Pumpkins and prizes and pool! Oh, my!

The Sedona Parks and Recreation’s Pumpkin Splash has become one of the most popular fall events, drawing hundreds of kids and their parents. Organizers said this year should be no exception as kids will hit the community pool from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.

It’s been one of the most discussed topics in the Sedona area this year — the $17.9 million bond proposed by the Sedona Fire District.

The first and only open forum on the topic will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church at 25 Chapel Road. The event is being hosted by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley.

By a 6-1 vote, the Sedona City Council approved a plan to add a half-cent sales tax with the goal of paying for needed traffic mitigation projects over the next decade.

The vote, which came on Tuesday, Oct. 10, was not a surprise being that council took an informal vote on the matter during its Sept. 27 meeting.

A workshop located at 175 Sunset Pass Road, in the Village of Oak Creek, was destroyed by flames shortly after noon Monday, Oct. 9, according to Sedona Fire District officials. 

“When firefighters arrived they found a 1,000 square foot detached workshop completely engulfed in flames” Fire Marshal Jon Davis stated. 

It appears court proceedings between the city of Sedona and a longtime business may continue.

Last week, Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton gave his ruling regarding an appeal by the owners of Son Silver West, ruling in favor of the city.

The public will have two additional opportunities to hear what’s being proposed by way of Major Community Plan Amendments that include housing density, a hard cider business and a new parking lot.

The Sedona City Council will hold a special work session on Wednesday, Oct. 11, regarding these proposals. This meeting will be for discussion only and no public comment will be taken. Council will hold a public hearing on
Oct. 25 at which time a vote is expected to be take place. Public comments will be taken at that meeting.

The public got a glimpse of a proposed plan on the former Biddle’s property that calls for a hotel, condos, retail space and restaurant.

During a Thursday, Sept. 28, conceptual hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission, Curt and Robin Baney, owners of the Oxford Suites hotel chain, and their representatives discussed the proposed project.

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