Sep 302011

By Sam Conner–

Winslow City Manager Jim Ferguson gave reports on recent city activities at the council meeting Tuesday evening, noting that there are still vacancies on the Board of Adjustment, the Airport Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission. He also said that he is still working in an attempt to reach an agreement with the Silver Creek Humane Society to share operation of the animal control facility and its activities.

Mayor Robin Boyd reported that he has been working with a committee working on legislation and action needed to address the alcohol problem of border cities. The committee has visited Gallup, N.M., and Flagstaff to look into programs which have had success, and is expected to propose legislation to deal with the problem.

Police Chief Steve Garnett reported that the Standin’ on the Corner festival was a success. There were a couple of problems related to criminal activity not at the festival, and a weather related problem at the festival. All were handled well.

City Attorney Dale Patton reported on a county redistricting commission meeting in which the Navajo Nation presented a plan with what he sees as disadvantages for Winslow. That plan would divide the city into three different districts. There will be future meetings of the commission.

The first consideration and action item was proclamation of Monday, Oct. 3, as Winslow Indian Day. Two students accepted the proclamation, and advised those attending that a festival is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Winslow High School Student Union.

The other action item was a renewal of the lease agreement for the Hubble Trading Post to the Winslow Chamber of Commerce for the Visitors’ Center for another year. Chamber of Commerce Director Bob Hall said that the trading post has turned into a real asset for the community.

During the call to the public, Donna Wilson and Judy Howell both spoke of incidents at the animal control shelter where animals were not fed, or watered or cleaned. Both spoke graphically of the conditions seen as both neglect and abuse.

Marie LaMarr spoke on the alcoholism problem noted earlier by Mayor Boyd and said that Gallup had a program that worked.

Boyd said that the program there is seen as a model the committee is looking at seriously, and that he is hopeful positive steps will be taken.

Sandy Curry spoke about a problem with the growth in the number of motorized wheelchairs in the community and the danger of accidents from the way they are often used. That issue led to the only new agenda item proposed, which is an explanation of what state law is regarding the operation of such equipment.

A two-item consent calendar was approved, accepting the check register and minutes of the Sept. 13 meetings of the council.