Valerie Brooks, Recreation Director for the City of Winslow, opened up the Winslow City Council meeting on November 13 with a report on how the program has been doing over recent months.
She described swimming classes in conjunction with Northland Pioneer College taking place at the indoor swimming pool.
Brooks also informed the council of adult recreation, such as the on-going aerobic class and the co-ed softball league that took up the whole summer.
She proudly announced that the Jamz dances she began at the beginning of the year are now self-sustaining and enjoyed by all the young teens that attend.
Some plans she is hoping to do in the future are an on-going arts and craft program as well as a music program. She also hopes to get some more adult activities in the future.
Brooks asked that the council consider renovating the Girl Scout House since so many people rent the building for parties and activities.
Sandra Cronstrom of Cronstrom & Trobovich, the city’s auditors, reported that the city’s recent audit went very well with little problems. They did find two minor mistakes but nothing large enough to report.
Cronstrom said they audits 30 to 35 municipalities and rate Winslow above average. She states that in the 10 years her company has been auditing, the city has continued to improve and implement their suggestions.
The council granted the Little Colorado River Horseman’s Association permission to use the Winslow rodeo arena for their monthly gymkannas.
Beverly Carrell, president of the association, asked that the city work the sand in the arena to make use of the area safe for the horses and the riders. It was decided that the Parks Department will rake the sand and the Street Department will water it down. The two work crews will do this on Fridays so that overtime is not necessary.
The question of insurance to cover the horseman’s association’s activities was raised because the new insurance company the city is working with does not cover them. Mayor Jim Boles instructed city staff to get a quote on what covering the association for liability would cost.
Councilwoman Dee Rodriguez suggested that the association raise part of the money like the Club Extreme group did for their skateboard park.
Rodriguez appointed Douglas Kilburg to the General Plan Revisions Steering Committee. Kilburg works for the city’s housing department but it is believed that a conflict of interest will not be a problem. Now that all the members are appointed, a date will be set for them to begin the process of developing a revision plan.
The council approved setting Winslow’s primary election for March 12, 2002 with the general election on May 21, 2002. Winslow City Hall, 21 Williamson Ave, will be the polling place and will be opened from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The last day voters can register for the primary election is February 11, 2002 and April 22, 2002 for the general by midnight.
Candidates can now fill out nomination papers at the City Clerk’s office until December 12, 2001.
The city approved a reduction of the solid waste fees by $1.11 per month. The ordinance will take effect in 30 days.
The council approved paying $1,297 to cover the city’s out of pocket expenses for the Hopi Homolovi Rodeo and the Bucking on the Corner Bull Riding held last month.
The council approved making several documents public record. Changes to the Airport Commission Code due to the new fixed based operator were made public record so that people can read the changes.
The council also made public record The 2001 Amendments to the Tax Code of the City of Winslow. All municipalities in Arizona have a tax code that coordinates to each other so that business that work throughout the state have the same guidelines for each city. The changes made do not affect the tax rate for the city.
On the consent calendar the following items were approved:
• Councilwoman Rodriguez and an administrative assistant to attend the Governor’s Pride in Arizona Award Conference to accept the award the city has received.
• Payment for legal services for the city’s water rights.
• Changes were made to the city’s zoning ordinance recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission at their October 26 meeting.
• Renewal of a software support contract for the police department for $2,300.
• Award of a bid for a walk behind floor scrubber for the Fleet Maintenance Department for $5,900.
• Emergency cleaning of the drainage channel at the Forest Service Tanker Base.
• The appraisal of the city’s property located on Flemming Street and Winslow School District’s property located at Pope and Maple Streets for a possible land exchange.
• Emergency purchase of a shredder pump for the sewer lift station for $3,100 from USA Bluebook.
• Awarding the contract for the city’s audition services to Fester & Chapman P.C. for five years.
The purchase for new poly forms to be used for street division was tabled until the next meeting to gather more bids. Poly forms are light weight pieces used to make straight curbs and gutters.