Kayenta Township Call to Public Meeting: Enacting the Navajo Nation Firearms Act

The Kayenta Township is announcing a call to public meeting at the Kayenta Townhall on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 10am.

The purpose of this meeting is to gain community input on the proposed Navajo Nation Legislation #0114-17 of amending Title 17 of the Navajo Nation Code and Enacting the Navajo Nation Firearms Act.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend.

You can view the proposed Navajo Nation Legislation #0114-17 here: http://kayentatownship-nsn.gov/Home/PDF/prop_firearms_leg.pdf

Band Submissions Wanted: 2nd Annual Kayenta 4th of July Music Festival

band The 2nd Annual Kayenta 4th of July Music Festival is seeking band submissions for this year’s event on July 6th, 2013 in Kayenta, Arizona.

The Kayenta Music Festival is an all-ages show, drug and alcohol free and is a free event to the public. Musicians conduct and music must be appropriate to the event.

For additional information, please e-mail: sdelarosa@kayentatownship-nsn.gov

Artists may submit a letter of interest and samples of their music on CD or DVD to:

The Kayenta Township

c/o Shonie De La Rosa

P.O. Box 1490

Kayenta, AZ 86033

Kayenta Township Seeking Temporary Fencing Crew to Fence Township Boundaries

KAYENTA, AZ – The Kayenta Township administration met on Tuesday to identify the areas of fencing that has not been completed around the Township boundaries.  The administration determined it needed to hire at least two Laborers to create a 4-person fencing crew to complete the fencing around the 563-acre Township boundaries.

The fencing will focus on areas where animals enter into town and cause traffic concerns and raise safety issues.  “Some people have been cutting the fences meant to keep animals out.  If this continues to happen, we need to prosecute those who are responsible,” said interim Town Manager Selena Begay. 

The deadline for applying for a Temporary Fencing Crew position is Friday, August 19,2010 at 5:00pm.  Interviews will be held the week of August 22, 2011 by the Public Works department.  Interested applicants must be able to provide their own tools, water, and be able to work long hours, sometimes under extreme heat and or weather conditions. 

Position Description:  Labor Fencing Crew

Opening Date:  August 16, 2011

Deadline:  August 19, 2011 at 5 pm

Summary:  The Kayenta Township would like to hire a crew of four laborers to work on fencing in the Kayenta Township boundaries.  The project will be set for part time employment only. 

Position requirements and minimum qualifications:

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for long periods.
  • Use of shovels, sledge hammer, picks, barbed wire fencing, and fence posts.
  • Must have steel toed work shoes and a hard hat.
  • Over 2 years labor experience.
  • Will work under the supervision of a Public Works department employee and delegated crew leader.
  • Must be able to work in a team environment.
  • From time to time, must also be able to work independently and pro-actively with a limited set of instructions.
  • Must possess a valid Arizona driver’s license and social security card at the time of hire.
  • Must be High School Graduate or have a GED equivalency.
  • Must have and demonstrate ability to work long hours in extreme weather conditions.
  • NO EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AVAILABLE due to temporary employment status.

Submit employment application by the 5:00 pm DEADLINE, Monday, August 19, 2011 at the Kayenta Township Main Office, PO Box 1490, Kayenta, AZ  96033.  For more information please contact Public Works Director, Billy Cly at (928) 697-8404.

 

Kayenta Township Business Site Leasing Committee Meeting, Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm, Town Hall Meeting Hall

REGULAR MEETING

PROPOSED AGENDA

BUSINESS SITE LEASING COMMITTEE MEETING

May 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

KAYENTA TOWNSHIP CONFERENCE ROOM

  1. WELCOME, ROLL CALL & CALL MEETING TO ORDER              Interim Chairperson
  2.  INVOCATION & INTRODUCTION
  3. REVIEW & ADOPT AGENDA
  4. REVIEW & APPROVE MEETING MINUTES
    1. Regular Meeting Minutes from April 21, 2011

      OLD BUSINESS

    2. Deferred Resolution from April 21st, 2011 BSLC Meeting. Supporting and Approving the Kayenta Veterans Organizations, Inc. for an addition land of 1.65 ac.

      NEW BUSINESS

  5. Resolution: Supporting the boundary legal survey plat for Indian Health Service access road across the Navajo County Lots A2 and B2.
  6. Resolution: Supporting and Accepting the amended Navajo County Lease No. TC-98-906 as modified by KTC Resolution No. KTCA-25-09.
  7. ADJOURNMENT:  Time _____________

Kayenta Township Business Site Leasing Committee Meeting, January 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm Town Hall

REGULAR MEETING

 

PROPOSED AGENDA

BUSINESS SITE LEASING COMMITTEE MEETING

January 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm

KAYENTA TOWNSHIP CONFERENCE ROOM

  1. WELCOME & CALL MEETING TO ORDER                   Interim Chairperson Mr. Frank Donald, Jr. 
  2.  INVOCATION & INTRODUCTION
  3. REVIEW & ADOPT AGENDA
  4. REVIEW & APPROVE MEETING MINUTES
    1. Meeting Minutes from August  19, 2010
    2. Meeting Minutes from November 12, 2010

