Council Readies For Upcoming Rodeos

Preparing for the upcoming rodeos coming to Winslow were the main actions of the night for the Winslow City Council at their meeting on Tuesday, August 28.

The Council approved the waiving of the usual fees charged for use of the Winslow Rodeo Grounds for several events. Those include the fees for the 16th Annual West Best Rodeo, the 2nd Annual Hopi Homolovi Rodeo and the “Bucking on the Corner” Bull riding Competition.

The Winslow Jaycees, who sponsor the West Best Rodeo, were also awarded a special events liquor license for the weekend of September 7 and 8.

One of the three proclamations approved and issued by the council declared the month of September as “Rodeo Days Month.” The proclamation encourages everyone to attend all the events being held at the Winslow Rodeo Grounds and “to dress in western attire during the month of September to bring the true feeling of the west to Winslow.”

The Council approved the Consent Calendar, which consisted of approving the purchase of a bumper crane for the wastewater division, which is included in the approved budget for the 2001-2002 Fiscal year.

The Council also rescheduled their regular meeting set for October 23 to Monday, October 22 due to the council members attending the Annual League of Cities and Town Conference in Yuma.

The City staff was instructed by the Mayor to conduct a study concerning the feasibility of closing alleys on Second and Third Streets from Prairie Road to Pope Street. The hope of the program is to keep vagrants out of the alleys in this area by placing gates leading into the alleyways. Residents of the area will be asked for their opinion on the matter.

Some concerns expressed were that residents who enter their garages or homes through those alleys would not be able to gain access. City Administrator John Roche said that if the gates are put up, residents would be issued keys so that they can get to their property through the gated alleys.

Another proclamation passed declared the week of September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week. This proclamation encourages all citizens to “observe the week with fitting celebrations. The Arizona Constitution Commemoration Committee will promote the observance statewide by cities, schools, churches, civic and business entities.”

The third proclamation declares September as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. During the month, advocates of substance use treatment will have the “opportunity to educate the public and policymakers about the effectiveness of treatment, both societal, and financial.”

The council heard first readings of two planned ordinances, one allowing the City to accept the donation of 16.11 acres from Swire Coca-Cola and the second allowing the City to acquire 2.8 acres west of the Hubbell Building from BNSF for $15,000, and the two ordinances were approved as read. If the ordinances are passed at a subsequent Council meeting the BNSF land will be used as parking to support downtown development. The Swire Coca-Cola facility will be cleaned up and sold or traded for economic growth.

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