By Sam Conner
Members of the Winslow City Council met on Tuesday in a brief meeting during which they approved a Brown-fields agreement.
The Brownfields Assessment Coalition intergovernmental agreement is between the cities of Winslow and Flagstaff. Carl Eberhart from Flagstaff spoke, noting that Winslow, Holbrook, and Navajo and Coconino counties benefit from the grant, which promotes redevelopment, and may be used on private or public property. He said that projects are usually approved on a first come, first served basis.
City Manager Jim Ferguson had Allen Rosenbaum report on a major leak in the middle of the street at Berry Avenue and Cherry Street. He said that the leak would be repaired the following day, but that it would be necessary to detour traffic during the repair. He also reported that a gas line is being installed at the animal care facility and that the installation should be completed by the end of the week.
Finance Director Regina Reffner gave the monthly financial report, saying that the city has spent 12 percent of its budgeted expenditures and received 11 percent of anticipated revenue. The one percent sales tax and two percent bar and restaurant tax have brought in $268,000 for capital project funding. She said that all of the funds except the airport fund were maintaining balances recommended in the budget.
The consent calendar was adopted, giving approval of the check register and the minutes of the Nov. 13 council meeting.
Sarah O’Connell was reappointed to the Airport Commission as the first action item. She was described as a valu-able member of the commission.
A request for funding for an employees’ Christmas party resulted in approval of the funding at the same level as last year.
An intergovernmental agreement between the city and the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office regarding Byrne Grant funding for fiscal year 2011-12 was approved.
An intergovernmental agreement between the city, the state and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) was approved for the benefit of the Little Colorado Medical Center.
The council adopted a resolution appointing a trustee (the city manager) and alternate trustee (the human resources manager) to the governing board of the Rural Arizona Group Health Trust.
After discussion of City Attorney Dale Patton’s request to maintain city life insurance at his own expense, the council approved that action.
Ken Evans spoke during the call to the public, thanking the council for supporting the reunion of the Winslow Santa Fe Indian Marching Band and said that the group would be here for another reunion next year.
He also spoke regarding the need for action to save the 137-year-old Brigham City community dining hall. The building is in desperate need of repairs and will likely be lost if something isn’t done soon.
The only request regarding future agenda items was Councilman Marshall Losey’s for an update on the recycling survey.
By Sam Conner