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Maribelle Ogilvie appointed to fill City Council vacancy

Maribelle Ogilvie, Winslow resident and Superintendent of Joseph City Schools, was recently appointed to the fill the vacancy left of the Winslow City Council due ot the passing of Councilman “Tommy T” Thompson.

The appoint began advertising the open vacancy on Dec. 24, 2003. Ten applicants sent in their resume and letter of interest for the vacancy.

The ten applicants were: Maribelle Ogilvie, Judy Howell, Mike King, Dan Simmons, Bill Herron, Mary Margaret Gonzalas, Adreine Goldtooth, D. Jeffery Portirica and Robert Carr.

During the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, on Tuesday, Jan. 13 the Council appointed Maribelle Ogilvie to the position. Councilman Robert Mansell put Ogilvie’s name on the table, there was a second, and then the council voted to appoint Ogilvie.

Mansell said he had spoken with Ogilvie about his intentions to nominate her. He said she was not able to attend the Council meeting because she had a prior meeting to attend and was not able to dismiss herself.

Parts of Ogilvie’s letter of interest read:

I have been a resident of Winslow for the past 7 years during that time I have become active in the community and country through membership and leadership positions in So optimist International of Winslow, Rotary International of Holbrook and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

These memberships have allowed me the opportunity to volunteer in a number of community projects including-- Relay for life, Standin’ on the Corner Celebrations, Friends of the Library, Family Resource Center, Annual Festival of the trees, Winslow Rotary Saturday Graffiti Clean-up, blood drives, Women’s Club Holiday home tour, Country Fair Gates, and concessions at the rodeo grounds.

In fall 2000, my husband Ken and I began work on the establishment of Alice’s place, a shelter for Domestic Violence. Our efforts have now become a community wide project. In the beginning I served on the Board. Now my efforts are directed to supporting Ken, the current Board, and community in continuing this much needed community resource to completion. I have learned over the years that service to one’s community is the most important contribution a person can do to make a difference.

My professional background is education. Shortly after arriving in Winslow, I was hired by the Joseph City Unified School District as the district’s Superintendent.

CouncilI have served in that position for the past 6.5 years. This experience has provided me the opportunity to show leadership and commitment. I have knowledge of procurement laws, working with large budgets, working as a team member for the good of the organization, and so much more. I believe these talents would serve me well as a member of the Winslow City Council.

Since Ogilvie was not present at the time of appointment, the Council decided to wait until the next scheduled City Council meeting on Jan. 27 to swear her into her seat.

The Council heard from Congressman Rick Renzi’s area representative, Chris Udall. Udall informed the Council that Renzi is really interested in what is going on in Winslow and is trying to do all he can to try and understand the needs of Winslow.

Udall also informed the Council that he would be attending the City Council meetings regularly.

Also during the meeting the Council approved the following on the consent calendar:

* Approved the refund for water tap-in and sewer connection fees from seven projects.

* Approved the transfer of funds from the Wastewater Contingency fund to sludge removal and disposal fund.

* Approved emergency purchase and payment of parts and labor for repairs to generator transfer switch and purchase order amount increase.

* Approved acceptance of a pool table donated by Dr. F.J. McCormick to the Winslow Fire Department.

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

* Approved contract for the city indoor pool modifications and transfer of funds and payment.

* Accepted a domestic violence grant for the Police Department.

* Approved the purchase of operations computer server for the Police Department.

* Authorized the purchase and payment of computer software for the Police Department.

The Council also approved the budget for Phase II of the Downtown Redevelopment Project and adopted resolution No. 1267 expressing the City Council’s appreciation to the Downtown Vision Task Force and the Winslow Business Association Downtown Advisory Board.

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