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Minutes of October, 2004 Meeting


2004-10-14

Big Park Regional Coordinating Council

Minutes of October 14, 2004 Meeting

 

  1. The October 14, 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 September 9, 2004 meeting were approved as written.
  3. Corresponding Secretary – Jane Petty reported that there was no new correspondence received.  However, she plans to initiate a new process to send out greeting cards to members with illnesses, as well as happy or other sad events in their lives.
  4. Treasurer’s report – Jim Trueheart reported that after paying the annual insurance premium, the main account balance is now $2,095, while the Recreation account is $219 including $145 earmarked for skateboard activities.  It was also reported that because of the light turnout at the golf fundraising event, there would be no donations from the Village Business Association for the Recreation fund.  Report was approved as presented.
  5. Committee Reports:
    1. Transportation Committee:

1.     DAP Report—Tom Hutchinson reported that ADOT is seeking “partnerships” with other organizations (City, County, Enhancement Grants, Improvement Districts, etc.) to help pay for various SR179 enhancements outside the scope of ADOT’s responsibilities (e.g., plantings for medians, sidewalks, etc.).  Mike Willett and Chip Davis who were in attendance, reported that Yavapai County plan to work with ADOT to secure “Enhancement Grants” from the Federal government.

2.     Jacks Canyon Rd. Project – This road improvement project is planned to begin construction in early 2006, which would coincide with planned SR179 construction timing.  The project will be done in phases with the first phase being the underground (e.g., storm drains, etc.) and will proceed to at least the Kachina Point facility.

3.     Honda Commercial – Because of the inconvenience of traffic delays associated with events of this nature, it was agreed that the Forest Service, FAA, Chamber of Commerce and ADOT be contacted and requested to provide advance notice to the Community when similar activities are planned in the future.  A Motion was approved directing the Transportation Committee to contact the above organizations to ask for advance notice for future activities of this type.

4.     Verde Valley School Rd/Bell Rock Blvd. Stop sign – Mike Willett, from Yavapai County reported his investigation included that advance warning signs will be added on Bell Rock Blvd. to improve driver compliance with the Stop signs.  In addition, he will follow-up with County traffic personnel to determine weather it would be appropriate to add School Crossing signs in the area.

5.     Alternate Route – Extensive discussion was held regarding the recent “study session” held by the Sedona City Council to solicit feedback on CFAR’s proposal to pursue an Alternative Route between SR179 and SR89A along Verde Valley School Road and across Red Rock Crossing.  Comments included:

1.     There seemed to be a strong sentiment by Sedona City Council members in support of the Red Rock Crossing Alternative and minimal patience by the Council to listen to members of the audience with differing viewpoints.

2.     Other Alternate routes should be considered before finalizing any decision on the actual route.

3.     Regardless of the route chosen, an Environmental Assessment (at least 3 years to complete) would be required before design and construction could commence.

4.     The present animosity being expressed from some of the proponents for the Red Rock Crossing route is counterproductive as far as gaining Big Park and Yavapai County support for such a project.

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    1. Planning and Zoning Committee:

1.     Gateway Independent School Use Permit – Motion was approved recommending that Yavapai County issue a one-year permit with the understanding that required fencing should be completed before any future permit renewal is considered.

2.     Farmers Market in the Village  -- Motion was approved supporting the issuance of a use permit to construct a facility to be used as a Farmers Market on the grounds of the Bell Rock Inn, using a design compatible with the present architecture on that property.

3.     Status of Mobil Station Sign – Joanne Johnson reported that the new gasoline pricing sign installed at the Mobil station was “grandfathered” within the old County ordinance.   Keep Sedona Beautiful plans to contact the owner.  Also, the P&Z committee will remain vigilant to try to avoid future problems of a similar nature.

  1. Old Business:
    1. CBRC – Zona Fink reported that the CBRC (Central Basin Regional Coordinating Council) have received a $48,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce to study Economic development in the Verde Valley.  This is one of five similar awards in the State.
    2. Website Update  -- Zona Fink reported that the County Webmaster (Chris Bridges) is in receipt of the data to establish the Big Park link on the County website.  This will be the first unincorporated area included on this website.
    3. Gas Line – The EA is still in process at the Coconino Forest Service.  As it stands, gas line construction through the forest will probably not commence until December.
    4. Medical Center – Construction of the new facility is being delayed with opening now expected in May 2005.  The Doctor (Dr. Jensen) is now working in the Village at a temporary office in the Coffee Roasters building.   Ultimately, it is expected that there will be some sort of Urgent Care at the new facility.
  2. New Business
    1. Library in the Village – Jim Gibson reported that there is some activity related to the establishment of a branch library in the Big Park area.  As part of this process, everyone is encouraged to complete the survey mailed to Community residents and return as soon as possible.
  3. Announcements:
    1. Sheriff Elect Steve Waugh --Don Beard reported that Steve Waugh, the newly elected Yavapai County Sheriff will be attending the November 11 BPRCC.  Everyone is encouraged to invite their friends and neighbors to hear the new Sheriff.

Meeting was adjourned at 10:45 AM.

 

                                                             John Gillam, Secretary

 

Approved November 11, 2004

 

 

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