Dec 132013

By Sam Conner
The Winslow City Council spent much time Tuesday evening discussing a site for the proposed new animal care facility, but appeared reluctant to make a decision until citizens expressed their views on the matter.
The issue had been discussed at the last council meeting in early November, but no decision had been made. There was no second meeting in November because of the Thanksgiving holiday and there will be no second meeting in December because of the Christmas holiday.
Locations proposed included a site near the wastewater treatment plant, one near the Desert View fire station and one west of the Hubble Trading Post Chamber of Commerce building. A new proposal added Tuesday was on Route 87 south of the levee and west of the highway.
During the discussion one councilman expressed support for the Route 87 suggestion, but another opted for something more central. There were comments about the noise of barking dogs and how train traffic would increase their barking at one location.
Judy Howell spoke from the audience, noting that the issue had been being discussed and put off for over a year and that animals were suffering from the cold. She said that it was time for the council to make a decision.
Eloise DeSpain said that the Hubble Trading Post area would be valuable commercial property as Winslow grows and should not be used for an animal care facility. She said that there were many factors that favored the Route 87 site, including room for expansion.
After one gentleman spoke about the fact that train traffic set off the barking of dogs near the tracks, a motion was unanimously approved for the city to continue plans to build the facility on the Route 87 site at a cost of Consideration of a possible site for an animal care facility resulted in considerable discussion and eventual approval of a location south on Route 87 and west of that road. Related plans for the facility were approved for a cost of approximately $366,362 if prison labor is used.