Following more than two years of delays, the Uptown pedestrian walkway project is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

The project, which carries a final price tag of $1.05 million, is nearing completion and will be in full use by the first of the year, Sedona Engineering Supervisor Stephen Craver said. Work will be done on the project itself in early December but additional work to the Wayside Chapel’s entryway will delay pedestrian use until early January. It was also agreed upon that this work would be completed prior to the installation of parking meters in Uptown, which is slated to take place in June.

It was a bit of he said, she said during a recent City Council meeting regarding the next phase of a multi-million drainage project.

During the Oct. 25 Sedona City Council meeting, city staff was requesting direction regarding a proposal from Tlaquepaque for a cost-share reduction from $250,000 to $150,000 for the Soldier Wash Phase 4 Drainage Improvements. In the end, council decided to not take action on the matter and instead, discuss it at a later date.

The city of Sedona’s $250,000 transportation master plan recently hit the half-year mark but still has another six months to go before its projected completion date.

In the meantime, representatives from the Phoenix firm of Kimley-Horn will give the Sedona City Council a second update on their progress at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at City Hall.

“During the update the consultant will review what has been done in the first six months of the master planning process, including sharing some preliminary findings; will allow the council an opportunity to ask questions; and will discuss next steps including future public outreach efforts,” Assistant City Manager Karen Osburn said.

The former Sedona Racquet Club has sat abandoned and in disrepair while being an eyesore to those who live near it for years. But that will soon change.

The Sedona City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 26, in favor of a Major Community Plan Amendment as well as a zone change for the property from office professional to single-family residential. Vice Mayor Jon Martinez recused himself from the discussion since he has a financial interest in the project.

The 4.43 acres in question sits southeast of the intersection of Racquet Road and Foothills South Drive. The plan is to turn the existing abandoned tennis courts and adjoining property into nine residential lots. The zoning now becomes the same as the existing Foothills South subdivision.

A Sedona Fire District firefighter had to be treated for second-degree burns following an incident at one of the area’s fire stations.

According to Fire Marshal Gary Johnson on Thursday, Oct. 27, at approximately 8:30 p.m. crews responded to a reported structure fire at SFD Station No. 5, which is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Indian Gardens. Emergency crews located a fire on the back patio of the building, involving a portable barbecue, which had been extinguished by a station crew member.

The plan to install paid parking meters in Uptown is moving forward but those visiting that area will still be able to do so for free for the next seven months.

The Sedona City Council approved a contract on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with British Columbia-based T2 Systems for the purchase of up to 12 solar-powered parking meters. Its Luke II model pay station was selected at a cost of $175,164 — nearly $100,000 under budget.

The paid parking will be limited to the 101 spaces in Uptown along State Route 89A. The 415 off-street parking spaces in the area will remain free and will be promoted even more through additional signage.

When it comes to trash hauling within the city of Sedona, things will remain status quo.

Even though a formal vote was not taken, the Sedona City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 25, directed staff to no longer pursue a single-hauler trash and recycling program. Their decision was based on the results of a request for proposals from two local haulers as well as the push back the city had received from the public.

Sedona residents rarely hold back when it comes to expressing their displeasure with traffic, especially during the busier times of the year. But now they will be able to let their voices be heard in a slightly different way.

As part of the yearlong, $250,000 transportation master plan conducted by Phoenix-based Kimley-Horn, an online survey will allow residents to have a say in the planning process.

Online Poll

What traffic fixes should the city tackle first?

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