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Minutes of June, 2004 Meeting


Big Park Regional Coordinating Council

Minutes of June 10, 2004 Meeting of


  1. The June 10, 2004 Big Park Regional Coordinating Council meeting was called to order by President Don Beard at 9:00AM at the Big Park Fire Station Meeting Room.  16 members were present, which is a quorum.
  2. Medical Center in the Village – Jim Senik, President of Verde Valley Medical Center, along with Dr. Mike Connor and Rick Petersen, VP of facilities for VVMC discussed the new satellite medical center being planned for the Village of Oak Creek.  Key points are as follows:
    1. A new 8,000 sq. ft. facility will be constructed in Bell Rock Plaza (next to Mail Boxes, etc.) with facility completion planned for January, 2005;
    2. The facility will be a Primary care facility with some secondary care.  The Family practice physician (Dr. Jensen) will set up temporary offices in the fall and will be supported by 8-9 specialists;
    3. The facility will include a Medical Lab and X-Ray;
    4. There also may be some Urgent Care at a later date (vs. Emergency);
    5. It is hoped that the facility will encourage more physicians to locate in VOC;
    6. Project is being done as part of a larger ($31 Mil.) expansion at VVMC – Cottonwood.
  3. The minutes of the May 13th meeting were approved.
  4. Corresponding Secretary – no new correspondence received.
  5. Treasurer’s report – Jim Trueheart reported there were no new expenses for May and that the main account balance is $3,460.  Also, the Recreation account balance remains at $768 including $145 earmarked for skateboard activities.  Report was approved as presented
  6. Committee Reports:
    1. Transportation Committee:

1.     SR 179 Process—Zona Fink reported that the final "Preferred Planning Concept" for the SR 179 highway design has been selected.  Also,

a.     DAP Applications –SR179 Design Advisory Panel (DAP) members have been selected (10 from 30 applicants for the Village segment).  DAP members will be notified of their selection by early July.  There will be one DAP for each of the Highway Segments and they will meet four times between July 26th and October 6th to provide input and feedback on conceptual designs for aesthetic treatments, median break locations, scenic pullout features and construction timing. 

2.     Gas Pipeline – Bob Aberg reported that CNF have issued their EA comments for the proposed UniSource gas pipeline extension from VOC through the Forest to Back ‘o Beyond in Sedona and are recommending the “Purple” route alternative be followed.  “Purple” would follow the alignment of the new Southbound bifurcated lane through the forest and then through the Village off the East side of SR179 (Canyon Diablo, etc.).  There will be a Public meeting on June 23rd (3-7 PM) at the Church of the Red Rocks to answer questions.  Public comments on the EA proposal are due back to the CFS by July 9.  Further information can be secured at the Forest Service website www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/nepa.

    1. Planning and Zoning Committee:

1.     Bread & Breakfast special use permit  --Dorothy Hores reported that this request was denied by the County Supervisors.

2.     Village Estates – approved by the County P & Z.

3.     Helipad—County P&Z rejected the request (5-2 vote) but the County Supervisors will consider a request by the applicant (Mr. Reeves) for a Special Use permit at their meeting on June 21st at 9:30am in Cottonwood.  Citizens are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting and express their views.

4.     Patel Property (corner of Jacks Canyon & SR179) – Nothing new to report.

    1. Recreation Committee:

1.     Summer Swimming – Louisa Connell reported that the summer swim program will open at Sedona Winds beginning on Sunday, June 20 from noon to 4 PM.  Also, Linda Christopher has agreed to serve as chairperson for this program and Volunteers are needed to supervise at the pool on Sunday afternoons.

2.     Activities Calendar – still a viable project for the Recreation Committee and will be resumed in September.

3.     Park Grand Opening – The Grand Opening of the new community park will be Saturday, June 19th from 10am to 2:00pm.  The park will be named “Kiwanis Park”.

4.     SVBA Funding – Jim Trueheart reported that requests for funding should be submitted as soon as possible.  Actual funding amounts will be decided after the fund raising activities are completed later this summer. 

  1. Old Business:
    1. Committee Chair & Committee member terms – The issue of term limits for BPRCC Committee membership was discussed.  It was agreed that having a four-year term limit for Committee members might not be in the best interest of the Council.  Accordingly, it is proposed that Section 4.A.iii. of the Policies and Procedures be revised as follows (new wording in italics): 

1.     It is recommended that Committee members limit their term on the Committee to four years in order to encourage wider Community participation.



    1. CBRC Grant – Zona Fink also reported on the Central Basin Regional Council's (CBRC) progress in obtaining a Regional grant from the US Department of Commerce.  The CBRC included representatives from all incorporated and unincorporated areas in the Verde Valley area (including Yavapai College). 

1.     A motion was approved to “support a grant application to be submitted in support of creating a regional economic development plan.”  A letter will be written from Don Beard addressed to Gilbert Jimenez (Director of the AZ Department of Commerce) and forwarded to CBRC to be included in their grant application packet.

  1. Announcements:
    1. New Red Rock News Reporter for the Village – Joe Bechard was introduced as the new Red Rock News reporter covering the Big Park area.
    2. Helicopter Pad – everyone is encouraged to send letters from their HOAs as well as personal letters or Email to the County regarding the Helipad Special Use Permit application.  The Email address is: ryan.smith@county.yav.us.gov
    3. Litter Lifter Status Reports -- Barbara Zeschke thanked the HOAs for submitting letters supporting their litter lifter activities.  However, a few letters are still outstanding.

Meeting was adjourned at 10:28AM.


                                     John Gillam, Secretary

Minutes Approved July 8, 2004



2.     Council members are requested to discuss with their individual HOAs for adoption of this change at the July 8th Council meeting.
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