“My concern is that I would hate to spend too much money on Buckskinner Park because when we try to use it in the summer, it’s often closed due to fire danger,” said Councilman Don Dent, adding that council members may discuss the issue further at an upcoming council retreat.
Dent’s concern came with an alternative — that the city focus its efforts on turning the county-owned night-use-only grounds at Cataract Lake into a day-use camp.
Some at the meeting, such as Councilman Pat Carpenter, felt that if the city had the opportunity to secure a grant, they should go for it.
However, receiving the grant — which would be another Heritage grant derived from Arizona State Lottery sales — means that the city would have to provide matching funds. With a projected price tag of about $296,000 for the improvements and a grant amount of $141,000 applied for, the city’s part would be upwards of $155,000.
Planned improvements include constructing all-new restrooms — the bulk of the cost — turning the old restrooms into storage, fencing off the park’s main grounds to prevent future vandalism, adding parking, bike racks, barbecue grills, and wheelchair-accessible pathways.
• Representing 4-Site Investments, Robert Herman of Woodson Engineering detailed the company’s plans for a 40-lot subdivision north of Kaibab Estates in regards to a water approval request. Lots will be sold empty, but with infrastructure present and Herman said certain conditions, covenants and restrictions will be in place to ensure all homes will be stick-built rather than manufactured and are within a certain size range.
Council members were concerned about adding more traffic to Quarterhorse Road, which would still be the main ingress/egress for the project and decided to discuss the possibility of eventually creating or extending another road in that area at their Feb. 22 retreat.
• Council approved a request by Mark Kesauer, chairman of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona, for sponsorship and a waiver of usage fees for this year’s HAMfest.
Kesauer was excited about the prospect of having the event in Williams again, saying the group received much better treatment than at their last location at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff.
“That was the number-one compliment that we got was that the people here were great — they were just super,” Kesauer said.
• Council approved a $500 donation request from Williams Senior Center Director Armando Padilla to help pay for uniforms for kids involved with the Williams Folklorico Mexican Dance classes, which he teaches.
“The costumes are getting tattered and the shoes are wearing out,” Padilla explained, adding that some new costumes are needed for new members and that he would like to hold a pizza party for the dancers — something they haven’t been able to do in a while, Padilla said.