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Minutes of July, 2004 Meeting


Big Park Regional Coordinating Council

Minutes of July 8, 2004 Meeting


  1. The July 8, 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.  13 members were present, which is a quorum.
  2. The minutes of the June 10, 2004 meeting were approved.
  3. Corresponding Secretary – no new correspondence received.
  4. Treasurer’s report – Jim Trueheart reported that after $100 of postage/printing expense in June, the main account balance is now  $3,360.  Also, after insurance payments of $438, the Recreation account balance is $330 including $145 earmarked for skateboard activities.  Report was approved as presented
  5. Committee Reports:
    1. Transportation Committee:

1.     SR 179 Process—Tom Hutchinson reported that the BPRCC stakeholder representatives will be Tom Hutchinson for DAP #1 and Bert Berkshire for DAP #2.

2.     Gas Pipeline – The following motion was approved and sent to the Coconino National Forest office in support of the proposed “Purple” alternative as the preferred location for the Gas pipeline extension:       In reference to the proposed Gas pipe line extension from the Village of Oak Creek through the Coconino National Forest to Sedona, the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council agrees that the “Purple” alternative, which would align the pipeline next to the new south bound road footprint would be preferred.  However, given that the present highway easement is approximately 200 feet wide, the draft EA should be modified to confirm that ADOT have agreed to develop the precise location for the new south bound highway lane and provide that information to UniSource in time to support pipeline construction.  In addition, the EA should be clarified with respect to re-vegetation of the pipeline construction area specifying that the disturbed natural vegetation will be replaced as soon as possible with the same types of vegetation as were removed. 

3.     Transportation Committee Chairman Replacement – no action taken.

    1. Planning and Zoning Committee:

1.     Report on June 21st Board of Supervisors meeting – Helipad and Village Estates – Dorothy Hores reported that the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors rejected the request to approve locating a helipad in VOC.  Also, that action was deferred on Village Estates sub division pending clarification of some of the details.

2.     Cathedral Rock Ranch – motion was approved concurring with the  proposed extension of the sales facility on the property for an additional four years.

3.     Bella Terra on Oak Creek – location of effluent discharge next to flood plain – The proposed development would be 106 homes adjacent to Canyon Wash (present zoning would permit 200+ homes) and planned to locate its effluent discharge next to the flood plain.  The Council approved the following motion requesting reconsideration of the effluent discharge location:  The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council recommends the consideration of other options for location the effluent treatment facility outside of the flood plain.

4.     Next P&Z Meeting – will be held on July 19th to permit attendance at the July 26th SR 179 DAP kickoff meeting.

    1. Recreation Committee:

1.     Summer Swimming – Louisa Connell reported that the summer swim program at Sedona Winds will end on Sunday, August 1st due to poor attendance.

2.     Recreation Committee Meeting – the next meeting of the Recreation Committee will be on July 14th at 2PM. 

  1. Old Business:
    1. Committee Chair & Committee member terms – The following revision to the BPRCC Policies and Procedures was approved to clarify term limits for BPRCC Committee membership (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. Mr. Henry Reiter – Update on Museum in VOC  -- Mr. Henry Reiter reported that the Museum located in Tequa Plaza has been closed and that interested parties are looking for a viable business proposition to re-establish a museum locally.   Mr. Reiter believes that any future museum effort would need some auxiliary feature (such as an Artisan store) to help support a museum on a self-sustaining basis.  The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia was used as an example for such a facility.
  2. New Business:
    1. Co-sponsorship of Congressional Forums – Dorothy Hores discussed the request from the League of Women’s Voters to co-sponsor their upcoming election forums in the area.  A motion was approved that BPRCC would be one of the co-sponsors of the local forums.
  3. Other: -- additional discussion occurred regarding a proposal for BPRCC to join a lawsuit against the proposed Helipad.  While it was agreed (with some dissenters) that BPRCC should not officially join such a suit, Dorothy Hores agreed to do some additional research to determine what other options may be available to support the County.


Meeting was adjourned at 10:20AM.


Approved August 12, 2004


                                     John Gillam, Secretary



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