The Villager


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    Sedona Vista Village continues transformation

    According to a report from Marty Aronson, owner/developer of Sedona Vista Village (Vista Village), the property has completed the bulk of its major façade renovation with two new tenants opening soon (see related article “New Tenants Open at Sedona Vista Village”).

    Letter to the Editor: It’s time to work together for benefit of our children

    In May 2018, after the Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District voted to close Big Park Community School, a parent-initiated group, Big Park Education Exploratory Committee, was formed to explore how the school could be re-established. Everyone agreed that a neighborhood school was in the best interest of younger children and the community:

    Letter to the Editor: Hotel would be an improvement for VOC

    The upcoming Village of Oakcreek Association (VOCA) Board election is particularly important because VOCA represents most residents in the VOC with nearly 2,400 homeowners, and because there are five openings on the seven-person board.

    Letter to the Editor: Don’t be fooled by group of charlatans

    The upcoming Village of Oakcreek Association (VOCA) Board election is particularly important because VOCA represents most residents in the VOC with nearly 2,400 homeowners, and because there are five openings on the seven-person board.

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    Meet your Big Park Council representative Kathryn Stillman

    Who do you represent on Big Park Council and what kind of member is it: RAM (Residential), BOA (Business Owner) or EIM Educational Institution)? Briefly describe its character or anything that makes it unique.

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    'Snowmageddon' creates golf course clean-up challenge

    March was an interesting, challenging and busy month for VOCA/OCC to say the least. At the forefront was “snowmageddon” that wreaked havoc on the Oak Creek Country Club golf course.

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    VOC community barbecue returns May 11

    The 6th annual Community BBQ will be held in the Village of Oak Creek May 1, noon to 4 p.m., and will continue the tradition of celebrating friendship, family, and community.

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    Friends of the Forest lives up to its name

    Celebrating 25 years of service this year

    In the early 1990s, the Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest was seeing steadily increasing use but the District lacked the manpower and funds to keep pace.

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    VOC annual community Easter Sunrise Service at Kiwanis Park April 21

    Easter Sunday is a day of traditions. Many people make this their annual day to attend a church service. Others like to go to an Easter Sunrise Service. In the Village of Oak Creek you can do both.

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    Village Coyote Station/Shell Gas Plaza sells for $7.7 million

    Cushman & Wakefield of Phoenix recently completed the sale of Coyote Station, located at the northeast corner of State Route 179 and Cortez Drive in Sedona, Ariz. Brochway, LLC of Cupertino, CA purchased the property from Sedona-based Crescent Properties, LLC for $7.7 million.

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    Family comes first and foremost for Villager Jon Bailey

    Need to be encouraged? Stop in at Circle K (here in the Village) and have a quick conversation with Jon Bailey, the store manager.

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    Read Around Sedona: Celebrating Route 66

    Journey along historic Route 66 with the Sedona Public Library during Read Around Sedona 2019, the Library’s community reading project.

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    Oakcreek Country Club re-opens; storm damage cleanup completed

    The  Oakcreek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek re-opened Thursday for the first time since being shut down after a storm damaged the course in late February.

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    Storm damages 1,000 trees at VOC’s Oakcreek Country Club golf course

    VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- The Oakcreek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek has been closed since Feb. 22 while staff cleans up the damage to almost 1,000 trees at the Trent Jones-designed golf course known for its tree-lined fairways.

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    Big Park Council votes no on Patel property zoning proposal

    Community expresses concerns over Red Rock views, VOC's small-town character

    It was Valentine’s Day … 8:30 on a rainy, cold morning with no parking nearby. Yet, Villagers were coming to the local Fire Station on Slide Rock in significant numbers for the Big Park Council meeting, to listen and speak their minds on two issues that affect the future direction and character of the Village of Oak Creek.

    Village Veterinary Clinic gets favorable review from Big Park Community Council

    Thursday, Feb. 14, the Big Park Coordinating Council voted unanimously to approve an application by Dr. Reed Scudder (Village Veterinary Clinic) to redevelop a long vacant building on SR179 into a new, modern and well-equipped veterinary clinic.

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    Letter: Hotel project does not represent 'intelligent growth'

    Regarding the proposed Hilton Garden Inn at the corner of Hwy. 179 and Jacks Canyon Road, I have read the package thoroughly and have some comments.

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    Letter: Applicant should go back to drawing board for Hilton Garden Inn

    On February 14, 2019, at a meeting at the Village of Oak Creek Fire Station, the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council recommended to Yavapai County that the application of the owners of the vacant lot located at the corner of Jack’s Canyon Road and SR 179A, to rezone the property to commercial use and to waive various restrictions to allow construction of a 3-story hotel, be denied.

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    Letter: Our experience exact opposite of picture painted by VOCA president

    This is an open letter to the Village of Oak Creek Community regarding comments from Gwen Hanna, VOCA President, published in the January 1, 2019 issue of the Villager. Specifically, she paints a rosy picture of how the partnership between VOCA and HOAMCO and how it “ensures adherence with our governing documents”. She also touts how this “functional HOA can dramatically increase the value of homes."

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    Letter: Hotel project unfair competition, uneven playing field

    I have been in Northern Arizona and the hospitality business since 1991. I am an owner, developer of a management company.  I also own the Holiday Inn Express in the Village of Oak Creek.  I wholeheartedly believe in the free market economy and understand the application by Mrs. Patel for a zone change to build a hotel.

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    Big Park Council reflects community's voice

    To say the least, the Feb. 14 meeting of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council was well attended. On the meeting agenda were two Planning and Zoning Committee resolutions dealing with separate and very different applications.

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    VOCA survey provides valuable insight to community issues

    In order to better understand the interests and opinions of the VOCA membership, the board with assistance from HOAMCO, conducted two surveys.

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    Green Bag project sets record pace in VOC

    After a record-setting December collection, the 33 neighborhood coordinators representing the VOC within the Verde Valley Neighborhood Food Project continue as some of the program’s strongest supporters.

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    VOCA Board Candidate Tim Caggiano

    I am running for the VOCA Board with the intention of serving our entire community including the ~45% of VOCA members who are not fulltime residents, as well as those who work full-time or are homebound.

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    VOCA Board Candidate Sean Baguley

    I was Chairman of the Hyde Heath Village Society, where I lived in England, for about 9 years. As Chairman, I was the interface between the Village and the local county and town authorities.