Neighborhood Communications Tower Meeting Scheduled for 3/11/2019

Dear Neighbors
Neighborhood Communications Tower Meeting
Monday, March 11, 6 PM
Beaver Creek Adult Center
4250 Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma Village Square (across from Cricket’s)
This is the text of the letter copied below.  Due to technical issues it is not easy to read in the eNews.  We will post copies of the letter, map, and plot construction design which will be mailed to property owners within 1000 ft at Rimrock Resale bulletin board on Beaver Creek Rd, the LM Post Office, and the BCCA bulletin board in Rollins Park as weather permits.  The CCF&MD owns this parcel and currently has a small tower on it. Fire Chief Terry Keller will be at the meeting. The eNews will also email this information to subscribers upon request.
From Luke Sefton, President & Principle engineer of Sefton Engineering Consultants:
Paul Giovanni, Chief Technology Officer with MerIT Technology Partners, plans to submit an application to Yavapai County for the installation of a communications tower on behalf of the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District at 3660 E Stardust Circle which is near or adjoining your property.  This tower will have communications equipment for the Fire District and Broadband equipment to provide Internet service to the area.

Based on very positive community input, it has been recommended that cell service be added to the tower.  This would require an increase to the tower height to eighty feet from the originally intended sixty feet height.  This will allow the tower to be a three-carrier cell tower and encourage use of it by carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint/T-Mobile.  Verizon, in particular, requires and eighty feet minimum height for their cellular transmissions.

I would like to invite you to meet Paul Giovanni of MerIT Technology Partners and to hear about their plans for this location.  This would be an informal meeting to give you the opportunity to review the proposed plans and to discuss the proposal with them.

The meeting will be held on March 11, at 6 PM, in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.
At this meeting MerIT Technology Partners will discuss the proposal and then discuss any concerns that you may have.  We encourage you to attend this meeting and to share your thoughts.  If you cannot attend, please feel free to contact me at 928-202-3999 orls@sefengco.com and I will be glad to discuss the matter with you.  Additionally, you may send the comment sheet to the address below.
Sincerely,
Luke A Sefton, P.E., CFM
President/Principle Engineer
Sefton Engineering Consultants
 COMMENT SHEET
Paul Giovanni–Wireless Tower–on 3660 E Stardust Circle
If you cannot attend the meeting, we would appreciate your time and feedback is very important to our process moving forward.  Please take a moment to fill out the information below as well as any comments you with to make regarding this project.
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Address:
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Comments:
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Please email comments to: ls@sefengco.com  or mail to:
Luke Sefton
40 Stutz Bearcat Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
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Storm Warning 2/20/2019

Winter Storm Warning
Thursday & Friday
2-20-19

Update from National Weather Service

 

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ 303 AM MST Wed Feb 20
303 AM MST Wed Feb 20 2019 …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM MST FRIDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with locally higher amounts on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, are expected. Lower amounts can be expected in the valley areas. * WHERE…Areas near Camp Verde, Chino Valley, Congress, Cottonwood, Fredonia, Grand Canyon, Jacob Lake, North Rim, Paulden, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Seligman and Valle. *
WHEN…8 PM today to 11 AM Friday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Look for significant reductions in visibility at times. Snow forecast from 8 PM Today to 11 AM Friday:
Camp Verde 4 to 6 inches
Chino Valley 10 to 16 inches
Congress 0 to 1 inches
Cottonwood 5 to 9 inches
Fredonia 4 to 8 inches
Grand Canyon 11 to 17 inches
Jacob Lake 9 to 15 inches
North Rim 18 to 24 inches
Paulden 10 to 16 inches
Prescott 15 to 21 inches
Prescott Valley 12 to 18 inches
Seligman 9 to 15 inches
Valle 9 to 15 inches
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Winter Weather Advisory & Activities 2/16/2019

