A family of eight — ranging in age from 8 to 79 — were transported to the hospital following exposure to carbon monoxide.

According to Sedona Fire District Fire Inspector Rick Evans, crews were dispatched to a home on Andante Drive at 9:40 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. Initial units arrived on scene in less than three minutes and found an adult male patient complaining of nausea and light-headedness. During questioning of additional family members, SFD Capt. Brian Ford quickly realized that there may be a potentially dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide inside of the home, Evans said.

Over the last 20 years Sedona has seen its fair share of changes. But one thing that hasn’t changed much is the city’s Land Development Code — until now.

The city hired the consulting firm of Clarion to update the LDC, which was last overhauled in 1995, just seven years after incorporation. The public got its first glimpse at how the code will be updated over the next 18 months during an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Sedona Public Library.

It comes down to simple math — 2.8 million visitors coming to a town of 10,000 residents. In the end, there are bound to be some issues.

While traffic is the biggest complaint among residents, another one that is quickly moving up the list is parking, specifically trailhead parking.

The Sedona City Council received an update on the issue during its Thursday, Nov. 10, meeting. A city report states that the recent increases in tourism have increased the number of parking-related issues at and/or near trailheads. In recent months, residents near Soldier Pass Trailhead, in particular, have complained about the overflow of vehicles parking on neighborhood streets.

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.

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