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Eddie Maddock: To Buy or Not To Buy

SedonaEye.com columnist Eddie Maddock reports on the Sedona closed to the public March 24, 2020 City Council Meeting.

Sedona AZ – Due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic mandate requiring individuals to remain socially distanced by at least ten feet, the Sedona City Council meeting on March 24, 2020 was, perhaps as an understatement, peculiar if not downright eerie. In center seat at the dais as usual was Mayor Sandy Moriarty flanked by City Councilwoman Jessica Williams in her typical end seat far to the Mayor’s left and Councilman John Currivan seated at the opposite end. Vice Mayor John Martinez and remaining Council members, Bill Chisholm and Scott Jablow, were strategically located in seats generally occupied by Sedona residents. At the onset of the meeting Mayor Moriarty acknowledged that in conforming to the proclamation of March 18, 2020, this City Council Meeting would not be open to the public in compliance with Coronavirus restrictions.

In order to address some public concerns, Councilman Currivan made the request for more discussion relating to consent agenda AB 2570 – Approval of a Resolution authorizing a Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement for the City of Sedona to purchase the property located at 430 Forest Road (APN 401-160-71) located in Coconino County, City of Sedona, Arizona, for the sum of $480,000 for use as a parking structure. Specifically he cited concerns relating to a possible scope of unknown results, particularly with regard to the potential for economic decline and even a recession.

With current lodging occupancy dropping 70% to 75%, essentially shuttered restaurants except for takeout or delivery and other businesses slipping toward the brink of closing and, with Sedona’s primary source of revenue, its sales tax obviously in jeopardy, wasn’t Councilman Currivan’s question exceptionally timely and appropriate?

City Manager Justin Clifford, however, offered assurance that necessary funds could safely be transferred from Uptown parking meter proceeds and purchasing the property at this time would preserve the ability to maintain progress on a long term project: Providing Sedona with a much needed parking structure.

Sedona AZ Forest Road viewpoint – Exclusive SedonaEye.com photo credit Eddie S. Maddock 2019

A stipulation in the 430 Forest Road Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Sedona, Buyer, and Daniel E. Saunders, Trustee of the Daniel Saunders Revocable Trust, Seller, included agreement that no commissions shall be paid and Buyer (City) agrees to leaseback the Property to Seller at no cost for a period of up to nine (9) months from the date of the Agreement. Both parties agreed to employ Empire West Title Company as the Escrow, and enhanced the affirmation that neither party has contracted with, retained or otherwise employed a real estate broker relative to this Agreement.

Motion to approve was unanimous by Sedona City Council.

Therefore, the second of two transactions to create an Uptown parking facility is now in progress. The first, of course, is the land presently owned by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, allegedly to be deeded to the City of Sedona at some future date.

Is that not a catchy phrase? “At some future date” who will be seated on the Sedona City Council? Who will be the City Manager? Sedona has been advertising for another City Attorney, and likewise there will be a turnover of other staff members.

Will this well-meaning transaction ultimately be justified, or down the road stifled with redirection for purposes unrelated to the stated cause for which it was purchased?

Or eventually will that questionable acquisition slip through the cracks and become a permanent, but unwarranted asset of a Chamber of Commerce, obligated to serve only their members, many outside Sedona City Limits and not contributing to the city tax base.

But most of all, when and if Sedona merchants including the lodging industry fail to produce adequate revenue to maintain even the barest essentials at City Hall, what will be the source of funding?

Sedona residents sit back and consume a breath of fresh air and sigh with relief. We do NOT have a Sedona property tax. You see in the darkest of times there is always something for which to be grateful, and in Sedona one really needn’t look too far.

464 Comments

  1. Meredith says:

    makes me cringe when I hear that said, people need to learn history

  2. Genesis says:

    Proof that we need Trump was the outrageous coverage and comments by Pelosi and her gangs of disgusting media and leftists. They are at war with America and our values.

    Cuomo thinks it’s okay to threaten to close synagogues but no churches because Jews don’t obey? Eh tu Hitlers‘ Cuomo and DeBlasio?

