Sep 272013

By Sam Conner
Interim Winslow City Manager Dale Patton provided the city council with a few more details Tuesday evening on the proposed sawmill to be built in the area.
Patton reported that the wood product contract held by Pioneer has been sold to Good Earth Power of the Sultanate of Oman, and that that company is going to build a sawmill in Winslow to make many wood products, including pellets used for fuel in England. He said that the company has a good reputation and plans to hire many local employees.
At the request of Tom McCauley, a discussion was held on water and sewer rates. He pointed out that a provision of the rate structure required much higher sewer rates for some businesses with no justification for the difference. This issue will be addressed in the future.
Staff was asked to proceed with work regarding the proposed Winslow Heritage Park Subdivision, which would include the old golf course, the wastewater treatment plant and Brigham City.
There was discussion regarding retention of a lobbyist to assist with resolving the golf course lien, and a contract with Nexxus Consulting was agreed upon for a monthly retainer of $6,500 for one year.
The creation of a full-time community development generalist position was denied in a 4-3 vote, with Mayor Robin Boyd and Councilmen Harold Soehner and Bob Schlesinger voting in favor of the measure, and Council Members Peter Cake, Marsha Juergens, Curtis Hardy and Marshall Losey voting it. The position would have had a base salary of $43,188.91.
The council also heard reports on funding for the boathouse, skateboard costs and other issues, including a report on traffic control issues by Police Chief Steve Garnett. Finance Director Regina Reffner gave the monthly financial report.
Allen Rosenbaum said that the boathouse was available for $48,000 with a $35,000 transportation cost. He said that this is not an item in the budget and a special work session would be needed to determine what should be done.
Scott Lancaster distributed material on skateboard park facilities with an estimated cost of nearly $200,000. This item, too, will require future action.
Chief Garnett said that there will be a four-way stop at Colorado and Maple, and speed bumps in the roads around Winslow High School and the sports complex. He said there would be lower speed limits on part of Second Street and signs for pedestrians.
The four-item consent calendar resulted in approvals of the check register, minutes of a Sept. 10 council meeting, an agreement with the Winslow Diablos Baseball organization and purchase of equipment funded by a Homeland Security Firefighters Assistance Grant of $146,000 with a $7,300, or five percent, match.
Sept. 28 was proclaimed as Museum Day Live in the city.
An item that was to have been subject of an executive session was discussed in public, and the council voted to legally challenge the legislation that would require city elections to be held only as part of consolidated elections.
Following the call to the public, an executive session was held regarding the vacant city manager position.