Mar 012013

By Sam Conner
An ordinance adding a section on rates, fees and charges for graveside services lasting more than one hour with an additional $50 fee was tabled by the Winslow City Council Tuesday evening after Marie LaMarr and Ken Evans spoke against it as an unwise policy.
In other action Feb. 26, the council:
* Appointed William Hilsmeier to the Winslow Historic Preservation Commission.
* Awarded a $109,371 contract to Tri-Suns Engineering for First Street water line extension.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the State of Arizona, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and the City of Winslow for the benefit of the Little Colorado Medical Center.
Hospital Administrator Jeff Hamblin thanked the council, and noted that the facility and its progress would not be possible without a good relationship with the city manager and the council.
* Adopted an ordinance deleting a section on meter reading testing and correcting a new section on meter reading.
The measure passed with a 5-2 vote, with Councilwoman Marsha Juergens and Councilman Marshall Losey voting in opposition.
* Heard reports from City Manager Jim Ferguson on city activities and from Finance Director Regina Reffner.
* Adopted the consent calendar, giving approval of the check register, minutes of the Feb. 12 council meeting and payment for re-plastering of the outdoor swimming pool.
There was some discussion from members of the audience regarding a check to Smartworksplus, Inc. for retired/rehired employees.
There were three speakers during the call to the public on a variety of issues.
The council met as the Winslow Housing Authority before its regular meeting.