In its heyday, the Sedona Racquet Club & Spa was a popular locale thanks to its numerous tennis courts, gym and swimming pool. Today, it sits abandoned and in disrepair.

While the facility — located at 100 Racquet Road — will never be used the way it once was, the land it sits on may become home to several families if the owner’s proposal comes to fruition.

According to a letter to the city from Neil Johnson, the agent for Elevations at Foothills South, the plan is to turn the existing abandoned tennis courts and adjoining property into nine residential lots on 4.43 acres. The zoning would then become the same as the existing Foothills South subdivision. Converting the parcel’s zoning will require a major amendment to the Sedona Community Plan since it would be going from office professional to residential.

Sedona voters will be hitting the voting booths this Tuesday, Aug. 30, for the primary election, which features local races and a pair of key issues regarding utilities.

At the local level, there are three Sedona City Council seats up for four-year terms, and one seat for a two-year term. Any candidates receiving a majority of all the votes cast at the primary election will be declared elected without running at the general election.

Rick Evans has worn several hats during his two decades as a firefighter. Now, he can add fire inspector to that list.

Evans came to the Sedona Fire District 13 years ago after serving the previous four years as fire marshal in Cottonwood. During his time with SFD he has served as a firefighter. But a knee injury earlier this year sidelined him and during that time he was filling in as a temporary fire inspector as the district looked for a replacement. But recently, Chief Kris Kazian asked Evans if he’d like to officially be the new inspector and he jumped at the opportunity.

Ask just about any Sedona resident what their biggest complaint is and most will say the same thing — traffic.

For many of those same residents, the issue goes from tolerable to intolerable during certain hours of peak times of the year. But, a $250,000 Sedona City Council-approved traffic study, which started in April, is looking to shed some light on what can be done to reduce the number of vehicles — both tourists and locals — from clogging the main thoroughfares.

Representatives from Kimley-Horn Consulting, the firm conducting the study, met with the Sedona Planning & Zoning Commission on Aug. 15 to discuss the progress they’ve made so far. Brent Crowther told the commissioners that the entire study will take about a year to complete. To date they have met with nearly 20 stakeholders in the area, have analyzed past traffic studies and have been collecting data on traffic patterns in the area. This fall they plan to host community outreach meetings while keeping the city up to date on the progress.

The Sedona Bike Skills Park is just a few months old but has already experienced its share of growing pains.

Mother Nature has been the major culprit as heavy monsoon rains have caused damage to several parts of the park, according to Sedona Volunteer Bike Coordinator Doug Copp.

“Recent heavy rains have caused some erosion throughout the park,” he said. “The worst damage has occurred on drainages crossing the tech flow trail. We are making repairs and the park is usable despite the erosion. I saw a number of riders using the park on Friday.

As election day nears, candidates for Sedona City Council are trying to get their messages out to the public, which included their third forum of the season.

The Democrats of the Red Rocks hosted a breakfast forum on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. Mayor Sandy Moriarty, who is running unopposed, spoke briefly to the crowd of about 30 before turning things over to the other council candidates.

With the Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park scheduled to be completed in October, the city determined that it was time to set up the fee structure for its use.

During its Aug. 10 meeting, the Sedona City Council approved the fee schedule that will be in place by the time the park opens.

With the 2016 election season in full swing, those vying for seats on the Sedona City Council were asked a variety of questions pertaining to issues facing the city — both today and in the future.

Q: What made you decide to run for City Council?

I love Sedona and have always believed in giving back by volunteering over the years, not just in our community, but in the Verde Valley and the state. I have always found that I get back more than I give. I have come to know the community well, and it has certainly enriched my life. I have very much enjoyed serving on the council, and it is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as mayor. We have addressed many of our priorities, and since there is much more we can accomplish, I chose to run for another term.

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