WINSLOW, Ariz. - Scott Lancaster gave updates on needed improvements at the City Pool during the Oct. 23 regular meeting of the Winslow City Council. Three projects are going out for bid - mechanical replacements, bathhouse overhaul, and pool plastering. Lancaster also detailed necessary cemetery maintenance issues on hold due to unavailable labor.
Next on the agenda, Paul Ferris discussed Pioneer Forest Products' progress towards building a one million square foot facility. Pioneer is in the process of purchasing 500 acres. The company's financing arrangements are moving forward with one lender committed to funding the entire $225 million necessary for the project.
Concord Blue USA has contracted to purchase the company's Biomass products. In January, Pioneer will begin forest cleaning and use existing wood processing plants until their facility in Winslow is up and running. Pioneer is supporting job training for welders and electricians. Overall, 65 percent of the timber will come from the Coconino National Forest. Pioneer is working with the city of Winslow to provide appropriate truck routes for commercial hauling through Winslow.
According Alan Rosenbaum, animal shelter heaters are being installed soon. Winslow received a $5,000 grant to spay and neuter dogs and cats.
City Engineer Mark Woodson said that Route 66 Park and Transcon Lane improvements are held up at the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). A total of $600,000 in street improvements have been completed. Woodson complimented the contractor as being very efficient. City staff is reviewing the condition of manholes and fire hydrants to determine available service life.
In other business, council members approved an updated liquor license for Mavrick. An ADOT Aviation grant has been approved for taxiway upgrades to Winslow Lindberg Regional Airport. An attempt to clarify the City's towing and storage rules was tabled for a future meeting.
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