Feb 272015

By Sam Conner The Winslow City Council met Tuesday night in a special session for legal advice regarding an intergovernmental agreement with Navajo County for court collection and criminal justice services, and continued funding to the Little Colorado Medical Center. No action was taken on either issue when the council returned to open session. Auditor Olivia Brasher gave the city’s audit report and said at the end of her report that the city is in an excellent financial position, though she did make some recommendations. City Manager Stephen Pauken noted that the council should be pleased with her report and make the changes she suggested. The council approved an ordinance extending the development agreement for the Hancock Estates Subdivision. There was considerable discussion of a proposed amendment by Councilman Thomas Chacon to limit the length of the agreement, but no such action was taken. The council also discussed a community engaged design process for development of housing and related community facilities for members of the Navajo Nation. Adam Thompson of the Little Colorado Community Development Corporation formed by the Winslow Dineh Residents addressed the council about developing the 680 acres owned by the tribe in and near Winslow. Three people spoke briefly in the call to the public, including Judy Howell on the animal care facility, Librarian Docia Blaylock on the star gazing event scheduled tonight (Feb. 27) at Homolovi State Park, and Sam Conner asking that the council as a group or individually ask the state legislature not to pass the bill allowing more meetings not covered by the open meeting law. In other action Feb. 24, the council: * Approved the consent calendar, including the check register, minutes of the Feb. 10 council meeting, appointment of Kevin Coolidge to the Airport Commission and Sam Conner to the Arts Council, an agreement with C&S Engineers to provide construction management services for the runway 4-22 rehabilitation project, a transfer of funds from the Highway Users Revenue Fund (HURF) general equipment capital account to the HURF equipment structural maintenance account to repair the roof at the street shop located on Colorado Avenue and a transfer of $25,000 from the one percent sales tax capital fund to the parks equipment structural maintenance account for demolition work on the East End Ramadas. * Received a brief report from Pauken on recent city activities. * Received the monthly financial report from Finance Director Teresa Foy. * Approved a proclamation setting aside March as Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. The proclamation was presented to Kenn Evans after its adoption.