Feb 252016

By Nolan Madden
Field Trip Fridays will now be referred to as Workshop Wednesdays, as Holbrook Chamber of Commerce Manager Billie Anne Perkins informed the city council Tuesday evening.
The initiative was first announced by the chamber last month as a series of two- to three-hour guided group tours of city landmarks for local business owners and their staffs to better enhance the city’s tourism appeal.
Perkins explained that the latest change aims to better accommodate tourists and business operations.
“The sessions are going to be two hours long for five months in a row. The first half-hour will be a workshop. Then, for an hour-and-a-half, community businesses will release their employees to visit local tourist sites, like a petrified wood rock shop, the Petrified Forest, Rock Art Canyon Ranch or Petroglyph Park,” said Perkins.
She noted that, in speaking with Royce Kincanon of Northland Pioneer College, with whom the chamber consulted for the program, Friday is typically the start of prime weekend traffic for most area businesses.
“So we thought that by conducting the workshops on Wednesdays, the staffs will have the chance to share the knowledge that they’ve learned when they return on Thursday, and begin using it on that Friday,” Perkins explained.
The first workshop in the series will begin in March.
In other action Feb. 23, the council:
* Heard an update from Perkins regarding the chamber membership drive mixer slated from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Feb. 26) at Community Counseling Center, 103 First Ave.
Updates to the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce website are slated to go live March 1.
2016 Wild West Days planning with the city has begun.
* Received an update from City Manager Ray Alley on the completion of golf cart storage hangars and revised signage installed at Hidden Cove Golf Course this week.
* Received an update from Alley on construction progress of the forthcoming dog park at the city’s north end. Pavement curbing is being installed.
Racquetball court floor footing installation is underway at Hunt Park.
* Received a preliminary report from Police Chief Mark Jackson regarding fiscal year 2015 Holbrook Police Department incidents.
The department submitted a bid to acquire three new patrol vehicles through Proposition 202 public safety grant funding, which is backed by a portion of Gila River Casino’s annual revenues.
HPD has also applied for $80,000 in funds through the Homeland Security Grant Program, to be used to outfit department patrol vehicles with in-car computer equipment for on-duty use.
* Approved the city’s entry into an intergovernmental agreement for the creation of Northeast Arizona Regional Dispatch Center for an initial term of 10 years.
Vice Mayor Wade Carlisle and council members Earl Kester, Francie Payne, Richard Peterson and C.J. Wischmann voted for the agreement, with Councilman Tim Dixon opposed. Carlisle attended the meeting telephonically and Mayor Bobby Tyler was absent.
* Approved the consent agenda, including payment of claims for Feb. 4-18 in the amount of $86,367.28.
* Approved payment of claims to The Tribune-News in the amount of $630.14.
The council will hold its next regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.