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Minutes of November, 2005 Meeting


Big Park Regional Coordinating Council

Minutes of November, 2005 Meeting

(approved Dec. 8, 2005)


1.      The November 10, 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.  Twelve (12) members and two (2) alternates were present, which is a quorum.

2.   The minutes of the October 13, 2005 meeting were accepted unanimously as submitted.

3.      Corresponding Secretary’s report:   The secretary sent a note of thanks for the recent donation from the arts committee.

4.      Treasurer’s report:  A report was submitted showing a current balance of $2,767.83.  The Recreation Committee account has a balance of $1,551.86.  A motion was made and seconded to accept the treasurer’s report.  The vote was unanimous in support. 

5.      Committee Reports:

A.      Transportation Committee:

1.  Report:  Executive Committee – SR 179:  Zona Fink read a letter from ADOT regarding SR 179 construction.  Construction cost increases are estimated at 30 – 40 %.  The letter further stated that the project will continue on schedule.

B.      Planning and Zoning Committee:

1.  Revision of PAD ordinances:  A discussion was held regarding the proposed revisions.  Issues raised included: 

       a. The language is difficult to understand.  Clearer language is needed.

       b. A clear definition of open space needs to be added.

       c. The acreage required for roads should not be included in the total acreage of the parcel.

       d. What are the height restrictions?

2.  Condo Conversion:  The proposed conversion of the apartments on Bell Rock/Canyon Circle has been remanded to VOCA for discussion

3.  Lighting Ordinance – Pinto Dr. Property: BPRCC has objected to the “interpretation of staff” regarding the ordinance as related to this property.  Supervisor, Chip Davis is meeting with Ken Spedding to resolve the issue.  BPRCC wishes to preserve the integrity of the “dark skies” ordinance and desires “plain language.”

4.  Tequa, Phase IV:  The owners have asked for feedback from the neighborhood regarding the types of tenants that are needed and would be supported.  They are “thinking outside the box” when considering occupants.

              C.      Recreation Committee:   Bob Carlile reported that the event calendar is getting home to families at Big Park School.  He can add a line in Spanish for Hispanic families asking children to read the calendar to their parents.


6.   Old Business: 

       A.  A change to the Policies and Procedures was proposed and approved unanimously.  Language will be as follows with changes in bold:


       3.  Committees:

            There shall be four standing committees:  Transportation, Planning and Zoning, Recreation/Youth Activities and All American Road.

d.     All American Road Committee: 

                 The purpose of the All American Road Committee is to coordinate all activities dealing with the administration, maintenance, funding and continued viability of the All American Road which is designated SR 179 from Milepost 302.5 to 310.  The committee shall uphold the requirements of the scenic byways rules as determined by Federal regulation.


            Bill Kusner was chosen as chair and John Gillam as co-chair for the new     committee.

       B.  The nominating committee reported its proposed slate of officers for 2006: 

            President:  Bert Berkshire

            Vice President:  Al Thiele

            Secretary:  Tim Westbay

            Treasurer:  John Gillam

            Past President:  Don Beard

       C.  No action was taken regarding the request for membership from the homeowners of Casa de Piedras.  Their CC& R’s haven’t been received.

       D.  A report was given from the Supervisors’ meeting that Pioneer Park is now off the table for consideration.  Grass roots opposition worked in making this action possible.

7.      New Business: 

       A.  Efforts are underway to clean up the recycle area in the Village.  Bill Kusner will work with KSB and the Villager newspaper will include an article on the do’s and don’ts of recycling.

       B.  Carolyn Fisher reported that the library annex will open 12/13/05.  The money goal was met with almost $4,000 over the target amount. The James Miller estate, administered by Dennis Parker, made the initial contribution of $24,000. The current location will be across from the post office.  Drop-off is at Weber’s until the new facility opens.

       C.  The medical center is now open in Bell Rock Plaza.  A second physician will be hired.

8.  Announcements:

       A.  Bob Carlisle announced that there will be no Verde Valley Forum this year.  The survey sent out listed the number one concern to be methamphetamines in our communities.

       B.  Zona Fink announced that Supervisor Davis had been asked at the KSB meeting how a separate county could be formed.  This is done in two ways.  The first requires 51% approval in the seceding/remaining areas.  The second would require legislation to make the change.

       C.  Jim Gibson will attend the Verde Valley Regional Planning work session as the BPRCC representative.

       D.  Norm Murdock expressed concerns about the accreditation of the VVMC.  Ruth Kane said that the facility has federal accreditation, but that the state process is very expensive.

       E.  A petition was passed in the group for the State Initiative for Land Trust.


A motion was made and carried to adjourn the meeting.



Dorothy O’Brien for Secretary, Jane Petty


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