By Naomi Hatch
The traditional 4th of July firing of the anvil went a new direction, traveling from East Center Street to West Center Street, and no motorized vehicles were allowed along the route. Walkers were encouraged, and buses were on hand to take people from Rodeo Park back to the city ball field.
“I think it’s something we need to have going forward,” said Mayor Dave Smith, noting that Councilman Kyle Peck has agreed to head an anvil parade committee. Also on the committee are Snowflake-Taylor Police Chief Larry Scarber, Taylor-Snowflake Fire & Medical Chief Clint Burden, Carol Owens and Loyelin Aceves.
“This committee will give suggestions on how they would like to run it (the firing of the anvil) next year, and possibly the following years,” explained the mayor.
“I would love to have a say in it,” said Vice Mayor Shawn Palmer, asking if it would go through the Special Days/Special Events Committee, of which he is a member. Mayor Smith said that it will come before the council.
A motion to establish a 4th of July Anvil Parade Committee passed unanimously.
In other business Town Manager Gus Lundberg requested that the town establish an employee 457 plan. Lundberg explained that this would be similar to a government employee 401K. He said he had identified Nationwide as a carrier. One option offers this at no cost to the employer or employee, but it is a guaranteed return rate that right now is at three percent. He explained that it is a fixed rate with no fees. Lundberg was notified the day of the council meeting that Nationwide would require a resolution on the matter approved by the council. The council unanimously approved establishing an employee 457 plan and will consider a resolution in August.
The council unanimously approved awarding a $222,701 contract for the Airport Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI) and Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) project to the Pavex Corp.
This project will replace runway and indicator lights that are obsolete. Lundberg said that eight companies came to the pre-bid meeting, but only three bid proposals were received, including Rural Electric, Inc.’s $384,922.20 bid and Roadway Electric LLC’s $621,670 bid. The engineer’s estimate for the project totaled $312,355.60.
Councilman Fay Hatch noted that many years ago he installed the existing lights for approximately $40,000. “We got our money’s worth,” he commented.
The council unanimously approved continuing an intergovernmental agreement with Navajo County Court Collection and Criminal Justice Services.
Lundberg said such an agreement has been in place since 2011. It allows the county attorney to work out a deal for the town to prosecute misdemeanors in Justice Court, and costs the town less than $7,000 a year, the same amount that Snowflake pays.