    How dare you say that Trump downplayed the virus by standing ALONE on his balcony and saluting Marine One and waving to the hundreds of photographers and news people gathered AFTER removing his mask AFTER climbing the steps to his residence and standing ALONE.

    You people would have eaten Roosevelt in a wheelchair after polio.

    We don’t give in to fear itself like Trump paraphrased Roosevelt. He NEVER downplayed coronavirus, he said DON’T LIVE IN FEAR.

    We are Americans and we go about our lives and stand up in the face of adversity. We take precautions as we can.

    To you who wished Trump death may your wish come true for you or one of your loved ones.

  3. Adele, Sedona says:

    Thankful for you @genesis to speak to light. Karma willing pandemic darkness will be extinguished.

  4. Peter says:

    In agreement with other posters I was ashamed to be an American yesterday. Our lack of decorum and humanity is taught by parents and teachers who didn’t have the right to contaminate their children or others. This is a great country and we are a great people in a great society. You want to succeed in it then start by changing your attitudes. You can’t blame anybody but yourself for staying home and taking checks and not doing a job. If immigrants without language and money can succeed then you born Americans aren’t trying.

  5. Meredith says:

    Peter you said it better than me

  6. Pat says:

    Pelosi Intractable. Look it up. She defunded police by $600 mil and funded illegals by the same amount. WHAT? NYC shutting down again because it won’t follow the CDC safety guidelines because it’s difficult to follow scientific protocols. Like NYC they’ve already taught you to heel and stay home.

  7. Douglas Andrews says:

    Last year, during an event at Hillsdale College’s DC campus, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, was asked the following question by a former student: “What role, if any, should the faith of a nominee have in the confirmation process?”

    Her answer: None.

    She elaborated: “We have a long tradition of religious tolerance in this country. And in fact, the religious test clause in the Constitution makes it unconstitutional to impose a religious test on anyone who holds public office. So whether someone is Catholic or Jewish or Evangelical or Muslim or has no faith at all is irrelevant to the job.”

    Judge Barrett has clearly given plenty of thought to this issue, and for good reason. “I do have one thing that I want to add to that, though,” she said. “I think when you step back and you think about the debate about whether someone’s religion has any bearing on their fitness for office, it seems to me that the premise of the question is that people of faith would have a uniquely difficult time separating out their moral commitments from their obligation to apply the law. And I think people of faith should reject that premise. All people … have deeply held moral convictions, whether or not they come from faith.”

    Religious bigots like Bill Maher were unimpressed, though. Or perhaps they’re just constitutional ignoramuses. “Apparently, the pick is going to be Amy Coney,” Maher said shortly after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. “We’re going to be saying the name a lot because she’s a f—ing nut. … Amy Coney Barrett. Catholic. Really Catholic. I mean really, really Catholic.”

    Maher must be blissfully ignorant of that “religious test clause” mentioned by soon-to-be Justice Barrett — a clause found in Article VI of our gloriously pesky Constitution that says: “but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

    No. Religious. Test. Ever.

    Regardless, when did a religion practiced by more than 50 million American adults become a pejorative? Why, Joe Biden himself is a Catholic. Granted, he’s a weak one, a fake one, a religiously intolerant one who supports open borders, abortion on demand, the redefinition of words like “marriage” and “family,” and gender-dysphoric men who demand to use our daughters’ bathrooms and compete against them in sports. But he’s a Catholic, mind you.

    Biden, in fact, has called conservative Christians “the dregs of society.” Oh, his handlers will argue that he said no such thing. But in September 2018, when he prostrated himself before the radical — and deceptively named — Human Rights Campaign, he said those who’ve “tried to define family” and thereby opposed the agenda of the “LGBTQIA+” community are committing “a crime” and are “a small percentage of the American people, virulent people, some of them the dregs of society.” (Skip ahead to the 40-minute mark of the video.)

    More recently — last week, in fact — Nikitha Rai, deputy data director for Scranton Joe’s Pennsylvania operation, said, “I’d heavily prefer views like that not be elevated to SCOTUS, but unfortunately our current culture is still relatively intolerant. It will be a while before those types of beliefs are so taboo that they’re disqualifiers.”

