Aug 152014

By Sam Conner

The Winslow City Council was advised of the city’s actions to get derelict property demolished and cleaned up in a report by City Manager Stephen Pauken Tuesday evening.

He reported on six properties which have or will be demolished. Some will be done at the owner’s expense and some at the city’s, after which the city will move to acquire the property for the demolitions and cleanup work.

Pauken also reported that weeds have become a problem in Winslow and efforts are being made to remind property owners of their responsibilities for weed removal. He noted that the police department, the Winslow High School football team and others are working to clean up areas of the city. He reminded the audience that neighbors can and should help neighbors in such areas as weed removal, and encouraged such help, especially for senior citizens and handicapped persons.

Judge Alison Kolomitz gave the quarterly court report, noting that the number of cases was lower, but that revenue was up.

In other action Aug. 12, the council:

* Approved the consent calendar, including the check register, minutes of July 22 council meetings and the award of a contract for the Southside waterline extension project.

The last item was handled separately, and was awarded to McCauley Construction Company for $165,480.50.

* Approved an ordinance amending the city code to bring the flood damage prevention section into compliance with the Arizona State model floodplain ordinance.

There was much discussion of this item before it was passed by the council.

* Approved a donation of $2,000 to the Just Cruisin’ Car Club for the 20th annual car show, scheduled Oct. 3 and 4.

* Postponed action on a previous request from Kenn Evans to bring the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to Winslow.

After considerable discussion, City Attorney Ellen Van Riper voiced some concern with several requirements of the group to bring the memorial. It was agreed that more information would need to be secured before a decision could be made.

* Approved a proclamation setting aside August as Child Support Awareness Month.

Four persons spoke very briefly during the call to the public about the animal care facility, the flood insurance problem and city cleanup.

An item regarding the animal care facility requested by Councilman Curtis Hardy was removed from the agenda as he had to miss this meeting. It will be on the next council meeting agenda.