By Julie Wiessner
The Winslow Fire Department received approval from the city council April 23 to purchase an initial response vehicle for $28,000. The request came as the current vehicle, a 2007 Ford F-550 Super Duty diesel truck, has been in constant need of repair, making it unreliable.
The fire department will purchase a 2012 Chevrolet Suburban with police package. Fire Chief James Hernandez stated that the purchase would allow the department to “rescue operation costs,” as well as to get the current rescue vehicle the proper repairs to bring it back up to being a reliable response vehicle.
The price includes a top light bar and King Ranch push/brush bumper, but does not include taxes and shipping. Requests for quotes were submitted to local businesses with no response. There are funds available in the Fire Department General–Capital Equipment Account.
In other action, the council:
* Heard the annual report for the Old Trails Museum presented by Ann-Mary Lutzick.
* Approved the quarterly report from Justice of the Peace Alison Kolomitz.
* Heard and approved the quarterly financial report by Finance Director Gina Reffner.
* Approved a proclamation declaring April 21-27 as Crime Victim’s Week.
* Approved the appointment of Bianca Leon to the Arts Council until April 1, 2016, as well as Linda Card until April 30, 2015, and Jeannie Jacobs until April 30, 2014. * Approved the annual contract renewal for the city magistrate from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.
* Approved a technical assistance contract with the Northern Arizona Council of Governments for administration of the state Special Project Community Development Block Grant contract. Payment is not to exceed $16,000.
* Authorized Mayor Robin Boyd to sign an agreement between Flagstaff Medical Center and the City of Winslow for delivery of pre-hospital care online medical supervision to emergency medical paramedics and intermediate emergency medical technicians.
* Heard a request from Councilman Curtis Hardy to begin advertising for a new city manager.
The council tabled this until the next meeting when a representative of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns will be on hand to present a proposal to the council.
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By Julie Wiessner