Jun 302015


By Sam Conner

The Winslow City Council adopted a final budget of $20,718,110 for fiscal year 2015-16 Tuesday evening following a public hearing on the matter. The tentative budget was adopted May 26, putting the city well ahead of the required timeline of adopting a final budget by the third Monday in August.

An ordinance amending the schedule of rates, fees and charges to increase the water rates by three percent was adopted with a provision that staff look for ways to ease the cost for people below the poverty line.

Also adopted was an ordinance regarding rates, fees and charges affecting recreation fees and facility rental charges, Desert View Cemetery, and library charges and fees.

The council received reports from City Manager Stephen Pauken and his designees on recent city activities, the monthly financial report by Interim Finance Director Kim Salazar, a presentation from the police department on proposed schedule changes by Lt. Ken Arend, who said that the changes would get people where they were needed when they were needed, and a report by Chamber of Commerce Director Bob Hall on a $6,000 grant from Arizona Public Service Co., and a new printer the chamber has.

Hall spoke again during the call to the public, asking residents to call the chamber at 289-2484 if they are interested in working on committees for community pride, a blue line tour and a Winslow directory for smart phones.

Three other persons spoke on Northland Pioneer College, thanking youngsters for pulling weeds, and asking for sidewalk repairs and acting like we are proud of Winslow.

In other action June 23, the council:

* Approved the consent calendar, including the check register, minutes of the June 9 council meeting, appointment of Rich Larson to the Airport Commission and the Board of Adjustment, awarding a contract for motor fuel to the Winslow Fuel Company, awarding a contract for Mike’s Pike East improvements, an amendment to the agreement with PACE Engineering for wastewater treatment plant renovations and an amendment to the agreement for municipal legal services.

The Flagstaff law firm which was handling those legal services has disbanded. The firm charged the city an average of $1,100 per month. City Attorney Ellen Van Riper has agreed to do the work for $1,000 per month.

* Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Revenue related to uniform administration of the city’s transaction privilege tax.

* Approved a tourism contract between the city and the Chamber of Commerce.

* Approved an ordinance extending the Hubbell Trading Post lease and management agreement with the Chamber of Commerce. Both are continuations of existing agreements.

Prior to the regular meeting, the council met as the Winslow Housing Authority.

Resolutions authorizing fee accountants of Lindsey, Inc. to amend the authority’s 2015 low rent budget and approving Julia Fernandez to assist in file audits at the authority were adopted. Fernandez did similar work for the San Antonio Housing Department and will do it for Winslow as a volunteer.