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Verde Connect fate uncertain after meeting with Camp Verde council (Jon Hecht 11/2/18 journalaz.com)
Verde Connect? Or another Camp Verde bypass? (Bill Helm 1/30/2019 The Verde Independent)
Will Verde Connect provide solution to region’s most pressing transportation problems? (Bob Rothrock Letter To Editor 1/24/2018 VerdeNews.com)
Verde Connect creates more problems than it solves (J Cameron 2/2/2019 Camp Verde BUGLE)
Verde Connect a Camp Verde business bypass? (Kelcie Grega & Bill Helm 3/21/19 Camp Verde BUGLE)
Don’t allow Verde Connect to impact private property (Zach Wolfe 3/26/2019 The Verde Independent)
City’s failure to act on traffic unacceptable (Christopher Fox Graham 3/28/2019 Sedona Red Rock News)
Groups in Camp Verde fight federal road (Jon Hecht 3/28/2019 journalaz.com)
Please share your views on new road with VerdeDISconnect.com (Denise Gould 1/24/2018 CVbugle.com)
Middle Verde residents firmly opposed to Verde Connect road project (4/18/2019 Bill Helm The Verde Independent)
‘Road to Nowhere’ a huge threat to Middle Verde way of life (4/20/2019 Todd Scantlebury The Verde Independent)
Sedona should demand roads from counties (4/23/19 Christopher Fox Graham - Managing Editor - Sedona Red Rock News)
Opinion: Verde Connect is no benefit to Middle Verde (5/23/2019 Eric Eberhard The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle)
Camp Verde unanimously opposes Verde Connect project (Bill Helm 6/26/19 Camp Verde Bugle)
Letter: Mr. Garrison, not ‘everyone’ is pleased with Verde Connect (2/1/20 Suzanne Gosar The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle)
We must stand firm against Verde Connect project (Diane Scantlebury 3/24/20 The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle)
Now is not the time to focus on Verde Connect (3/24/20 The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle)
There needs to be moratorium on Verde Connect project (3/28/20 J Cameroon The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle)
Stream the May 19, 2020 Facebook Interview - Verde Connect ~ The Road to Nowhere - with verdeDISconnect's Zach Wolfe and Todd Scantlebury, and District 2 and 3 Supervisor candidates Wiley Cline and Donna Michaels
Check out the 3-20-19, 4-3-19, 4-17-19 and MOST IMPORTANTLY the 6-19-19 Camp Verde Town Council Meetings and Minutes, where verdeDISconnect, Save Middle Verde and others have presented their views. On June 19 CAMP VERDE TOWN COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSED ANY REGIONAL CONNECTOR. Jerome Town Council and Beaver Creek Community Association have joined Camp Verde in opposing the project. Congratulations to all! This is true democracy in action and the way honest governance should work!
June 11, 2019, verdeDISconnect members talk with Dan Cherry, Director of the County Roads Division. Despite the irrelevance of the low priority and outdated project, not having the monies to complete the project (i.e., more taxes in the works!), the Y-A Nation refusing to allow the project on their land and opposition from the Middle Verde residents and the town of Camp Verde, the County maintains that the project is "worthwhile." So sad...
June 19, 2019, thanks to Joe Butner's resolution and the courageous efforts of the Mayor and Town Council, CAMP VERDE UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSED ANY REGIONAL CONNECTOR. Jerome Town Council and Beaver Creek Community Association have also joined Camp Verde and voted unanimously to oppose the project
Do you think there are more important and REAL traffic priorities in the Verde Valley? I-17 too crowded and unsafe? Cornville Road and Hwy 179 through VOC congested to the point of gridlock? Delays at Hwy 260 and Cornville Road interchanges with 89A? Sedona?... poor Sedona. Let the County know that 1)Verde Connect is not a traffic solution, 2) it will use up funds and energy that should be spent on REAL problems, and 3) it will create new taxes - all for a project that NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN STARTED!
In order to provide a more honest and factual account of Middle Verde, in December of 2019 we filed a Grant Challenge with the Federal Highways Administration and other Project Principals (National Forest Service, ADOT, the County, etc.) Excerpt: .... Notwithstanding Yavapai County’s assertions to the contrary, the Project does not have broad public support. Indeed, the public was kept largely in the dark regarding this Project until well after the grant had been applied for and approved. Significantly, the 4-miles of Middle Verde Road required for the new alignment are owned by the Town of Camp Verde, not Yavapai County. The Town of Camp Verde adopted a unanimous resolution supporting the No Build option. The neighboring communities of Beaver Creek and Jerome have likewise unanimously voted in support of the No Build alternative... The Project will not have a “significant [positive] local or regional impact.” The Project will not “grow rural economies, facilitate freight movement, improve access to reliable and affordable transportation options and enhance health access and safety for residents.” Indeed, this Project represents an expensive bridge to nowhere with poorly considered negative impacts on the environment, the local community, and the region.
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND READ THE FULL GRANT CHALLENGE HERE!
Though Middle Verde residents and, in particular, the Verde Valley NO BUILD alliance asked to be one of the participating groups in the proposed road project discussions - after all, we're the folks who live here! - the FHWA and County denied us that consideration, so... We were given 30-days to respond to what is called the "Draft Environmental Assessment." The DEA 1) gives the public an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed project, and 2) determines whether a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) should be conducted. We feel the impacts of the proposal, especially safety and human environment effects for Middle Verde residents, has been entirely ignored. In fact, the over 900-page DEA somehow avoids Middle Verde Rd, except to say how vital it is to the project, along with one sentence, right near the end of the DEA: “The Build Alternative would also result in an increase in traffic and noise on Middle Verde Road.” This tiny admission, buried at the back of the DEA, is the only honest admission about Middle Verde and how it would be overwhelmed by the Project - in terms of capacity (load limits) and safety. Our Traffic Engineer estimates: "A substantial increase in traffic on Middle Verde Road under the Build condition will likely lead to increased frequency of collisions resulting in property damage, injuries and deaths.” And that's just traffic - how about the loss of vital, small farms and ranches and the degradation of the Coconino National Forest? Clearly the DEA skirts these issues, and a full EIS is needed.
How can our County Supervisors consider spending over $30M (their estimate, not ours, because we think the project would total $100M or more), when we are in the midst of a recession pandemic and there are so many more important and less destructive road projects that ought to be considered? It's a shame... but if we all work together, this project could be stopped!
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND READ OUR FULL COMMENTS HERE!
Now more than 900 petitions signed, and we hear you - the "Road to Nowhere" must be stopped, which starts with each and every one of us. If you have not yet signed but would like to, see the HOW YOU CAN HELP link. Thank you for caring!
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