BOS Special Meeting Minutes – 08/10/2017


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August 10, 2017
St. Johns, Arizona

Present were: Chairman Joe Shirley, Jr. and Vice Chairman Doyel Shamley. Also present, County Manager/Clerk of the Board Delwin Wengert and Chief Deputy Attorney Joe Young. Supervisor Alton Shepherd participated via the telephone.

Chairman Shirley called to order the Special Board of Supervisors meeting at 8:46 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers, County Annex Building, 75 West Cleveland Street, St. Johns, Arizona, and welcomed all in attendance.

Brannan Eagar, Chief Deputy Sheriff, request approval to enter into an updated Intergovernmental Agreement with the Navajo County, City of Holbrook, City of St. Johns, City of Show Low, Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, Town of Snowflake, Town of Taylor, Town of Eagar, Town of Springerville and the City of Winslow, for the implementation, deployment, equipping,
governance and maintenance of the White Mountain Regional Special Response Team. (SRT). Chief Eagar stated the changes include better liability coverage. Mr. Shepherd moved approval seconded by Mr. Shirley. A discussion was held regarding the omission of the Navajo Nation from the Agreement. Mr. Shepherd expressed his frustration at not seeing the deputies working on the reservation, except for sitting at construction zones. Mr. Shepherd stated he would like to see Sheriff Dedman take a more active role with bringing more services to the north.  Mr.  Shamley stated he has been trying for the past four and a half weeks to get a meeting with Sheriff Dedman and has received no response. Mr. Shamely stated he has received feedback from his constituents regarding this issue, and asked Chief Eagar if the team was activated and called to go north of I-40, would the team go. Chief Eagar stated the Sheriff’s Office members would go; it is up to each individual entity or jurisdiction if they choose to send their officers, but that is with any call, no matter where it is. Mr. Shamley and Chief Eagar held a discussion regarding funding for the team and Mr. Shamley stated the agreement mentions a Standard Operation Procedure Manual and asked the why information that was referenced in the Agreement was not included in the backup material.  Chief Eagar stated he will get a copy to each Supervisor. Mr. Shamley stated the Agreement says we will to abide by the Memorandum of Understanding regarding joint defense and that was also not included in the backup. Chief Eagar stated the joint defense is one of the additions to this updated agreement and helps all the entities if a lawsuit comes up. A discussion was held between Chief Eagar, Mr. Shamley and Chief Deputy Attorney Joe Young regarding the joint defense Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Mr. Young stated he has not reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding. Mr. Shamley stated the Agreement specifies we have revived the MOU. Chairman Shirley stated it seems more can be done on this item and working with the Navajo Nation could bring more money to the County. Chief Eager stated the Sheriff’s Office is short eight certified positions on the road due to budget. Mr. Shamley stated Sheriff Dedman could address these topics and the Board has openly, in more than one work session, encouraged and supported his idea to seek special funding to offset all the costs of the deputies on the Navajo Nation. Mr. Shamley stated  the Board has offered full support of that effort, as well as all the chapters in his District that are willing to support obtaining special funding and has seen no follow-through from Sheriff Dedman. Chief Eagar stated he will relay the Board’s concerns and issues to Sheriff Dedman. Chairman Shirley called for a vote. Mr. Shamley, Mr. Shepherd and Mr. Shirley voted nay.

Mr. Wengert requested approval of an updated lease agreement with Steve Hall for the use of rental property located at 975 South Water Canyon Road in Eagar, Arizona, that is used to store Apache County equipment and vehicles. Mr. Wengert stated this agreement more accurately described the area of property that is being utilized by the County. Mr. Shepherd moved approval, seconded by Mr. Shamley. Vote was unanimous.

Mr. Shepherd moved to adjourn, seconded by Mr. Shamley. Vote was unanimous.

A work session was held immediately following the Board meeting. Officials from Salt River Project were unable to make the meeting so the Salt River portion of the meeting was canceled.

The Board of Supervisors left at approximately 10:00 a.m. for the Concho/Vernon area.

The Board toured non-maintained roads in the Concho/Vernon, Arizona area.
A discussion was held regarding legislative issues.
A discussion was held regarding the diversification of lobbying duties between separate entities.
The Board returned to St. Johns and the work session ended at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Approved this 5th day of September 2017.

/s/ Joe Shirley Jr.                              /s/ Delwin Wengert
Chairman of the Board                     Clerk of the Board