Sep 142012

By Naomi Hatch
The Taylor Town Council has discussed changing the fees for temporary use permits at several meetings over the past few years. On Sept. 5, the council unanimously approved setting such fees.
The $200 fee for a carnival, circus and revival permit will remain at that price due to the background checks done by the town for these events.
Town Attorney Sterling Solomon had this item pulled from the consent agenda, and explained that due to a misunderstanding, the amounts were not put in the resolution included in council packets. The revised resolution states an amount of $10, which is down from the previous $50 fee for such things as selling wood and sweet corn.
The council unanimously approved Resolution No. 2012-05, setting the fees for temporary use permits.
In other business, the council unanimously approved a motion authorizing the mayor to sign the intergovern-mental agreement concerning the regional connector transit services.
Town Manager Eric Duthie noted that previously, the council approved Taylor’s participation in the White Mountain Regional Connector bus, which runs from Pinetop to Holbrook three times a day, in the amount of $5,916. The agreement is a housekeeping detail, Duthie explained.
The Airport Advisory Committee and staff recommended the town contract with Morrison Maierle Inc. as airport consultants. Building Official Jeff Johnson explained that the town is eligible for an airport grant of $150,000 annually, and every five years they are required to search for an airport consulting firm. A committee consisting of Chairman Dave Smith, Vice Chairman Jared Hatch, Brian Carpenter, Ray Webber, the fixed base operator, Bob Devin, an interested citizen with experience through previous employment, and staff members including Town Engineer Stu Spaulding, Finance Director Gus Lundberg and Johnson met and followed the process of finding an airport consulting firm.
The council unanimously approved Morrison Maierle Inc. as airport consultants. It was noted that the con-sultants get paid if the grant is approved.
Councilman Gary Solomon asked the council to review the town code because it hasn’t been revised since Feb. 3, 1983, and Solomon believed that the town was about half the size that it is now. “I believe we’re possi-bly a little behind,” said the councilman, expressing concern that they were not compliant with current state stat-utes. He suggested a work session to go over the town code.
Council members and Town Attorney Sterling Solomon agreed a work session was a good idea and sched-uled it on Sept. 9.
Councilman Solomon then asked who the public works director was, and the town attorney explained that he was getting into specific employees and that was not posted on the agenda.
“It’s a simple question. I want to know who the public works director is for the Town of Taylor,” said Coun-cilman Solomon.
The attorney explained, “During a regular council meeting if a specific employee is going to be discussed, it needs to be posted.”
“Mayor, can you answer that?” asked Councilman Solomon.
Mayor Hatch responded, “I cannot.”
Spaulding told the council that he and Snowflake-Taylor Police Chief Jerry VanWinkle have worked together and agreed that the present signs at Taylor Intermediate School are unacceptable, and new speed reduction signs will be put up. Spaulding said the signs will be more visible, green signs stating “Speed Limit 20 mph 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.” “The general thought is, if you drive by the school, its 20 miles per hour,” said Spaulding explaining that it will be the limit will be in force seven days a week, because the schools are used during the weekend for ac-tivities and the playgrounds.