Winter Weather Advisory
2-16-19
Dear Neighbors
The Canyon Medical Clinic Grand Opening which was scheduled for outside today in Lake Montezuma has been postponed until next Saturday afternoon. However the Clinic is still open today for both appointments and walk-ins.  928-592-9424.
The Valentine’s Pot Luck at the Beaver Creek Adult Center will still start at 5 PM today.  It will be warm and cozy in the Center with lots of good food, raffles, and stories to share.
Meanwhile the weather forecast is getting worse.  We don’t know what has happened to our usual beautiful February, but we won’t have a whole lot of sun for almost a week.  Starting tomorrow, several days have a 10 to 70% chance of snow in the forecast and showers, too, from tonight through Wednesday.  Who knows about the snow locally, but it’s always best to be prepared by planning ahead.
tired of winter,
. . . . . . . the calendar crew
Saturday, 2/16-The Beaver Creek Adult Center Valentine’s Pot Luck begins at 5 PM.   Bring a dish and join the fun. Raffle for great prizes. Open to the community. Everyone is welcome to attend. 4250 E Zuni Way in the Lake Montezuma Village Square.
Saturday, 2/23-The Grand Opening Celebration of the Canyon Medical Clinic is from 11 AM to 3 PM. Please come enjoy hamburgers & hot dogs, chips, popcorn and waters. The Clinic is located at 4200 E Zuni Way in the Lake Montezuma Village Square.

Winter Weather Advisory

 URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ 427 AM MST Sat Feb 16 2019 AZZ037-162345- /O.CON.KFGZ.WW.Y.0006.190217T1800Z-190219T0600Z/
 Yavapai County Valleys and Basins- I ncluding the city of Camp Verde 427 AM MST Sat Feb 16 2019 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SUNDAY TO 11 PM MST MONDAY… * WHAT… Snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 7 inches, are expected. * WHERE…Areas near Camp Verde, Chino Valley, Congress, Cottonwood and Paulden. * WHEN…11 AM Sunday to 11 PM Monday. *
ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Look for reduced visibilities at times. Snow forecast from 11 AM Sunday to 11 PM Monday:
 Camp Verde 1 to 3 inches
 Chino Valley 4 to 6 inches
 Congress 0 to 1 inches
 Cottonwood 2 to 4 inches
 Paulden 3 to 5 inches
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
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Local Monuments Open with Restrictions 2/15/2019

Local National Monuments Open w/Restrictions
2-15-19
National Park Service  News Release
 
For Immediate Release – February 15th, 2019
Laura Varon-Burkhart, MOCA/TUZI, 928-649-6195 x 229
Camp Verde, AZ – Montezuma Castle National Monument
Rimrock, AZ – Montezuma Well
Flooding has temporarily restricted activities at Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well
Due to overnight flooding in Beaver Creek, much of the loop trail at Montezuma Castle will be closed potentially through Wednesday. The outlet trail at Montezuma Well will also be closed to foot traffic until the creek water recedes. Both parks will remain open, but visitors must remain in designated areas while our maintenance staff remove mud and debris from the trails.
Crossing desert washes and flooded streets can be very dangerous. Visitors planning a trip to Central Arizona are advised to check weather reports and traffic information before departing.
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Swift Water Rescue 2/15/2019

On February 14, 2019 at 10 PM Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District was dispatched to a report of water rising in the area of Rimrock Dr. Upon arrival the street was found to be flooded so units repositioned and began assessing the area. A van tried to cross the road and was unable to go any further so a swift water technician team assembled and was able to make a rescue of all 4 occupants in the van and 2 dogs utilizing a haul system and a boat. The team then started doing low water rescues and going door to door to assist in evacuation of some of the residents, while some residents chose to shelter in their homes. The boat and haul team were again utilized to get an elderly person out of her house due to rising flood waters.
At another location, units comprising of swift water technicians from Copper Canyon Fire and Sedona Fire were able to successfully remove 8 people from a residence on foot. All people evacuated or rescued were evaluated for injuries and transported to a Red Cross location set up at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church. The location also had a setup to shelter small pets.  In all, 13 people and 2 dogs were safely removed to the Red Cross location.
There were units from Copper Canyon, Sedona and Verde Valley Fire used to rescue and transport people removed from their homes. Yavapai County Sheriffs were used to help with rescues and traffic control and Yavapai County Emergency Management was activated and were able to get resources to set up the Red Cross location and future needs.
Steve Sarkesian
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical
Battalion Chief
 
