Big Park Council sponsors county supervisor candidates forum

Two new Executive Board members, water issues, plus an election forum planned for Yavapai County Board of Supervisors candidates Diane Joens and Randy Garrison topped the chart of discussion items at the July 14th meeting of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council.

First, let me welcome two new members to our four-member Executive Board: Stephanie "Song Bird" Garcia and Sue Dennis. Their job is to hone issues into a format for the 28 members of our Council to discuss, take action on, and share with their respective member organizations.

Song Bird is an American Indian with tremendous life experiences and recently retired as an English professor. She will be an asset to our community as Recording Secretary of the Council. Sue Dennis comes from the accounting world where she had charge over many international accounts. She will serve as Council Treasurer.

Both Song Bird and Sue represent a shift in our Council as new people step into very important roles as Executive Board members and advisors to the Council.

Their fresh and new perspectives on life here in the Village will bring our discussions to a more engaged and vibrant quality. Welcome aboard ladies, and thank you for serving your community!

Phil Roark, a board member of Verde River Basin Partnership (VRBP) appeared before Council with a new set of By Laws that are to be accepted by the VRBP. The changes are far reaching and have removed Big Park/VOC from membership.

Discussion centered on these changes and whether Big Park would accept a position as one of 20-plus advisors to VRBP. The issue was tabled for the next session. I will be looking for a legal opinion regarding VRBP's new By Laws before making any recommendations to the Executive Board or to Council regarding future relations with VRBP.

Mark Aug. 8, 6 p.m, on your calendars as a very important date. Board of Supervisors candidates Randy Garrison and Diane Joens will make a two-hour appearance at Vista Hall in The Collective to answer questions regarding Big Park/VOC.

With the retirement of our longstanding and stalwart Village supporter, Supervisor Chip Davis, and as we are an unincorporated area, the election of this person is extremely important to our community's future.

Topics that will be covered are: water sustainability, transportation, taxes and community re-investment, planning & zoning, education, and general questions regarding unincorporated areas.

Council members have been asked to supply questions to a committee comprised of community leaders Tom Graham, Carolyn Fisher, Al Comello, Marc Fuller, Mark Mumaw and myself. Additionally, we have reached out to the community for input. The questions will be designed to give the candidates an opportunity to describe their positions on how they will work to better our community.

Last, but not least. Special acknowledgement for Harry Hirsch, BPRCC Treasurer who recently retired. Thank you Harry for your service and valued input. For additional info contact


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