Nov 162012

By Nick Worth
The City of Holbrook has received a grant for $100,000 for improvements at Petroglyph Park, it was announced Tuesday evening.
According to City Finance Director Randy Sullivan, the grant will be used to install concrete pads, path-ways, benches and trash receptacles at the park. The city will be required to make a matching donation of six percent of the grant, or $6,000, Sullivan said, but it can be done in-kind.
“Any labor we put in on it will count toward the in-kind amount,” Sullivan said, “so it won’t cost us any-thing from city funds.”
Sullivan also told the council he is applying for Community Development Block Grants. There is $170,000 available and ideas for the grant projects are needed.
Two public hearings are required in the grant process. The first, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, will be to gather ideas for abatements or other projects from the public. The second meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, will give the public a chance to comment on the process, and the council will make decisions on the ideas submitted at the Nov. 28 meeting.
According to Sullivan, no projects can be considered for the grant unless it is first presented at a public meeting.
In other business Nov. 13, the council:
* Donated $2,500 to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse for the annual Pony Express Ride.
Posse Captain Mark Reynolds told the council this coming January marks the 55th annual ride. The riders will leave Holbrook on Wednesday, Jan. 30, on the first leg of the ride.
Sullivan noted he had budgeted only $1,500 for the posse’s ride, to be taken from lodging tax income.
Reynolds told the council the ride’s corporate sponsor, Casino Arizona, had dropped its support for the event and that is why they were seeking an additional $1,000.
The council unanimously approved providing the extra $1,000.
* Approved the emergency purchase of a new water booster pump from Lewis Electric for $4,078.90.
Town Manager Ray Alley said he had to replace the pump, as it is critical in the operation of the well system, so the purchase was already made and the replacement done; the council’s approval came after-the-fact.
* Heard a report from Councilman Richard Peterson on a recent meeting of the Holbrook Business Development Group.
Peterson told the council the group is concentrating on three objectives. The first is how to let businesses know what to expect from the new industries moving into the area, such as the potash mining operations. The second is providing information to potential workers on job skills and education that will be needed for those operations, and the third is the planning of a job fair.
* Mayor Jeff Hill offered his congratulations to Sheriff KC Clark, who won re-election on Nov. 6.
He also noted that Navajo County Board of Supervisors Chairman J.R. DeSpain lost to Sylvia Allen in the election. Hill told the council DeSpain has done a lot for the city, and that he will be missed.
“Sylvia Allen has proven herself at the state government level,” said Hill. “I know we can work with her, as well.”
* Heard a report from Sullivan that packets are ready for city council candidates. The packets are due back on Thursday, Dec. 13, and the election will be held in March.
* Was shown a plaque received from the Navajo County Fair Board thanking the city for its support.