10/24/2013 2:37:00 PM County supervisors hold off on purchase of Yarnell photos
By Tamara Sone Contributing Reporter
PRESCOTT -- Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to hold off on purchasing photos from the Yarnell Hill Fire during Monday's board meeting.
On July 3, Pictometry International Corp. took photos of properties located within the boundary of the fire. Pictometry provided the county with access to the photos at no cost for 90 days. However, with the area no longer in an emergency situation, the company is terminating the county's access to the photos. The company has agreed to sell the photos to the county for $9,679.
Rather than purchase the dated photos, Supervisor Jack Smith asked Chief Deputy Assessor Ron Gibbs if it would be possible to include the Yarnell area when the company does flyover photos of Prescott and Prescott Valley. The flyovers are scheduled for sometime within the next 30 days.
"What we are looking at is about $10,000 here," Smith said. "And I'm curious that since they are planning these flyovers anyway, could they add it? I know that they've said that they can add areas. I just wondered if you guys vetted that before we asked for these pictures. I'm just curious if it would be cheaper."
Gibbs said he had not inquired with the company about adding Yarnell to the flyover schedule.
"I'm a little concerned, because they offered that free for 90 days ... was 90 days not sufficient for you to glean the information from this?" Supervisor Rowle Simmons asked. "You had it for 90 days, you were able to glean information, so what's the value of us buying it now when you've actually had the pre-use of it?"
According to Gibbs, the photos would be readily available to the county to assist people in Yarnell move forward with assessing the values of their damaged homes.
"These photographs that we are talking about today were after the fire," Gibbs said. "This allows us to see what the properties look like."
Supervisors instructed Gibbs to research what the cost would be to add Yarnell on with the Prescott and Prescott Valley flyovers and present that information at their Nov. 4 meeting.
Supervisors also presented retiring Finance Director John Zander with a proclamation and plaque in recognition of his service to the county. Zander was appointed to the position in 2006.
In other business, supervisors:
Approved, 5-0, an on-call professional services contract between the county and Bender Consulting Services for outreach services related to on-going FEMA studies. The contract is not to exceed $25,000.
Approved, 5-0, a contract with Catalyst Architecture LLC for engineering and architectural services for the retrofitting of nine offices at the Commerce Drive Annex.
Approved, 5-0, extending the agreement between the county and the Prescott Free Clinic Inc. for a second term of 10 years.