It’s been nearly a year now since Chief David McGill took over the helm of the Sedona Police Department. And much to his delight, it’s been pretty smooth sailing.

“It’s been outstanding — better than I could have imagined,” he said. “We’re really rockin’ and rolling here in the police department and even though we have a lot of plates spinning, things are going great. The thing that has impressed me is that the people here in the police department have embraced me and my ideas as we move full steam ahead.”

Think of it as the Sedona City Council’s wish list to Santa Claus. Well, sort of. During a special six-hour meeting on Dec. 14, in which several topics were discussed, council went over its current list of priorities for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which ends Saturday, June 30.

It’s been six months now since the city of Sedona installed parking meters in Uptown. And by all accounts, so far, so good, according to Sedona Assistant City Manager Karen Osburn.

“We haven’t had any negative feedback — or even inquiries in terms of the system — in quite some time,” Osburn said. “We’re assuming that people understand that the spots on Main Street are paid parking, they accept that, and they’re being utilized. It’s been very, very quiet.”

The Sedona Fire District is looking for a few good men and women to apply for a vacancy it hopes to fill in the next two months. Last week, SFD Governing Board Treasurer Corrie Cooperman announced that she will be resigning from the board to move to Tucson with her husband.

She said she will stay on the board until Feb. 28, unless her position is filled prior to that date. Her term ends November 2018 but the person who fills her spot would have the opportunity to run for a four-year term. Filling a vacancy has been fairly common for the board over the last two years.

After more than three hours of discussion, debate, questions and a bit of self-confessed confusion, the Sedona City Council decided it was best to regroup and hash things out at a later date.

The topic: The city’s wireless communication plan and its accompanying ordinance. Council decided to come back and hold another work session on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Although the recent Sedona Fire District bond failed to pass, SFD says the need for new fire stations or improvements to existing ones was not eliminated. During its Wednesday, Dec. 13, meeting the SFD Governing Board discussed the future of Station 5, which is located in Oak Creek Canyon.

The district has a lease agreement with the Garland family, which owns the land the station sits on. The bond called for a new station to possibly be built on state land at Slide Rock State Park. The plan would call for SFD and the state to share the cost of the facility, which would be used by both agencies.

Philippe Bergeron admits that when he first saw Camelhead Rock, he wasn’t sure what to think.

“My first reaction was, ‘Wow, that is much bigger than I expected,’” he said. “It’s almost 600 feet wide and 400 feet tall. Aside from its size, I was wondering if the technology was even there in order to do something like this.”

After several years of searching for a possible signature event during the holidays, Sedona may have found one. Residents and visitors are encouraged to mark Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 14 to 17, on their calendars for something organizers expect to be enjoyable for the whole family.

Sedona Northern Lights — which will be the country’s largest projection show on a natural canvas — will help showcase “Sedona’s profound beauty, thriving arts scene, dark skies and enchanting landscapes.” But it was announced this week that while the show will last just a few minutes at a time, the prep time will take much longer.

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