Jan 302015

By Sam Conner

Winslow Finance Director Teresa Foy unveiled the city’s new Open Books web-based finance application at Tuesday night’s meeting of the city council. She explained it well, noting that now any citizen can go to the city’s website to get comprehensive and accurate information about practically any department and activity of the city.

Foy also presented the city’s quarterly financial report.

City Manager Stephen Pauken noted that the first meeting of the upcoming Citizens Academy would be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the council chambers, with future meetings over the next eight to 10 weeks.

City Engineer Mark Woodson provided the council with capital improvement project updates.

The consent calendar was approved, including the check register, minutes of the Jan. 13 council meeting, an additional services agreement with Woodson Engineering for Fleming Street infrastructure improvements and for the Renaissance on Route 66 Phase V, and purchase and payment of a 3,000-gallon water tender for the fire department.

Michele Lytle of Northern Arizona University made a presentation on the Senior Companion, Foster Grandparent and RSVP programs. The programs are grant funded and Lytle helps recruit volunteers.

The council approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter an Airport Development Reimbursable grant agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation to install PAPIs (lights) for runways 4, 22 and 29 at the Winslow Lindbergh Regional Airport.

There was considerable discussion regarding the open records law and open records requests led by City Attorney Ellen Van Riper.

Todd Roth spoke during the call to the public, stating that there is a need to encourage citizens to make Winslow a more attractive community.