Cornville's hard work obviously paying off
The Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the proposed final Cornville Community Plan, with only minor editions, at its regular meeting in Cottonwood April 20.
After the plan was introduced by Yavapai County Planner Ryan Smith, Committee Chair Judy Miller highlighted the purposes of the plan — to say what we want our community to look and feel like in the future, to serve as a guide for development and reference, a basis for participation in discussions about regional issues, and an agenda for action to achieve community goals. She responded to questions from the commissioners regarding water resources, inclusion of State Trust Lands in the planning area, the community's desire to remain unincorporated, the scope of public involvement, and relationships with agencies and neighboring communities.
In the words of Commissioner Curt Garner, "It is a bright Spring day when all the commissioners can agree on something ..." He made the motion to approve the plan, which was seconded by Commissioner Joan McClelland. Approval was unanimous.
Thank you to all of you who attended the hearing to show your support and to speak up in support of the plan. Yavapai County Trails Committee Chair Diane Lovett presented a letter written by Maggie Formhals; and Commissioner Barnert expressed strong support for our attention to an interconnecting trail system.
The next step is to present the final plan for adoption by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors at their Cottonwood meeting on May 16. Stay tuned.
Hauser's past actions deserve close attention
It soon will be time for Camp Verde voters to make their choices in the General Election; watch for your ballots in the mail.
The voters will have an advantage regarding the record of Brenda Hauser, as she has served on the council in the past. Although she has stated that, "I know the job and I know the pay," there are some people who might question what she does know.
For example, during the tenure as mayor, she angrily stormed out of a council meeting because she didn't agree that it should be held, and apparently thought that because she left, the meeting would end. (It didn't, of course, because it was a legal and duly convened meeting and a quorum and majority of council was still present.) She once missed an executive session and took the tapes of the meeting from Town Hall so she could listen to the minutes; she said that she was not aware that this action was unlawful. Her action caused the attorney general's office to require the entire council to attend a meeting on the rules/regulations regarding the Open Meeting Law.
All of these actions, together with her last-minute decision to be a write-in candidate in the primary election, are indications to many citizens that her heart really isn't in being a council member. She doesn't agree with the General Plan, actively campaigned against it, which the voters overwhelmingly passed in the primary election. Taking on the responsibility of council member requires a dedicated and positive commitment of time and hard work. From her past actions, Brenda doesn't seem to be prepared to make that commitment or to have learned the rules.
The model should be 89A, Cottonwood to Sedona
Edward McIntosh wrote a great letter in your April 24 issue (Twenty years of unbalanced progress is enough).
I hope he doesn't mind if I continue on with a bit of his theme.
For 20 years, a nexus of developers, builders, and realtors, have had control of Camp Verde's government. While using village real estate as their own financial "plum," they have failed to build the town that Camp Verde could and should be.
Now after 20 years of failure to do it right, the same bunch claims it's absolutely imperative that 260 be built to suit their business plan and not be bypassed. In essence, they want a transportation highway to be configured to suit the needs of their developers and at the same time slowing all traffic so as to enhance the sales of the proposed roadside businesses. A driveway to their "uptown" enterprise, it would seem.
Equally upsetting is that all powers involved are seeking a consensus, a balanced approach, a compromise. In other words "let's make a deal."
To negotiate gives this cabal credibility it doesn't deserve. In addition, every time I see a negotiated settlement between entities such as this, John and Mary Doe get lost in the shuffle.
In this case, John and Mary Doe are the folks that drive this highway, sometimes twice a day, to work and back. And don't they deserve the divided four-lane, limited access highway they've been looking forward to? The model should be Arizona 89A to Sedona, not Arizona 69 through Prescott Valley.
I could not have done it without you
As the executive director of the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, I wanted to extend a very sincere "Thank You," to our members, volunteers, board of directors and the community of Camp Verde for your continued support.
It has been an honor to serve this community as the Chamber of Commerce executive director. As I leave my position at the Chamber of Commerce, I wanted to let you all know that I will cherish the many friendships that have been built. We couldn’t have accomplished what we have without your support.
I especially want to recognize all our volunteers: Lena Lutes, Luisa Trampush, Lucille Clawson, Latahna Short, Jan Hafterson, Colysta Wallers, Dorothy Wood, Lil Krautbauer, Marsha DeCaires, Lee Wilson, Milton Pate, Gail Pate, Robin Folz, Brenda Little, Trisha Killmer, Juanita Nelson, Bob Burness, Beck Hubbell, Pam Irvin and Carolanne Moore. You all make the difference in this community.
I would also like to thank my wife, Tanya Lewis-Moore, and my two beautiful children for supporting me in my endeavors. I would also like to thank my mother and mentor, Lynda Moore, who along with my wife and children continue to be my inspiration.
It has been great working with each of you and I wish you all the best of luck.
Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce
Brenda Hauser a welcome addition to town council
I haven't felt much excitement about the upcoming city council election.
We elected Tony Gioia as mayor. Now we need to be sure we elect a council that will support him in the endeavors he promised to us. Bob Kovakavich was appointed by Mitch Dickinson's group. He is not apt to be a strong supporter of the new mayor.
Brenda Hauser will not only support the new mayor but will encourage the council to be mindful of the residents that already live here while welcoming any newcomers. She indicated to me that she just wants to serve the citizens of this community.
It was her administration that initiated the main street improvement project. They were the ones who chose the lights and "boardwalks." She also was instrumental in getting a domestic violence coordinator in this community. She is also committed to maintaining the Senior Citizens Center.
She is not an undecided candidate as was indicated in a recent letter to the editor. The incident that triggered her "resignation" was a violation of the town code by the council itself. She stands up for what is right. Let's elect her and let her help forward the interests of Camp Verde.
Karen K. Keel
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