The city is weighing its options when it comes to intervening on behalf of its residents regarding a proposed rate hike by Arizona Power Service next year.

City Attorney Robert Pickels said he’s waiting for direction from the Sedona City Council as to whether or not it will intervene. But in order to keep that option, he needed to file the paperwork to do so by Thursday, Nov. 10. He said that APS can object to the filing but he doesn’t expect that to happen.

The Sedona City Council gave its blessing for staff to continue moving forward with Ranger Station Park. But due to funding restraints, aspects of the park are expected to be added over the next three or four years.

Council was given an update on the park, located on Brewer Road, during its Thursday, Nov. 10, meeting and also approved the hiring an outside consultant for the project.

The city acquired the land at 250 Brewer Road in 2014 to ensure the preservation of the historic buildings and to create a community park in the heart of Sedona. The ranger’s house was built in 1917 and the barn was built in 1934. Both are designated City Historic Landmarks and are also on the National Register of Historic Places. All other structures on the property — none of which are considered historically significant — have or will be removed to make way for the park, a city report states.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Sedona’s Land Development Code went in for a much-needed tune up. But that will soon change.

The city has contracted with the consulting team of Clarion Associates to overhaul the 20-year-old LDC. Over the next 18 months, Clarion will work with the city, stakeholders and the public to draft a revised version of the code.

If this was a football game, it would be coming up on halftime.

The city of Sedona has hit the halfway point of its $250,000 transportation master plan, which is an attempt to find ways to reduce traffic in the area. Representatives from the consulting firm of Kimley-Horn appeared before the Sedona City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to give a six-month update on the progress of the study, which is expected to be done in May.

“This is an opportunity to share with you what we’ve been working on the last six or seven months,” Assistant City Manager Karen Osburn said. “It’s not an opportunity to talk about solutions or conclusions. We are still in the preliminary phases.

While Sedona is in the midst of a year-long transportation master plan, the Arizona Department of Transportation is wrapping up one of its own.

One of the ways ADOT looks to the future is through its What Moves You Arizona campaign that features its the Long-Range Transportation Plan that’s updated every five years. Part of this process includes an online survey that the public is encouraged to fill out. It will be up until Friday, Nov. 11.

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.

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