What is considered affordable housing? It may not be as difficult as defining art or answering the meaning of life but it’s still difficult nonetheless.

The lack of affordable housing in the area was one of several topics discussed during a special budget meeting on Jan. 19, as the Sedona City Council established its priority list for next fiscal year.

The Sedona Fire District is in the exploratory stage to see if a general obligation bond is needed to catch up on improvements that were identified more than 15 years ago.

The district is establishing a citizen committee to look at options of how to generate the needed funding to replace two fire stations and update others.

Work will continue to move forward on a city drainage project to help eliminate the type of flooding that occurred over the last decade that left a path of destruction in its wake.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Sedona City Council approved a public infrastructure cost-sharing agreement with Tlaquepaque and Los Abrigados, through resolution. These agreements are for the construction of the Brewer Road/Tlaquepaque Drainage Improvements Project. The agreements will allow project funding of $250,000 from each of the two partners, and the balance of approximately $1.5 million from the city for the construction work that is budgeted for the current and following fiscal year.

It’s not a matter of if but when.

That was the sentiment from the Sedona Fire District Governing Board and Chief Kris Kazian in regard to the need for a new fire station in Uptown — replacing the current one that’s 40 years old.

It’s no secret that when it comes to building codes, Sedona’s are more strict than most. Its sign code is no exception.

The best example of this is McDonald’s, which is home to the only teal arches in the world. While the company balked at the sign code precluding use of the iconic yellow in 1992, in the end it worked out well for them.

It’s taken longer than expected but according to Sedona Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch, it will be worth the wait.

Work is expected to begin on Monday, Jan. 23, on the upgraded Posse Grounds Fitness Trail, located at the park. The city received a grant in 2015 to cover the majority of the cost of the upgrades but Murdoch said there was a delay in issuing of the funds from the state.

The Sedona Fire District now has yet another firefighting and rescue tool at its disposal but different from what some may expect.

The district recently purchased a drone that can be used to get a bird’s-eye view during forest and structure fires as well as rescues.

A packed crowd anxiously waited to hear if the Sedona City Council was in favor of seeking outside bids to handle destination marketing and tourism promotion for the area.

In the end, however, it turned out to be much ado about nothing.

While a vote was not taken, the council unanimously agreed on Tuesday, Jan. 11, that issuing a request for proposal is not needed at this time. However, council felt that while a request for qualifications is not necessary right now, it may be considered at a later date.

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