Skateboard Park Gets Green Light

Applause filled the council’s chambers when plans to start the Skateboard Park were approved by the Winslow City Council at their meeting Monday, October 22.

A crowd of teenagers, some with skateboards lying on their laps, were on hand to witness a unanimous vote by the council to cover the insurance and pay for temporary ramps to be placed in Winslow’s Central Park.

The council had made an agreement with Club Extreme, the skateboard, roller-bladder, scooter and biker organization formerly known as Skate Tek, stating that if the group could raise $1,000 to help with the insurance, the city would fund the rest.

Now that the money has been raised and the plans approved, the park will have a one-year trial period to judge participation. If the park sees a good amount of users, then the city will consider applying for grants to purchase permanent ramps and obstacles and make the park a ongoing facility for teenagers in Winslow.

Jennifer Croft, president of the group, presented the council with $1,000 and promised the group would perform monthly community service projects to aid the city. The group plans to continue raising money for the projected park through fundraising.

The council allocated the $75,000 Franchise Fee paid to they city by Waste Management by giving $50,000 to the Citywide Cleanup Program and $25,000 to the maintenance and monitoring of the landfill.

At the last council meeting, it was suggested that $1,000 be allocated to purchase a video camera to tape council meetings to be shown on a cable channel, $10,000 to put in to the General Fund Contingency Account and $5,000 to cover the costs of special events held in Winslow.

The council voted against this allocation on advice from City Administrator John Roche that using solid trash funds in other areas was not a wise decision. Winslow Mayor Jim Boles did mention that the council wished to include funds to cover special events and asked that it be included in next year’s budget.

An amendment was then added by Councilman Tom McCauley and approved to purchase the video camera using General Funds. The council will now make a deal with Cable One to run tapes of meetings on television.

The council approved the appointing of the following people to the General Plan Revisions Steering Committee: Councilman Bob Mansell nominated Gary Muchmore, Councilman Harold Soehner nominated Greg Carlson, Councilman Robert Beamish nominated Vera Dixon, Councilman Robin Boyd nominated Joel McHood, Councilman Tom McCauley nominated Helen Butler and Mayor Boles nominated Councilman Soehner to serve on the committee. Eloise DeSpain was appointed from the Historical Commission, Gordon McHood was appointed from the Planning Commission, and Gail Casualitis was appointed from the Board of Adjustments.

Councilwoman Dee Rodriguez will make her appointment at the next meeting,

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The council also approved the donation of portable office partitions to the Summer Struck Children’s Theatre. The partitions are no longer needed since City Hall has been remodeled. Dee Rodriguez, sponsor of Summer Struck, said the group plans to use the partitions in their annual haunted house and upcoming productions.On the consent calendar, the council approved a liquor license for the Grand Canyon Meadery. The Meadery is located at 1600 East Second Street and will be opened soon. The Series #13 license allows for production, retail sales, on-site testing and distribution to other in-state retailers.

The consent calendar also included waiving the vendor fees for the annual Christmas parade (which will be held November 17), payment for the rewinding of two motors at the wastewater plant and renewal of the annual E9-1-1 Recorder contract.

The recorder is used by the fire department to record the calls they receive and the contract covers repairs and service.

Winslow Wal-Mart was named as Disability Awareness Employer of the Year and Larry Shirley was named as Disability Awareness Employee of the Year. These awards will be presented at a later date due to the winners not being able to attend the meeting.

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