The Fredonia Town Council last Tuesday began with public comment from Russ Funk of Sunrise Engineering. Funk gave a brief update on the water project. He stated it is “going really well.”  About half of the pipe for the project is in the ground with an approximate completion date of March 15.

Town Manager Dan Watson informed the council he had been in contact with two cell phone tower companies. One would like to place towers on the water tanks, and the other would like to build an actual tower. Both would improve cell phone service for the community, but the second seems like a better option for several reasons, one being that they would pay to lease the land the tower is on. Watson stated he would continue to work on the issue.

Watson discussed the Community Development Block Grant public hearing held the day prior. He briefly explained the expected funding and competitive grant that could also be applied for. Watson informed the council members who were not present at the hearing of the possible projects to be looked at for funding.

The council moved into executive session with the town attorneys to discuss the first two agenda items; the water project with regard to ADOT right of way, and the Fredonia Humane Society building agreement. Upon reconvening in regular session, the council directed a letter to be issued regarding the water project. They decided to take no action regarding the Humane Society building.

Dixon Spendlove approached the council with his idea for the Welcome Center. He suggested a 501c3 be established and a museum created at the rest area. He would then allow the museum to use his extensive collection of Anasazi artifacts. Spendlove feels once the museum is established, other collectors may also allow their artifacts to be displayed at the location. The museum could be a significant draw to the area. The council expressed their excitement for the idea and requested more research be done regarding allowable uses for the facility and costs associated with the conversion.

Sonya Kimball presented the council with the plans for this year’s holiday light parade and dinner. She said it would be on December 16, beginning at 5 p.m. with dinner and Santa. She explained that this year Fredonia and Kanab would be holding their light parades on the same evening, but at different times so the floats from each community can participate in both.   

Dinner will be chicken chili or regular chili with cornbread and dessert. Cost will be $5 per person or $25 per family of six or less. It will be available before and after the parade.

The council approved the second reading of the change to the town code allowing recycling facilities in industrial zones with a Conditional Use Permit.

The council reviewed a proposed Fireworks Code. The State of Arizona recently approved the sale of certain types of fireworks. Now the town must decide the regulations to impose on said fireworks. The council decided to table the issue for further review.

The council then approved posting for the part time town office position.

Finally, Watson presented the council with a proposal for changed office hours. He explained by switching to four ten-hour days, the community could be better served. He proposed the office be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This would give many residents the ability to conduct business in the office before and/or after they go to work. The council agreed to try it on a three-month trial basis beginning in December to be reviewed at the first council meeting in March.