Housing Complex Plans Discussed

The possibility of increasing housing in Winslow came prior to the regular meeting of the Winslow City Council. An executive session was held with representatives from Lewis and Roca Lawyers to look at the proposal.

Later in the meeting, the council adopted a resolution approving the submittal of an application to enter into an agreement with Prison City Housing Development to build a multi-family housing complex aimed at Arizona Department of Correction employees.

The proposed development will be a 40-unit complex that is projected to cover three acres. A market study was completed by Market Analysis, Inc. and showed a demand for 37 rental units.

The costs is projected at $3 million dollar that would be financed from tax exempt bonds, Prison City Housing Development Fund and the city’s contribution of approximately $100,000 in land. The annual payment of $173,000 would be paid from income generated from the 40 units.

Lieutenant Mary Ann Smith, paramedic with the Winslow Fire Department, gave a presentation on the department’s new cardiac monitor defibrillator. The council had approved purchasing the new device towards the end of 2000.

Smith took the time to explain what the device is capable of doing for the department. She said the defibrillator has been used once in its first month to restart a woman’s heart that had stopped.

Smith informed the council that Emergency Medical Technicians can use the new machine to do certain functions, but if a paramedic arrives on the scene the machine can be changed to a fuller range of options with the push of a button.

The device is also equipped with a modem. Once the transport truck is equipped with cell phones, heart rate readings can be faxed to the hospital while in route.

The new machine is compatible with Winslow Memorial Hospital’s heart machines, enabling the hospital to use the same pads without changing to a new set, as in the past.

The council held the first reading of amendments to the Winslow Municipal Code’s personnel section. They adopted a resolution declaring the proposed amendments to the city’s Personnel Code public record. The amendments can be read at City Hall.

The council approved the appointment of Bonnie Garret to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The council adopted a resolution in support of creating a Navajo Regional Health Consortium of Neighboring Communities.

Cities bordering the reservation are currently fighting behavioral problem. A consortium has been proposed as a way to combine efforts with the Navajo Nation to solve this issue.

The council held the first reading of Ordinance No. 882, which would allow for a land exchange between the city and Winslow Unified School District. The city’s land, located at Pope and Maple Streets, would be used by the school district as the bus fleet’s home. The school district will trade land located just west of the cemetery in exchange for the city’s land.

The district’s land was appraised at a higher value, so the city will make up the difference by providing labor to the district.

The council presented two proclamations. The first went to Earl and Charlene Benham for their 53 years of service to the citizens of Winslow. The proclamation thanked them for their “charitable efforts” and wished them a happy retirement. The Benhams were not able to attend, so the award will be delivered to them.

The council also awarded Loy Engelhardt, of KINO Radio, a proclamation celebrating his 25 years in the radio business. Englehardt was present to accept the proclamation and a standing ovation from all those present.

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

• Awarded a bid to install two variable frequency drivers at the Wastewater Treatment Plant to N. J. Shaum and Sons out of Flagstaff.

• Approved the purchase of a Helisieve unit for the wastewater plant. A Helisieve unit separates various material, such as plastic, from the effluent water before it is processed. This part was specifically designed for the city of Winslow’s plant and must be purchased from Parkson Corporation for $2,200.

• Approved change orders for the Landfill Closure. Mayor Boles removed this item from the consent calendar to define a change order. City Administrator John Roche explained that these orders are to recover garbage that has been uncovered by the elements before the permanent cover is placed on the landfill.

Roche added that 10 percent of the landfill closure budget was set aside for change orders and only five percent has been used.

• Approved the following policy change in the Addition of a Family Member section of the Section 8 and low rent public housing programs:

Minors may be added by: birth, adoption, court appointment of guardianship, or return of temporarily absent minor children.

In general, adults (regardless of relationship) may not be added to the household.

Adults may be added: by marriage; by one-time addition of “the other parent” of a child already in the family, or household, if a medical condition can only be met by the addition of that particular related-adult to the household, as documented by a medical doctor; (if a doctor documents that there is a medical need for a live-in-aide to care for an elderly, handicapped, or disabled person, the live-in-aide may reside in the home, but they will not be counted as a family members.

• Approved payment to Steptoe and Johnson, attorneys, for the revisions to the Winslow Municipal Code.

• Approved the purchase of a tire for the city’s Trojan Loader, from Golightly Tire of Flagstaff for $1,700 (including installation).

• Approved the purchase of new poly metaforms for the Street Division to replace curbs and gutters.

• Approved payment for the legal services in conjunction with the city’s water rights.

• Authorized the city staff to seek bids for a new one million-gallon water tank and recoating the existing water tanks.

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