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.

It’s shaping up to be a pretty good Christmas for one member of the Sedona Fire District family.

On Oct. 27, SFD Capt. Matt Fleece was transported by helicopter to Maricopa County Burn Center for treatment of second-degree burns to about 15 percent of his torso. The burns occurred after a propane tank mishap at Station 5 in Oak Creek Canyon.

As a result of two new state laws, the Sedona City Council voted to do away with an ordinance dealing with accessory dwelling units. But not before it took advantage of a
seldom-used option.

During the Dec. 13 meeting, council went into executive session during the item to discuss the matter with City Attorney Robert Pickels. When this happens, the council and staff adjourn to the Vultee Room at City Hall away from the public and media.

It was 14 minutes into the discussion of the item when Councilman Jon Thompson made a motion to meet behind closed doors.

After concern from the public as well as push back from a legal watchdog, the city’s ordinance on short-term vacation rentals is already being modified.

By a unanimous vote, the Sedona City Council approved on Tuesday, Dec. 13, the amending of its new short-term rental regulations.

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