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BCCA Annual Meeting: Good Neighbors & Diverse Opinions

The Beaver Creek Community Association held their Annual Meeting Saturday 1/27/2018.  About thirty members and area residents attended, along with Board members, County Supervisor Tom Thurman, and Jeff Thumm from Coconino National Forest.  The theme of the meeting was “Good Neighbors”. Each person attending was awgoodneighborarded a blue ribbon designation as a “Good Neighbor 2018″, because, in the end, it’s our neighbors and the people who show up at meetings that make our community a great place to live.  The meeting was upbeat, and included presentations by Jeff Thumm — who was introduced as the Forest Service manager who authorized the prescribed burn on October 24, 2017.  He presented the many factors that go into prescribed burns in a straightforward and factual way, and by the end of his talk, there were lots of questions and comments, but all present agreed that a prescribed burn once in a while is better than the alternative: wildfire!  Congratulations, Jeff, on a great presentation.

If you missed the meeting, you missed some good community conversations, as well as outstanding refreshments donated by Mike Nelson and Ron Melcher, arranged by supershoppers Sharon Olsen and Janet Aniol, and our perennial favorite secret recipe punch provided by Phil Edwards.

Long-time community leader Bob Burke was newly elected to the Board of Directors, as was Danice Bruno, an animal lover and financial wiz.  The new Directors will replace Lisa Taylor, who is now out of state, and Alan Spacone, currently undergoing chemo and therefore unable to serve on the Board in 2018.  The two new Directors were elected by acclamation, and will be valuable indeed to the BCCA.  Janet Aniol presented the financial report for 2017, an update on projects from 2017, and a transportation update, highlighting this news: the grant for bus service routes including Yavapai Transit stops from Apache Nation to McGuireville, the Ranch House, and Rimrock has been accepted and may happen this year.  2017 projects included support for the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition’s new 6.2 mile trail system on Wickiup Mesa, public meetings with Arizona Water, followed by progress on hydrants and pipe.

Board member Sharon Olsen asked for members to pitch in and help in volunteering with park maintenance duties. She reviewed bids to trim trees in the park, which will be a large budget item for the BCCA, but is badly needed for safety reasons.  Ron Melcher joined in asking residents for assistance with the fountain, gardening, clearing branches, and other park maintenance chores. Contact a Board Member if you have gardening or other skills we can use! Email : Contact Us.

President Janet Aniol circulated copies of a petition to limit Bow Hunting in our area. The petitions would be sent to Arizona Fish and Game Commission. Neighbors and residents had various opinions, from those aghast at bowhunters in their backyards, to those who support hunters, people just like everyone else, who generally respect their neighbors. There is current regulation which requires a resident to post “No Trespassing” sign or “No Hunting” sign on each lot. There were equally divergent opinions as to whether the signs were effective or reasonable in a suburban setting, and what measures could be taken by those whose property adjoins forest or open areas.  The BCCA has not taken a position on the matter, but signs are available for those who wish to post, and petitions for those who wish to sign them.

County Supervisor Tom Thurman presented the case for renewal of a 1/4 cent sales tax, devoted to maintenance of our county jail in Camp Verde.  The existing tax was passed to handle overcrowding conditions, and will expire in 2020. The renewal of the tax at the same rate, Thurman stated, is needed to provide half of the cost of maintenance to the facility, which now houses up to 600 inmates, and is currently overcrowded by as much as 60 heads per night.  Members asked questions and received solid answers to the issues from Supervisor Thurman.  For details on the jail tax proposal, click here.

Thurman also predicted a population surge in our area over the next 2-3 years, with the work on Highway 260 complete and other transportation changes making Beaver Creek more accessible. He stated that real estate values in our area have increased significantly, good news for all residents.

Check this website for the official minutes coming soon, but to get all the scoop firsthand, come out to the next Board meeting, February 12, 2018, and speak up!

 

Copper Canyon Fire & Medical having Busy Monsoon Season

Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Busy During Monsoon Weather
6 Rollovers & a Residential Fire
The past two days were very busy for Copper Canyon Fire and Medical, which ran a total of 38 calls within 48 hours. Most notable calls were a residential fire where a patient was successfully rescued and the fire was contained to the room of origin . In addition 10 motor vehicle accidents; six of the accidents were rollovers. These were due to a storm cell that sat above I-17.  All patients received treatment and/ or transport to the nearest available medical facility. Copper Canyon Fire did not do this alone they receive support from Verde Valley Fire, Sedona Fire, ADOT and the Department of Public Safety. Please remember if you are driving in adverse conditions to drive with care and always wear your seatbelt.
Dale Dunns
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority
Battalion Chief
26 B. Salt Mine Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Road Work starting 10/30/2016

