May 302014

By Sam Conner

The Winslow City Council adopted the tentative budget in the amount of $20.1 million for fiscal year 2014-15 Tuesday evening.

Judy Howell spoke during the public hearing on the proposed budget, noting that it would not adequately fund the animal care facility or the personnel need there.

An ordinance was adopted accepting certain grants and easement for improvements to Mike’s Pike as part of the city’s capital improvement program.

The council was asked to co-sponsor proposed League of Cities and Towns resolutions. City Manager Stephen Pauken explained the eight resolutions and a motion was adopted to cosponsor all but one, which seeks a special tax on medical marijuana growing facilities.

Holly Wagner spoke during the call to the public and asked the council to do all it could to support acquisition of a grant for a dog park. She explained how voting for such a park in Winslow would help get a grant and how the council could help. She explained the benefits such a park has for a city.

Thomas Chacon spoke of the need for improving the sound system to make hearing easier.

Librarian Docia Blaylock spoke about the scavenger hunt the library will be sponsoring and a telescope day planned June 6 at Homolovi Park.

A lady looking for a place to stay spoke and Pauken referred her to Police Chief Steve Garnett, who arranged for her to find accommodations.

The council also heard reports on city activities from Pauken and his designees, as well as the monthly financial report from Finance Director Teresa Foy.

Garnett said that the 15 mile per hour speed limit on Second Street downtown would slow travel through that area by only about 10 seconds and could save a life. He noted that a previous city manager had asked for a stop sign, which would have more greatly affected traffic in a negative manner.

A two-item consent calendar gave approval of the check register and minutes of May 13 meetings.