Photos courtesy of Mikki Weissinger

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Request for Help on Rimrock Dr 2/15/2019

Help Needed on Rimrock Dr
Report from
Fire Chief Terry Keller
2-15-19
Wet Beaver Creek flooded last night & several homes along Rimrock Drive were hit hard. The Fire Dept. must have details because they rescued folks. Right now volunteers are needed to shovel debris out of homes. We’d appreciate any volunteer who can show up with shovels or rakes at homes near Rimrock Dr. and Tagalong (heading out toward the direction of the girls’ school).
–Audrey
567-5018


There were actually 17 rescues, with noreported injuries..  The locations were all along the vicinity of Rimrock Drive that parallels Wet Beaver Creek down by Sedona Sky Academy.  A drive through of this area, plus Sycamore Lane and Beaver Vista all revealed extensive damage in Lake Montezuma.  At this point, I have no reports of any injuries or missing individuals, thank God!
In Camp Verde, it appears Beaver Creek (Wet and Dry by this point) may have gotten into the houses that are lower along Pecan Lane.  We were assessing the Verde Lakes area at this time.  Also, I looked in the Quarter horse area, as well as McCracken Lane and did not see any evidence that the river had risen enough to get into any homes in those areas,  We still need to look at Horseshoe Bend.  The Marshals Offcie can probably provide the best updates…
More when/if we get it.  Crews are tired for sure at this point.
Chief Terry Keller, CCF&MD
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Flood Watch Continues 2/14/2019

Flood Watch

Flood Watch National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ 1216 PM MST Thu Feb 14 2019

Yavapai County Mountains-Northern Gila County- Yavapai County Valleys and Basins-Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons- Including the cities of Prescott, Seligman, Ash Fork, Payson, Strawberry, Young, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cordes Junction, Bagdad, and Sedona 1216 PM MST Thu Feb 14 2019 … FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON… The Flood Watch continues for * Portions of Yavapai and Gila counties. This Flood Watch includes Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek, Granite Creek, Dry Beaver Creek, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Fossil Creek, Tonto Creek, East Verde Verde River, Verde River and Agua Fria River. * Through Friday afternoon * Periods of moderate to heavy rain will develop over Yavapai county early this morning and will move eastward through tonight. Some of the heaviest rain will fall over portions of northeastern Yavapai county and northern Gila county. In addition, snowpack in these areas will melt, adding to the potential for runoff. * Area creeks, streams, washes and rivers will begin to run high by this afternoon, peaking later tonight, or even Friday morning. Many larger waterways are forecast to reach or exceed flood levels. Larger waterways will continue to drain at or above flood levels well into Friday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch Means That Developing Conditions May Lead To Flooding Within The Watch area. People…especially those located along area creeks…rivers or other flood prone areas…should continue to monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action should flood warnings be issued.
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Flash Flood Watch, Snow Likely Tuesday 2/4/2019

 

Flash Flood Watch 11 PM Mon
Thru Wednesday Afternoon
& Probable Snow Showers Tues
Evening & Wednesday
2-4-2019

Flash Flood Watch

Flood Watch National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ 225 PM MST Mon Feb 4 2019  Yavapai County Mountains-Northern Gila County- Yavapai County Valleys and Basins-Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons- Including the cities of Prescott, Seligman, Ash Fork, Payson, Strawberry, Young, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cordes Junction, Bagdad, and Sedona 225 PM MST Mon Feb 4 2019 …FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM MST THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON… The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for portions of east central Arizona and west central Arizona, including the following areas, in east central Arizona, Northern Gila County. In west central Arizona, Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons, Yavapai County Mountains, and Yavapai County Valleys and Basins. * From 11 PM MST this evening through Wednesday afternoon * Another wet winter weather system will bring moisture to northern Arizona Tonight through Wednesday. While most of the precipitation will fall as snow over the higher elevations, heavy rainfall amounts over already saturated parts of Yavapai and northern Gila county could create localized flash flooding. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flash Flood Watch Means That Developing Conditions May Lead To Flash Flooding Within The Watch area. People…especially those located along area creeks…rivers or other flash flood prone areas…should continue to monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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Verna Shafer Celebration of Life

