Minutes of November, 1999 Meeting
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF
Big Park Regional Coordinating Council (BPRCC)
November 18, 1999
Village of Oak Creek Community Center
1. Call to Order: President Dick Byrnes called the meeting to order at 9:08 AM with the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Establishing a Quorum: There were 12 member associations represented, establishing a quorum.
3. President’s Report: President Byrnes reminded the council about the Sedona Centennial plans, including a meeting the evening of Nov. 18 at the public library.
4. Secretary’s Report:
A. Approval of minutes. Dorothy Hores moved the minutes be approved, Louisa Connell seconded. Passed unanimously.
1) Petition circulated by George Stearnes. President Byrnes read the petition as received from Mr. Stearnes. Following a discussion of many of the issues brought up in the petition, including whether they were controllable by county agencies (the Council has no authority over anyone), President Byrnes requested a letter be sent to Mr. Stearnes that many of the items in the petition are of a personal nature and the others are in the process of being resolved.
2) President Byrnes introduced the subject of speed humps for the south side of Bell Rock Blvd. near the school. A discussion of the effectiveness of various speed control measures followed. Pres. Byrnes requested a letter be sent to Richard Straub of Yavapai County recommending the pilot project on speed humps on Bell Rock Blvd. be extended to include the south side of Bell Rock by the school. Also that a letter be sent to the school district and to the sheriff’s department requesting help with speed control.
5. Treasurer’s Report: Bill Bookwalter presented the Treasurer’s Report. Dennis Parker moved that it be accepted, Dorothy Hores seconded; passed. Bill asked for volunteers to form a Budget Committee (to meet immediately following the Council meeting today). Dick Byrnes, Dorothy Hores and Dennis Parker volunteered.
6. Old Business: Suncliff Drive Access. Norm Davis and Mark Kuhack from Yavapai County presented their exploration of development of the access road between Pinon Woods and Jacks Canyon with property owners. Only one of the property owners responded to county letters. This owner is a property speculator who would be interested in selling part of his parcel for an access road. The proposed cost would be in the vicinity of $130,000 (contingent on an appraisal). The County is asking for Council guidance on whether to pursue the purchase of the land necessary for an access road. Dorothy Hores moved that the Council continue to support the development of Suncliffs Drive as an alternate access route to serve the east side of Highway 179 in Big Park including the acquisition of property as needed for adequate access, Joanne Johnson seconded; passed.
7. Committee Reports:
A. P&Z Liaison and Transportation. Signage. Chip Davis repeated the difficulties the county has had with zoning inspectors. Now that there are inspectors in place the county hopes to catch up with some of the alleged violations. The committee is continuing to pressure ADOT to follow up on violators of their signage regulations. President Byrnes expressed his frustration over ADOT’s lack of responsiveness to complaints as well as its internal communications failures. Bob Aberg suggested we send a letter to Don Dorman of ADOT stating what it is the Council wants in the design of Highway 179 improvements. Joanne Johnson suggested that we re-energize our Road Committee to meet with ADOT over sound walls as well as other plans that affect our community.
B. DRO Update. The DRO draft has been given to the Village Business Association and we are waiting to hear from them. We will present the accepted draft to the Council for its consideration as soon as possible.
C. Parks and Recreation. Bob Carlile provided an update of the progress of the Site Committee. He and Jim Patterson provided an overview of the decision document and selection matrix, which the committee will be using, for the site selection. There will be a public meeting on Saturday, December 11th, at 9:30 AM to look at site options. They are asking for a strong community turnout. Refreshments will be served.
D. Nominating Committee. Bob Carlile reported the slate of officers for the year 2000 to be as follows: President – Carolyn Fisher; Vice President – Lloyd Marlowe; Secretary – Carol Agers; and Treasurer – Bill Bookwalter. Nominations from the floor will be taken at the December meeting. Voting on the new officers will also take place at that meeting.
8. New Business: President Byrnes introduced a possible future issue with the bed and breakfast being built on Red Butte and the concerns of the neighbors regarding the leach field being in a wash. The property is within VOCA and is zoned for use as a B&B.
9. Adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 11:14 AM.
Carolyn W. Fisher, Recording Secretary
THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE COUNCIL WILL BE HELD December 15, 1999, AT 5:30 PM (Note time change) AT THE VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK COMMUNITY CENTER. ALL REPRESENTATIVES AND ALTERNATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.