Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Join Us For Community Forum with Supervisor Donna Michaels

Date: Tuesday, July 6th 2-3pm

Location: Sedona Academy of Arts,  7000 Arizona 179, Sedona, AZ, 86351 (The Collective, next door to the Corner Table restaurant)

Donna Michaels, Yavapai County D3 Supervisor, will provide us with an update on issues and activities in our district and across the County.  The forum is presented by the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council as an opportunity for our County Supervisor and community members to exchange information. All members of the community are welcome, however our in-person gathering has limited seating.

You may submit questions for the supervisor ahead of the event: info@bigparkcouncil.org.

To register for the live event:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-our-county-supervisor-tickets-159278709909.  Reservations are required to attend in-person as seating is limited.

To attend via Zoom:  RSVP by email to info@bigparkcouncil.org, include your email address and full name (first and last).

Monday, June 28, 2021

New Hybrid Live/Virtual Forums Provide Opportunity for Citizen Engagement

President’s Report - July 2021

Camille Cox, President

New Hybrid Live/Virtual Forums Provide Opportunity for Citizen Engagement

The fourth item in the Council’s mission statement is: To provide a forum for residents, property owners, business owners, educational institutions and investors within the Community to resolve problems and advance the interests of the Community.

This summer your Council is conducting forums on a number of topics of interest to our community.  And, for the first time, some of these will have the option of attending a real meeting (live) or Zoom (virtual) participation.  The Community Plan committee has been experimenting with the format all year, and in the Fall the Council plans to change the regular monthly meetings to this hybrid format.

The first live/virtual community forum will introduce a new Verde Valley regional broadband initiative.  Monday, June 21st at 1:00 pm, Mary Chicoine, executive director of the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO), will provide an overview of what is in the works to bring improved, high quality internet capability to the Village.  One of the top mentions in the recent resident surveys was the need for improved internet in our community – this initiative is a solution path! Information on how to RSVP for either the in-person (live) or Zoom (virtual) can be found at www.bigparkcouncil.org.

The second forum is your opportunity to Meet & Chat with Our County Supervisor. On Tuesday July 6th, 2:00 pm, Yavapai County D3 Supervisor Donna Michaels will provide us with an update on issues and activities in our district and across the County.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.

To attend the meeting in-person: RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-our-county-supervisor-tickets-159278709909. In person seating is limited, reservations are required. 

To attend via Zoom (unlimited): send an email with your full name and email address to: info@bigparkcouncil.org.

We are limited on the number of seats available for the live meeting, simply because of the room size.  There are few affordable options in the Village that offer the Intenet and conference room basics needed for the hybrid format.

We are a team of volunteers experimenting with new tools to produce these forums.  Please be patient with us when the inevitable bumps in the road show up.  If you or someone you know is skilled with A/V technologies and might be willing to help us with these productions – please pop me a message.  In particular we’d be grateful for a camera operator at the forums!

If you have a topic that you feel would be well-served by a community discussion forum, send us your concept for consideration. info@bigparcouncil.org.

APS Powerline Project  The US Forest Service informed us that the Environmental Assessment should be released in August.  The Council will be submitting our statement at that time.  In the meantime, the subcommittee is working on communication with elected officials to inform them of the community’s position.

Congratulations, Big Park Community!  The daunting, 2-year process of updating the bylaws of the Council to better serve the community was completed at the June meeting.  We had a full-house, and all 20 member organizations present voted to approve the final set of Articles and 19-1 vote to approve the new policies.  This is a remarkable, community-driven feat that attests to what can be achieved through hard work and respectful, mission-centric discussion.  You can take pride in our community for doing this important work. As problems and opportunities arise, we have a solid framework to explore and act on solutions.


Public Agency Report  Fire Marshal Jon Davis informed the Council that effective Friday, June 11th, Sedona Fire District is moving into Stage II Fire Restrictions.  These restrictions prohibit all solid-fueled open fires, fire pits, and campfires. He emphasized using extreme caution and expressed hope that an earlier, wetter monsoon season would alleviate the danger.  Jon explained that “Firewise” landscaping does not mean removing all trees and shrubbery; rather that it involves creating more of a park-like setting with islands of vegetation.  Unbroken lines of plants leading up to a dwelling should be avoided and he stressed the need for horizonal and vertical separation; so as not to encourage ladder fuels.

President’s Report  Camille Cox presented Steve Fiedler as liaison to VVTPO (Verde Valley Transportation Project Organization); he was approved by acclamation.

Secretary’s Report  Mary Pope welcomed Jan Groves, new Representative for the Sedona Village Learning Center and Rose O’Donnell new Representative for Pinon Woods II East, noting that Pinon Woods II East has two new Alternates as well (Cindy Hay & Stephen Howard).  Mary expressed appreciation to Joanna McPherson and Steve Suter for their service and their continuation as Alternate Representatives.

Community Plan Committee  Committee member Jan Groves presented the draft Vision Statement.  She encouraged the Council to distribute the one question survey to their members to vote and provide feedback (villageplan2022.org).

Dark-Sky Committee  The committee’s continued work on an International Dark-Sky Community sign for the Village was reported.  Marty Aronson, proprietor of Sedona Vista Village, and the Sedona Village Partnership have provided funding.  Potential locations at the gateway to the Village are being investigated.

Verde Valley Transportation Project Organization  Steve Fiedler reported that he attended the May 26th meeting and the following programs are active: Cornville Road widening and center rumble strip; Intersection of Beaverhead Flat and SR179; and Sedona parking garage.  He noted that money for projects is available for the Regional Priority Projects list and if there are transportation projects in the Village, the VVTPO will consider adding them to the list.  Camille suggested that if Member Organizations identified needs to be addressed, they should send them directly to Steve or to info@bigparkcouncil.org.

COVID Vaccination Clinics  Clinics were held in May and June at the VOCA clubhouse and now Spectrum offers in-home vaccinations.  Information has been included with the June meeting Highlights email and posted on the Council website.

Next Executive Board Meeting: Tues, June 29th 2pm

Next Regular Meeting: Thursday, July 8th 9am, via Zoom

Friday, June 11, 2021

Learn About Initiative to Bring Faster Internet to the VOC

Community Information Forum
Verde Valley Regional Broadband Initiative

Monday June 21, 2021 1pm

In-person: Sedona Arts Academy, located at The Collective
7000 SR179 Suite C-100, Sedona (next to Corner Table restaurant)
– or –
Virtual Attendance via Zoom

One of the top identified priorities in the recent resident studies for the Big Park/VOC Community Plan (VillagePlan2022.org) is "Improved Broadband/Internet Service". This forum will inform us about a new regional plan to provide the Verde Valley Region, including our community, with just that!

Mary Chicoine, executive director of the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO), will give a presentation on the Verde Valley Regional Broadband Initiative. She will provide an overview of the plan and what has been accomplished to build a Verde Valley "middle mile network". This network is the key to providing quality broadband services to businesses and residences in the Verde Valley region.

This effort is moving fast as a partnership between the public and private sectors, and the Village of Oak Creek and Big Park area could be one of the early beneficiaries. VVREO is meeting with all Verde Valley communities to inform them of this exciting opportunity.

The forum will be a hybrid format - you may attend the meeting or join via Zoom.
  • To attend in person, make a reservation via EventBrite: Click here to RSVP.  Limited seating - reservation required. Location is the Sedona Arts Academy at The Collective in the Village of Oak Creek. (next door to Corner Table Restaurant, address top of page).
  • To attend via Zoom, send an email with your full name and email address to: info@bigparkcouncil.org.

This forum is being produced by the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council. You may direct questions to info@bigparkcouncil.org.

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