After-school program in jeopardy of losing funds
Facing the loss of federal funds for the Winslow after-school program, the United People Who Care Organization (UPWCO) addressed the Winslow City Council about speeding up the renovation of their new location.
The city leased UPWCO was a building located at Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue in June 2001. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality required contaminated soil and ground water to be removed or cleared of toxins before allowing the group to move into the location.
The Governor’s Office on Housing Development awarded UPWCO grant money. This office was formerly known as the Department of Commerce. In order to receive their Community Development Block Grant funding, the group has to be in their new location by October 2002.
The city worked to clear the soil contamination and received word the problem was fixed but still needed final approval. During that approval, the issue of the contaminated ground water resurfaced and the ADEQ refused to clear the property. In order for the ground water issue to be resolved a new monitoring well must be installed at the site.
ADEQ is requiring two water samples taken 30 days apart that are free of contamination in order to clear the site. The samples cannot be taken without the well.
City Administrator John Roche believes completing the location and installation of the well by the October 2002 deadline is not feasible. At the end of May, he sent a request for an eight-month extension to complete the well replacement. The city is waiting to hear on this matter.
Council voted to wait to hear if the extension would be granted before taking any action about the replacement of the monitoring well.
Fiscal Year 2002-03
With the budget process beginning, each department head made a capital wish list that was given to the finance department to compare with current reserves. City staff recommended which large capital projects should be looked into further.
Some of the items recommended for purchase are new trucks for the parks and recreation department, stabilization of the Hubbell Trading Post and three patrol cars for the police department, as well as remodeling the dispatch center.
Staff also recommended the city purchase a used tractor trailer to move the large garbage receptacle at the transfer station and a snow plow truck with a spreader blade. Councilman Tom McCauley suggested purchasing a newer tractor trailer and a snow plow blade and combining the two into one vehicle. Roche said that was a possibility.
Council voted 5-1 to approve the city’s capital project recommendation for the upcoming fiscal year. McCauley voted no on the issue. He said he believes some were items that were a necessity and other items were too vaguely described.
The city will continue to receive a 2 percent bed tax from motel and hotel visitors to add to next year’s budget. They money raised by the newly adopted Ordinance No. 877, which put the tax into effect, will go toward promoting Winslow’s tourism industry.
Council adjourned to an executive session to review the City Attorney, Dale Patton’s, performance over the last year.
Patton was awarded a 5 percent increase in pay beginning with next fiscal year.
Council issued a proclamation declaring June 14 as National Small Cities Day. The concept of the day for small cities was set aside by the National League of Cities Small Cities Committee.
The proclamation encourages “cities, towns and villages to conduct activities on that day to highlight the different ways in which the federal government, state governments, organizations, businesses and citizens partner with small cities to build quality communities and better the lives of all citizens.”
Council approved Ordinance No. 879, which abandons a small plot of land, located on Campbell Avenue. The abandonment should have taken place years ago, but it never was brought to the council’s attention. The reason for the abandonment is that Winslow’s Motel 6 is located on the property and the owner is selling the business. The title company will not allow the transaction until the City of Winslow releases the property.
On the consent calendar, Council took the following action:
• Approved the check register.
• Appointment of Janice Griffith to the Winslow Historical Preservation Commission.
• Appointment of Maxine Barris and Gerald Matlow to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board.
• Approved payment of $298 to Brown and Brown of Pinetop for legal services in conjunction with the city’s water rights.
• Approved a $1,000 donation to the Fourth of July Fireworks Fund.
• Approved an annual advertising contract with the Winslow Mail.
• Approved the final payment of $1,451 for an aquifer protection permit for the wastewater treatment plant.
• Accepted a $500 donation from George Foehner in memory of his wife, Joanna, to the Winslow Fire Department EMS division. The money will be used to purchase a defibrillator trainer.
• Authorized repairs to the fire department’s roof and classroom ceiling at the fire station. A water leak lead to the damage. Charlie Hancock Building Inc. of Winslow was awarded the contract for the job.
• Authorized the purchase of new financial software system to be used by the financial department.
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