Friday, October 30, 2020

Council Votes to Deny 5-year Renewal of Use Permit for Tent Shows at Sedona Vista Village

The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council’s Planning & Zoning Committee reviewed the application for 5-year Renewal of Art/Craft Tent Shows at Sedona Vista Village. The regularly scheduled meeting was conducted via Zoom and open to the public (10-23-2020).

The committee's recommendations were provided to the Council of Representatives via email and subsequent electronic ballot. 

The result of the vote was to deny the Use Permit Renewal. The areas of concern are outlined in the Assessment below.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Who Doesn't Love a Parade?

There's a Halloween Parade Happening in the Village ! 

Saturday Oct 31 10a-12p 
Location: Big Park Community School

What an idea!! A pet parade in the Village of Oak Creek hosted by the Sedona Village Partnership and Sedona Village Learning Center to give families – big people and little people – a bit of Halloween festivity in a safe setting.

This is a no fee community event! All are welcome, with or without a pet!  Calling everyone - young and old, pet owners and wanna-be pet owners... don a funny, or frightening costumer, l
eash up your little monster, and come out and let's enjoy some community fun together.

What's the deal ? 

Registration for parade entrants is 9:30am.

Prizes for Best Dressed Pet / Best Dressed Pet with Owner / Best Dressed Group Combo, Pet Who Has Come the Farthest, and others. There will be JUDGES and Halloween goodies for all participants!  (Even more surprises are being developed.)

All families around the Verde Valley, Sedona, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and the Village of Oak Creek are welcome to participate.

Parade route - short & safe!

The start will be at the East entrance of the Big Park Community School. “Observers” can stand and hand out treats along the entire route, past the preschool playground into the wide entrance to the back playground. The parade will continue along the perimeter of the border fence and twice around the large brick circle, concluding on the concrete sidewalk in front of the old Administration Office, where the cash prizes and other awards will be distributed.

Physical distancing will be observed, and of course, masks are encouraged. 

It's free.... the best kind of fun!

There is no fee to enter and participate. If you would like to donate to support scholarships for 3-4-5-year-olds at the Sedona Village Learning Center PreK school, there will be easy ways to do that.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Candidates for 2021 Executive Board

Big Park Regional Coordinating Council
Officer Candidates for 2021 Executive Board

The following individuals were presented by Mike Ryan, chairman of the Nominating Committee.  There is a single candidate for president, secretary and treasurer.  We have two candidates vying for the seat of vice president, listed here alphabetically.

The election will be held November 12th at the regular meeting of the Council.

📌  President, Camille Cox

Camille is currently president of the Council and served on the 2019 Executive Board as secretary.  She is chair of the newly formed Big Park/Village of Oak Creek Community Plan Committee.  In 2019 she served as co-chair of the Council’s ad hoc Parliamentary Training Committee. She is an alternate rep and communication secretary for the Pine Valley Property Owners Association, one of the Council’s largest Member Organizations.

Last year Camille served on the core team that produced the 2019 Town Hall Forum on the topic Verde Valley Land Use: Making Collaborative Decisions. This forum brought together 103 thought leaders from across the region.  She is a Partner of the Sedona Village Partnership and previously served on the marketing and awards committees for Keep Sedona Beautiful.

Professionally, she is active as a strategic marketing consultant specializing in high tech and industrial markets.  Her firm, OnRamp Communications, works with executive teams on assignments with significant business impact and high confidentiality. During her 40-year career, she has helped many companies with public offerings, divestitures and launches, including startups to Fortune 500.

She and her husband Philip moved to the Village of Oak Creek in late 2015 from Thousand Oaks, CA.  They have four adult children, seven grandchildren, a pond full of koi fish and a loyal dog named Jackie.

📌  Vice President, Phil Feiner

Phil is currently serves on the 2020 Executive Board as secretary, on the APS Transmission Line subcommittee, and the Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee.

