City Council approves tentative FY 2004-2005 Winslow City budget

According to Regina J. Reffner, the City of Winslow is in good shape financially. Reffner delivered this announcement during her presentation of the Monthly Financial Report for May 2004, on June 22 at the regular City Council meeting.

Citywide YTD revenues currently exceed YTD expenditures by $529,000,” Reffner said. “Cash and investments total $9.4 million with $4.7 million designated for debt service repayment or other restricted uses and $4.7 million in regular cash and investments.”

Reffner further reported that May revenues were $1,138,000 citywide, and that the General Fund is currently just under $5.1 million, or 79% of revenue projections. City Sales tax is coming in about 8% higher than this time last fiscal year.

HURF (Highway User Revenue Fees) revenues are currently at $1,150,000, or 78% of anticipated revenues. Enterprise Funds, Reffner said, show water sales at just over $1 million, sanitation fees are at $966,000 and sewer fees are at $747,000 of estimated revenues, among others.

The Citywide expenditures for the month of May were $806,000, Reffner said, bringing YTD expenditures to almost $10.9 million.

“At this time, the city reflects a sound overall financial position. Every department and fund is spending within their approved expenditure budget for this time of year,” Reffner concluded.

Moving on, Councilwoman Judy Howell asked that a note to Mayor Jim Boles concerning pigeon eradication in the city of Winslow be read into the minutes.

“The citizens of Winslow deserve to know what has been done,” Howell stated.

Councilwoman Dee Rodriguez called attention to the new shirts several council members were wearing and thanking the city for them.

Boles invited the public to a retirement party being held for Linda Sampson the following day in the City Hall Conference room.

Marshall Larsen was introduced as the new City Inspector.“We’re honored to have you on board,” Boles said.

Boles also reported that the groundbreaking ceremony held earlier in the day at First Street and Kinsley was well attended, saying that this beginning of Phase One of the Downtown Renaissance Linear Park will be a step in bringing the downtown to its envisioned beauty.

Having attended the Regional Transportation Meeting hosted by the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), Boles also reported that he has been in contact with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) concerning the extension of Mike’s Pike, with the closure of Highway 283. This closure, Boles said, spurred him to ask ADOT to assist the City of Winslow in making the pavement thicker on Mike’s Pike in order to ensure that heavier traffic use would not destroy that road.

Councilwoman Howell questioned Reffner about several checks on the check register, which Reffner clarified to the satisfaction of the board. Further, City Manager John Roche was questioned by Howell about the use of the Print Place for a printing job when she believed that there were two companies within the city that could have performed this job.

Roche explained that the printing job in question was a situation where the Fire Department ordered forms that had already been created at the print facility in question, and that to have these forms reset in town would create further expense. Also, Roche mentioned that to his knowledge, there were not two print companies in town that could have done this job.

Howell also expressed concern for Suzy Wetzel, stating that she had a problem with the combination of positions that would increase Wetzel’s workload.

“I have watched Linda [Sampson] over the years, and I believe that the position of City Clerk and Treasurer is a full time job,” Howell said.

John Roche explained that when Wetzel had been offered the job, she accepted it with the understanding that if the combined duties were too much for her to perform, that the City would work with her.

Councilman Harold Schoener added that the position and its duties were discussed, and the combination of duties was the best way for the city for the time being.

Boles said that the position was “not etched in stone.”

Councilman Robin Boyd put in his two cents’ worth by saying that if the duties undertaken by Wetzel were overwhelming for her, the city was “not going to make Suzy hold to that.”

Other action taken by the City Council included the approval of the Check Register, the approval of a quote to install and set up high speed Internet hardware and software and authorize payment, the approval of Service Goals recommended for the Winslow Public Library by the Community-Based Planning Committee and the approval of emergency payment for repairs to damaged telephone cable by Parks Department.

The council also presented Certificates of Appreciation to businesses voluntarily refraining from selling alcoholic beverages prior to 10 a.m. (See related story.)

Linda Sampson gave the Oath of Office to new City Clerk/Treasurer Suzy Wetzel.

The council also approved the tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2004-2005, as well as other resolutions presented for the council’s consideration.

Following a proclamation expressing the city’s appreciation to Linda Sampson for her dedication and service to the City of Winslow, the meeting was adjourned.

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