Mar 292013

By Sam Conner
The Winslow City Council discussed the potential of a Winslow/Holbrook area public transit system during a work session Tuesday evening.
City Manager Jim Ferguson used most of that session to speak of a 2008 study of a possible Winslow/Flagstaff transportation system. That study made little mention of Holbrook. He noted that there has been speculation about a Flagstaff/Show Low system that would include Winslow and Holbrook, as well as other communities along the route.
Ken Evans spoke about a possible shuttle between the coming Twin Arrows Casino and Winslow, which could be part of any new system.
The council voted to have staff continue to study the transportation system possibilities.
The regular council meeting began with reports from Ferguson on city activities, noting that there is still a vacancy on the Board of Adjustment and that the county had broken ground for its jail expansion.
Finance Director Regina Reffner gave the monthly financial report.
April was proclaimed as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Family Support specialist Sylvia Ortiz of Parenting of Arizona spoke briefly and accepted the proclamation.
April was also proclaimed as Fair Housing Month.
The reappointment of Sam Conner and Todd Roth to the Arts Council, and Todd Roth and Marco Greenwood to the Board of Adjustment were the next two action items.
A donation of $500 to the 2013 Because We Care committee was approved.
A $354,808.88 contract was awarded to McCauley Construction Company and payment approved for Heritage Trail improvements, and the city manager was given change order authority for 10 percent of the recommended bid amount.
The city was authorized to enter an agreement with C and S Engineers, Inc. to provide design phase services for the second phase of south apron reconstruction at the Winslow Airport for not more than $23,707.
An ordinance was adopted amending the city code regarding graveside services to delete any reference to a fee.