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Mary Pope

Mary Pope

Oct. 13 MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Presidents Report Camille Cox announced her appointment of David Gill as the new chairman of the planning & zoning (P&Z) committee. Camille will support as committee vice chair. The appointment was unanimously approved.

Camille gave an update on the flood damage problems along the Las Piedras wash that was discussed last month. Vice-president Duane Thompson led a tour of the impacted areas with Yavapai County Supervisor Donna Michaels, Public Works Director Dan Cherry, Director of Flood Control Lynn Whitman and officials from the wastewater district. Camille added that the County is evaluating flood repairs in other VOC locations as well, and that resources are spread across the entire County.

Unfinished Business

Nomination of 2023 Officers Camille recognized the nominating committee members, Carolyn Fisher, Ty deJong and Dave Norton for considerable effort contacting individuals whom they felt could step into the roles of president antd vice-president. Although there are candidates for the Secretary and Treasurer positions, as yet no candidates have been identified for President or Vice President. If the leadership positions are not filled, the corporation may need to be dissolved at the end of the year. Article XXX of the Articles of Incorporation was reviewed, clarifying the process for dissolution. It was agreed that additional community outreach needed to be uniform and handled under the direction of the member organization representatives.

Discussion then shifted to the value that the Big Park Council provides to the community and the desire of the representatives to keep it in place.

A motion was passed unanimously to postpone the presentation of nominations until the Nov. 10 meeting. The nominating committee will compose a message for the member organization representatives to call again for candidates.

Committee Reports:

P&Z

ADOT: I-17/SR179 Intersection: David Gill noted the recent accident that claimed four lives at that location. It was agreed that a letter from the Big Park Council be sent to ADOT, referencing the Council’s expressed concerns on the ADOT 5-year plan sent June 1, and requesting a safety study of the intersection between SR179 and I-17.

Verde Valley School Conditional Use Permit Public Hearing: A recommendation was made that both the Big Park Council and the Verde Valley School (VVS) ask for a delay of the County P&Z hearing so additional public outreach could occur. All of Verde Valley School Road is impacted, not just the communities near the school. Update: Jeremey Dye, Yavapai County Director of Development Services, on Oct. 19 responded to our request by stating VVS “has opted to do additional public outreach” and has agreed to a continuance of the hearing before the Yavapai County Planning Commission that was previously scheduled for October 20.

Adobe Hacienda B&B: It appears that the Adobe Hacienda intends to expand its property and services to wedding party events. No information has been received from the County. A motion was approved that the BPC P&Z committee request information from County Development Services regarding the special use intentions of the Adobe Hacienda B&B.

Dark-Sky

Dave Norton reported that the committee presented to the Cornville Community Association this week and was invited back in January. They also participated in the Dark-Sky party in Cottonwood and had a successful event at the VOC Ranger Station with over 80 attendees. On Oct. 26 the committee will be presenting at the Camp Verde High School.

APS Powerline Subcommittee

Camille Cox reported that touring the proposed line location with Supervisor Michaels was greatly appreciated by her, and suggested that others wanting to better understand the impact of the proposal should walk the site. A good vantage point is the end of Diamond Sky Drive, and at the other side Beaverhead Flat Road.

Art in the Roundabouts

The Oct. 4 launch event drew a great group of 50 community leaders and elicited excellent inputs. The committee is looking forward to next steps.

Next Meeting of the Big Park Council is Nov.10, via ZOOM at 9 a.m.

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