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Q.  Why did the WCAA contact the Groom Creek Fire District Board about annexation?

A.  It Didn’t Happen! Once again, WCAA finds itself in a position of defending itself from fallacious comments.

You must be referring to a letter addressed to the Groom Creek Fire District (GCFD) a copy of which was emailed to Walker Community residents.  In this letter it was stated that the Groom Creek Fire Chief remarked to William Loughrige, president of Walker Fire Protection Association, Inc. (WFPA), that Walker Community Action Alliance, Inc., (WCAA) was involved in making a request to annex Walker into the Groom Creek Fire District.

1.     WCAA did not contact the GCFD on this or any other matter and no member of the WCAA has attended any meeting of either the GCFD or the Potato Patch Cabin Owner’s Association.

2.     The Groom Creek Fire Chief when asked about his reference to WCAA, replied “This statement is not consistent with what happened.”

3.     There were four people from Potato Patch at the December 2, 2014 GCFD Board meeting.  Only one person was named in the minutes of that meeting. Their board minutes do not mention the WCAA.

4.     WCAA will remain truly neutral on all politically sensitive issues, but individual members are always free to advocate for any cause or candidate of their choosing as long as they do so without invoking the name of the WCAA in any way.

 

 

Q. Does the WCAA support a fire district?

A. No. WCAA is an IRS 501(c)3 Tax Exempt organization.  All 501(c)3 Tax Exempt organizations are prohibited by law from involvement in "political activities". We recognize the Fire District to be a highly volatile issue in the Walker Community, so therefore we maintain a totally neutral position regarding the Fire District debate.

 

Q. Do I need to obtain a "burn permit" for a small campfire on my property?
A.  During "Fire Bans" declared by the Yavapai County Emergency Management Division, no fires are permitted. All other times, "Recreational" fires (camp fires) are permitted and do not require a burn permit in the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County. However, flames must be limited to no higher than 3 feet, be contained within a stone or rock enclosure, have the area surrounding the fire circle cleared of duff and have water or a fire extinguisher close at hand.

Q. Why not send your messages through the WFPA and have the collections of donations of coats, swimsuits, etc. at Saturday meetings. Make it simple for the weekend residence to contribute? 

A. We currently do collect garments for our coat drives at Saturday events, both WFPA and WCAA events.  We will even be happy to meet with you at your convenience.  Simply let us know when and where and we will make every effort to take your donations off of your hands.  walkercaa@gmail.com

Q. Is this WCAA open to other areas to the south (Mt Glenn or Potato Patch)?
A. You bet WCAA is open to everybody who gets to his or her place by driving up Walker Road.

The bylaws define the Walker Community as: "All properties accessible south from milepost five on Walker Road extending to the Hassayampa Lake Dam, and not past coordinates 34 25.912N, 112 23.189W on Big Bug Road, and not past coordinates 34 29.636N, 112 21.905W on Bannie Mine Road." You can read the entire set of bylaws at http://www.walkercaa.org/Bylaws.html

The only stipulation is 18 years of age and either a resident or a property owner. We definitely welcome both Mt. Glenn and Potato Patch as well all of the areas within the description. People outside of the described area are also welcome to join and participate but their membership would not allow them to have a vote in organizational matters or head up a committee.

Q. Why did the WCAA form when there is already a WFPA?

A. The two organizations have different missions.  The Walker Fire Protection Association (WFPA) has the mission of operating a volunteer wildland fire department.  A board of directors runs the WFPA and there is one membership meeting per year and the members have only one benefit - to vote at the annual meeting.

 

The Walker Community Action Alliance (WCAA) is a charitable community organization that is run by the members.  Every meeting is a membership meeting.  The function of the WCAA is to raise funds and provide services other than those of a fire department for the benefit of the Walker community.  The WCAA has the opportunity to do things for the community that the fire department cannot do or should not do.  The WCAA is more interested in preventing fires than fighting fires so it developed the Community Firewise Plan.

 

The WFPA is not a charitable organization and the WCAA is not a fire department.

Q. I don’t get emails from the WCAA.  How do I get on the email list?

A. Send your request to walkercaa@gmail.com

Q. Did the WCAA steal the WFPA email list?

A. No.  WCAA uses email addresses from several sources. Most email addresses on our list have been voluntarily submitted in one way or another. Some of the email addresses were obtained from the WFPA website when the addresses were assessable to the public.  Others were obtained from emails received from others, including one sent from an individual who referred to himself as “Anonymous” and/or “Concerned Citizen of Walker”.

Q. Why did the WCAA establish a Firewise Communities/USAŽ Action Plan when Walker already had one?

A. Walker has never had a Firewise Communities/USAŽ Action Plan until the WCAA established one, nor has Walker ever been a Firewise /USAŽ Recognized Community.  The WCAA invited the WFPA to work jointly on the Firewise project, but the WFPA never responded.

Q. When the WCAA applied for the same grant money that the WFPA did, didn’t that reduce the chances of both organizations getting the grant?

A. Maybe, but remember, the WCAA submitted an application for grant money ten days before the WFPA  submitted their application. The WCAA made several unsuccessful attempts to engage the WFPA to work together regarding this grant prior to it’s filing but was rebuffed.  The WFPA never notified the WCAA that it was submitting an application.

Q. A letter was sent to members of the Walker Community that said that the leaders of WCAA “include former officers of the WFPA, who had access to the WFPA mailing list”.  Who are the leaders of WCAA that have been officers of the WFPA?
A. None of the leaders of the WCAA have ever held office on the board of the WFPA. The officers of the WCAA at the time the letter was broadcast were: Betsy Bykerk – President, Jeff Morhous – Vice President, and Loren Bykerk – Secretary/Treasurer.
QDoes the WCAA have a written policy regarding membership and/or email lists?
A. Yes. Since inception, the WCAA has maintained a policy that the WCAA “membership list or an email list shall not be given or sold to persons or organizations to be used for solicitation, sales or political purposes”. See:
http://www.walkercaa.org/Documents/GoverningDocuments/Standing Rules 010711.htm  line 6.
Q. At the December 11, 2010 WFPA board meeting, one board member stated that the WCAA had emailed members of the community, letters containing disparaging remarks regarding the WFPA board and/or it’s members. Is this true?
A. Not true. It is true that a statement was made at that meeting by a WFPA board member, who accused the WCAA of doing this, but when challenged by a WFPA member to produce evidence of such, no member of the WFPA board could produce an example. The truth is, the only emails sent to the Walker Community by the WCAA have been to advise of up coming events and meetings of the WCAA.