Aug 312012

By Nick Worth
The Navajo County Board of Supervisors approved the election of $1,077,827 in federal money paid to the state and allocation of 15 percent of that total to Title II funding for the 2012 Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
Supervisors J.R. DeSpain, Jesse Thompson and David Tenney were present at the meeting, with Supervi-sors Jerry Brownlow and Jonathan Nez attending by telephone.
Navajo County Public Works Director Homero Vela told the board that when the county receives such funds in excess of $100,000 it is required to allocate 15 to 20 percent of the amount into either the Title II or Title III programs. Title II monies are given to school districts and counties located in national forests, while Title III monies go for fire prevention work in the national forests.
Navajo County Superintendent of Schools Linda Morrow explained that of the total $1,077,827 given the county in the state payment, 15 percent is given to the Title II program and is shared with a Resource Advi-sory Committee (RAC) made up of citizens and managed by the U.S. Forest Service. That committee then reviews, and approves or denies grant applications for improvements to roads and trails, and community edu-cation concerning forest-related matters.
She said the 2012 Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act is the latest incarnation of an act originally passed in 1906 under then-president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. It was funded by tim-ber sales on the national forests.
Vela said Navajo County’s grant applications usually offer to match some or all of the requested grant monies in order to make its grant application more appealing to the RAC.
Morrow said the 15 percent comes off the top of the state payment. Of the remaining monies, half is di-vided up among the county’s school districts based on average daily attendance. The remaining half is then distributed among the four school districts in the county that have national forests within their boundaries: Snowflake, Heber-Overgaard, Show Low and Blue Ridge. The amount the schools receive is based on the national forest acreage included in their districts.
To get the money, the board needed to make the election for the funds and notify the governor’s office, which in turn forwards the request to the U.S. Forest Service.
The board voted unanimously to send the election to the governor’s office.
In other action Aug. 28, the board:
* Appointed Blaine Hatch of Holbrook to the Disciplinary Appeals Review Commission to replace Jerry Keeley, who has resigned.
* Approved Resolution No. 25-12, approving the lease agreement for two copy machines for the Navajo County Jail.
* Approved a letter to the Honorable Jared Blumenfeld, regional administrator for the Environmental Pro-tection Agency Region 9, regarding the Arizona Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan by the EPA.
* Named an existing road in Section 30, Township 12 North, Range 17 East in the Heber-Overgaard area Spring Creek Lane.
* Exercised renewal option year 1/modification number 1 for forensic interview services for the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Office of Justice Services.
* Approved 22 personnel actions.
* Approved a proclamation declaring September as National Preparedness Month 2012.
* Adopted Ordinance No. 02-12, approving the proposed amendments to Sections 2001 and 1509 of the Navajo County Zoning Ordinance.
Vela told the board, the changes in the ordinance allow an opportunity for people to do more with their property by removing size restrictions for recycling centers, crushing facilities, guest ranches and other spe-cial uses. Vela noted that the Board of Supervisors, and the planning and zoning commission can still impose size requirements on special uses if they feel they are needed. The ordinance also removes restrictions on residential houses on Commercial-Residential.
Vela said it corrected an error in the language of the ordinance prohibiting a dwelling to be located on commercially zoned land.
* Approved the revised Amendment No. 3A to the intergovernmental agreement between the Navajo Na-tion and the county allowing the county to reduce shared funding from the Navajo County Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU), reduce funding to the Navajo Nation Division of Transportation (NNDOT), and provide shared funds to the Kayenta and Piñon school districts for im-provements to school bus routes on the Navajo Nation.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Kayenta Unified School District and the county to provide $25,000 from fiscal year 2010 and $25,000 from fiscal year 2011 to the school district.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Piñon Unified School District and the county to provide $25,000 from fiscal year 2010 and $25,000 from fiscal year 2011 to the school district.
Meeting as the Navajo County Health District Board of Directors, the board:
* Approved Amendment No. 3 of Contract Arizona Department of Health Services 12-007893, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program.
* Approved an intergovernmental rental agreement between Navajo County Public Health Services Dis-trict and the Kayenta Unified School District for classroom space for Aug. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, in the amount of $774.20 per month. The classroom is to be used to provide space for Nutrition and Oral Health programs funded under a grant from the First Things First program.