Aug 122011

By Sam Conner–

The Winslow City Council was advised Tuesday evening by City Manager Jim Ferguson that Pascal Berlioux of the Arizona Forest Restoration Products had called to say that requests for proposals (RFPs) had been issued by the U.S. Forest Service. He said that there are other companies now making proposals, but that the oriented strand board (OSB) proposal had been proposed earlier and is an excellent proposal believed to have a good chance of acceptance. It will be at least October before much more is known, although Berlioux does plan to speak to the council in the near future.

Near the end of the meeting a resolution was passed in support of Arizona Forest Restoration Product’s proposal for a large scale restoration contract through the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

A resolution in support of LaSalle Correction Corporation’s proposal to construct a 1,000-bed correctional facility in Winslow was also approved. There was considerable discussion on this issue, with Susan Lawler and Marie LaMarr speaking in opposition, and Mayor Robin Boyd voicing support. The resolution was passed unanimously.

Ferguson also reported that 25 companies have been selected to receive letters from the city as a result of the Buxton retail recruiting project.

Councilman Thomas Chacon reported that Winslow had received a special award from the Arizona Public Works Administration for the engineering and construction for the Winslow Renaissance projects.

Judge Alison Kolomitz gave a brief quarterly court report.

A request from the Standin’ on the Corner Foundation for funding of its Standin’ on the Corner Celebration resulted in a waiver of fees and other assistance, and approval of a special events liquor license for the event.

An intergovernmental agreement between Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and the city was approved for the benefit of the Little Colorado Medical Center. This does not add money, but continues the pledge of 25 percent of the one cent city sales tax to the hospital.

An ordinance extending the time limit for performance for the real estate exchange agreement with Little Bitty Ranch, LLC was to be considered at the next meeting as negotiations are still in process.

An emergency ordinance setting the tax levy was approved.

A resolution was approved authorizing the city to execute an amendment to the intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for the traffic signal project.

The release of non-departmental subsidies for fiscal year 2011-12 was approved.

There was a discussion regarding the best use of the old Chamber of Commerce building which was once the Two Stars Cafe. The council voted to advertise that the building will be available for lease to the public and to consider any lease proposals it receives.

After an executive session for legal advice regarding Navajo County redistricting, a resolution was passed recommending acceptance of a plan for redistricting which the council believes best suits the city’s concerns.

There had been a number of speakers during call to the public prior to the executive session on such issues as funding for a skateboard park, praise for improvements to the cemetery, the Standin’ on the Corner Foundation projects and the need for residents with gated alleys to clean their property.

The consent calendar resulted in approvals of the check register, minutes of a July 26 meeting, an agreement for disposal of scrap metal, and a youth football and cheer agreement for use of city facilities. The scrap metal proposal was the subject of considerable discussion and was acted upon separately.