Jul 272012

By Nick Worth
The Holbrook City Council approved a resolution supporting a grant application to the National Park Serv-ice Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program Tuesday evening.
Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Randy Sullivan told the council the grant, if received, would go toward making trail and other improvements to Petroglyph Park.
According to Sullivan, the grant can be awarded for up to $100,000.
“It does require a six-percent match, which would mean $6,000,” said Sullivan, “but they accept in-kind as part of that match.”
He said if the city did the millings and a lot of the work in-house, no money would actually change hands.
Councilman Wade Carlisle moved to instruct Sullivan to apply for the grant and the motion passed.
In his report, City Manager Ray Alley said work on city roads is progressing and several roads, including Lewis Street and Blue Sage Lane are scheduled for chip sealing.
“I know they’re gravelly, and I have to ask the people living there to bear with us,” Alley said. “They’re (the roads) not finished yet.”
He said the work should be done by September.
Alley also told the council that last year, the city submitted a bid for trash removal to the Holbrook Unified School District and lost the bid to Navajo Utilities. He asked the council to allow him to bid a lump sum price to the school district, rather than basing the bid on two or three yard bins at different prices.
He said it would be similar to an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the school district.
The council then authorized Alley to enter into negotiations with the school district.
In other action July 24, the council:
* Heard the first reading of an ordinance accepting, establishing, opening and naming the street to be known as Blue Sage Lane.
Alley said he bought the land 20 years ago from three different people. Blue Sage Lane was originally in-tended to go through the property, but for some reason had not been completed. He has since deeded the prop-erty over to the city.
* Approved sending a letter of support to the Environmental Protection Agency asking to extend the dead-line for public comment on proposed rules aimed at decreasing nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions at power plants, which is set to expire on July 31.
Environmental groups claim that the emissions are to blame for haze around national parks, such as the Grand Canyon.
Mayor Jeff Hill said the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Navajo County have sent simi-lar letters, and that he assumed the other towns and cities in Navajo County have done so, as well. He said the EPA rule “could potentially have a huge impact on us.”
* Heard from Don Daniels and Cheryl Darling of Christian International Outreach updating the council on the status of the old Northland Pioneer College campus, which CIO has occupied on a lease agreement with the city.
Daniels told the council work is progressing on the Eagle Heights site and that by this spring they hope to be able to invite church pastors to stay at the center for a retreat. He said the attending pastors from all de-nominations would be fed and supported while at the retreat.
* Asked Alley to check into the legality and possibility of having only one meeting per month. Alley said he would check on the issue and put it on the agenda for the next meeting.
* Approved claims payments for July 6-18.
* Issued a special liquor license for the Navajo County Fair for Sept. 12-16.
The council will hold a special meeting to adopt the tax levy and the final budget at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31.