens how they can easily access the county's new Development Services Department through the Internet.
The department is a combination of the county's Flood Control, Planning and Building/Zoning and Environmental Services departments.
"I promoted the consolidation of these departments with the goal of making them user-friendly," Davis said.
By combining some departments, the county found ways to save money.
Ken Spedding, Development Services Director, explained how the county had five or more different people going out to look at the same area of property. Each person was from a separate department such as flood control or zoning. Now the county is in the process of combining so that only one or two people have to go look at properties in order to conserve county time and money.
Through the county's web site, www.co.yavapai.az.us, citizens can view maps online such as county, area and property maps. They can also pull up recorded legal documents all the way back to about 1986. Information can be found on planning and zoning, building ordinances, jury duty, permits, etc.
While discussing the advantages to having this new system, Davis also said that the county is looking into getting one or two computers donated to the Beaver Creek Adult Center so that local citizens who don't have computers can still have online access.
"We have been looking into how do we get this information to the more unincorporated communities such as Lake Montezuma, Rimrock and Beaver Creek area," Davis said. "We've worked with our computer department and put together some computers that we would like to put out, and I think a good candidate for the first one would be this community center." Davis and community members discussed the possibility and advantages to having such a system in the area.
During the meeting, Davis and Regional Roads Program Manager, Phil Bourdon, presented part of the five-year plan for improving roads in the Lake Montezuma, Rimrock and Beaver Creek areas. The plan includes paving Beaver Head Flat Road, which links Cornville Road and 179. The county is planning for this road to be open near the beginning of June. They also have begun the design to pave all of Beaver Creek road so that it connects to the I-17 freeway near 179.
Fixing the McGuireville interchange has been a pressing concern for years now. Mike Willett explained that because of the bridge and river being located right in the middle of the interchange, ADOT and the county are still working on the project. However, beginning construction still remains two to four years out.
Using power point graphs and charts, Davis explained to citizens where exactly their tax dollars are going. The categories included schools, fire departments, and the county government. He then broke down into percentages, the specific Yavapai County areas of spending.