For more than a decade, the former Sedona Cultural Park has sat empty aside from being a way for some to access a pair of popular trailheads.

Many have wondered what will come of the privately-owned area that sits on nearly 40 acres in West Sedona. And while a glimpse of what may be built there was seen 18 months ago, little information has been made public since then.

The city is halfway through its first wastewater master plan update in nearly two decades and according to staff and consultants, everything is flowing right.

An update was given to the Sedona City Council during its Tuesday, Jan. 10, meeting.

The Sedona Community Plan identifies Oak Creek’s water quality as a key issue. The wastewater master plan will address this issue by looking at areas that are on septic systems to determine if those areas can be connected to the sewer collection system, thus potentially reducing one of the threats to Oak Creek’s water quality, a city report states.

After two-and-a-half hours of discussion regarding the ongoing transportation master plan, the Sedona City Council came to the consensus that more work still needs to be done.

The $250,000 study was the main topic during the Tuesday, Jan. 10, council meeting. The item was for discussion and direction only for staff and consultants Kimley-Horn. The study still has several phases with a completion date expected for May.

Consultant Brent Crowther led the discussion by showing numerous options the firm is proposing as potential ways to mitigate traffic in town. Some were based upon last fall’s survey that received more than 2,000 responses, which Crowther said was far more than expected. He said the top recommendations from survey takers were new roads, wider roads and transit for visitors and residents.

The eyes of city officials from across the state are watching the outcome of a recent lawsuit filed against Arizona’s attorney general and state treasurer.

The suit, filed in Arizona Superior Court by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothchild, is a result of Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s threat to withhold state shared revenues as a result of Senate Bill 1487. That law, which went into effect in August, prohibits cities from passing laws that conflict with state laws. This issue stems from Tucson’s practice of destroying seized weapons, which contradicts state law.

As the city of Sedona’s transportation master plan enters its final months, data will continue to be gathered with the plan of improving traffic flow in and around the city.

Council will be receiving an update on the next steps toward development of possible alternatives, strategies and recommended improvements as part of the $250,000 study. Members will be discussing this matter during the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Christmas and New Years have come and gone but organizers of the fourth annual Holiday Central Sedona are already thinking of ways to improve 2017’s event.

More than 30 events stretching from Uptown to Sedona Red Rock High School fell under the umbrella of Holiday Central. This time a few locations changed, most notably Tinsel Town from Posse Grounds Park to Tlaquepaque. And, last year’s festivities saw the return of Red Rock Fantasy but in a modified format compared to what it once was.

In recent years, members of the Sedona City Council have suggested the need to see if the city is getting the biggest bang for its buck in regard to promoting Sedona as a tourist destination.

One of the biggest proponents of seeking a request for proposal or request for quote has been Vice Mayor John Martinez. He and the rest of the council will discuss this possibility during a Wednesday, Jan. 11, City Council meeting. There, they will give direction to city staff on how the council wants to proceed regarding a contract for destination marketing and tourism promotion for the next fiscal year and beyond.

Arizona is one of the few states that does not have a statewide ban on cell phone use and texting by motorists. Yet, there are cities and counties — including Sedona — that ban this practice.

That’s where problems can arise, officials have said. When motorists, especially visitors to the state, drive through Arizona, in some areas it’s legal and others it’s not.

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