By Toni Gibbons
The Holbrook City Council met on Jan. 23, with City Clerk Cher Reyes providing the council with the final draft of the rules, regulations and prices for the plots at the new cemetery addition. In a later interview, Reyes said the toughest thing in the process was nailing down the 15-mile radius requirement. “We are literally getting the milepost numbers to be as accurate as possible.” The draft will be brought before the council at the Feb. 27 meeting for approval. The draft and radius chart can be viewed by going to the city website at www.ci.holbrook.az.us, then Government, Agendas and the Regular Meeting 01-23-2018 link to review the agenda.
Holbrook Police Chief Mark Jackson updated the board on the progress of hiring new officers and getting the Lexipol Policy Management Software implemented. At the meeting he said that one of his officers has applied to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and will probably be gone this month, but noted that the department was still in good shape.
Two new cadets have been hired and started their The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board training this week. One certified officer is looking to hire on later this month and another withdrew his application. Jackson is taking more applications to fill that position.
In a follow-up interview, Jackson shared that he and Lieutenant Jack Arend have 106 of the 161 sections of the Lexipol ready for issue with the remaining 55 sections is expected to be finished by the end of March.
Jackson said the main advantage of the Lexipol is that it gives officers electronic access to a policy manual that is user-friendlier and is continually being updated to adhere to the most recent changes in the law.
During the meeting council also ratified the vote of the Holbrook Volunteer Fire Department to keep Phillip Rose as Fire Chief for 2018. City Manager Randy Sullivan said that each year the volunteer firefighters vote on a chief for their organization and Rose was again their choice. He went on to say that Rose has been good for the department and for the city.
Sullivan also gave an update on the ongoing street repairs. He noted that the concrete debris is being hauled to the golf course and the crews were able to do several sidewalk repairs on Eighth Avenue.
In a later interview, Sullivan said that the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff’s Posse worked with Tucson Electric Power to have the two storage containers placed at the Lewis Park softball field near the concession stand donated to the city. He said, “The containers were bigger than expected, but will be used for storage by at least three different organizations, including the city.”
Jennifer Hernandez with Expect More Arizona was in attendance and encouraged the council to consider a joint resolution with the Holbrook Unified School District to support a statewide postsecondary attainment goal and world-class education for all students. The council unanimously agreed to adopt the resolution.
The next council meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27.