WPD adds four-legged police officer to the force

By L. Parsons

Winslow Police Chief Dan Brown addressed the Winslow City Council last week. He explained that the department has spent $15,130 on a one-year-old Belgian Malinois K-9, with dual purpose as a narcotics dog and a patrol dog. “It sounds like a lot of money,” Brown stated, “but that also includes the training and the housing for the K-9 officer.”

Winslow Police Officer Alejandro Barron has been selected to handle the animal and will begin socializing with the dog on Nov. 24. Training for Barron alongside the K-9 will take place in January. Brown explained, “Barron will stay with the animal 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He will be given what is called ‘kennel time’ each day to feed and exercise the animal.” According to Brown, the dog is very social and will make a visit to the council chambers after training is complete.

Funding for the purchase and training of the animal come from the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act. Brown explained, “Law enforcement agencies receive $10,000 per year as participating agencies. Our starting balance in that account was $17,164.76, after the purchase of the dog, we have a remaining balance of $2,034.76.

Also on the agenda for the council was a request to waive vendor fees and assist the chamber of commerce for the 71st annual Christmas Parade. Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce Bob Hall wrote, “This is a letter of request for co-sponsorship assistance from the City, more specifically, assistance from the Winslow Streets Department, and the Winslow Police Department for logistical matters on the day of the event.” The council approved the motion unanimously.

Elias Jouen presented the monthly financial report, which showed that 
the year-to-date revenue total for the city is $3.7 million, and the year-to-date expenditure total is $5 million, which includes the $1.3 million paid out in September for the ongoing wastewater treatment plant improvement project.

Animal Control Officer Stratton Salyers presented the quarterly report from the Animal Control Facility. In the report, Salyers explained that four animals were euthanized in each of the months from August to September. Councilwoman Judy Howell asked for clarification on the number and Salyers explained that it was purely coincidental and that no animals had been euthanized for reasons other than injury, illness, or incurable aggressive behavior.

Salyers also noted that the Animal Control Facility is offering half priced adoptions until 2018.

Another presentation was made by Navajo County Health Department Program Coordinator Kim Curley on the effects of smoking and tobacco use. Members of the Anti-Tobacco Coalition from Winslow High School joined Curley to show the council the presentation they take to local and rural schools to help educate younger students.

In other business, the council:

* Adopted the canvass of votes and election returns for the special election held Nov. 7, which resulted in the passing of Proposition 411, which is an extension on the existing two percent tax levy on restaurants and bars that funds capital improvements.

* Adopted an ordinance for an amendment to the Airport Lease and Operational Management Agreement between the City of Winslow and Wiseman Aviation, Inc. The amendment according to Pauken, “is substantially the same as the 
original agreement except that the fees have been simplified to a single, flat fee, with annual increases.”

* Approved the reappointment of members Steve Pauken and Ken Evans to the Municipal Property Corporation as their terms end Nov. 17.

The next meeting of the Winslow City Council will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the council chambers, located at 115 E. Second St. The public is invited to attend.