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.

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.

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