After having narrowed down the field to four finalists and interviewing each, the Sedona City Council chose its newest magistrate judge.

On Wednesday, May 17, council chose former Sedona City Attorney Michael Goimarac, who retired from that position two years ago. Since then he has been serving as a Yavapai County Superior Court judge protem, Flagstaff magistrate judge and a Verde Valley Justice Court judge pro-tem.

The Sedona City Council’s tentative budget hearing was scheduled to take about 30 minutes to complete on Tuesday, May 16. More than two and a half hours later it was unanimously approved.

The total budget, after changes made throughout the budget workshops last month, is $47,752,118. This represents a $9.4 million — or 24 percent — increase from fiscal year 2016-17.

The Sedona City Council has spent numerous hours reviewing potential options to mitigate traffic in and around Sedona.

But during its Tuesday, May 9, meeting, discussions went in a slightly different direction.

It’s thought to be the oldest original standing building still in Sedona and later this month it celebrates a major milestone.

The U.S. Forest Service ranger station on Brewer Road turns 100 and to celebrate the city is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Last week the Sedona City Council spent two full days going over next year’s budget. And while many of the facts and figures were standard, one stood out more than the rest — $63,685,246.

That is the cost of the proposed road work over the next 10 years.

But only $5 million of that is funded — everything beyond that is unfunded at this point.

The Sedona City Council is brushing up on its interviewing skills as the city is seeking to hire a new magistrate judge. Recently, council did not renew the contract of Magistrate Judge Lewis Levin.

However, that does not preclude him from applying for the opening. The position has already been posted using a previously-created job description and brochure.

The city of Sedona has awarded service contracts for more than two decades to a handful of entities in town to not only help keep the lights on but more importantly to provide services to the residents.

These contracts help fund services the city does not provide but might otherwise provide in the absence of that community organization, and others are simply intended to provide additional public benefit, a city report states.

Late last year the city of Sedona filed a lawsuit against a company seeking damages for breach of contract. This week it was settled.

An agreement was reached between the city against the Delaware-based Sun Edison Government Solutions for $375,000.

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