Highlights of his career at Pacific Title & Art in 1977, and his first Optical Vfx shot on "Star Wars" removing the mirror below the land speeder cut in the movie (commonly referred to as a Vaseline shot) and being nominated for an Emmy for best Visual Effects on the Warner Bros. TV show "V". Other projects like American Sniper, Mystic River, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun, Eraser,Striptease, Birdcage, Executive Decision, Primal Fear, Mission Impossible, Twister, Batman & Robin, Men In Black, Titanic, ET – Extraterrestrial, Star Wars 1977, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves are a few of the 1,000+ projects on the long list of television and feature films that Phil has worked on during his 40 year career. Preservation projects for Warner Bros. include 2001 A Space Oddessy, Around the World in 80 Days, Cheyenne Autumn, Mutiny on the Bounty, Battle of the Bulge, Ice Station Zebra and Ben-Hur.  Feiner's most prestigious and daunting project was George Lucas's restoration of the Star Wars trilogy in 1997. For this massive project, Feiner and Pacific Title mapped out an extensive cost-effective alternative to more expensive digital effects using new intermediate elements from the original camera negatives plus selected digital composting of the "Blaster" sequence.

Professional affiliations include membership in the 600 Photographers Union as a Director of Photography; SMPTE; ACVL; affiliate member of ACE; associate member of ASC on their Technology and Steering Committees and Co-Chair for Advanced Digital Intermediate. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science Sci-Tech Committee, the newly formed Academy Technology Committee, Chair of the Academy Digital Archival Initiative, and involvement in the DCI – StEm tests. 

Credited with co-developing the lucrative "Gemini Process," a high-quality D1 video-to-film process, Feiner was also instrumental in the development, planning and execution of Pacific Title Digital Studio, in 1989. In 2002, Feiner began development work on a B&W Archival System to Archive Digital files onto analogue B&W 35mm Polyester film through Laser Film Recording. The process that was born from this development is called “Rosetta” and its lifespan can be up towards 1,500 years, if properly stored. In February 2007, Feiner and members of his development team were awarded a Scientific and Technical Award “Academy Plaque” for developing this process.

📌  Vice President, Dave Norton

📌  Treasurer, Mike Ryan

Mike is a retired “techie” from Austin, Texas.  He and his wife, Sandy, moved to the Village in 2018 to find a slower pace of life. He represents the Las Piedras HOA on the Council.

His professional career involved finding ways to use technology to make businesses more competitive.  At Charles Schwab and Dell Computer he led teams responsible for data networks, data centers, telemarketing centers and application software for customer service and sales. After his tech career, he spent several years teaching high school and working for Habitat for Humanity as a construction volunteer and house leader. After a few years of framing houses, hanging sheetrock, installing cabinetry, before he switched to the electrical crew wiring houses (easier on the back!).

Mike sees his involvement in the BPRCC as an opportunity to contribute to the Village. His personal passion is our Dark-Skies Community designation, an area where his engineering perspective on lighting provides insight.  Front and center are new developments and re-development projects, which raise the issue of LED lighting to the community.  He is hopeful that with education and community involvement we can bring in a new era of collaboration.

📌  Secretary, Mary Pope

I would be honored to serve as the secretary for the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, as I am encouraged to see the direction it has been heading this past year, and would welcome the opportunity to further support our efforts to become a more open discussion forum; giving expression to the thoughts and opinions of our Community in a positive way.  

As for my qualifications, I served as Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Procedure/Code of Conduct Committee, currently am Co-Chair of the Bylaws Committee and am the Representative for La Barranca II.  I have been trained on MailChimp and the BPRCC website, currently doing some of the BPRCC emails and assisting with website content uploads.  

I’ve served on the Boards of a number of Sedona non-profits.  

Going further back, I retired in 2004 as Director of Worldwide Graphics & Trademark for the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies.  I’ve been admitted to the NJ Bar (retired from practice).  I’m a PADI open-water diver, miniaturist, avid gardener and recreational horseback rider. Although my hiking days are behind me, I count Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim as one of my proudest achievements.  I am happily married to Neil Pope, and together we have 3 beautiful children and 3 amazing grandchildren (of course!).  

Lastly, I love life here in the Village where we have lived full time since 2004.

Warmest Regards, Mary Pope.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

BPRCC Vice President Honored by AZ Community Foundation

Carolyn Fisher Honored with Spirit of Sedona Award

The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona announced their 2020 Spirit of Sedona Awards today. Among the Philanthropists of the Year honorees is Carolyn Fisher, vice president of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council. Carolyn has represented her neighborhood on the Council since its beginning in 1997, and served as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer as well as many committees.

