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Sedona Mayor Rob Adams addressed residents Wednesday, June 29, at the first State of the City in 20 years.

Most seats in the room where filled with Sedona City Council members, volunteers, business owners, neighbors and even visitors from other Verde Valley communities.

I sat near Camp Verde Town Councilwoman Jackie Baker, who said Adams invited her to attend the event.

Baker has served on her council for more than 10 years and not seen a mayor compose a State of the City. She said she thinks it’s a great idea and more mayors should do it.

Baker’s statements reflected the general mood of the event.

I only encountered one naysayer while mingling before the address. The rest of the audience was supportive and eager to hear what Adams had to say.

Many things happen in a year, even in a small city like Sedona.

Adams’ speech brought all of the year’s events together reminding us there is more to city business than streetlights on State Route 89A or the transfer agreement, which he touched upon saying the city was moving forward from the divisive issue “with the spirit of compromise and a commitment of working together as a community.”

The address then went on to thank and bring to light the work of the many volunteers who give their time and energy to the city on various commissions.

Next, he praised city departments and staff for projects the public may not notice because they aren’t glamorous and get swept under the rug, such as improvements at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Adams also asked each council member to stand, and  he thanked his wife and the other council members’ spouses for the sacrifices they all make when their significant others serve.

The address wasn’t about Adams himself, or what he did in the last year. He talked about the city as a whole and gave praise and credit where it was due.

The presentation was short, sweet and to the point, and in line with Adams, council and staff’s commitment to community involvement and transparency.

Adams, only the second mayor in the city’s history to ever hold a State of the City address, picked up the idea and ran with it.

Hopefully, we won’t wait another 20 years to hear the next address.

Trista Steers MacVittie

Managing Editor

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