Sedona to build $ 1.35 million road

A city project designed to benefit both residents and visitors moves forward following a unanimous vote by Sedona City Council.

On June 22, Council approved a construction contract with Paul R. Peterson Construction Company Inc. not to exceed $ 1,352,872 for the Posse Ground Park and Soldier Pass Road Parking Improvement Project.

The item was on the council consent portion of the agenda and there was no discussion. In the days that followed, city engineer Andy Dickey explained the project.

“The project will provide a safe route between the starting point of the Soldiers Pass trail and Posse Grounds Park, which will benefit residents and visitors,” he said. “Visitors and residents of other parts of town will have parking at Posse Grounds and a safe route to take to the trailhead.

“Residents of the Rim Shadows area will have a safe route to Posse Grounds without having to drive a vehicle. This improves safety, removes congestion from the Rim Shadows parking lot and reduces cars on the road in this area. “

Work is scheduled to start in July and should be completed in February.

“By investing in cycling and walking infrastructure, the City of Sedona is showing its commitment to providing safe and convenient alternative transportation options,” a report said. “Accessibility to active transportation infrastructure encourages healthier lifestyles. Additionally, this trail will create a safe route for off-road travel. “

Like the new parking lot, the 3,850 foot long trail will be made of stabilized decomposed granite, starting at the new parking area and ending on Shadow Rock Drive. This material was also used to build the Sunset Park Shared Use Trail.

The project contract includes:

■ A 10-foot-wide shared-use trail along the east side of the road from the current Sunset Trail junction at Soldier Pass Road and northbound to Rim Shadows Drive – nearly half a mile. The majority of this trail will be attached to the roadway. A short section will be detached from the roadway and separated by a curb.

■ Signage along the shared use path for safety.

■ Animal waste stations and garbage cans.

■ Residential level crossings will be striped to delimit level crossings.

■ Various drainage improvements and culvert extensions to provide the necessary area for the shared use road.

■ Boulders will be installed along the roadway, which will limit parking along the project trail.

■ An overhead passage will be installed at the intersection of Sunset Trail and Soldier Pass Road to Vultee Arch Road, aka Forest Service Road 152. This safety feature is expected to be in addition to other improvements in this area that have had an effect. traffic calming.

Department changes

Staff announced at the council meeting that David Peck, one of the town’s associate engineers, would soon be retiring after 20 years with the town.

“It has been an honor to serve this community for the past 20 years with such a professional and cohesive team at Town Hall,” Peck said the day after the meeting. “My career in the city encouraged me and allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.

“I will definitely miss my colleagues. I will miss the leadership role in major construction projects. I will also miss the interactions with citizens and business owners who are willing to be friendly and respectful to city employees and to collaborate, encourage and support improvements within the city. I will leave knowing that I have made many friends and have completed many wonderful projects for our parks, for our major drainage yards, and for our citizens and visitors.

Dickey said that over the years Peck went from a public works inspector to a rights-of-way specialist to an assistant engineer and finally to his current position.

“David was able to transfer his experience from several positions to new positions as he progressed through the department,” he said. “This has enabled her to be a key resource for new staff through mentoring and consultation, and her institutional knowledge has been invaluable.

“David has been one of our top performers along the way, rightly earning 2018 Employee of the Year. Since working with David for 15 of his 20 years, I have the privilege to have not only supervised David, but also to know him. as a colleague and friend. He will be dearly missed by me, the public works department and all municipal staff who may have worked with him. He will certainly leave big shoes to fill.

Staff also announced that Sandy Phillips has been hired as the city’s new deputy director of public works and deputy municipal engineer. It will take charge of Peck’s rainwater services sector, as well as the public works component of the planning services.

“She has her work cut out for her to cover David’s post after such a tenure,” Dickey said. “I believe Sandy has the experience and drive to be successful in her role. She has 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, most recently as a Navajo County Floodplain Manager and Assistant County Engineer, and has a proven track record of getting things done.

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