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SFD Announces Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meetings

Sedona AZ (February 23, 2017) – Sedona Fire District (SFD) Governing Board established a Citizens’ Advisory Committee to explore funding options for infrastructure/capital projects including the possibility of a General Obligation Bond. After soliciting for community members, SFD received seven applications and appointed six members (one candidate had personal scheduling conflicts). This committee will work over the next two and a half months to develop a written recommendation to present to the Governing Board at its May 17, 2017 public meeting.

All committee meetings are open to the public and subject to Arizona Open Meeting Laws; we welcome community participation.

The meeting schedule is listed below and meetings will be held at Sedona Fire Station 1, 2860 Southwest Drive in west Sedona. Meeting agendas will be posted at least 24 hours prior to meetings on SFD’s website at www.SedonaFire.org.

The meeting schedule for SFD Citizens’ Advisory Committee is as follows:

Tuesday, March 7th – 9:00 AM (tour of current station facilities included)

Thursday, March 16th – 9:00 AM

Monday, March 27th – 1:00 PM

Monday, April 3rd – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 11th – 1:00 PM

Monday, April 17th – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 25th – 9:00 AM

Tuesday, May 2nd – 9:00 AM

Monday, May 8th – 1:00 PM

Thursday, May 11th – 9:00 AM and on Monday, May 15th – 1:00 PM (both if needed).

Although Sedona Fire District funding includes revenue from ambulance services, fire prevention and other fees, grants and wildland billing, our primary source of revenue is tax levy. That levy is determined by a fairly simple mathematical formula and is governed and capped by legislation.

Sedona Fire Station #1

For sixty years, SFD has been part of this community; we strive to provide efficient, sustainable emergency services to the 20,000+ people who call the Sedona area home and are responsible for providing services to millions of visitors who pass through, recreate, and stay in Sedona’s tourist destination. We are challenged by topography, natural resources, and limited roadway infrastructure in our response district. Annually, SFD handles about 4,400 emergency incidents, provides inspections to businesses, completes construction plan reviews, provides public education to children and adults, and many other functions. We accomplish this with five staffed stations placed throughout 168 square miles of Fire District, and 274 square miles of EMS district with 90 professional personnel.

We are now faced with an opportunity to consider how we will fund our short and long term infrastructure and capital needs – some of which have been identified as needing attention for more than two decades. Identifying the true needs of the district and determining the best options for SFD is the primary purpose of developing this Citizens’ Advisory Committee. The final decision rests with the elected Governing Board and, if a Bond is ultimately recommended, the voters will have the authority to approve or disapprove whether a bond is utilized to fund the infrastructure and capital emergency response needs.

For more information about the committee meetings, contact Executive Assistant Tricia Greer at tgreer@sedonafire.org or call 928-204-8909.

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5 Comments

  1. Tom Longo says:

    I find it very interesting that those individuals who have negative comments about this issue did not bother to apply to the Citizens’ Advisory Committee that will be discussing this very item. Wouldn’t that have been a more worthwhile/productive endeavor instead of bellyaching here? As stated above, the sessions will be open to the public. This is their chance to come to the meetings and share THEIR thoughts so that THEIR views will be taken into consideration. Don’t you think that would be a more sensible course of action? Hope to see you all there!

  2. Linda, Uptown Sedona says:

    hear hear @TL & waited until 9:11 AM to send message to you who keep forgetting

  3. Loop 101 / I-17 Highway Alert for Firefighter's Funeral Possession says:

    A funeral procession for Phoenix Fire Captain Crystal Rezzonico will make its way along sections of eastbound Loop 101 in the northwest Valley and southbound Interstate 17 in Phoenix on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

    Drivers using either eastbound Loop 101 or southbound I-17 while the procession is underway after 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday are asked to plan ahead for closures and stopped traffic at times.

    Following a service for Captain Rezzonico at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road in Peoria, 67th Avenue is scheduled to be closed between Happy Valley Road and Loop 101 as the procession approaches and then enters eastbound Loop 101, according to the city of Glendale.

    The procession will enter eastbound Loop 101 at 67th Avenue, then travel southbound on I-17 before exiting at McDowell Road, traveling west on McDowell and south on 27th Avenue to Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, where Captain Rezzonico will be laid to rest.

    Sections of closed freeways as well as closed ramps will reopen as soon as possible after the procession has passed by, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Motorists can expect the following procession-related freeway closures to be in place at times Tuesday afternoon:

    ·         Eastbound Loop 101 closed between 75th Avenue and I-17
    ·         Southbound I-17 closed between Loop 101 and McDowell Road
    ·         North- and eastbound Loop 101 on-ramps between Bell Road and I-17 closed
    ·         Westbound Loop 101 off-ramp at 67th Avenue closed
    ·         Westbound Loop 101 ramp to southbound I-17 closed
    ·         Southbound I-17 on-ramps between Loop 101 and Thomas Road
    ·         Southbound I-17 frontage road closed between Thomas and McDowell roads.

    Drivers also should consider using alternate routes Tuesday afternoon to avoid possible delays.

    ADOT will provide updates on the procession via its Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).

    Be prepared for snow and ice on highways during winter, visit http://www.azdot.gov/KnowSnow.

  4. Sedona Fire District CAC Meeting Agenda says:

    Sedona Fire District
    March 4, 2017

    The Agenda for the first meeting of the Sedona Fire District Citizens’ Advisory Committee is available below.
     
    This is a public meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, beginning at 9:00 AM at Station #1, 2860 Southwest Drive in West Sedona.

    Click here for Agenda
      
    Please remember this Agenda may be changed up to 24 hours before the scheduled meeting.
      
    Thank you.
    Tricia Greer
    Executive Assistant
    Sedona Fire District

  5. Cory Raab says:

    High Five SFD!

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