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Minutes of April, 1999 Meeting



Big Park Regional Coordinating Council (BPRCC)


April 22, 1999

Village of Oak Creek Community Center


1.     Call to Order:  President Byrnes called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.


2.     Establishing a Quorum:  There were representatives from 12 of the 17 member associations, constituting a quorum.


3.     President’s Report:  President Byrnes asked for a moment of silence for the people affected by the situation in Littleton, CO.


4.     Secretary’s Report:  The phrase “who is very business and developer oriented” under 6.A.1. was deleted.  There were no other changes.  Joan McClelland moved that the minutes be accepted, Ray Spenser seconded.  Passed


5.     Treasurer’s Report:  The treasurer’s report was passed out.  Ray Spenser moved that it be accepted, Joan McClelland seconded.  Passed.


6.     Committee Reports:

  1. Joanne Johnson reported the following from the P&Z Liaison and Transportation Committee:

1.     Lot 117 Update – The latest development request to Yavapai Commissioners and Supervisors was denied.  They agreed that the residents of Bell Rock Vista I must consent to amending their CC&Rs from Residential to Residential Services/Village Services before they will consider approval.

2.     Transportation – Joanne Johnson, along with other Big Park residents, attended the ADOT Transportation Board meeting in Flagstaff on April 9th to support the upgrading of SR179.  She feels that the Board was receptive to continuing the project with construction to start in 2001.  The Citizens Road Committee has been working with the county to install Speed Humps on Bell Rock Blvd to slow traffic.  The county plans to install temporary humps before the road project is started to test citizen’s reaction.  Permanent humps will be installed when the road project is completed.  In July the county will begin the flood control and paving of Verde Valley School Road and Bell Rock Blvd, after the current work to upgrade the sewer lines is completed.  The Bell Rock Blvd project will extend past the VOCA Clubhouse to Pinon.

  1. Youth Committee:  Bob Carlile reported on the activities of the Youth Committee.  A Program Subcommittee, chaired by Dorothy Hores, has planned a summer program of classes to be held at Big Park Community School in June and July.  More details will be provided at a later date.  Council members were asked to help spread the word of the upcoming summer program.  Information will be available at the Summer Activity Fair to be held at West Sedona School on May 5th.  The effort to secure a site for the Youth Park is continuing, but no details are available yet.  The committee has set up an Advisory Board to assist with major decisions and to incorporate community input.  Bob would like more council members to serve with this new board.
  2. Wastewater Improvement District:  Ruth Kane provided an update on the activities of the district, which was formed in November 1997.  This district is run by volunteers and three contract companies:  Improvement District Services, Environmental Biomass, and Sunrise Engineering.  The district serves more than 1100 customers, with 900 of them residential who pay $60.75 per quarter.  Commercial customers are charged based on an ADEQ chart.  The Wastewater plant is located south of the Village and east of SR179 and has a capacity of 500,000 gallons per day.  Currently volume sometimes runs as high as 300,000 gallons per day.  In the past 18 months, the District Board has been involved with a Rate Study which is drawing to a close, with public meetings scheduled for April 28th and May 26th, and several engineering, equipment, and construction projects, including an upgraded ultraviolet Disinfection System and new sewer lines along Verde Valley School Road and removal of several lift stations.


7.     New Business:

A.     Tom O’Halleran provided an overview of the activities of the Verde Valley Watershed and the state agencies, as well as the studies that are beginning to try to understand our long-term water issues.

  1. Pioneer Health Partners presented some of the activities they have been investigating that would bring improved/increased health care to the Big Park area.  They are currently looking at three options:  1)  a walk-in clinic with visiting specialists and local ancillary services, such as imaging, lab work, mammography, pharmaceutical dispensing, durable medical equipment, urgent care and ophthalmology options; 2)  all the above plus outpatient operating room services, procedure rooms and pain management clinics;  3)  a full-scale Medical Campus which would include both of the above plus a small community hospital and emergency room and an assisted living/rehabilitation facility.  They have not yet focused on what they want to pursue and so are not asking for any specific council support.


8.     Adjourn.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM.


Respectfully submitted,



Carolyn W. Fisher, Recording Secretary



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