CDBG funds reallocated by City Council

The Winslow City Council approved a reallocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from La Familia to the People Who Care Organization at Tuesday's regular 7 p.m. meeting. The $21,402 which was reallocated is to be used for renovation of the old city fleet maintenance facility at Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue once the property is cleared to be used by the People Who Care Organization. The funds had been scheduled for use by La Familia to renovate a building that the organization was unable to acquire.

A resolution was adopted ordering and calling for a special election on May 15, 2001 for the extension of the special one percent sales tax for an additional five years.

An ordinance amending the existing ordinance which is a schedule of rates, fees and charges to allow prorating of utility fees had its first reading.

Staff was authorized to proceed with reconstruction of the spa at the indoor swimming pool with $25,000 allocated for the project. Councilman Tom McCauley suggested that staff look into the feasibility of installing a portable spa in a box which should prove a much cheaper project. Councilman Robert Mansell opposed the reconstruction project as presented.

The council denied a request from the B&M Cillessen Company, Inc. to grandfather in the old two percent tax rate for a now completed renovation project at the Indian Health Services facilities. Mayor Jim Boles offered an amendment to the motion to deny the request that asks the state not to impose fines or penalties if the taxes are paid within a given time frame. The amendment passed six to one with Council Members Dee Rodriguez, Harold Soehner, Robin Boyd, Tom McCauley and Robert Beamish joining the mayor in supporting the amendment and Councilman Robert Mansell opposing. The main motion passed unanimously.

Weed and Seed Coordinator Steve Zukowski offered his first report since accepting the position. He introduced himself as a 1972 graduate of Winslow High School, a former Winslow police officer and, for the past three and one half years, an English teacher at Northern Arizona Academy. He said that working with "at risk" children at the academy should help him in his new position and had given him an understanding of the need for such a program.

Zukowski said that the tentative first project for Weed and Seed would be a clean up of the east end of town. He also reported that he would be attending a meeting soon with Police Chief Steve Garnett also attending. He said that he was pleased that the chief was taking more interest than he felt most other chiefs do.

In other business, purchase of a computer for the Weed and Seed Program Coordinator for $1,607.13 was approved, the city administrator was authorized to sign a letter or agreement with Partners for Strategic Action, Inc. to facilitate strategic planning with $2,500 allocated for the project, transfer of $78,000 from contingency to meet current operating expenses at the Wastewater Treatment Plant was approved. Purchase of a copier for the Finance Department from Hughes Calihan for $3,111.99 was approved. Transfer of $5,000 from contingency to the City Clerk's advertising account was approved.

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