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Big Park Council meeting highlights from April 13

Guest Speaker: Yavapai County Supervisor, District 3, Donna Michaels addressed the Council on a variety of subjects including how the community can get in touch with the County, broadband strength, the quality and availability of local healthcare and flooding. (See separate article in the Villager for details)

Secretary’s Report: Marc Lemery was welcomed as the new representative and Karen Gray as first alternate for Village Park Condominiums. Mary Pope reported that the BPC Annual Report has been filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Treasurer’s Report: Patty Reski reported that a refund will be received from GoDaddy for two pre-paid websites which have been shut down to be migrated to the new BPC website. (Community Plan and Dark-Sky prototype) She also noted that the 501(c) 3 application has been filed with the IRS and receipt acknowledged, noting that it could take up to 6 months for a response.

Membership Committee: Nancy Maple reported on the proposed new Purpose & Scope of this committee, explaining that there is now a dual scope of outreach and education. Discussion followed regarding social media outreach and the appointment of a Media Correspondent. Nancy Maple will write a formal description of the position. Representatives were asked to volunteer or find volunteers within their communities to assist with social media and community outreach. The committee will prioritize tasks and define the roles where help is needed before a formal request is made.

Community Plan: Joe Skidmore summarized the committee’s history and actions since they last reported in December of 2022. Next steps include reconvening to review and revise and reconcile the draft elements into a cohesive plan, possibly restating the committee’s purpose and scope to consider future reviews and updates. Although Yavapai County will not incorporate local plans, the BPC is guided by the document.

Art in the Roundabouts: Rolf Funk noted that the current survey on themes has had good responses and ends 4/30. The committee will be at the Village BBQ on 4/29.

Planning & Zoning: John Wichert encouraged reporting comments on the Art Tent Shows in Vista Village to the County. Mary Morris noted that the flood relief application for the Patel Property on the corner of Jacks Canyon Rd and SR179 can be found online. John Wichert and Phil Feiner will look into the details. The Arizona Rural Development State Office in Phoenix is another source of information.

APS Transmission line: John Wichert reported that the current USFS timeline shows there are still several steps that need to be taken before a final decision is reached on the above ground power line. The final decision could possibly not be made by the USFS until November or December

Website: Pat Robles reported that the committee has researched local website development companies, prepared a Request for Proposal and sent it to 6 companies. The committee used a comparison grid of criteria and costs and recommended Sedona Website Design. The Council approved and the committee will move ahead. (Website development costs are covered by an anonymous donor). In addition to migrating the current websites’ information, committee chairs will be contacted regarding additional content to be included. The process will be to organize, economize and consolidate information to simplify finding information on the site.

Other topics not on the agenda: A question was raised regarding in-person meetings and concerns were reiterated regarding medical conditions and the need to find a tech savvy person and location for hybrid meetings. Resumption of monthly reports from the Sheriff's Office and Fire District were requested.

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