Mar 272015

By Sam Conner

The Winslow City Council met Tuesday in a special session for an update from Navajo County officials on the Winslow levee and other issues.

County Supervisor Jesse Thompson introduced Assistant County Manager Homero Vela and Brian Kenny of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Vela did most of the reporting on the Little Colorado River Levees Flood Management Feasibility Study.

Vela advised the council that the tentatively adopted plan will cost $66,206,619, with the process requiring approval of funding from Congress. The plan calls for rebuilding the Ruby Wash Diversion Levee, channeling and removing salt cedar under bridges, rebuilding the Winslow Levee, building a new levee parallel to Interstate 40, realigning the levee adjacent to Homolovi and removing the realigned levee section.

Lobbyist Brandy Tomhave of the Tomhave Group, Inc., of Baltimore, Md., said that she has had success with Arizonans in Congress supporting the project. The project as planned will reduce flood damages, minimize flood and erosion on Homolovi I, minimize adverse impacts on I-40, the railroad and Route 66, and reduce risk of life safety issues.

The regular council meeting began with three proclamations. April was proclaimed as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Fair Housing Month, and April 7 as Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service.

City Manager Stephen Pauken reported on recent city activities, and noted that the revenue from the state would be at least $57,000 less than last year.

Kim Salazar, speaking for Finance Director Teresa Foy, gave the monthly financial report.

Librarian Docia Blaylock spoke during the call to the public, noting that the library will be closed for interior painting from April 20 to May 2, and will reopen on May 5. The book drop will remain open so that items may be returned at any time.

A woman spoke about a fine imposed for a late payment, which should not have been assessed.

Pauken said he would meet with her to review the situation.

In other action March 24, the council:

* Adopted a resolution approving an intergovernmental agreement regarding Route 66 Renaissance V.

* Amended an ordinance regarding the Winslow Arts Council to make student members non-voting members. This was to make it easier for the council to have a quorum at its meeting.

* Approved the consent calendar, including the check register, minutes of the March 10 council meeting, agreements with the Winslow Little League and the Winslow Umpires Association, and a reallocation of Winslow Fire Department funds.