Minutes of April, 2005 Meeting
Big Park Regional Coordinating Council
Minutes of April, 2005 Meeting
1. The April 14, 2005 Big Park Regional Coordinating Council meeting was called to order by President Don Beard at 9:00 a.m. at the Big Park Fire Station Meeting Room. Fourteen members were present, which is a quorum. The agenda was finalized with two announcements added.
2. President Don Beard introduced Sheriff Steve Waugh and welcomed him to the Council meeting. Scott Reed (community and business issues) attended with Sheriff Waugh. The steps of reorganization of the Sheriff’s Department were outlined.
A. The department has been divided into two divisions: Law Enforcement Services and Detention Services. Both will be led by a Commander. The Commander is in place for the Detention Services Division but not the Law Enforcement Services Division due to budget constraints.
B. The Law Enforcement Services Division has three (3) bureaus. (patrol, support services and criminal investigations). The Patrol areas generally follow the BOS District boundaries. Personnel within the areas are being allocated according to need. The Sheriff mentioned his “suffer equally” belief that would help to make response time equitable. Support Services includes the Professional Standards Section, Records, and Communications. Lt. Francis is the head of our section – our “Chief of Police.” Criminal Investigations contains Eastern and Western sections, property/evidence, Special Crimes Unit and Civil and Warrants.
Sheriff Waugh hopes to relieve deputies of some functions through phone reporting, use of lap tops, and the expansion of VIP support services. Traffic enforcement will “hit the hot spots” on a rotating basis.
Sheriff Waugh suggested that he come next time to discuss burning issues in our community.
3. The minutes of the March 10, 2005 meeting were approved as submitted.
4. Corresponding Secretary’s report – A card will be sent to Dorothy Hores who is resigning from the Council and the P& Z committee for health reasons.
5. Treasurer’s report – John Gillam, Treasurer, reported that there was a current balance of $3,909.52. Dues were received from all but one (1) association. The Recreation committee account had a balance of $869.08. A motion was made and seconded to accept the treasurer’s report. The vote was unanimous in support. An audit committee report was postponed until May.
6. Committee Reports:
A. Transportation Committee:
1. A special meeting of the Transportation Committee will be held on April 18th at 8:00 am at Sedona Winds. County representative, Mike Willits, will attend. Anyone with an interest in the Jack’s Canyon
2. All American Road: Jim Gibson reported that the application is currently with the FHWA office in Phoenix for their review. It will then be sent to Washington, D.C. Jim also reported that we are currently listed as a nominee on the Byways web site.
3. Executive Committee Report: Zona Fink reported that Robert Montoya has joined the ADOT Board. He is a local resident and citizens can meet him at the next Executive Committee meeting on April 21st at 8:00 a.m. There will be one open house per month. The next is scheduled for April 27.
B. Planning and Zoning Committee:
1. The committee submitted three requests for comments to the County. The first was a “no comment” response to the Cornville Community Plan. The second was a request for a variance for a Pinon Woods 3 property. This request was sent back to the HOA. The third was a “no comment” to an ordinance change related to farm animals held on private property.
2. Lacking local cooperation with the Mobil station owner, a motion was made and seconded by the Council to send a letter to the President of Exxon/Mobil regarding the recent change in signage. The letter was approved unanimously and will be sent following the meeting.
3. Dorothy O’Brien presented the Las Piedras community report. The community has held meetings with ADOT and developers of property contiguous to theirs. The community and the developers will “adopt” the first roundabout and have suggested a possible contest to name the gateway. The community is also working with developers to plan pathways and the uses for open space that will be realized once Horse Mesa Road is realigned.
C. Recreation Committee – no report
7. Old Business – none
8. New Business: none
9. Announcements –
A. Commissioner Chip Davis will hold a community meeting at the Big Park School library on April 28 at 6:30.
B. The CBRC will hold Part II of their Annual Economic Forum on May 17 from 8:30 to Noon. Contact Zona Fink if you wish to attend. On April 19th a meeting will be held to gather input for the grant that CBRC is currently writing.
C. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Verde Valley Medical Center’s new facility will be held on April 29th at 1:30 at Bell Rock Plaza.
D. Bob Aberg shared an article on roundabouts with the Council
Meeting was adjourned at 10:30 AM.