Apr 112014

By Sam Conner
Winslow’s golf course agreement came under discussion Tuesday evening.
City Attorney Dale Patton provided the city council with a brief history of the issue. He noted that 30 years ago the city received $300,000 to build the golf course with an agreement to maintain it as a golf course for 25 years. The city voted to close the course after 24 years, but National Park Service officials said that it had to be maintained forever, not just 25 years.
The city has hired a lobbyist to try to get Congress to pass legislation changing those terms and has been negotiating with the government.
Patton described some changes likely to occur as a result of things in the works now.
An executive session for legal advice regarding the golf course was not held, but the council voted to continue using the lobbyist for at least three more months.
City Manager Stephen Pauken told the council that the skate park would likely be open in June.
Finance Director Teresa Foy reported on the audit report for the year ending in June 2013. She said that Winslow received a satisfactory report.
Pauken said that he would like the city to shop for an auditor next year and get the best it could for the money. He noted that the current report was more for the finance department, and not for the city staff and council as much as it should be.
In other action April 8, the council:
* Approved a resolution authorizing renewal of the city’s membership in the Rural Arizona Health Trust.
It was pointed out that the trust began with three cities, Winslow, Page and Holbrook and has expanded to 18 members.
Mayor Robin Boyd said that establishing the trust has saved the city thousands of dollars and allowed it to continue getting good coverage at reasonable rates.
* Honored the Friends of the Winslow Library for 20 years of service to the library and the community.
* Approved an ordinance amending provisions of the Winslow Municipal Code with amendments and strikeouts through chapters one through nine.
* Approved the consent calendar, including the check register, minutes of March 25 council meetings and a payment of $45,000 to McCauley Construction for runway repairs at the airport.
The last item was handled separately. Susie Kaufman explained that the repairs were much needed and without them the airport could lose the Forest Service fire fighting aircraft.
* Proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.