Last year proved to be another busy one for the Sedona Fire District. And while the overall number of calls decreased slightly, the types of calls varied greatly.

The 2016 annual report — which is compiled each year by SFD Executive Assistant Tricia Greer — offers a glimpse into what the staff of the district does on a day-to-day basis.

The Sedona City Council gave its blessing for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce to proceed with the purchase of a vacant building on 401 Jordan Road.

Even though a formal vote was not taken on March 15, council was clear that the purchase of the building is a smart move with a wide array of possible uses in the future. But in the meantime, it can be used for additional free parking in the Uptown area.

The plans calls for the chamber to use product development funds — via bed tax revenue — and pay it off in the next three years. It would then be turned over to the city at that point or further down the road when it’s deemed appropriate.

Ever since the city of Sedona announced that it would be drafting a new transportation master plan, there’s been one overlying theme — there is no single answer to the problem.

That was again evident during an update on the $250,000 plan as presented to the Sedona City Council on Tuesday, March 14. City Manager Justin Clifton led the discussion and stressed several times that council will be presented a multitude of options from the study over the next several months. The hope is to weed out those council is not interested in and narrow it down to a few options — both big and small.

It’s been 22 years since the city of Sedona last updated its Land Development Code. So to say it’s playing catch up may be a bit of an understatement.

The city hired the consulting firm of Clarion to update the LDC, which was last overhauled in 1995, seven years after incorporation. The LDC implements the Sedona Community Plan by creating the rules for development in the community, senior city planner Mike Raber said.

The Arizona Water Company is seeking to build a new tank that will not only provide service reliability for residents but will help better serve in the event of a fire.

The tank, which will hold between 1 million and 1.5 million gallons, will be installed on vacant land owned by the company southwest of the intersection of State Route 179 and West Mallard Drive.

“We are proposing this storage project in order to make sure that the surrounding community’s water demands, water supply sources, storage and booster pump station requirements are being reliably and adequately met,” the company’s website states.

In January, the Sedona City Council gave its blessing for staff to move forward with a new contract with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

And while council members expressed their confidence in the chamber’s abilities to serve as the city’s destination marketing organization, they have since expressed a desire to have a little more say in how the nearly $2 million from the city is spent.

At a March 1 work session, council and the chamber decided that beginning in 2018 a joint meeting would be held every January with council and the chamber prior to development of the upcoming year’s program of work, budget and marketing plans. This would be an opportunity for the two parties to “engage in dialogue regarding current year goals and objectives, assess the state of the tourism industry at that time and respond to changing needs,” a city report states.

Talk of needing to replace a pair of stations within the Sedona Fire District — and improvements to another — have been batted around for more than a decade-and-a-half.

But now, a citizens’ advisory committee has been formed to look at all options of generating funding for these improvements, which includes a general obligation bond. Their first of nearly a dozen meetings was held on Tuesday, March 7, at SFD Station 1 in West Sedona.

Arizona Public Service and a group of stakeholders from throughout the state reached an agreement last month in regard to the company’s first proposed rate hike in five years.

The agreement, which will go before the Arizona Corporation Commission for approval this summer, includes not only the rate hike but solar power agreements and fees for those who choose to use an analog meter as opposed to the APS-preferred smart meter.

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