Salvation Army updates council on evacuee shelter

Tammy Ray of the Salvation Army hailed Winslow folks as extremely generous towards the evacuees of the Rodeo-Chediski fire.

Ray made her comments about Winslow residents in an update of the Winslow evacuee shelters at the Tuesday’s regular Winslow City Council meeting.

She explained the Salvation Army has about 125 families in the shelter housed in the Winslow High School gymnasium or camping in the parking lot. About 10 older people staying in the Bureau of Indian Affairs dorm across town.

“I love this town; we haven’t had to scrounge for supplies or volunteers,” she said. “All we have to say is ‘I need’ and it’s there.”

Winslow Mayor Jim Boles thanked the city staff who helped to set up the shelter.

“The community is really stepping up to the plate, but that is not a surprise to me,” he said.

“We are a community made up of great people.”

He reminded the public this problem would not be immediately fixed, but will continue for a long while.

Councilman Robin Boyd commented on how great it is the Salvation Army is having to turn volunteers away because they had enough to do the job.

Other business

• Winslow’s Finance Director Gina Reffner gave the monthly financial report and informed council the city is in a good “cash position,” going into the upcoming fiscal year.

• One of the many public forums held during the meeting was to gather information about rezoning Southside to allow manufactured or mobile homes. Simmie Lee Jones, a resident of Southside, returned a petition containing 29 signatures to the planning and zoning commission.

Jones addressed the council during the public forum and asked they allow the rezoning to occur. Council then held the first reading of the Ordinance No. 888. The final reading and approval will occur at a later meeting.

• Council approved Ordinance No. 890, which accepts the donation of property located at the northwest corner of Kinsley Avenue and First Street. The council used the emergency clause, which enables them to approve this item quickly.

This is the first downtown building that has been turned over to the city for stabilization as part of a recently implemented city program. The program requires downtown building owners to either stabilize their abandoned property or turn it over to the city for them to do the work. Then, if the city decides to sell the property, the original owners have the first chance to purchase it.

Winslow Emporium, LLC, was the prior owner of the building, which is currently estimated to be worth $15,000.

• Council held a public forum and then the second and third readings of Ordinance No. 876, which amends the section of the Winslow Municipal Code relating to Class I and Class II home occupations.

The ordinance keeps the ban on home occupations in the R1-12 residential zone in tact. At the time of the ordinance’s first reading, council instructed City Planner Jane Zukowski to gather opinions about this ban from the people who live in that area.

She reported the people who expressed opinion would like the ban to remain in place.

The ordinance was approved, keeping the home occupation ban in place.

• By passing Resolution No. 1231, council adopted the tentative 2002-03 budget that was presented by Reffner in a special meeting held prior to the regular meeting.

• Council adopted the Winslow General Plan by issued Resolution No. 1228.

• Council had the first reading of Ordinance No. 885, which set new guidelines and requirements for transient merchants.

Transient merchants wishing to sell items in Winslow will be required to submit an application with a 72-hour processing time, be fingerprinted and photographed by Winslow police, pay a $25 process fee for each peddler, solicitor, canvasser, transient or itinerant merchants or itinerant vendor, and pay daily license fees of $10. Vendors must also make their sale within the commercial zone of the city and provide written authorization from the property owner approving sales on their property.

This ordinance does not apply to residents of Winslow.

Councilman Bob Mansell cast the only no vote on this ordinance. The extra work by the police department and the 72-hour being too restrictive were the reasons he gave for opposing the ordinance.

• Council adopted Resolutions No. 1229 and No. 1230, which give the city’s support to two groups applying for TEA21 funds.

Arizona Department of Transportation is applying for the funds to complete the gardens at Winslow’s La Posada Hotel. The city is also applying for the funds to begin Phase II of the Downtown Renovation project.

These two groups are competing for the money in different categories, but funds would still be coming from the same place.

Consent calendar

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

• Approved the extension of a contract with Pat Schroeder of Practical Solutions of where to continue providing economic development services to the city. Councilman T.E. “Tommy Tee ” Thompson asked this item be removed from the calendar and discussed.

Thompson stated he had no problem with Schroeder, but felt the city could do a better job with a full-time employee instead of a consultant. He also asked why the city couldn’t use the demographics collected by the Arizona Department of Commerce in that past.

Boles explained data collected over the past six months by Schroeder has shown positive results.

Thompson was the only opposition to extending Schroeder’s contract.

• Approved the transfer of funds to pay for legal services to Gust Rosenfeld of where in conjunction with the city’s Bond Election.

• Approved the purchase of a Speed Screed SOLO machine, which enables one worker to strike-off concrete instead of several persons. The contract was awarded to Border Products Corp. of Phoenix for $1,830.

• Approved the payment of $1,379 to Arizona Department of Environment Quality for the plan review of the closure of the city’s solid waste facility.

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