It’s estimated that nearly 3,000 people come out each year for Safe and Fun Trick-or-Treat, the Sedona Main Street Program’s annual Halloween event.

With warmer-than-normal temperatures forecasted for that day, even most ghosts and goblins may turn out.

When the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks put this year’s Oktoberfest event on its calendar nearly six months ago, little did members know what the weather was going to be like.

Boy were they surprised.

“If it’s that nice moving forward, this event will always be a success,” Rotarian and biermeister Rick Wesselhoff said. “We could not have asked for better weather.”

Have you ever wondered what types of trees grow best in Sedona? Believe it or not, there is a bit of science involved when making that decision.

To help with this, the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department invites residents to a free workshop — Homeowners’ Tree Workshop and Firewise Education — on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. There, participants can learn how to properly select, plant and maintain heathy trees, while also learning ways to protect homes against wildfire.

“It’s a little out of the realm of what we normally do but this community class is offered for free and doesn’t involve a lot of staff time,” recreation coordination Ali Baxter said. “They were basically looking for a location to host the class and help with getting the word out.”

It’s been almost 15 years since the idea of a performance venue named in honor of Barbara Antonsen was first brought up. Even though construction is finally near completion, those looking to celebrate its official opening will have to wait a bit longer.

Last week the city of Sedona decided that the grand opening of the outdoor center at Posse Grounds Park will be delayed from the fall to the spring.

And then there was one.

Last week, David McGill accepted an offer to become Sedona’s newest police chief, a job he’ll be assuming shortly after the first of the year.

He said he was humbled and honored after being notified by City Manager Justin Clifton that he was chosen from seven finalists from across the country.

By a unanimous vote, the Sedona City Council voted in favor of adopting an ordinance that gives it a small say in regard to the state’s recent law on short-term vacation rentals.

The vote came during the council’s Tuesday, Oct. 11, meeting.

“We think this is going to be effective in allowing us to track this activity and identify the people who are engaged in it,” City Attorney Robert Pickels said. “We want to make sure that we’re very sensitive to the fact that we adhere strictly to what’s authorized in statute and don’t deviate from that for obvious purposes.”

Like most things in life, the cost to provide electricity to homes and businesses continues to rise. Because of that, Arizona Public Service is requesting a rate hike for its 1.1 million customers to cover the cost of doing business.

This is the first rate increase request by APS in five years.

“The rate increase is to cover all of our costs over the last five years that we’ve spent on capital improvements, whether it be for generating plants or for the grid,” APS representative Stefanie Layton said during a Tuesday, Oct. 11, Sedona City Council meeting. “Most of our expenditures over the last five years have been on the infrastructure side while building a grid that supports more technology and in particular, a two-way flow of energy.”

Most people in Sedona will agree there is a traffic problem. But when it comes to a solution, there have been few answers.

That’s where Kimley-Horn comes into the picture.

The Phoenix-based firm was hired earlier this year by the Sedona City Council as part of a $250,000 transportation study that began in April and is expected to take about a year to complete.
Last week, consultants from the firm were in Sedona to meet with city officials as well as selected community stakeholders to discuss possible options to reduce traffic. Kimley-Horn will soon be scheduling public outreach meetings to garner additional information.

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