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Dec 132013
 

By Sam Conner
The Winslow City Council held three meetings Tuesday evening, first as the Winslow Housing Authority, then in a special executive session for legal advice regarding water rights legislation before the regular council meeting.
As the Public Housing Authority, the council heard a report from Public Housing Director Jesse Fernandez on changes to the annual plan.
In the special executive session on water rights, the council met with Brown and Brown Attorneys for reports and legal advice. No action followed the executive session.
During its regular session the council heard reports from Interim City Manager Dale Patton on city activities. He reported that the indoor pool has problems including no heat, and that the city has vacancies on the airport commission, the historic preservation commission, the planning and zoning commission, and two on the arts council.
Senior Accountant Teresa Foy gave the monthly financial report.
Old Trails Museum Director Ann-Mary Lutzick gave a report on the Smithsonian Journey Stories activities in Winslow. She said that the events brought some 10,000 people to the exhibits, and thanked the many people and organizations which played a part. Several events instituted for the program will continue to be held in Winslow.
A two-item consent calendar was adopted approving the check register, and minutes of the Nov. 5 and 12 council meetings.
The first action item was reappointment of two Airport Commission members, Robert Zaccaria and Jim Pate.
Human Resources Director David Coolidge provided information regarding medical benefits for employees returning to city employment from the Smartworks program and how their status may be affected by the Affordable Care Act. He noted that any effect from the act has been delayed until 2015.
A reallocation of funds was approved to cover the costs of replacing the roof for $22,000 and the HVAC system for $18,000 at the indoor pool.
Approval of a negotiated settlement agreement with McCauley Construction resulted in payment of $57,063.75.
An ordinance was approved extending the lease of restaurant facilities at the Winslow Lindberg Regional Airport for five years to E and O Kitchens for $350 per month.
An ordinance was approved amending the city code to repeal language limiting medical marijuana and related products to pharmaceutical grade containers. State and federal limits would still apply.
During the call to the public, Fire Chief James Hernandez thanked the fire crew, the street and police departments, and a fire crew from Joseph City for their work on a vacant building fire in which the decision was made to be defensive and not risk lives to save property. He also thanked the council for the new pumper, which was valuable on that and another recent fire.
Marie LaMarr agreed with Hernandez. She also asked for more recognition and honor of Medal of Honor winner Jay Vargas. She noted that there will be stamps issued honoring Medal of Honor winners, and said that Winslow should be proud to be the home of such a hero.
A gentleman spoke about the need for usable racquetball courts and said that he has pledges of donations for such a facility.
By Sam Conner
The Winslow City Council held three meetings Tuesday evening, first as the Winslow Housing Authority, then in a special executive session for legal advice regarding water rights legislation before the regular council meeting.
As the Public Housing Authority, the council heard a report from Public Housing Director Jesse Fernandez on changes to the annual plan.
In the special executive session on water rights, the council met with Brown and Brown Attorneys for reports and legal advice. No action followed the executive session.
During its regular session the council heard reports from Interim City Manager Dale Patton on city activities. He reported that the indoor pool has problems including no heat, and that the city has vacancies on the airport commission, the historic preservation commission, the planning and zoning commission, and two on the arts council.
Senior Accountant Teresa Foy gave the monthly financial report.
Old Trails Museum Director Ann-Mary Lutzick gave a report on the Smithsonian Journey Stories activities in Winslow. She said that the events brought some 10,000 people to the exhibits, and thanked the many people and organizations which played a part. Several events instituted for the program will continue to be held in Winslow.
A two-item consent calendar was adopted approving the check register, and minutes of the Nov. 5 and 12 council meetings.
The first action item was reappointment of two Airport Commission members, Robert Zaccaria and Jim Pate.
Human Resources Director David Coolidge provided information regarding medical benefits for employees returning to city employment from the Smartworks program and how their status may be affected by the Affordable Care Act. He noted that any effect from the act has been delayed until 2015.
A reallocation of funds was approved to cover the costs of replacing the roof for $22,000 and the HVAC system for $18,000 at the indoor pool.
Approval of a negotiated settlement agreement with McCauley Construction resulted in payment of $57,063.75.
An ordinance was approved extending the lease of restaurant facilities at the Winslow Lindberg Regional Airport for five years to E and O Kitchens for $350 per month.
An ordinance was approved amending the city code to repeal language limiting medical marijuana and related products to pharmaceutical grade containers. State and federal limits would still apply.
During the call to the public, Fire Chief James Hernandez thanked the fire crew, the street and police departments, and a fire crew from Joseph City for their work on a vacant building fire in which the decision was made to be defensive and not risk lives to save property. He also thanked the council for the new pumper, which was valuable on that and another recent fire.
Marie LaMarr agreed with Hernandez. She also asked for more recognition and honor of Medal of Honor winner Jay Vargas. She noted that there will be stamps issued honoring Medal of Honor winners, and said that Winslow should be proud to be the home of such a hero.
A gentleman spoke about the need for usable racquetball courts and said that he has pledges of donations for such a facility.

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