City Council renews Carr's contract, discusses water rate increase

Coordinator Robert Carr in his monthly report told the City Council that the clean-up which began along Transcon Lane will continue until the tamaracks behind Northland Pioneer College are also taken down.

The next meeting planned on the problems of the chronic alcoholics will take place at the Winslow IHS. Acting City Administrator Jim Ferguson, Police Chief Steve Garnett, Dr. Frank Armao of IHS and Director Randy Bombardier of the Winslow Department of Economic Development and Community Service plan to sign a Memorandum of Agreement for services.

Carr has been getting information on funding that could be possible from the White Mountain and Tonto Apache tribes on issues here in town. The Council approved continuing Carr's position through the fiscal year.

Councilmember Robert Beamish commented that in the last clean-up some of the people who were residents of the tamarack area helped. Beamish also said that he noticed that while there were thousands of bottles, there were no cans among the trash. He thought that a bottle return fee would cut down on this trash too. Later in the evening Marie LaMar reminded the Council that the Intoxicated Street People Task Force has asked for a bottle fee five years ago, and it was still a good idea. She hoped the Council would enact it.

Beamish said that the grant fund requests for the Hubbell building stabilization were done and this time "it should fly." this will be up to $150,000 for that project from historic preservation funds.

Councilmember Bob Mansell said that he appreciated the nice sign at the airport. It was put together by city staff. At a later meeting Gary Carlson said that this saved several thousand dollars.

Councilmember Tom McCauley asked if everyone knew about the article in Southwest Aviation about the Port Java Cafe. This was a great article and McCauley said "hats off to the $100 hamburger." People fly in from around the state for the food.

McCauley told the listening audience about the benefit planned for Saturday, May 12 at the Elks Club. His music group is donating its time and the Elks are donating the club for a dance before Mother's Day. The proceeds are for the Women's and Children's shelter, so that the volunteers can get telephone and fax lines and set up their office. He reminded the Council of the presentation by Dr. Ken Ogilvie. The group now has its tax-exempt status. Tickets for the dance will be available soon, and the cost is $20. McCauley said that this would pay for dancing, or not dancing, or not even coming. Just buy a ticket and support the shelter.

Councilmember Robin Boyd said that he particularly wanted to comment on the rise of volunteerism in Winslow this year. As in the recent clean-up, there are many projects where people are taking on things that need doing.

During the Unscheduled Appearances, Judy Howell voiced concerns being felt about the increase in water fees on the agenda. In later action John Roche, city director of Development Services, explained that the increase would only effect additional water used in the summer over the amounts used in the winter.

Councilmember Boyd was concerned that this might discourage people from keeping up their yards. Roche said that they were publishing the "tuna can" theory of watering in the City Breeze. This sets the standard for one inch watering. When the can fills up, turn off the water. Some people, Roche said, water all night long which is not even good for the grass.

McCauley said that "We have Clear Creek and we as a Council need to take budget measures to bring that water in. We have not been aggressive enough."

The action of the Council on increasing water rates is being published and will be heard again at the next Council meeting, April 10.

New police officers were introduced at the Council meeting by Chief Garnett and Lt. Jim Sepi. Cynthia Luna, Thomas Lopez and Ken Havlicek all have experience in law enforcement. Havlicek worked for the sheriff's department in Idaho, then met Winslow officer Sproul in Kosovo (!) and applied here. Lopez grew up in Winslow and previously worked for the Department of Corrections. Luna was an MP in the Army and has completed the Arizona academy. She is now completing her on the job training here.

In other actions the Council proclaimed April 3 as Equal Pay day, and April 1-7 as Library Week. They approved the annual agreement with the Little League; accepted a grant from ADEQ for recycling trailer; and authorized the city to acquire the Coca-cola building and 16 acres for resale.

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