Mar 282014

By Sam Conner
Winslow City Manager Stephen Pauken advised the city council Tuesday evening that there would be a citywide survey in the next water bill to determine what priorities the citizens want addressed. This would be a way to direct council rather than a strategic planning session.
Finance Director Teresa Foy gave the financial report, noting that the general fund revenue has increased seven percent and the state shared funds were also increasing.
During the call to the public, Tom McCauley, who has been elected president of the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, spoke, inviting residents and especially business owners to join the chamber and work to improve the city. He also spoke of creating a farmers market in Winslow.
Marie LaMarr spoke about the high cost to citizens and the city for being in what is designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a flood plain.
Pauken noted that the city and county have a good relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and together they are working on that problem. Getting 3.7 miles of the levee certified would remove most of Winslow from the flood plain and change that designation for 900 homes.
LaMarr said that getting FEMA and Congress to accept a study already done would get most of the city out of the flood zone.
In other action March 25, the council:
* Reappointed Sarah Smithson to the Arts Council.
* Went into an executive session for legal advice on the possible purchase of real property, but no action was taken.
* Went into executive session for legal advice regarding the golf course, but no action was taken.
* Approved the consent calendar, which included the check register, minutes of March 11 meetings, a 2014 Little League agreement, a Winslow Umpires Association agreement, and an amendment to the authorization for services with C and S Engineers for airport runway pavement rehabilitation.
* Approved proclamations of April as Fair Housing Month and April 1 as Mayors Day.
Prior to the regular meeting, the council met as the Winslow Housing Authority. The minutes of a previous meeting were approved, as were two resolutions to approve the authority’s corrective action plan and its violence against women policy.