Aug 292014

By Sam Conner

The Winslow City Council approved an amendment of the city code extending the one percent tax for capital improvements for 20 years Tuesday evening.

The council also discussed the animal care facility, as requested by Councilman Curtis Hardy. No action was taken, but discussion led staff to pursue making plans to renovate and improve the existing facility at a much smaller cost than building the proposed new facility would entail.

There was considerable discussion, but no action regarding funding for a possible Mayor and Council Members Association regional event as requested by Mayor Robin Boyd.

An intergovernmental agreement was approved between the State of Arizona, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and the city, as well as the hold harmless agreement between the city and the Little Colorado Medical Center.

An ordinance dedicating the right-of-way on Fleming Street for the Fleming Street Sidewalk Project was adopted.

City Manager Stephen Pauken and his designees reported on recent city activities. Pauken said that the dilapidated property on North Apache Avenue had been demolished, the old Second Street car wash was being removed and that he was hoping to get commitments from the Federal Aviation Administration for much needed runway improvements.

Police Chief Steve Garnett reported that work on a shooting range of 100 yards would begin around Nov. 1.

City Engineer Mark Woodson advised the council that the Route 66 Plaza, which has a $500,000 grant in place, would be worked on soon.

City Attorney Ellen Van Riper reported that Winslow will be able to hold its elections as in the past, rather than in alignment with state and federal elections, because a lawsuit by Phoenix and Tucson has been settled that allows that.

Finance Director Teresa Foy gave the monthly financial report.

An update from Harold Soehner for the Just Cruis’n Car Club regarding upcoming car show noted that last year’s show was the biggest ever and this year’s show should be even bigger.

A proclamation was adopted setting aside Sept. 10-14 as Navajo County Fair Days.

The consent calendar was adopted, giving approval of the check register and minutes of an Aug. 12 council meeting.

During the call to the public, Dee Rodriguez spoke regarding the 9-11 memorial, Kenn Evans spoke asking that the Arizona Department of Transportation be asked to keep at least one lane open on the bridge over Interstate 40 east of Winslow, and Judy Howell asked why Winslow did not promote Clear Creek and try to get a vendor there.