Donations and grants are often the lifeblood of many local nonprofits and groups.

And as a way to lend a helping hand, the city of Sedona offers an annual small grant program, which many groups use.

After a brief hiatus, the Sedona Mayor’s Arts Awards returned this year and by all accounts was a big success.

The June 29 event at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre drew more than 100 people as they honored local artists for the work they’ve done and the contributions they’ve made over the years.

Every member of the Sedona City Council agreed that the Sedona Public Library is an important piece of the city’s pie.

But what the piece of pie is worth was up for debate on Tuesday, July 11.

Who says you can’t talk about Christmas in June?

The Sedona City Council did just that on June 27 as Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch and Sedona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jennifer Wesselhoff gave preliminary details of what’s planned for this holiday season.

The Sedona Land Development Code is more than 600 pages in length — not exactly light reading for staff or the public. But by this time next year, that will all have changed.

The public is invited to attend a Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission work session to be held Tuesday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m. to hear about the next step in the update of the city’s LDC. The session will be held in the council chambers at City Hall.

For more than two decades, the city of Sedona has had a working relationship with various organizations that provide services to residents that the city may not.

This year’s awarding of five service contracts is taking a little more time than normal as the Sedona City Council evaluates the requests of each, as well as the recommendations made by a review committee made up of staff and residents.

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center will soon be getting a bit of a face lift. During its Tuesday, June 27, meeting, the Sedona City Council voted unanimously to help with the costs of constructing a pedestrian walkway on the southwest corner of the visitor center.

It will wrap around the building to Forest Road. It will also connect to a project underway at the Forest Road Plaza, which is home to Chipotle. Council agreed to pay $50,000 for the project with the chamber kicking in an additional $30,000.

Now that the parking meters along Main Street in Uptown are in place, the Sedona City Council had one additional task — approve the amount that will be charged. Council unanimously approved a fee structure during its Tuesday, June 27, meeting.

The work group recommended an initial fee structure, which received approval from council. The first 15 minutes is free, then the first three hours will be $2 each with $4 for the fourth hour and $6 for the fifth.

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