Sep 132013

By Sam Conner
The Winslow City Council voted Tuesday evening to void the economic development consulting agreement with former City Manager Jim Ferguson at the end of this month. In the discussion it was reported that the wood product contract has been sold at least once and little is known about that situation, which was one of the major reasons for the contract.
The council reapproved an intergovernmental pass-through agreement between the city and the state of Arizona for $872,600 in funding of La Posada train depot. Allen Affeldt spoke and noted that this agreement had been approved before, but changes by the state made it necessary to be approved again.
A $753,457 agreement was approved for professional services for wastewater treatment plant modifications. Also approved were procurement contract documents for sludge dewatering equipment for $50,000, as were procurement contract documents for tertiary filtration equipment for $30,000. An engineer showed slides and spoke about these items, which would have a final total cost of well over $8 million.
City Manager Dale Patton and his designees reported on city activities for much of the meeting.
Allen Rosenbaum said that he has been in contact with a company in Georgia which has a boat house for sale for $47,769 plus tax. There may be transportation cost and modifications needed as well. He also spoke briefly of the skateboard park, which would need equipment.
Code Compliance Officer Dan Taylor spoke of some of the violations he has seen, including weeds, debris, abandoned cars and illegible addresses.
An artist gave a report on the Route 66 Renaissance Plaza, which will include a full stage with canopy, a sidewalk model of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. He said the irrigation is completed.
Bennett Musick of the Kokopelli Climbers gave a lengthy presentation that was essentially a proposal to start a business that would include rock climbing instruction, diving, a youth climbing program and cleaning of East Clear Creek.
Finance Director Regina Reffner gave the monthly financial report.
The consent calendar was approved, including the check register, minutes of Aug. 8 and 13 council meetings, and an agreement with the Winslow Dawgs baseball team for use of city facilities.
Sept. 8-14 was proclaimed as Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 11-15 was proclaimed as Navajo County Fair Days and September was proclaimed as Recovery Month.
Kenn Evans was appointed to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board.
A resolution was adopted authorizing a capital lease agreement with Wells Fargo Finance, Inc. for the new dredge.
An item calling for discussion and possible action regarding the proposed Heritage Park Subdivision was tabled for future action.
During the call to the public a man spoke about the rise in water rates, and was told that the reason was the expense of legal services dealing with water rights issues.
Judy Howell asked that the funds that were being used for the economic development consultant be used to hire a full-time animal control supervisor. She also asked that the 9/11 memorial be returned to its original site or improved.
Kenn Evans spoke about conditions at the cemetery.
The council met as the Public Housing Authority before its regular meeting. The main item was approval of a resolution reapproving the authority’s 2013 annual plan, which included some financial and admission changes.