By Nick Worth
The Holbrook City Council appointed Trent Larson to a vacant seat on the Holbrook Planning and Zoning Commission by a unanimous vote Tuesday night. Larson was one of two candidates for the spot vacated by the resignation of Lester Pate, the other being Kimberly Eavenson.
Noting the fact that Larson is director of the Navajo County Planning and Zoning Department, Councilman Myron Maxwell moved to appoint him to the commission.
“We had two very qualified citizens apply for this position,” said Mayor Jeff Hill.
It was then announced that JoLynn Fox had turned in her resignation, making another position open on the commission.
The council then held a public hearing regarding the planned use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. City Clerk Cher Reyes told the council the CDBG prefers one proposed project over submissions with multiple projects, so the city has decided to use the grant to upgrade the Holbrook Senior Center.
Reyes noted that the building gets a lot of use, and 300 people per day are fed either at the center or through the Meals on Wheels program run out of the center. The planned upgrades include the parking lot and sidewalks, new heating units at the senior center and the Holbrook Extended Care, energy efficient windows, doors, flooring and a new roof, as well as a refrigerator for food storage and a commercial mixer.
Reyes said the city is expecting to be able to put $130,000 to $136,000 of the proposed grant into the senior center. The grant money would be paid to the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), and NACOG would then administer the grant, taking around $12,000 for doing so.
The council also adopted a resolution amending the fees at Hidden Cove Golf Course. Fees for nine holes and 18 holes of golf will be $5 and $10, respectively, for both regular players and for seniors.
Cart rental will be $5 for nine holes and $10 for 18 holes. City Manager Ray Alley told the council the cart rates were the only thing lowered, as usage of the carts has gone down since the fees were raised the last time.
Annual memberships were also lowered. A single annual membership will cost $360 and a family annual membership will cost $420. A senior single membership is $300 and the cost for a senior family membership is $360.
The clubhouse can be rented for $250 for four hours after the end of the golf day.
The council then heard a report from Alley in which he told the council three buildings in town had been abated.
Alley also reported on the progress of the new Maverik store, Carl’s Jr. Restaurant and Tractor Supply Company store. He said work is proceeding on all three.
Alley also said he received a notice from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) that Prospect Global has filed its air quality report with the ADEQ.
In other action Feb. 19, the council:
* Heard a request from Vice Mayor Charles Haussman for ideas from the council on how to address the shortage of medical care in Holbrook.
Councilman Richard Peterson said he felt the stories of people not being able to receive medical care were “just anecdotal.” Peterson said he would like to know exactly what medical services are available in Holbrook.
Alley told the council he would check with Summit Healthcare officials to see what their plans are for the property they purchased in Holbrook.
* Adopted a residential antidisplacement and relocation assistance plan for fiscal year 2013, as required by the Housing and Community Development Act.
* Authorized the submission of an application for fiscal year 2013 State Community Development Block Grant Funds.
* Adopted a resolution to discontinue diversion of Highway User Revenue Funds.
* Approved an agreement with the Perkins Valley Homeowners Association for fire protection services.
* Awarded a $62,639.29 contract for water booster pump replacements to R.W. Turner.
City Finance Director Randy Sullivan told council members they had approved a contract with a different company last fall, but tthe pumps that company was supplying were not compatible with the city’s telemetry system.
The council OK’d the awarding of the most recent contract on the condition it is approved by the city’s lawyer.
* Heard the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the purchase of real property from Navajo County Publishers for $9,500 to $10,000.
* Heard the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the lease of real property to McPherson Collision.
* Authorized payment of $1,239 to Pro Force Law Enforcement as sole source provider for Taser cartridges.
* Received a presentation from Larry Lorance, who made some pins for the council out of wood from the old market recently torn down along Route 66 in Holbrook.
* Witnessed the presentation of a $1,200 check from the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce to the Holbrook Little League.
* Renewed an agreement with Amber Smith to provide Zumba Dance at the Holbrook Fitness Center for a monthly rental fee of $25.
* Authorized an agreement with Coletta Keesee to provide massage therapy at the Holbrook Fitness Center for a monthly rental fee of $25.
* Held an after-meeting work session regarding plans for Hidden Cove Park.
By Nick Worth