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City Talk Article for September 22, 2010

I’m sure you’re familiar with Margaret Mead’s oft quoted statement, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Another less quoted Mead statement also strikes home, “If you look closely you will see that anything that really matters to us, anything that embodies our deepest commitment to the way human life should be lived and cared for, depends on some form- often many forms- of volunteerism.”

Every organization in Sedona depends on volunteers willing to step up to the plate, day after day, to offer their time and talent to make life better for our community and our neighbors. From delivering Meals on Wheels to walking pets at the Humane Society, volunteers are the glue that holds us together as a community.

Civic engagement is another form of volunteerism. The effectiveness of our Sedona City government depends on and is enhanced by your involvement. I welcome emails (blitrell@SedonaAZ.gov) from caring folks who give me information I might not be aware of, ideas for things our government should be looking at, and ways issues have been addressed in other cities like Sedona.  What’s on your wish list?

My goal as a new councilor is to encourage more citizen involvement in our government. Your voice is important. Don’t leave it to someone else….resolve to take the first step to engagement yourself.

Here are 5 easy ways to get started:

  1. Come to Council meetings at 4:30 p.m. on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month. Agendas and documents are available on the website www.SedonaAZ.gov. During the public forum you can speak for 3 minutes on any topic that you’re concerned about. Or maybe just to let us know something in Sedona of which you’re really proud or grateful!

2.      Attend the Listening Sessions beginning Wednesday, September 22. The new Council members seated in May ran on the platform of “listening” to you. This first “listening session” will be at the Sedona United Methodist Church located at SR 179 and Indian Cliffs Road in the Chapel area, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  1. Come to meetings on the Sedona Community Plan. We only get the opportunity to set our priorities as a community every 10 years. Now is our time!
  1. Apply to be part of one of our new commissions or consider joining an existing commission – check the website www.SedonaAZ.gov for openings under “I want to apply”.
  1. Invite a councilor and/or staff member to come to your next HOA meeting, organization meeting, or to maybe just join you and some neighbors for a cup of coffee and conversation about Sedona.

Most of all, remember what brought you here in the first place. Let’s fall in love with Sedona all over again. Experience the trails, parks, festivals, Uptown attractions and stores.  Resolve to become engaged a little more than you were before to help make Sedona one of the world’s great treasures where we have the unique privilege of living.

Authored By Councilor Barbara Litrell

1 Comment

  1. A Wastewater answer for Sedona? says:


    Biowaste trifecta … San Antonio plant turns waste into natural gas

    San Antonio Water System’s Dos Rios Water Recycling Facility is the first plant of its kind to complete the biowaste recycling trifecta. The cutting-edge plant recycles wastewater and waste solids, and now it’s using the gas from it all. … NBC San Antonio …

    Read complete article … http://www.wmbfnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=13166371

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