She is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and has lived in the VOC since 1994. After attending college in Virginia, she served in the Peace Corps in Southeast Asia. During her tenure in the Air Force she had assignments in Florida, Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, Virginia, Illinois and California.

Carolyn is involved in many philanthropic activities in the Verde Valley, but among them, her greatest passion is education.  On that front she is a contributor on both the macro and micro level. She was a key player in the effort to save the Big Park Community School for the Village, and is both a Director and volunteer with the Sedona Literacy Center tutoring elementary students on reading, writing and math skills. She served on the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee (VVBAC), which reported to the Yavapai College District Governing Board, works with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), is affiliated with Yavapai College, and has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to bring educational courses to the Village of Oak Creek and Rimrock area.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, is a Partner of the Sedona Village Partnership, and was treasurer for the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs. 

All that, and on any given day you will find her giving a little lift to some Verde Valley cause not previously mentioned.

Congratulations, Carolyn - and thank you for all you do for the Village and Verde Valley Region!

Monday, October 12, 2020

VOC Ballot Box

In case you have not heard, we have a new ballot drop box located at the District 3 Fire Station: 125 Slide Rock Road.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Announces Text to 9-1-1 Service

Prescott AZ (October 1, 2020) – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners throughout Yavapai County are excited to announce that Text-to-9-1-1 service is now available countywide. Partnering agencies include police departments in Clarkdale, Jerome, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Sedona, Yavapai Tribal-Prescott, Yavapai Tribal-Apache, Yavapai College along with the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office and Prescott National Forest Law Enforcement.

This new technology means all 9-1-1 Public Safety Dispatch Centers in Yavapai County are equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages from our community. These texts will be routed to the appropriate 9-1-1 center, based on jurisdiction, when sent within Yavapai County. Please review all information thoroughly to understand how the system works and its limitations.

Individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, will have another option to call for help in an emergency, Text-to-9-1-1. The benefits to our citizens are significant, especially in cases when the caller cannot communicate verbally. Examples include not only the hard of hearing, but also when a crime is in progress, the caller is facing domestic abuse, the caller is injured and cannot speak, or other similar scenarios.

Even where text-to-9-1-1 is available, if you can make a voice call to 9-1-1, please call instead of texting.

How to text 9-1-1 in an emergency:
  • Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field;
  • The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed;
  • Push the “Send” button.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  • Text in simple words – do not use abbreviations.
  • Keep text messages brief and concise.

The following guidelines are provided regarding Text to 9-1-1. If you use a wireless phone or other type of mobile device, make sure to do the following in an emergency:
  • If you can, always contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call, “Call if you can – text if you can’t.”
  • If you are deaf and hard of hearing and Text-to- 9-1-1 is not available, use a TTY or telecommunications relay service, if available.
  • If you text 9-1-1 and text is not available at that time or in your area, you will receive a bounce back message advising “text is not available please make a voice call to 9-1-1.”
  • Location accuracy varies by carrier and should not be relied upon. Be prepared to give your location.
  • Text-to-9-1-1 service will not be available if the wireless carrier cannot ascertain a location of the device sending the message.
  • Text-to-9-1-1 is not available if you are roaming.
  • A text or data plan is required to place a text to 9-1-1.
  • Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1. They cannot be received at the 9-1-1 center currently.
  • Text messages should be sent in plain language and not contain popular abbreviations (SMH, LOL, ICYMI) or emojis, which will not be recognized.
  • Text-to- 9-1-1 cannot be sent to more than one person. Do not send your emergency text to anyone other than 9-1-1.
  • Texts must be in English only. There currently is no language interpretation for text available. This is still in development.
If you have further questions about the Text-to-911 program, please contact the 9-1-1- Center.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Villager President's Report - October 2020


BPRCC Regular Meeting - October 8th, 9am

The meeting this Thursday 9 am (10/8/2020 via Zoom) will be a blockbuster in terms of important agenda items.If you would like to join the Zoom meeting, send an email to (Representatives and Committee members are automatically on the guest list)

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Recording of D3 Supervisors Candidate Forum 9/30

Watch our two District 3 Supervisor candidates answer questions on local issues. Questions were submitted by resident voters, moderated by the Verde Valley League of Women Voters.