A toast in celebration, to the life of 

Verna Lee Shafer  (1929 to 2019)

A wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, sister, friend, artist, entrepreneur, business owner, avid gardener, community organizer, visionary and all around active, engaged and committed member of society. There was no dream too big or detail too small that Verna wouldn’t whole heartedly devote her undivided attention to it. She was a woman of action.
Verna was born in Chickasha Oklahoma to Henry “Hank” and Madelyn Yates their first of two daughters. The Yates family spent the first years of Verna’s young life enduring the hardships of the dust bowl and great depression. To escape dust related health issues the family moved to Phoenix, AZ. While in Phoenix Verna spent her developmental years building lifelong friendships and a passion for art.
A business opportunity prompted the Yate’s family move to Flagstaff, AZ where Verna spent her senior year of high school. It was there that Verna met the good looking shortstop on the baseball team with a “hotrod” ford car who quickly became the love of her life, Frank Allen Shafer. After graduating, and in a hurry to be together, Frank and Verna eloped and were married on Halloween day of 1947. The couple resided in Flagstaff for 55 active years until Frank’s health forced their move to the lower elevation of Beaver Creek. Verna would always call Flagstaff her home town. While in Flagstaff, Verna was active in the community working various jobs, following her children’s pursuits, volunteer work especially the art community. Verna owned and operated an interior design studio (The Finishing Touch) with her partner Debbie (Booth) for many years. Verna was both a student and teacher of art her entire life. During the final days of her life, as her health was failing, she found the desire and strength to give her final (hours long) art lesson to her great granddaughter Taylor Engle (19). Taylor was assisting in the care of her great grandmother during her final days. Upon the completion of the lesson Verna bequeathed to her great-granddaughter her well-worn easel, paint spattered smock and painting supplies hoping to share her passion with future generations.
Verna ShaferOnce relocated in Beaver Creek Verna and Frank felt blessed to live in a beautiful new house built by their (builder) sons Chris and Craig Shafer. Established in the Beaver Creek community Verna once again immersed herself in community service work, organizing people, planning, permitting, arranging funding and overseeing the construction of Sycamore Park and other community projects. She also started a garden club and stayed busy hosting many events in her beautifully decorated house and exquisitely landscaped yards. Verna was instrumental in raising money for many causes. As a reminder, to the family, of Verna’s endless optimism while going through her things we found many sketches and drawings of paintings and projects planned and not yet started. An example would be the partial pallet of concrete pavers, next to the backyard gate, yet to be laid. In her eighties Verna laid hundreds of (heavy) walkway pavers in her yards. It was not uncommon to find an elderly Verna in her back yard, pry bar in hand, rolling a large bolder to a new location simply because she thought it would “look better over there”.
Blessed with a large loving family and in the final weeks of her life Verna was able to stay in her beautiful home tended with loving care by her devoted daughter Vicki Womack (Jim) and son Chris Shafer who live nearby. She also enjoyed multigenerational family care provided by Taylor Engle (great-granddaughter) and her final hours were spent in the loving care of her hospice nurse granddaughter Elizabeth Ruby (Shafer) who gently assisted Verna to the gates of heaven.
Verna was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Frank Shafer and her daughter in law Jennifer Welk (Chris). She is survived by daughter Vicki Womack (Jim) and sons Chris and Craig Shafer (Debi). Her large extended family includes 14 grandchildren, and a whopping 32 great grandchildren and counting.
Our family is deeply saddened by Verna’s passing, but we find solace in knowing she was well loved by many and is now reunited with her love Frank. Verna was one of a kind and will be remembered fondly by her family and those who knew her best.
There will be a memorial celebration of Verna’s life hosted at her house on February 2, 2019, in Beaver Creek at 3890 Sycamore Lane (turn off Montezuma on Meadow proceed to Sycamore) at 11:30 am. A short service with refreshments to follow.
Since there is limited parking in the vicinity of Frank and Verna’s home, shuttle transportation (Beaver Creek Transit) will be available from 10:45 AM on in Sycamore Park by the bridge.  At the park, there is also an opportunity to see the plaque dedicated to Verna and the Beaver Creek Garden Club.
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