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10/9/2012 9:32:00 AM
Tusayan employee housing slowly becoming reality
Two trailers to be located on Grand Canyon Airport property
Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan (left) discusses the need to work toward a housing authority with council member Bill Fitzgerald. Clara Beard/WGCN
Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan (left) discusses the need to work toward a housing authority with council member Bill Fitzgerald. Clara Beard/WGCN

Clara Beard
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - During their Oct. 3 regular meeting, Tusayan Town Council members gave the go ahead to purchase two housing units for Tusayan employee housing, to be located on ADOT airport property, near the town hall.

Over the past several weeks, the town went through a competitive bidding for both housing units. Council members approved a contract last week for utilities, and this time around are moving forward with purchase of the units.

"This bidder was somewhere in the area of $7,000 to $8,000 dollars less than their initial bid," Interim Town Manager Tami Ryall said.

The first trailer is 28 by 56 feet, model 2013, and has a purchase price of $72,616. 91. The second is smaller singlewide, 6 by 60 feet, and is $49,709.68.

The council motioned to allow interim town manager, Tami Ryall, to negotiate the purchase price of the two trailers, with a 15 percent cushion over or under the price indicated in the contract.

International Housing Solutions contract


Council members discussed and approved a contract extension with International Housing Solutions for their second phase of work, which includes the creation of documents necessary to form an Tusayan Housing Authority, getting a recommendation on lottery procedures, housing authority goals and by-laws, along with other aspects pertaining to future housing needs.

"The intent of this phase, is to get the meat and potatoes of the model document to be able to take the next step when you begin to discuss the housing authority," Ryall said to council members, adding that the consultant had asked to prolong the $10,000 contract extension from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15 in light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Council member Bill Fitzgerald asked Mayor Greg Bryan if they could be "jumping the gun" by approving the contract extension before they have "housing, plans for housing or the money for housing yet."

"I can appreciate your perspective," Bryan responded. "Something like a housing authority will take a good bit of time to develop. I think that in terms of its structure, trying to find people to serve on committees and, secondly, that possibly a bit of what the council decides to provide the housing authority in terms of responsibilities. It could be possibly one of their responsibilities to develop a housing plan in terms of content and number of types of units, locations and then that process, which would be an extensive, could take anywhere from three to 12 months if they wanted to go head and do, as we've said before, a full housing assessment."

Fitzgerald said that his concern is that if they don't have the land and infrastructure in place once a housing authority is established, then the authority "sits there and vegetates."

Bryan went on to say the completion of this phase doesn't mean the council has to take immediate action, it instead gives council members information they need in case they decide to move forward.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Eric Sorensen

STILO won't have to solve anything. They will just bribe the right people and the problems go away.

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Article comment by: To Keep Williams

If its all the same to you, as a "happy" Tusayan resident I would trade our double wides with William in order to get a local "weed" shop. It gets expensive going to Flag all the time to get good stuff

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Article comment by: Waste of Time

This whole process is a waste of time...Stilo will not be able to solve the water issue and as a result the development will not happen and the land will in the end not be deeded to the town

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Article comment by: Keep Williams And Grand Canyon Beautiful

How beautiful! Double wides at the Grand Canyon and a marijuana shop on rt 66. Vote these greedy corrupt men out!

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