How To Spend Millions All In One Place?<br>Budget Planning Process Begins For 2003

People wishing to ask for funding from the Winslow City Council had their chance at a meeting held April 9. A public forum allowing representatives of groups to request their organization be included on the city’s fiscal 2003 budget was part of the meeting.

The first to address the council was Pat Raygor of the Winslow Council on Aging. She requested the city allot the Winslow Senior Center a budget of $40,000, as in the previous year. The center provides lunches for senior citizens at the Winslow Senior Center five days a week due to city funds, donations from the United Way and money from federal and state entities. If the city awards the center $40,000, the organization will still have to raise $17,000 to meet their budget.

Glenn Howeth, representing the Standin’ On The Corner Foundation, asked the city to allot the organization $5,000. This year, the city donated a total of $4,072 to the foundation for the Standin’ On The Corner Celebration held in October.

Janice Griffith, director of Old Trails Museum, requested the council include the museum on the budget for next year. Griffith said the building is in need of refurbishing and the amount of revenues the museum was bringing in from calendars, T-shirts and other items has severely dropped since September 11.

Organizations still wishing to ask for financial support from the council are encouraged to get letters of request in to the finance department as soon as possible.

The council also heard a report by Loren Sadler, a local architect hired as a consultant to work with the Downtown Vision. Sadler described the vision of the Downtown Task Force. The task force is made up by Becky Barris, Janice Griffith, Greg Hackler, Lorraine Lucero, Sandi Martinez, Dan Simmons and Conrad Spencer. They have been working on the vision for the downtown renovations since the summer of 2001.

The council adopted the vision and a strategy to fund the first phase of the renovations, which will be the First Street Park. City Administrator John Roche estimated the total cost of the park to be $800,000.

Five hundred thousand dollars was gained by a grant the city received. He explained $300,000 to finish the project could be obtained from the sale of city-owned land. The Coca-Cola Plant and the Economic Development Building were recently sold for that amount.

The council adopted the vision, mission statements and slogan for the city of Winslow that were created by a sub-committee after the Strategic Planning Session. The slogan for Winslow reads, Discover Winslow: A City in Motion.

The vision for the city reads: Winslow is a dynamic prosperous community, which affords opportunities for everyone to participate and contribute to our continued success.

The mission statement for the city reads: The mission of the Winslow city government is to provide leadership and services that foster a healthy community, while striving for customer satisfaction.

Councilwoman Dee Rodriguez announced the city’s clean-up team received a $500 grant from Arizona Clean and Beautiful. The grant was funded by Home Depot and will be used to purchase tools.

During the unscheduled appearance section of the meeting, Lewis Tenney, Navajo County Supervisor, addressed the council. Tenney is running for Congressman of the new rural Arizona district, District 1.

The council approved Resolution No. 1218, which accepts the public improvements at Santa Fe Subdivision. Subdivision developers are responsible for creating the streets, gutters, curbs, and water, sewer and drainage improvements in the division. The city then accepts the infrastructures as part of their street system for maintenance.

The council approved Resolution No. 1222, supporting the police department’s seeking grants from the governor’s office. The resolution approves Police Chief Stephen Garnett’s submission of projects for the Arizona’s 2003 Highway Safety Plan.

The grant will be used to augment existing traffic enforcement equipment and to bring evidence from police cars into a courtroom as evidence.

The council approved Resolution No. 1221, which establishes the date and time of the regular election. The election will be held May 21 at city hall. Voters will fill the positions of mayor and three council members, as well as vote on the recall of the current mayor and all six of the current council members. Also on the ballot will be a bond issue in the amount of $5 million to go towards park and recreation improvements, a new city library and a recreational center.

The council passed Ordinance No. 883, which adopts the updates and amendments to the personnel section of the Winslow Municipal Code. The amendments will bring the code into compliance with federal and state employment laws.

The council held the second and third readings for this amendment at their meeting held April 9. The updates were then sent back to staff for the final editing. The finalized amendments were presented to the council and approved.

The council held the first reading of Ordinance No. 884, which authorized the sale of city property located at 1520 West Third Street to the Winslow School Employees Federal Credit Union.

The council issued a proclamation declaring April as Fair Housing Month.

The council also issued a proclamation recognizing Randy Hummel for his volunteer effort in the city-wide clean-up.

On the consent calendar, the council took the following action:

• Authorized a contract with Gannett Fleming for consulting on the improvements of runways and taxiways at the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport.

• Authorized the staff to request a cultural inventory from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The survey will be done to find what people consider the cultural history of Winslow to be. The information will be used to decide on public art displayed in the downtown area. The survey will be done for $500 by the commission.

• Awarded a contract for constructing a one-million gallon water storage tank for $276,000 to Edison-Brown Minneapolis Tank Company. A contract for the re-coating of the existing tanks was awarded to American Eagle Coating Company for $115,000.

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