City closes another alley due to the presence of fecal matter

During the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, April 27, the Winslow City Council unanimously approved the closure of the alley from Berry to Hicks Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets.

The council also unanimously approved payment of $1,200 for the cost of fencing off the alley. The matter came to the councilÕs attention after Winslow citizen John Larson asked his neighbors to sign a petition to have the alley closed off due to human waste left in he alley by Òstreet people.Ó

The council also heard from City Finance Director Regina Reffner, who gave the third quarter financial report for 2004.

ÒThrough the end of the third quarter of 2003-04, the city has expanded 56 percent of its budgeted expenders while receiving 64 percent of estimated revenues. We closed March books with $4.5 million in restricted funds and $4.6 million in regulate cash and investimates, for a total of $ 9.1 million. É At this time, the city reflects a sound overall financial position. However, initial budget operating requests for FY 04-05 indicate a tight budget for next year in many of the funds, including the general fund, HURF and wastewater,Ó Reffner said.

The council also approved the following on the consent calendar:

· Approved payment of $1,555.56 to Transource Computers in Phoenix for a computer for the municipal court.

· Approved payment of $112,000 to be awarded to Stephen Thompson for architectural services at the new Municipal Complex.

· Approved payment of $1,900 to be used to appraise city property on Flemming Street between the Indian Hospital and the cemetery.

· Approved payment of $4,560 to be used for installation of communications tower at the new municipal com-plex.

· Approved blanket agreement with the U.S. Forest Service for landing and tie down fees at the Winslow Lindbergh Regional Airport.

Council also took the following consideration and actions. Mayor Jim Boles made a proclamation honoring the Friends of the Winslow Library on their tenth anniversary. Boles also proclaimed May 10-15 Police Officers Week as well as May 13 as Police Memorial Day in the city of Winslow and also proclaimed May 2-8 as Drinking Water Week in Winslow.

The council also: adopted Resolution 1280, declaring as public record Municipal Code, Title 6, Animals, Chapters 6.04, 6.08, 6.12 and 6.16; approved the first reading of Ordinance 946; and, approved Resolution 1279, authorizing the city to enter into a grant with the Federal Aviation Administration for airport improve-ments.

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