Apr 292011

By Sam Conner —

The Winslow City Council heard plans from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for work to be done on the intersections of Williamson Avenue and Second and Third streets during its Tuesday night meeting.

Representatives of ADOT and the construction company which will do the work spoke about the projects and after much discussion, they agreed to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, with local business persons invited to hear the plans, make suggestions and possibly agree upon how the work will be done and when. The representatives had said that closing the Third Street intersection for a month would be the fastest way to get the job done. A number of persons spoke about the harm done to local businesses when streets are closed for construction and this led to the proposed meeting on May 9.

Prior to that item, the council had heard City Manager Jim Ferguson ask the council members for their final master plans for the airport back as the Federal Aviation Administration wants to make some changes.

He also reported that the city and Woodson Engineering had received an award from the Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Foundation.

Ann-Mary Lutzick reported on the Old Trails Museum, which received more than 25,000 visitors last year from most states in the union and many foreign countries. She said that many of the plans for next year are focused on the Arizona Centennial. She also praised volunteers at the museum.

Judge Alison Kolomitz gave a court report and Finance Director Regina Reffner, the quarterly financial report. She said that the city has become more aware of its reliance on ever declining state shared revenue funds, which make it necessary for staff to watch spending.

Ann Schmidt was appointed to the Arts Council.

A request from the On-Call Firefighters Association to use city property south of the Hubbell Building for a Fourth of July event was tabled until the next meeting, as more details were needed.

A contract for construction of dredge basins was awarded to McCauley Construction Company for $602,935.76, and a loan package for the Water Division was authorized to pay for it.

Future agenda items set were the request that had been tabled and an evaluation of the city manager.