Aug 262011

By Sam Conner–

The Winslow City Council was addressed by Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-District 1) Tuesday evening. He said that small communities such as Winslow can do jobs that Washington can’t in solving some of the nation’s problems. He cited the forest fires that have plagued Arizona recently, and said that Washington needs to address that problem and do so immediately. He described the budget process that has drawn most of Washington’s attention lately as outlandish.

In response to a question about Arizona SB-1070, Gosar said that President Obama’s executive order regarding illegal aliens is inappropriate.

He said that he is a co-sponsor of four balanced budget amendments to the Constitution. Also regarding budgeting, he said that you can’t make a decision without a budget and that Congress must come up with a plan to pay the country’s debts.

Gosar was also highly critical of the failed plan to allow weapons to be sold illegally in an attempt to get to Mexican drug cartels. He described the whole process as terribly planned and put into operation. The plan has done damage in both the U.S. and Mexico.

City Manager Jim Ferguson said that he had given Gosar a legislative request regarding the property that was the old Winslow golf course. Gosar left after that, as he had an early morning appointment in Globe.

Much of the meeting involved reports. Allan Affeldt reported on the project at La Posada to convert the old Santa Fe Depot into an art exhibit.

Sharlene Fouser of the Route 66 Association spoke regarding Route 66 and the Winslow Route 66 Plaza. She said that the plaza was the only project in Arizona to receive a grant in recent awards.

It was noted that on Saturday, the Arizona Diamondbacks will honor the late Winslow Little League player Hayden Walton as an honorary Diamondback. Hayden died in a tragic accident during a Little League baseball game.

Ferguson reported that the Renaissance project on the west side of Winslow is 99 percent complete, and that the Renaissance Five project will come to the council on Sept. 13. The traffic light project is also proceeding on schedule except that the controls are not available yet. He also reported that the city has vacancies on the Airport and Historic Preservation commissions, and the Board of Adjustment.

Finance Director Regina Reffner gave the monthly financial report.