By Jane Summers

Sun Correspondent

Congress Fire Chief Virgil Suitor wants the community to know that effective Friday, May 15, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect in the Congress area. These include banning smoking outside of one’s yard unless within a vehicle, operating flammable equipment, using firearms, fireworks and other incendiary devices, and building fires with charcoal, coal or a wood stove. Basically anything that produces ash is forbidden. One item often overlooked is that the ban includes are tiki torches. Gas barbecues and stoves are permitted so long as the area where they are being used has been cleared of all flammable material.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors reminds residents that the annual free slash drop-off program at county transfer stations continues through June 1. Free slash drop off will be held during normal operating hours: in Congress these are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The transfer station is located north of Congress 1/4 mile east of SR 89 on Stanton Road. Only the following items will be accepted: brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items not accepted are lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal and garbage. All slash must be removed from plastic bags. This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted. For additional information, call the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771- 3183.

As was explained in last week’s column, the Congress Fire District felt compelled to cancel the 2020 Poker Run which had been scheduled for May 18. They plan to schedule the 2021 Poker Run for April 3. In the meantime they would like to thank the following businesses who sponsored the Poker Run: Johnson Lumber, Terry Drescher, Wickenburg Tax Services, Avi’s Screamers Drive In, Bar S Animal Clinic, Brass Tacks Builders LLC, Citywide Home Loans, Congress Grocery, Craig Motor Crafts Inc., High Country Pet Clinic, Premier Tax and Accounting, TA Cattle & Machinery, Wizard Education, Bowie Construction, June Antos Century 21, B & B Automotive LLC, Central Arizona Contracting, Pradum Construction, Nichols West, Superpumper, Weaver Mountain HOA, Brinkman Electric, Champion Physical Therapy, L & M Construction, RDO Equipment, Suitor’s Heating & Cooling, Stewart Hardware, Terry Lynn’s Place LLC, Wickenburg Air, Yavapai Bottle Gas, Gun Trader, S & S Construction, and Tri-City Towing, and encourage residents to support those businesses who stepped up to support the Congress community. Sponsorships will be carried over to next year’s event. 

There is news from the Congress branch of the Yavapai County Library. Beginning on Tuesday, May 12, patrons have been able to pick up holds using curbside once again.  Procedures have been set up to keep both staff and patrons safe, while giving patrons access to more materials. Follow this process to order and pick up your items: 

1. Visit ycfld.org to browse or search the library catalog.   (Don’t have internet at home or not sure what you want?  Call your library staff and ask them to pick something out for you!)

2. Place your hold(s) through the online catalog, by calling ,or emailing your branch library and ask for help placing holds. 

3. When your items arrive at the library, you will be notified. 

4. Come to the library during open hours.  If you have a cellphone, call the branch phone number when you arrive to pick up your items.  If you don’t, call from home and arrange a time for pickup. 

5. Open your trunk and stay in the vehicle. 

6. Library staff will bring your items out and put them in the trunk after verifying your identity.  The library takes your privacy and the security of your account seriously and wants to make sure everyone gets their own items. 

 Return items to the library book drop. All items will be quarantined for 72 hours, so public and staff can feel confident they are safe to handle. If you have any questions, call the Congress library at (928) 427-3945 and staff will do their best to help. The county library has also announced that they are now on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YCFLD/.

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