Apr 172013

By Naomi Hatch
Some time ago, the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department purchased 12 laptop computers that were installed in police vehicles to enhance the officers’ work abilities in the field.
Police Chief Jerry VanWinkle explained to the Snowflake Town Council last week that these were purchased several years ago, but they have not been able to use the computers because they did not have the capability for wireless connectivity.
“Since we haven’t been using the laptops, it hasn’t been added to our budget,” said Chief VanWinkle, who asked council to amend the contract with Computer Technologies, which recently provided “air cards” that could be used in this area.
VanWinkle said the web service installed is already set up and working now, and noted that his request covers a maintenance contract for monthly service.
The council approved amending the contract with Computer Technologies from $552 per month to $972 per month, with Councilman Stuart Hensley abstaining.
In other action April 9, the council unanimously approved a one-day liquor license for White Mountain Submarine Veterans for an event the organization will sponsor in August at the Snowflake Municipal Golf Course.
The council also unanimously approved purchasing fertilizer for the golf course. Steve Schneider explained that for the past two years they purchased chicken fertilizer from Hickman’s Farm at a discounted price. He explained that this is very slow acting and lacks some nutrients, so this year they need commercial fertilizer, because the golf course is in need of a pick-me-up and a shot of ammonia sulfate will do that. Bids were received from three major suppliers in Arizona. The council awarded a $12,794 contract for the purchase of fertilizer to Fertizona of Chandler.