Sedona AZ (January 1, 2013) – Holy moly, a brand spankin’ New Year is before us and what in the world will it have in store?
Well, for starters, maybe just maybe, the newly created scummy ponds at the wastewater treatment plant, now home to desperate ducks, will have additional amenities.
Word is that funding has already been approved for a parking area and who knows what else is on the horizon in order to enhance Sedona as a tourist attraction. Disney Land, watch out!
Does anyone happen to know if there is a vaccine for . . . what is it that an over abundance of mosquitoes have been credited with carrying . . . lyme bacteria? Yep, that could be another future Sedona attraction, if appropriately marketed by the well-city-funded local Chamber of Commerce as “Sedona’s Official Variety of a Potentially Lethal Disease.”
How about a fun publicity stunt by awarding a prize to the surviving driver who claims fame to smashing the highest number of wild animals crossing SR89A on their optimistic journey to partake of the swamp swill?
By the way, another newsworthy tidbit is that the City, through its newly conceived “Public Awareness Campaign” to alert local businesses that are remiss in paying monthly sewer fees and/or Transaction Privilege Taxes (TPT), will “outreach through the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Lodging Association, etc.” to remind local businesses to pony up.
Do you think that effort will be accomplished minus a price tag? And why, might one ask, hasn’t the City of Sedona the ability to keep its own accurate records of businesses that have or have not paid these legal assessments?
But, of course, even more grandiose plans are on the horizon as in resurrection of the Creek Walk and adjacent park.
Sheesh, don’t these people know that, without even close to divine wisdom, former City Fathers rejected a “gift” of creek side acreage? It was a futile “land” bait attempt as a means of attaining conditional approval for a potential development in north uptown Sedona! However, our then-seated dignitaries rejected the dubious “generous” offer simply because they had been “gifted” with common sense and realized the property was located in a floodplain.
Assured flooding, at some given time, should have been cause enough to persuade affiliates presently restructuring the Sedona Community Plan to drop the idea. It still isn’t too late to take appropriate action. If ignored, shameful is the word for blatant disregard for historical documentation of potential disaster.
Let us not overlook the proposal to seek City ownership of the corner property at the “Y” which was the former home of Sedona Chevron. ADOT obtained that property during the redesign of SR 179 and, now, can you believe it, City is considering its purchase for a cute little park or some asinine thing – at an already dangerous, busy intersection, complete with insignificant statues barely noticeable due to the intense concentration required to navigate the dual roundabouts merging SR179 and 89A.
So one might ask what’s wrong with another visitor’s center or a sweet little park to sit and sip a soda and watch a local demolition derby? Sedona, Arizona, population 10,000, sits smack in the middle of a United States National Forest! We need more cute little parks as in “what for?”
Does the City intend to further finance its beloved Chamber of Commerce by contracting with it for yet another “profitable” opportunity to operate its “own” Convention Center . . . possibly at the former Kiss-of Death Financial Disaster Cultural Park?
Hey, with the current intention to please the “perceived” demand for such nonsense (apparently it is being incorporated into the revision of the Sedona Community Plan) at the very least the Creek Walk/Park will likely be placed on fast-track this year – since it represents the ending of terms for the mayor and three council members unless they choose to run for office again. Time, therefore, is of the essence to get these projects moving in spite of the fact that Oak Creek floods aren’t a matter of if but when.
Once approved, who will end up being financially responsible for these outlandish propositions? Rest assured, it will not be the mayor and city council as they opt to grace the whims of a select few, at the same time salving their own egos by stamping approval on these outrageous and unnecessary expenditures.
Based on trends of current administration, proponents pursuing a National Scenic Area Designation may as well apply the “Kiss-of-Death” tag to the years of extended efforts they have already contributed towards attaining that status.
Realistically, when man-made doodads have usurped God given attributes which served as the original attraction for visitors to flock here without flimflam nonsense, why shouldn’t the effort and suggestion for a National Scenic Area Designation be reduced to anything more than a huge guffaw by the United States Government?
So sad, too bad.