    So Biden’s point person in Pennsylvania yearns for a day when the views of traditional Christians (and Jews and Muslims, for that matter) are verboten. And leftists think conservatives are intolerant?

    Democrats and their media toadies have, in recent years, become increasingly fond of a particular expression made popular by the late poet Maya Angelou. “When someone shows you who they are,” she said, “believe them the first time.”

    Fair enough. Biden and his campaign staff have shown us who they are. They’re anti-religious bigots. God willing, people of faith will remember that on November 3.

  8. Heather X. says:

    Ditto

  9. Bye trump says:

    Bye bye trump and Mcsally
    Lol. The truth hurts

  10. Pure Clean NoPork $1200 Checks says:

    Just Send Second Round of Stimulus Checks, Trump Says

    He calls Pelosi’s bluff and demands a clean bill of funding directly to Americans.

    Thomas Gallatin · Oct. 8, 2020

    On Tuesday, President Donald Trump told Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to stop negotiations with House Democrats over another COVID-19 relief bill until after the election. “Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith,” Trump explained. “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill.”

    Many in the mainstream media — and even some in conservative media — lamented that Trump was throwing in the towel, that he was essentially conceding defeat and maybe even the election itself. Furthermore, news of Trump’s decision sent the stock market tumbling as Wall Street’s anticipation of another massive government bailout went unmet.

    But that was all early Tuesday and, as is so often the case, Trump’s negotiating was just getting underway. By Tuesday evening, Trump suddenly returned to the table and essentially upended it by calling on Pelosi to agree to a simple, clean, and lean bill authorizing $1,200 stimulus checks for every American and nothing else. “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?”

    The art of the deal.

    Trump further called for a second clean bill providing funding for the airline industry and small businesses. “The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business,” Trump asserted. “Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!”

    Trump called Pelosi’s bluff. Democrats have sought to take advantage of the coronavirus to funnel billions of dollars to poorly run blue-state governments rather than getting funds directly to the American people. Pelosi admitted as much when she responded to Trump’s latest offer: “All the president wants is his name on a check. And that doesn’t — we’re here to honor our heroes, crush the virus, put money in the pockets of the American people beyond a check with his name on it.”

    The brilliance of Trump’s action here is its simplicity. If the U.S. government is going to spend trillions more dollars in helping hurting Americans endure this coronavirus-induced economic malaise, why not send those funds directly to them, free of pork and government carveouts?

  11. @Bye trump says:

    “The truth hurts”

    As does a bustier that’s too tight

  12. Not only says:

    Not only is trump gonna be a ONE TERM president…… He missteps are also going to be the reason Democrats are going to have a majority in the SENETE . So thank you Mr Trump for your service to the Democratic Party .LOL Not to mention AZ is about to have 2 Democratic Senators. Oh yes one more thing. Mcsally’s licking Trumps boots has enabled her to be the 1st person to LOSE two SENETE elections in 2 years. That’s quite an accomplishment. Congrats.

  13. Eddie S. Maddock says:

    To those who have inquired about the status of Sedona Eye, wondering why there have been no new articles for several months, it’s suggested you contact the owner/publisher as listed in the “contact us” provision at the top of the page.

    As a proofreading participant during the previous production of the printed version of Sedona Times (now online Sedona Eye) that changed under the direction of new producer/publisher C. Bentley Hill. Therefore without present editorial or production involvement it’s suggested that would be the appropriate source to contact for answers to your questions relating to present and future plans for Sedona Eye.

    In the meantime, continue to contribute comments which is evidence this little publication most assuredly draws interest from readers who freely and generously are willing to share their views and opinions. Good job!

  14. Marc says:

    If people don’t vote for Trump it’s because they can’t handle truth and their money and their futures. Biden was the source of Iran getting nuclear weapons and China getting deals that left America without PPE stockpiles and medicines. Biden will raise your taxes for WHAT?? You already have the highest taxes in Sedona and can’t handle your budget!!

    Shame on you Sedona. Didn’t we suffer enough under the Democrats?

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