After several years of searching for a possible signature event during the holidays, Sedona may have found one. Residents and visitors are encouraged to mark Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 14 to 17, on their calendars for something organizers expect to be enjoyable for the whole family.

Sedona Northern Lights — which will be the country’s largest projection show on a natural canvas — will help showcase “Sedona’s profound beauty, thriving arts scene, dark skies and enchanting landscapes.” But it was announced this week that while the show will last just a few minutes at a time, the prep time will take much longer.

It’s been nearly two decades in the making. The city’s 2017 Wastewater Master Plan Update is the first of its kind since 2000.

In it, city staff has provided an overview and evaluation of the existing wastewater system, including a capacity analysis and condition assessment of pipes and lift stations, and a review of operation and maintenance practices.

Those driving from State Route 89A on Brewer Road will see something unfamiliar for the next several months — a stop sign.

Construction of the Brewer Road crossing capital improvement project is underway. The work is significant and includes drainage improvements and utility relocations. During construction, motorists should be aware of traffic control changes at the intersection of Brewer and Ranger roads.

The Sedona City Council gave a unanimous nod to updating its fund balance policy — the first time in six years. As part of their analysis the city’s Fiscal Sustainability Work Group reviewed the current policy, which was adopted by the council in 2011, and made several recommendations.

The group believed some reserves are higher than necessary and there is an opportunity to free up one-time cash reserves. Council voted 7-0 to reduce the fund balance to 30 percent during its Tuesday, Nov. 14, meeting.

The recent $17.9 million bond measure went to the voters and was shot down by nearly 13 percent. During the process, there were two groups — for and against the bond — who were outspoken in public meetings and through advertising in the media.

Two years ago, a proposed CVS store consumed more city meetings than any other topic in recent memory. In the end it was approved at its location at the corner of State Route 89A and Airport Road.

But CVS representatives appeared at yet another Sedona City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, for a somewhat unusual reason. When the project was approved, it was agreed upon and placed within the development agreement that the hours of operation would be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, the developer agreed that the store would only be open for a 12-hour block during those potential hours of operation.

With the Sedona City Council voting to move forward with a new half-cent sales tax dedicated to transportation projects, the next step is to create a plan for advancing projects through the decision-making process.

That’s what the council did during its Tuesday, Nov. 14, meeting as the city moves forward with its Transportation Master Plan. The item was for direction only, thus no vote was taken.

As the old saying goes, “Third time’s the charm.”

Twice during the summer, the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission delayed a vote regarding the city’s wireless communication master plan. But on Nov. 7, the commission voted unanimously to recommend approval to the Sedona City Council.

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