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.

Sedona’s Transportation Master Plan is coming to a close but not before the public will have a pair of opportunities to weigh in before its completion.

The city of Sedona will host two open houses to share information and get feedback on strategies detailed in the plan, which began more than a year ago. The open houses will be held Wednesday, June 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers at 102 Roadrunner Drive.

Later this month, residents and visitors parking on Main Street in Uptown will see something that has been in the works for a while — parking meters.

After approximately 18 months of work, the paid parking program is scheduled to begin on June 28. The tentative installation dates for the 13 pay stations are June 20 and 21.

Between June 20 and 27 the pay stations’ digital screens will be programmed with a “Free to Park Today, Enjoy Your Visit” message. In all there are around 100 parking spaces that will become paid.

With just four of seven commissioners at the meeting — and a desire for more information — the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission delayed action on making a recommendation on the Wireless Communications Plan.

After three hours of discussion — nearly an hour of which came from the public — the commissioners voted on Thursday, June 1, to continue the meeting at another date.

It was just after 4 a.m. when officers from the Sedona Police Department and the U.S. Forest Service met to formulate a plan that was to take place just as the sun began to rise.

By 5 a.m., the group of about 10 parked near Sunset Park as part of an operation to make contact with those camping illegally within the city limits but on USFS land. Most are homeless with some having lived in the area for quite some time.

A broken pipe at the Sedona City Hall left water about a foot deep rushing between buildings before it could be turned off.

The result is that several departments have been displaced until repairs can be made. According to City Engineer Andy Dickey, police personnel noticed the water around 5 a.m. Saturday, June 3.

He said that a water main ruptured in the courtyard between the Human Resources and Community Development buildings.

After consulting with county emergency managers and Red Rock Ranger District rangers, Sedona Fire District implemented fire restrictions as of 8 a.m., Thursday, June 1.

The Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest will implement Stage 1 restrictions on its lands at 8 a.m. Friday, June 2.

“Spring weather provided for a larger grass crop and fine fuels growth this year. With the current lack of moisture and rising temperatures, the potential for wildfire in these lower elevations has increased, which is why we’re going into restrictions,” RRRD District Ranger Nicole Branton stated in a press release.

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