It’s not a matter of if but when.

That was the sentiment from the Sedona Fire District Governing Board and Chief Kris Kazian in regard to the need for a new fire station in Uptown — replacing the current one that’s 40 years old.

It’s no secret that when it comes to building codes, Sedona’s are more strict than most. Its sign code is no exception.

The best example of this is McDonald’s, which is home to the only teal arches in the world. While the company balked at the sign code precluding use of the iconic yellow in 1992, in the end it worked out well for them.

It’s taken longer than expected but according to Sedona Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch, it will be worth the wait.

Work is expected to begin on Monday, Jan. 23, on the upgraded Posse Grounds Fitness Trail, located at the park. The city received a grant in 2015 to cover the majority of the cost of the upgrades but Murdoch said there was a delay in issuing of the funds from the state.

The Sedona Fire District now has yet another firefighting and rescue tool at its disposal but different from what some may expect.

The district recently purchased a drone that can be used to get a bird’s-eye view during forest and structure fires as well as rescues.

A packed crowd anxiously waited to hear if the Sedona City Council was in favor of seeking outside bids to handle destination marketing and tourism promotion for the area.

In the end, however, it turned out to be much ado about nothing.

While a vote was not taken, the council unanimously agreed on Tuesday, Jan. 11, that issuing a request for proposal is not needed at this time. However, council felt that while a request for qualifications is not necessary right now, it may be considered at a later date.

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.

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