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5/24/2013 8:29:00 AM
Council adopts Big Park Vision Statement
Ken Rouse
President; Big Park Regional Coordinating Council

Vision Statement: With the termination in the spring of 2010 by Yavapai County of any further Community Plans a Vision effort was initiated by the Vision Committee of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council.

At the last Big Park Council meeting on May 9 the Council adopted the following Vision Statement:

“Our Vision is to inspire stewardship of our natural environment, the Big Park/Village of Oak Creek (Community) and the amenities that enhance the lives of our residents and visitors by:

• Protecting and preserving the pristine natural beauty of the Red Rock Country surrounding our Community.

• Nurturing a sense of community spirit and citizen involvement by maintaining our small town atmosphere and values.

• Creating a “Sense of Place” through the amenities expressed in our art, educational and culture opportunities and by supporting our businesses along or just off the Red Rock Scenic Byway, Arizona’s first All-American Road.

• Building bridges of communication and cooperation within the Greater Sedona Area and other Verde Valley communities, recognizing that our decisions and actions may have an impact throughout the area.”

With adoption of this Vision Statement, the Council may now move forward to establish specific goals and actions consistent with the Vision Statement. You will be asked in the near future to participate in community meetings to help establish these goals and actions.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions as this Vision must come from the entire Community, not just from the Big Park Council.

ADOT Public Hearing Results: At the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Public Hearing in Flagstaff on May 10th, BPRCC representatives presented a Resolution urging ADOT to reinstate the upgraded replacement of the front door to Red Rock Country -- the I-17 / SR179 Interchange.

This Resolution was adopted by eleven prominent Sedona area stakeholders in this Interchange. This Interchange Project was in the current ADOT Five-Year Plan.

However, the new proposed ADOT Five-Year Plan, due to serious budget cuts at the federal level, completely eliminated this Interchange Project.

Potential New Transportation/Shuttle Service: On May 21 in the Sedona City Council Chambers, the public was invited to comment on a proposal to authorize a government agency or private business to operate a transit system under a special use permit to provide shuttle transportation to trailheads, recreation sites and visitor centers on SR 179 and 89A in Oak Creek Canyon.

The Coconino National Forest, the City of Sedona and the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) are collaborating with a private consultant to develop an alternative transportation solution to the current vehicular congestion in those areas.

The purpose of this effort is to reduce recreation-related vehicle congestion in the 179/89A corridor and increase visitor access to recreation opportunities.

The May 21 meeting was to review findings from a parking inventory, accept comments and input from community members and leaders, and review examples of shuttle services in national parks and national forests elsewhere in the U.S. (At press time, I did not have a report from this meeting.)

A second community meeting to be held this summer will seek feedback on the specific proposed alternatives.

Scholarship Given: The winner of the BPRCC scholarship this year is Haley Davis, a graduating senior at Sedona Red Rock High School, who lives in our community and attended Big Park Community School from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. She will be attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, beginning this fall.

Our scholarship committee chair, Robert Kraft, also presented a special surprise “Letter of Commendation” to Mareen Barton, Journalism Teacher / Publications Adviser, who coached the scholarship candidates. It was a very Special Evening for all of us who participated in the Scholarship Event.

Next Meeting: Our next Big Park Council Meeting will be on Thursday, June 13, at Fire Station # 3, located at 125 Slide Rock Road. Cheryl Yeatts, Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village, will be our guest. She will explain the variety of services provided by the Library to both residents and visitors.

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