Oct 292012

By Sam Conner
The Winslow City Council discussed the funding of additional one percent sales tax projects Tuesday evening. City Engineer Mark Woodson spoke about various aspects of the projects, and the council voted to fund over half of the $882,000 available for the outdoor swimming pool, the airport terminal roof, the high school traffic area and a study of the street near the cemetery.
There was an hour of discussion regarding City Manager Jim Ferguson’s Smartworksplus contract before a clause was added at his request regarding severance. This was approved in a 5-2 vote with Councilmen Curtis Hardy and Bob Schlesinger in opposition.
Hardy’s request to discuss issues related to the city hall receptionist was also discussed for a considerable period of time.
Ferguson and his designees, Scott Lancaster, Paul Ferris and Alan Rosenbaum, gave reports on recent city activities and projects. Woodson reported on various city projects and Finance Director Regina Reffner gave the quarterly financial report.
There was discussion and acceptance of a curbside recycling random survey.
An intergovernmental agreement between the city and the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office regarding Byrne grant funding for the fiscal year 2012-13 was approved.
A resolution was adopted authorizing the city to enter into a joint project agreement with the state to participate in the Arizona Department of Transportation airport surface treatment program for the Winslow Lindbergh Regional Airport.
The council proclaimed Nov. 5 as Winslow Native American Day and November as Native American Heritage Month. Denise Estudillo who is now working for the school district in Indian education, and is a Winslow High School graduate and retired teacher, accepted the proclamation of Winslow Native American Day. Gail Sadler accepted the month proclamation.
A liquor license was approved for the Maverick store at 2110 North Park Drive.
An ordinance was tabled that would have amended the city code to include a new section entitled Towing and Storage of Vehicles. The item was discussed at length before tabling.
The consent calendar was adopted, giving approval to the check register and minutes of the Oct. 9 council meeting.
Prior to the regular meeting, the council met as the Winslow Housing Authority and adopted a resolution approving the fiscal year 2013 fair market rent schedule.