For more than two decades, the city of Sedona has had a working relationship with various organizations that provide services to residents that the city may not.

This year’s awarding of five service contracts is taking a little more time than normal as the Sedona City Council evaluates the requests of each, as well as the recommendations made by a review committee made up of staff and residents.

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center will soon be getting a bit of a face lift. During its Tuesday, June 27, meeting, the Sedona City Council voted unanimously to help with the costs of constructing a pedestrian walkway on the southwest corner of the visitor center.

It will wrap around the building to Forest Road. It will also connect to a project underway at the Forest Road Plaza, which is home to Chipotle. Council agreed to pay $50,000 for the project with the chamber kicking in an additional $30,000.

Now that the parking meters along Main Street in Uptown are in place, the Sedona City Council had one additional task — approve the amount that will be charged. Council unanimously approved a fee structure during its Tuesday, June 27, meeting.

The work group recommended an initial fee structure, which received approval from council. The first 15 minutes is free, then the first three hours will be $2 each with $4 for the fourth hour and $6 for the fifth.

Paid parking in Uptown is now here. After more than a year of discussion and planning, the 101 paid parking spaces on Main Street became operational as of Wednesday, June 28.

In order to develop this program, the city has been working with the Uptown Paid Parking Implementation work group. This group includes merchants and property owners, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, the Uptown Rangers and representatives from the city.

As the city of Sedona nears the completion of its Transportation Master Plan, it invites the community to take a survey that seeks input on 14 potential strategies to improve traffic congestion and overall connectivity for vehicles, transit, bicyclists and pedestrians in Sedona.

Hey, what’s your sign?

Well, if it’s in Sedona, it best meet height, size, color and style regulations in order for it to be legal. But what it takes to meet those standards is in the process of being revised.

Unlike fire departments, the independent Sedona Fire District does not fall under the jurisdiction of the city it serves.

But that doesn’t stop the two from working well together in many areas including communications. At the Tuesday, June 13, Sedona City Council meeting, there was a unanimous vote to approve an intergovernmental agreement for communication services provided to the Sedona Police Department by the SFD.

It comes down to quality over quantity.

That’s the continuing goal of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce as it seeks to bring to the area more guests who are looking to stay overnight and fewer who are coming in just for the day.

That was the message the chamber shared on Tuesday, June 13, at the Sedona City Council meeting.

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