Army Corps of Engineers Winslow Levee exam encouraging

WINSLOW, Ariz. - A recent examination of the Winslow Levee on the Little Colorado River gave reason to believe that the Army Corps of Engineers will be valuable in making the levee effective, and possibly removing much of Winslow from the flood plain, according to Winslow City Manager Jim Ferguson.

He said that Colonel Mark Toy of the Corps was at the meeting and brought construction people with him.

Also attending the meeting were Arizona Sen. John McCain and Rep. Paul Gosar. Ferguson said that seven people toured the area and that the inspection could well prove to be productive.

He also spoke of the oriented strand board (OSB) plant project, which would bring a plant to Winslow to clear forests of material that is often a cause of forest fires and use the materials to make building materials. while

The rash of forest fires is just one reason this project may get Congress' attention now. Given the concern over spending, this project would give the government to turn what has been an expense for them into a profit making operation. The company hoping to build the OSB plant would pay for the material it uses which the government now pays to have removed. This would appear to make the proposal of interest to the Forest Service and Congress.

Another topic Ferguson spoke of was the public meeting set for tomorrow at the Winslow High School Performing Arts Center. Arizona State Department of Corrections Director Chuck Ryan and representatives of LaSalle Corrections will be there to share information and answer questions regarding a private prison being built and operated by LaSalle Corrections in Winslow. He said that it would be beneficial for the city to be the site of a 1,000 bed private prison and suggested that citizens interested in the proposal attend the 6 p.m. meeting.

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