Feb 112011

By Sam Conner —

Problems at the city Animal Shelter facility were the topic of several persons speaking in the call to the public portion of Tuesday evening’s Winslow City Council agenda.

Judy Howell said that a second dog had frozen to death at the facility due to inadequate shelter and attendance. She said that the facility needs a full-time supervisor.

Ellie Merritt spoke on the same subject and noted that the lack of care was a serious problem, as was the fact that often during business hours no one is at the facility.

An agenda or work session item for an upcoming meeting suggested was action to provide improvements at the Winslow Animal Shelter and alleviation of problems there.

City Manager Jim Ferguson reported on city activities, then introduced Public Housing Director Jesse Fernandez, who reported that the Public Housing Authority has lain off one individual and is having to operate frugally to keep expenses down. The need for austerity came about in part because in recent years money was taken from one fund and used for another, creating about $60,000 in debt that must be paid. Some leases also need to be strictly enforced and some situations are awaiting legal action.

Todd Roth reminded the council and the audience of the Art Sweet Art 3 program slated for 7 to 9 o’clock tonight (Feb. 11), and asked that the council and city staff let the Just Cruisin’ Car Club know as soon as possible what help, if any, they will provide for the annual car show.

The consent calendar was adopted, including approvals of the check register, minutes of the Jan. 25 council meeting and extending the consultant agreement with Z&H Engineering for general airport engineering services. This will be the fifth year of that five-year engineering contract.

Dan Simmons was appointed to the Winslow Planning and Zoning Commission, and Ross Black was appointed to the Winslow Board of Adjustment.

Support for the Because We Care 2011 Graduation Party was approved. This will allow the use of the Little League fields, waive all vendors’ fees, provide extra patrol officers and allow the closing of Cherry Street from Colorado to Pope.

The council will hold its strategic planning session on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16.