By Sam Conner
Winslow Mayor Robin Boyd presented retiring City Attorney Dale Patton with a special pocket watch for his 25-plus years of service to the city during Tuesday’s council meeting.
City Manager Stephen Pauken said that Patton had been helpful in his move to Winslow and his adjustment to his new job.
The council approved a proclamation honoring the Winslow High School Lady Bulldog softball team for its sportsmanship at a Payson tournament. Those honored included Coach Kelli Fifelski, Assistant Coaches Micki Baca and Richard Smith, and players Gabby Gonzales, Richelyn Villanueva, Katonya Begay, Megan Lymer, Renee Bollin, Sierra Wilcox, Jaleisa Hayes, Halle Hayes, A.J. Vigil-O’Haco, Erica Jodie, Ceyanne Benally, Liz Lozano, Nikki Foy, Taylor Baca, Hailee Branson, Andrea Bollin and Alyssa Smith.
Pauken reported that the city still has vacancies on the planning and zoning commission, the board of adjustment and the public safety retirement board.
He also noted that Winslow had been designated as one of the 10 top western desert small towns.
Pauken also presented certificates to Citizens Academy graduates Sally Masterson-Matychowiak, Vicki Shafer, Renee Chase Begay, Esther Villanueva, Mike Howell, Lawrence Kenna, Tess Kenna, Mark Strango and Kathy Strango.
Judge Alison Kolomitz gave the quarterly court report.
Finance Director Teresa Foy gave the quarterly financial report. She noted that the city revenues, especially sales tax, have increased significantly.
The consent calendar was approved, including the check register, minutes of April 8 council meeting, declaring pet food remaining from a donation as surplus and allowing the staff to dispose of it to help with adoptions from the animal shelter; and a reallocation of fire department funds to purchase a trailer for mobile cascade and filling station.
Bob Zaccaria was reappointed to the Historic Preservation Commission.
A pre-development land division agreement for commercial/industrial property was approved. It would allow the city to become a third party with the buyer and seller of such property.
Tom McCauley spoke, noting that this was a start, but that the city is still too restrictive, and needs to revisit and improve its requirements. Others seemed to agree that more changes were needed.
A resolution was adopted approving a form of lease-purchase agreement with Zion First National Bank of Salt Lake City.
An ordinance was adopted approving the proposed commercial ground and structure lease of the old armory building to Northern Arizona Academy.
An ordinance was adopted approving an agreement for sale of the portion of McHood Park owned by the county to the City of Winslow. No money will actually change hands and the transaction is seen as very beneficial to the city, giving it the east side of Clear Creek where most facilities are.
During the call to the public, Andrea Harings spoke about career fairs Northland Pioneer College and Arizona Workforce Connection were holding.
The council went into an executive session for a personnel matter regarding the candidates for the city attorney position. Upon returning to regular session, the council voted to enter negotiations with attorney Ellen M. Van Riper of Phoenix.
By Sam Conner