Is the Cornville Community Association The Voice of Cornville?
The following is in response to the letter from Mr. Gary Chamberlain that appeared in the Verde Independent on January 21, 2011.
The Cornville Community has approximately 4,000 residents. The Cornville Community Association (CCA) has been in existence for over 20 years. It was formed so that the neighbors and residents of Cornville could get together on a regular basis and discuss what was going on in their community.
Over the years it has grown, with an average of 250-plus members, and became incorporated, has by-laws, a nine member board, a planning and zoning committee, and a community pride chairman.
The Community Association has annual meetings where new board members are voted in by the Association members. They are all volunteers. That board meets once a month to work on the next month’s meeting agenda. They obtain guest speakers and provide programs based on what the members suggest or what is happening in the Verde Valley that will be of interest to them or affect them directly. The agendas are posted on the web page,(www.greatercornville.org), in the newspapers and in the Cornville Chronicle.
Quoting from Mr. Chamberlain’s letter, “The straw that broke the proverbial” camel’s back” came when I (Mr. Chamberlain) was still an active member of the CCA. I (Mr. Chamberlain) had invited the Cornville residents of Oak Creek Estates to our CCA meeting.” In fact, the CCA always welcomes residents or non-residents, members or non-members to our meetings but since we have a published agenda we ask participants, if they wish to speak, to get on the agenda for a future meeting.
Because we have invited guest speakers and an agenda, you won’t always get to speak at the meeting of your choice, or for the length of time you desire. Showing up and raising your voice will not get you heard.
When the Cornville Community Association was incorporated it was established that a planning and zoning committee would work directly with the Yavapai County Development Services Department, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. The Cornville Community Plan was adopted in 2005 and won the Governor’s award that same year. The information in this Plan, which was put together by the whole community of Cornville, presented where they wanted their community to be in 20 years, and it established our relationship with the County. The Association receives requests from the County for a change in zoning, a request for a variance and various Use Permits and based on the information in the Plan and the feeling of the community, the board reviews and responds to these requests. Major issues that will affect the whole community is put on the general meeting agenda and discussed at an open meeting.
The things that have been accomplished by the Cornville Community Association over the past 10 years have been done with the help of the community and the hard work from the all-volunteer board along with County support. To mention a few: Working with the County to establish Windmill Park, Adopt-a-highway on Cornville Road, the “Entering Cornville” signs starting at the wash just west of Amante and again east just past Koch Ranch Road.
You might have noticed the Burma Shave type signs on Cornville road, they were requested by a resident of Cornville, and are there to remind you to slow down. The Association along with the County, has held, organized and worked four major clean up days for the residents of Cornville. The first County Scenic/Historic road in the state of Arizona is on Page Springs Road and Cornville now has it’s own Farmers Market held in Windmill Park.
The Community Pride Chairman has planned, organized, and obtained funds for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, held at Windmill Park for all the children in Cornville for the past eight years. Every child that comes to the Easter Egg hunt goes home with a prize.
There are over 3,000 plastic eggs hidden, with candy and prizes. This is done through donations and a lot of volunteer man hours and as the Association has a small budget, these Community affairs are accomplished without strings or restrictions to the community.
The CCA has put together two birthday celebrations for the community of Cornville, both had over 300 people in attendance and to help with the celebration, again done with donations and volunteers. In November there is the annual “End of the Year” pot luck dinner and meeting with good food, raffles and music.
From our raffles at these CCA events the Association has been able to give donations to the Oak Creek Elementary school art program, purchased two heart defibrillators; one for the school and the second for the Verde Santa Fe Golf Course.
The residents of Cornville have a lot of pride in their community no matter what their street address is and I think with what they have been able to accomplish in an unincorporated community says a lot about everyone working together.