By Naomi Hatch
Snowflake Fire Chief Pat Hancock asked the town council Dec. 10 to approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Navajo County Public Health Services, allowing cooperation as it relates to the deployment and dispensing of prophylactic medications and other supplies made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Strategic National Stockpile. Hancock noted that the medications would be dispensed through the district in case of a widespread bio-event. The council unanimously approved the memorandum.
“We feel this is an important thing we can bring to our community,” said the chief, who explained that Snowflake’s emergency response staff would dispense medications in case of an epidemic.
Chief Hancock advised the council that in October, they partnered with Summit Healthcare for a drive through flu shot clinic.
John Zimmerman of the Navajo County Health Department was on hand to answer any questions.
“For the last decade Navajo County Public Health and Snowflake Fire Department have enjoyed a great relationship,” said Zimmerman. “The MOU’s are an extension on that.” He noted that they have been meeting and planning together to take care of any unknowns that may happen.
In other business Finance Director Brian Richards reviewed the fiscal year 2013 audit report and comprehensive annual financial report.
“It’s a pretty clean audit,” said Councilman Tom Poscharsky.
A motion to approve the audit report passed unanimously.
During the call to the public, Lowry Flake expressed his personal thanks “to each member of the council for the hours they give on behalf of the community,” noting he appreciates their service, appreciates their beginning the meeting with prayer and the pledge, and also appreciates the quiet in town, which he felt was a tribute to what they are doing as a council.
He then gave a brief background, noting he had worked as a chemist. He then expressed concern about electromagnetic pollution, specifically regarding the new “smart meters” being used by Arizona Public Service Co. He noted that at this time they do not know what the effect to humans, animals or plant life will be. Flake said that some communities asked that the installation of these meters be delayed, noting Snowflake’s have already been installed, but he asked the town to “address this issue a little more fully.”
Because his comments were made during the call to the public, the council could not respond. During council reports, Councilman Lynn Johnson commented that he was aware there was controversy over smart meters, and noted that a gentleman spoke at the last Republican meeting and reported that he had to move from his house, because no options were given and he has written a book regarding the smart meter.
By Naomi Hatch