Sedona AZ (January 7, 2015) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:
In 2009, (Yavapai County) Supervisor (A.G.) Chip Davis told me if I did not like the way VOCA or Big Park Council worked, I should form my own group. Some of your neighbors and myself have done just that:
FAIRWAY OAKS NEIGHBORS ALLIANCE
“Strength in Community”
We live in a fabulous, unique community. Like many communities, people assume things are being taken care of by others while they go on with their busy lives. All is not being taken care of by many others, rather just a few.
The same few people sit on VOCA Board, VOCA Committees, Big Park Domestic Wastewater Improvement District Board (Sewer), Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance District Board (“SID”) and Big Park Council year after year. Some of these boards are appointed if only one person runs. Some of these board members have been seated with appointed positions for years. All decisions being made by the same few people with their own ideas of how things should be.
We have recently had multiple resignations of new VOCA board members and VOCA management that left for various reasons including ethical. We need more than the occasional one brave person to face things alone with no support system.
VOCA is no longer mailing The Villager to out of town association members, which total a large percentage of the association. Some members without computers/email are being left out.
Some residents in the Village fear retaliation for voicing their opinion. This is not “community” minded and the decisions being made now have the potential to cost many homeowners tens of thousands of dollars. We must rally to bring “community” back to the community.
Can we afford to continue to be complacent or fearful as a community?
We have sewer expansions looming via future special improvement districts within special improvement districts. Doesn’t that sound expensive? We have a water shortage in the West that will need to be addressed in a small area with three golf courses.
Growth is coming. Density building is coming.
We, your Fairway Oaks neighbors, think it is so important for Fairway Oaks Subdivision and others to be strong and aware at this time.
Please send us your email so that we may continue to keep you informed in a timely manner so that you may have a voice in the decision-making processes before they happen. Share this with all interested parties.
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SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 3:00 PM is a SPECIAL VOCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in the VOCA Community Center, 690 Bell Rock Blvd, Sedona AZ 86351. A request has been made by Big Park Domestic Wastewater Improvement District for a Sewer Line Easement on Oakcreek Country Club Golf Course. The request also shows this proposed sewer line coming into Fairway Oaks Subdivision.
Are plans available? This requested easement is approximately 280 feet long and 15 feet wide. This easement request is on a parcel that is valued at about 2 million dollars. Does the other side of this parcel already have a pipeline running from BPDWID?
Why is this parcel already taxed much higher than VOCA’s other public golf course parcels?
What happens to the value of this SR179 facing parcel should we allow an easement of this size?
Will the easement area be rendered unbuildable in the future? What affect will an easement approval have to the 14th hole? Will we have to reimburse OCC golf members for inconvenience? How much? How long?
Why this particular lot right now? There are no permits for this lot to build at this time.
Another empty lot close to 179 made the same request and no easement was requested. Why?
BIG PARK DOMESTIC WASTEWATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT passed this ordinance on November 19, 2013 – Section 401.A – Mandatory Connection: Any property within the boundaries of the District, with a sewer mainline running adjacent to or within 100 feet of the property is required to connect to the District wastewater system in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance.
Is there a special improvement district in Fairway Oaks being proposed to BPDWID at this time? We are already in the BPDWID, what does that currently mean for Fairway Oaks residents?
Two parcels sold last week in Fairway Oaks Subdivision advertising sewer. I believe the connection is through Bell Rock Plaza. I believe each lot paid approximately $20,000. Are these two parcels in a special improvement district?
Who in VOCA or Fairway Oaks Subdivision was consulted before placing sewer in to our subdivision? Should we have been notified? Are we one of only two improvement wastewater districts in unincorporated Yavapai County with a mandatory connection ordinance?
If so, why were we selected? Is sewer connection mandated in unincorporated Yavapai County?
VOCA has an ongoing business relationship with BPDWID and Improvement District Services Inc. We must be careful not to allow conflict of interests to enter the decision making process: www.improvementdistrictservices.com/
Please get involved before any decisions are made about our golf course or an easement into Fairway Oaks Subdivision. We will not be the only subdivision to be affected by this process.
In 2011, the VOCA Board held a workshop with BPDWID to discuss sewer. There were other targeted subdivisions within our 25 subdivisions. Is your home on that map? Can you afford not to participate?
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Please call VOCA at 928-284-1820 to confirm meeting time and date or check vocaonline.com.
Fairway Oaks Neighbors Alliance, Sedona AZ 86351