Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Sun, Aug. 09

County Supervisors approve forest fee split, jail contract

The Navajo County Board of Supervisors approved splitting Forest Service fees evenly between county schools and the road department Feb. 28. A 50/50 split makes $55,905.73 available to county school districts.

Allocation of the funds is based on the amount of Forest Service land within the districts and the average daily enrollment. The forest fee distribution for school districts includes: Winslow, $3,561.32; Joseph City, $645.45; Holbrook, $2,837.93; Piñon, $1,900.10; Snowflake, $6,274.84; Heber, $14,183.34; Show Low, $12,851.47; Whiteriver, $3,961.59; Cedar, $838.61; Kayenta, $3,560.62; and Blueridge, $5,281.46.

At the same meeting the Board awarded an $8.6 million contract to Ormond Builders Inc. for the construction of the new Navajo County Jail and Juvenile Detention Facility. The award of the construction contract is contingent on funding made available by the Navajo County Municipal Property Corporation.

The contract with Ormond includes a base bid of $6,333,000 for one adult housing unit, a visitor intake area, a connecting corridor and the juvenile detention unit. The contract includes funds for alternate projects if money is available. Navajo County will finance $7,134,102 for construction of the adult facility. The $2.7 million juvenile facility will be paid for with state grant funds.

The board adopted a resolution for a lease-purchase agreement between Navajo County and the Navajo County Municipal Property Corporation for a term not to exceed 25 years. The agreement is for repayment of the debt incurred to build the new jail facility.

Finance Director Clinton Shreeve said the board of directors of the municipal corporation met last week, and adopted by-laws and designated officers. Roy W. Hunt will serve as chairman, with board members Mayor Jim Boles of Winslow, and Marlin Gillespie.

Supervisor Percy Deal of Oraibi asked Shreeve when the project would begin. Shreeve said construction would begin once the county has the financing in place. “We are anticipating starting the project on April 1,” Shreeve said.

In other action Feb. 28, the board:

* Adopted a timetable for the fiscal year 2000/2001 budget.

The adoption of the tentative budget is scheduled for July 10, with the final budget hearing and adoption set for Aug. 7. Tax rates are scheduled to be set on Monday, Aug. 14.

* Entered into a board of director session of the Navajo County Flood Control District, and approved $10,000 in cost share funding for the Little Colorado River Multi-Objective Management watershed coordinator position with the Little Colorado River Plateau RC&D.

* Adopted a resolution in support of the Central Navajo Youth Corrections Facility to operate as a long-term treatment program as opposed to a short-term detention model. The goal is to convert the facility to a treatment center concentrating on corrections, education and reintroducing Native American youth to their cultural heritage.

* Approved a request for financial assistance from Supervisor Jesse Thompson’s District II HB 2656 funds in an amount not to exceed $5,000 from the Hopi Tribe to assist with providing paint/decals for identification purposes on the Hopi Senom Transit vehicles.

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