By Nick Worth
Navajo County Engineer Bill Bess presented an update on the county’s new road yard to the Holbrook City Council Tuesday night.
Bess was addressing the council in reference to the first reading of an ordinance establishing a street to be named West Public Works Drive that will access the proposed road yard. Bess told the council the road yard will be located on the northwest corner of the intersection of State Routes 77 and 377, near the Navajo County Complex.
In addition to a 10,000 square-foot shop area, Bess said a 12,000-square-foot administration building will be constructed.
“It will house engineering, planning and zoning, and administration for the road shop,” Bess said. “We’re going to start construction in three months on the building pad. We’re using construction manager at risk and the facility should be operational by October of 2014.”
Mayor Jeff Hill noted the council could not yet vote on the ordinance to establish the road, as it was only the first reading, but told Bess the council will take it up at the next meeting.
“We have a good partnership between the county and the city,” Bess said.
The council also heard a short presentation from Brenda Hazlett, the relationship manager for the Northeast Division of Arizona Public Service Co. (APS). Hazlett introduced herself to those council members she had not met before and told the council she was available to answer any questions regarding APS.
“The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has opened a conversation on deregulation,” Hazlett told the council. “We don’t know yet how that will affect your city.”
She said more information on the issue can be found online at www.azenergyfuture.com.
“If I can’t answer your questions, I can refer you to the right person,” Hazlett told the council.
In other action July 16, the council:
* Heard a report from City Manager Ray Alley, who told the council the road work on Hennessy Street would be finished on Wednesday and then work would begin on Heywood Avenue.
Alley also told the council the new influent pumps for the treatment plants have arrived and will be installed on Tuesday, July 23.
He ended by telling the councilmen the new gas pump and card reader have been installed at the airport, and that pilots now can fill their own gas tanks without the need for a city employee to go to the airport to pump gas.
* Entered into an agreement with Armstrong Consultants for airport electrical upgrades. Alley told the council Armstrong is already the city’s consultant on pavement at the airport, and that an electrical engineering study is needed. The cost of the study is $48,250, and the estimate of the actual construction is about $20,000. Alley said a grant is available in which the Federal Aviation Administration will pay 91 percent of the cost of the upgrade, with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the city sharing the remaining nine percent of the cost.
* Renewed an agreement with Kelly Young for esthetician services at the Holbrook Community Building. Under the agreement, Young must provide proof of liability insurance and will pay $25 per month for the next two years.
* Entered into an agreement with Tamica Serna to provide Zumba instruction at the Holbrook Fitness Center. Under the agreement, Serna must provide proof of liability insurance and will pay $25 per month for the next two years.
* Entered into an agreement with Kaden Mohlow to provide Native American dance instruction at the Holbrook Community Building. Under the agreement, Mohlow must provide proof of liability insurance and will pay $25 per month for the next two years.
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By Nick Worth