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.

Sedona City Attorney Robert Pickels didn’t hold back on his thoughts regarding a state bill that went into effect over the summer.

“This is one of the worst pieces of legislation I’ve ever seen,” he said in regard to Senate Bill 1487 that passed on May 7 and went into effect on Aug. 6. “This is just another example of the state legislature imposing its own will on local jurisdictions and taking away our ability to govern effectively at the local level.”

Fact: Short-term vacation rentals will soon be allowed in Sedona.

Myth: There will be no regulations associated with this practice.

On May 12, Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1350 into law. Because Sedona’s ban on short-term rentals is no longer valid, the city is developing policies around areas like licensing, registration of an emergency contact and collection of taxes on properties permitted to operate under the provisions of the law.

It’s being called a 10-year storm and based on some of the flooding it caused, it earned that distinction.

A major storm on Aug. 10, which dumped more than an inch of rain in less than an hour, resulted in damage to the Carroll Canyon Wash bank along city-owned property located at Shelby Drive, the site of Sedona Recycles. A city report states that the damage and lost work area in the southeast corner of the recycle center is fairly significant. The erosion damage from this storm also made it apparent that it would be prudent to stabilize the wash bank adjacent to the city’s major pump station.

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