By Sam Conner
The Winslow City Council appointed Glen Christensen to the Board of Adjustment Tuesday evening and Ester Frye to the Historic Preservation Commission.
Mayor Robin Boyd reminded the audience of the coming Standin’ on the Corner Festival, and the quilt and car shows.
City Manager Jim Ferguson said that the city has been working hard to clean up areas for the upcoming events Boyd mentioned. He also introduced the city’s new code enforcement officer, Dan Taylor.
Finance Director Regina Reffner presented the monthly financial report.
The four-item consent calendar was adopted, giving approval to the check register, minutes of Aug. 28 and Sept. 11 council meetings, an agreement with the Winslow Dawgs baseball organization and an agreement with Flagstaff Medical Center for pre-hospital emergency care services. The Dawgs agreement was acted upon separately, and was changed to add a section giving priority to the Winslow Little League and high school teams.
A proclamation of Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week was approved. Fire Captain Mary Ann Smith accepted the proclamation.
A request from Thomas McCauley of Benham McCauley LLC concerning vendor fees charged at PT’s Rockin’ 66 Rally Aug. 24-26 resulted in a motion to reimburse the vendor fees. McCauley noted that the rally was awesome and resulted in much business for Winslow motels and restaurants.
A resolution was approved regarding the Arizona Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan as it affects the Cholla Power Plant. The requirements, if insisted upon, could cost many jobs in this area.
An ordinance amending the city code regarding wastewater treatment plant setbacks was adopted, as this is needed to meet Arizona Department of Environmental Quality requirements.
An ordinance increasing the number of members of the Winslow Arts Council was adopted and two new youth members, Luke McCauley and Dustin Lee Key, were appointed to the arts council.
An ordinance was approved extending the intergovernmental agreement with the State Parks Department regarding providing water service to Homolovi State Park.
An ordinance was adopted approving an airport lease and operational management agreement with Wiseman Aviation, Inc.
A discussion and possible action regarding the need for improvements to the city’s phone system was held at the request of Councilman Curtis Hardy. Jim Weldon said that the system was regarded as among the best in northern Arizona and demonstrated several things that can be done with it.
During the call to the public, Judy Howell spoke against the SmartWorks program, which allows employees to retire and be rehired. She called it double dipping.
A couple spoke about a problem with barking dogs in their neighborhood and said that the problem starts at 5:30 in the morning. They have not been able to get help solving the problem. City Attorney Dale Patton asked them to come see him.
Todd Roth thanked the city for establishing the 911 memorial.
Ken Evans spoke about several issues, including the Santa Fe Indian Band, which is to be in Winslow on Nov. 16 and 17 for a reunion. The band is very old and has played a role in many famous events, including presidential inaugurations.
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By Sam Conner