Mar 302012

By Sam Conner

The Winslow City Council awarded a contract Tuesday evening to McCauley Construction Company for the Southside Water Line Extension Project. The project has a total cost of $322,750.05, of which the city will pay 10 percent, or $32,275. This project is awaiting an agreement with the BNSF Railway to issue permits and finalization of easements. Construction is expected to take about four months once started.

City Manager Jim Ferguson reported on recent city activities. He also stated that there are still two vacancies on the Board of Adjustment and one on the Historic Preservation Commission.

Two proclamations were approved. April was proclaimed as Child Abuse Prevention Month and as Fair Housing Month. There was a group of young women present for the Child Abuse Prevention Proclamation.

A four-item consent calendar was adopted, giving approval of the check register, minutes of three previous meetings, and of agreements with the Winslow Little League and the Winslow Umpires Association.

Navajo County Supervisor Jesse Thompson spoke during the call to the public, noting that he appreciates working with the city staff on a variety of concerns and hopes to continue doing so. He is a candidate for re-election.

Dusty Parsons, retired deputy county manager, also spoke during the call to the public, advising those present that he is a candidate for the county treasurer’s position currently held by Winslow resident Manny Hernandez.

The meeting was one of the shortest ever for the city council, lasting approximately half an hour.