Feb 142014

By Sam Conner
The Winslow City Council awarded a $1,542,482.50 contract Tuesday evening to Southwestern Contractors for wastewater treatment plant modifications.
The council also met as the Winslow Public Housing Authority Tuesday evening, and adopted an administrative plan, and admissions and continued occupancy plan, approved the authority’s annual plan for 2014, the authority’s corrective action plan and a closure of the authority’s housing choice voucher program waiting list. All items were detailed by Public Housing Director Jesse Fernandez.
Reports were presented by City Manager Stephen Pauken, who said that there are vacancies on the planning and zoning commission, and the board of adjustment. He noted that there have been some changes in the plans for the animal control facility, which will be on the next council agenda.
Council on Aging Chairman Jim Larremore reported on the condition of the Senior Center Building, saying that there is water damage in several areas, including where the stucco has come loose.
Finance Director Teresa Foy gave the quarterly financial report. She said that the city is doing well with increased revenue from the restaurant and bar tax.
The consent calendar was adopted giving approvals to the check register, minutes of Jan. 28 council meetings and payment for installation of new fire hydrants. Four new hydrants will be added.
George Joe was appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission.
The council voted to approve a donation of $500 to the Because We Care Committee and to allow use of city facilities by the committee.
The council gave authorization to proceed with community improvement projects for 2014. Several changes were approved, including that the Clear Creek ditch project will be a five-year project. A total of $27,000 will be used for a fence at the old Native American cemetery to match a grant.
Discussion of the city attorney position upon the retirement of Dale Patton in April called for contacting firms in the area who have experience with the council to have the final say in who or what firm is hired and for what purposes.
During the call to the public, Judy Howell asked about a strategic planning session, but no date has been set.
Ken Evans said that due to the government shutdown, Homolovi State Park had more visitors.
An executive session was held for legal advice regarding the possible purchase, sale or lease of real property, but no action was taken on the issue.