By Sam Conner
The Winslow City Council held a public hearing on the tentative 2015-16 fiscal year budget Tuesday evening, but drew no comments from the public. A resolution to adopt the $20,718,110 tentative budget was approved.
Reports were given by David Coolidge for City Manager Stephen Pauken, who was out of town due to a family situation, and his designees on recent city activities.
Fire Chief James Hernandez reported that the department received a $7,951.95 grant for equipment, and that there were 15 students in classes who were doing well and scheduled to graduate on June 13.
The monthly financial report was given by the interim finance director Kim Salazar.
An annual report on the Old Trails Museum was presented by Ann Mary Lutzick, with slides and statistics provided about various events involving the museum.
Councilmember Harold Soehner’s request for discussion and possible action on a city employee’s request to convert vacation time to pay to be the last action item resulted in the issue being continued to the June 9 council meeting.
The council was slated to go into executive session for legal advice regarding an agreement with the Winslow Development Company, but that item was removed from the agenda due to the absence of the city manager.
During council members’ business, citizens were asked to go online to vote for the dog park, to consider sponsoring a kayak race in the future, to check the condition of the city parks and to be aware of Winslow’s population decrease.
During the call to the public, concern was expressed about the city losing population and the need for a code enforcement officer, complaints about requirements ordered by the city inspector, and about water rates and garbage collection practices.
In other action May 27, the council:
* Approved the check register, minutes of the May 12 council meeting, an agreement between the city and the Winslow Dawgs baseball organization and a reallocation of Highway User Revenue Funds.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Navajo County Community College District regarding Northeastern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy and authorized the city manager to execute the agreement.
Winslow Police Lt. Arends said that seven officers have taken that course in the past year and a half.
* Adopted an ordinance to amend the city code regarding the Board of Adjustment, reducing the number of members from seven to five and adjusting their terms from two to three years due to the difficulty of obtaining such members. The board will also be required to meet only when necessary rather than once a month.
* Proclaimed June 5 and 6 as Native American Festival Days.