EPA looking at using UST removal program as example

During the administrator reports of the Winslow City Council, City Administrator Jim Ferguson noted that he had a good meeting with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He said they have been watching the Arizona Underground Storage Tank Removal Program on Historic Route 66, and are interested in using it as a model program.

Ferguson said they want to do more with it, including taking it to a national level. He said they also want to take it to a new level by helping the property owners redevelop properties from which tanks are removed.

Ferguson added that the EPA wants to help make property owners more aware of the program and work to create better partnerships between agencies involved and property owners.

Ferguson said that the next meeting with the EPA is scheduled in January.

"They are looking at just Holbrook and Winslow," Ferguson said.

Mayor Jim Boles noted that the deadline to apply at the state level for removal is in June of 2006.

In other action Nov. 8, the council:

* Approved purchase/upgrade of a channel monster for the Wastewater plant, and approved payment and the transfer of funds in the amount of $11,000.

* Approved purchase and payment to DeSpain Environmental Management for removing and disposing of asbestos from the Council on Aging Center roof in the amount of $2,400.

* Awarded a $10,500 bid to Charlie Hancock Building of Winslow for installation of a torch down roof system for the Council on Aging Center, and approved payment.

* Authorized the transfer of $8,908 in funds from the other professional services fund to the street improvements fund to cover additional costs to the Winslow Heights Street Improvement Project.

* Reappointed Gayle Kasulaitis to the Historic Preservation Commission, with the new term to end September 2008.

* Approve a special events liquor license for the IBPOE of Winslow #1267 for Nov. 11, 18, 19, 25 and 26, and Dec. 2,3 and 24 for fund raising activities.

* Approved the first reading on an ordinance to amend the schedule of rates, fees and charges, to allow the maximum charge of $25 for insufficient funds, or returned check fees, from the current charge of $20.

* Approved by resolution renewal of refuse collection contract between the city and Waste Management and the Waste Disposal Contract between the City and Pen-Rob.

City Administrator Jim Ferguson noted the only change was that the two contracts would be tied together, so that if the collection contract is terminated, the disposal contract will also terminate.

* Approved by resolution reversal of a property split of 6.2 acres of APN 103-54-001 on the south side of Mike's Pike, west of Dollar General as per Jim O'Haco's request.

* Approved by resolution a property split on a 1.23 acre portion of APN 103-54-001 on the south side of Mike's Pike west of Dollar General.

* Following an executive session for legal advice on the purchase, sale or lease of real property, discussion of reversionary clause and possible extension of agreement for properties located at First Street and Kinsley Avenue, the council took no action.

* Following an executive session for a personnel matter, discussion of planning position, the council took no action, but directed staff to bring back more information to the next council meeting.

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