Update posted by the Calendar Crew. For all event details, click Beaver Creek eNews 10-31-2016
Dear Neighbors
The improvement to commercial access in Camp Verde just east of the I-17/SR 260 Interchange gets underway today.  If it makes sense for your needs, please use the Middle Verde access into Camp Verde.
In addition we have an incident report from CCF&M.
Incident#:16-02162
Incident Type: MVA
Incident date and time: October 30, 2016 @1243
Incident location: SR260 at Finney Flats rd
Units responding: E811, BC811, A811 and A812
Total personnel:8
Agencies involved: CCFMA, CVMO and YAPD
On Sunday afternoon, October 30, 2016 at 12:42 Copper Canyon Fire and Medical authority responded to a two vehicle MVA on SR260 at Finney Flats rd . There was a total of four occupant in two vehicles all self-extricated prior to any CCFMA units arriving. Two people were transported with minor injuries and two people refused transportation.
Let’s be safe in Camp Verde!
……..the calendar crew
ADOT Update:  Restrictions begin today (10/31) on SR-260 to Accommodate Roundabout Construction near I-17
Travel restrictions and lane closures will begin Monday, Oct. 31, for both east- and westbound travel on State Route 260 as construction begins on the SR 260 roundabout at Industrial Drive in Camp Verde (milepost 218 to 219) just east of the Interstate 17 junction.
Lane and travel restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day and will be maintained until late February, 2017. A 10-foot-wide load restriction will also be in place during operations.
The completed roundabout will keep traffic flowing smoothly in all directions as well as in and out of businesses. At present, traffic on Industrial Drive can only make right turns onto SR 260, while those on SR 260 can wait in long left-turn bays to get to businesses or turn around.
For more information on this project, please call Coralie Cole, ADOT Senior Community Relations Officer, at 602.501.4899 or email at ccole@azdot.gov.

ADOT Update: Roundabout will Improve Safety, Traffic Flow in Camp Verde near I-17

 

A roundabout project on State Route 260 just east of Interstate 17 will enhance safety, and help visitors and residents better navigate a busy commercial area in Camp Verde. The roundabout will be where SR 260 intersects with Industrial Drive, in an area where many travelers pull over for gasoline, a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. 
The improvement will keep traffic flowing smoothly in all directions, as well as in and out of businesses. At present, traffic on Industrial Drive can only make right turns onto SR 260, while those on SR 260 can wait in long left-turn bays to get to businesses or turn around.  The Arizona Department of Transportation project, which will begin in the coming weeks and is set for completion in the spring, also will add sidewalks on the north side of SR 260 between Cliffs Parkway and Main Street, and on the south side of SR 260 between Seventh Street and Main Street.
While there will be traffic restrictions throughout the project, access to local businesses and properties will be maintained throughout.

 

Beaver Buggy Transport

Beaver Creek Transit, (the Beaver Buggy), celebrated its third anni­ver­sary on January 3, 2014. Three years of bringing free (dona­tions appreciated) transpor­tation to sen­iors and those of all ages with disa­bilities.  Thanks to all of the volun­teers and the LMPOA and BC Adult Center spon­sorship, the years have passed quickly. Now BCT is ready to move forward with phase 2, a link to the new Yavapai Apache Transit (YAT) which is linking to Cottonwood Area Transit (CAT). The new route created by the Nation connects much of the Verde Valley with a twice daily bus run. Fares are $1.25 or $3.00 for a one day pass.

Diana Bonnaha, YAT Director, hopes to start the service on April 14. When it is available, the BC Buggy will drop off and pick up riders in Camp Verde at the YAT bus stops. For these trips BCT will accept riders of all ages who are old enough not to require a car seat. The trips must be scheduled in advance by calling 592-2839 and ID is required for boarding. Passengers will be dropped at one of the Camp Verde stops in the 8:45 to 9:15 AM time slot and pick up in Camp Verde in the 3:30 to 3:50 PM time range. The YAT bus stops at Wal-Mart, Safeway, Cottonwood Library, and the VV Medical Center. Riders may transfer to CAT routes to go elsewhere.

Please extend your appreciation to Diana, Sonny Jackson, YAN Public Works Director, Robert Mills, YAN Grant Writer, and the Y-A Nation for sharing these opportunities with Beaver Creek residents. Also thank you to the BC Buggy’s current volunteer drivers who will get residents to the CV stops: Tony Testa, Nancy Rowland, Nancy Phillips, Ron Melcher, Margaret Holt, Dorcas Gerace, Rick Ayars, Janet Aniol. We could always use more drivers. Please call if you’re interested.

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