Wed, July 17

Time to establish important partnership with new supervisor

Amadeus Larew

Amadeus Larew

The Yavapai County District Three Supervisor candidate forum with Randy Garrison and Diane Joens was a big success. Questions regarding transportation, water sustainability, education, taxes & reinvestment, planning & zoning and unincorporated areas were addressed.

When you read this, we will know whom our new Supervisor will be, and we, as a community, can begin to establish our new important partnership.

Special thanks go out to the Committee that developed questions specific to our needs. Understanding the positions the candidates have taken will allow us to better work together to achieve a better quality of life for us here in the Village. Also, many thanks to you, the public that made the venue a success with your attendance.

Good news from ADOT and Yavapai County. We should see some weed maintenance occur on SR179 on both sides of the Village. And we should see some Yavapai County work within the Village.

The important thing here is that we are now on ADOT's radar screen and a relationship is developing. Many thanks to Fire Marshal Gary Johnson and Supervisor Chip Davis for helping to make these projects happen.

Principal Debbie Jones continues to work with staff and community at Big Park School to implement the IB program and also address other important issues the school faces. I encourage anyone wishing to support our school, financially or as a volunteer, to contact Big Park School at 928-204-6500.

We had two special guests at the August 11th meeting of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council (BPRCC). First up was Terry Williams of Sedona Winds. She shared some facts with Council regarding the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's. Also, Terry told us about a forthcoming event that will raise awareness and money to help find a cure. Please watch for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in November. This is a great event and will benefit many of us.

Phil McPherson, co-owner of The Collective, dropped in to give us an update on happenings there. Lots of events are in the offing that will support local charitable efforts and promote businesses here in the Village. The Council voted to support The Collective in their Special Event application for a Labor Day event. I wish to give kudos to the Council and The Collective for communicating so effectively on a very important level.

As we all know, an institution's Bylaws are its very essence of being. BPRCC was founded to be an inclusive and fair forum where ideas important to our community can be discussed and voted on by individual representatives. This ideal was reaffirmed by a discussion at last month's meeting.

We are working diligently to include as many of our member organizations as possible at our Council meetings held on the second Thursday of each month at Fire Station #3 at 9 AM. We hope to see you this month on September 8th. Please be in touch with me at should you have any questions.