      OLD BUSINESS

  5. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Select a New Committee Member (1)
    2. Resolution: Approving a Land Site Designation of 21.22 acres for the Kayenta Public Safety Facility, Navajo Nation Department of Correction Division
    3. Resolution: Approving a Temporary Land Site for Tate’s Auto Group
    4. Resolution: Approving a One (1) year Revocable Use Permit for Tate’s Auto Group

      ADJOURNMENT:  Time _____________

Kayenta Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for January 10, 2011 at 5:30 PM at Townhall

 

Proposed Agenda ; Roll Call; Invocation ; Review & Accept Minutes  

KAYENTA TOWNSHIP COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

January 10, 2011, 5:30 P.M.

Kayenta Town Hall

A. Call Meeting to Order

B. Recognize Guests; Announcements

C. Call to Public

D. Review & Adopt Agenda

E. Old Business

1. Resolution: Approving a loan from Arizona Business bank in the original principal amount of $204,325.00 to purchase Kayenta Township property and equipment

2. Approving Modified Kayenta Township Meeting Agenda Guidelines for the Kayenta Township Commission

F. New Business

1. Resolution: Accepting from ADOT, a $187,000.00 dollar Planning Assistance for Area (PARA) program grant for Multimodal Long Range Transporation Study for the Kayenta Township

2. Resolution: Supporting and approving the revised utility layout for the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety: Onsite and Offsite Utilities

G. Reports:

1. Financial Report: Budget FY 2011 Report

2. Town Manager’s

KAYENTA TOWNSHIP COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING Proposed Agenda Dec 13, 2010 5:30 pm

Proposed Agenda

KAYENTA TOWNSHIP COMMISSION

REGULAR  MEETING

December 13, 2010, 5:30 P.M.

Kayenta Town Hall

A.     Call Meeting to Order; Roll Call; Invocation            

B.     Recognize Guests; Announcements             

C.     Call to Public  

D.     Review & Adopt Agenda

         Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

         Review & Accept Minutes:   11/08/2010 Regular Meeting

         Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

E.     Old Business

         1.   Resolution:  Approving a loan from Arizona Business Bank in the original principal amount of $194,225.00 to purchase Kayenta Township property and equipment

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Sponsor:  Sylvia Yazzie, Director / Finance Department

       Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:____

         2.   Resolution:   Adopting and Approving the “Kayenta Township Donation Policy” for the KTC and Administration

Sponsor:  Hygi Waetermans, Town Manager

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

F.     New Business

  1. 1.      Resolution:  Accepting offer from KAGY Properties, LLC, to dedicate streets and roads of the Kayenta Mobile Home Park to the Kayenta Township

Sponsor:  Hygi Waetermans, Town Manager

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

  1. 2.      Resolution:  Approving to Encumber the funds in the amount of $109,000 for the Water Study Project

Sponsor:  Sylvia Yazzie, Director / Finance Department

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:____­­

  1. 3.      Resolution:  Approving Modified Kayenta Township Meeting Agenda Guidelines for the Kayenta Township Commission

               Sponsor:  Hygi Waetermans, Town Manager

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

  1. 4.      Resolution:  Approving the Job Description for the Public Information Officer

Sponsor:  Hygi Waetermans, Town Manager

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

  1. 5.      Resolution:   Supporting and Approving the Kayenta Township staff to apply for the 2010 Arizona Commerce (ACA) Rural Economic Development Grant Program to support economic development through job growth and capital investment

Sponsor:  Ed Whitewater, Director / Economic Development

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

  1. 6.      Resolution: Approving the Road Priority Listing, with input to road priorities from Kayenta Township residents and organizations

Sponsor:  Gabriel Yazzie, Director / Community Development

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

  1. 7.      Resolution:  Rescinding  Resolution No. KTC-65-10, in order to approve revised Road Priority Listing

Sponsor:  Gabriel Yazzie, Director / Community Development

    (Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

  1. 8.      Resolution:  Approving Kayenta Township staff to apply for Navajo Nation Fuel Excise Tax grant application for Comb Ridge Road/N106-PHS Road

Sponsor:  Gabriel Yazzie, Director / Community Development

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

  1. 9.      Resolution:  Approving Kayenta Township staff to apply for Navajo Nation Fuel Excise Tax grant application for the 3.4 Mile Bus Route (Phase I)

Sponsor:  Gabriel Yazzie, Director / Community Development

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

10.  Resolution:  Approving Kayenta Township staff to apply for Navajo Nation Fuel Excise Tax grant application for the Kayenta Mobile Home Park (Phase I)

Sponsor:  Gabriel Yazzie, Director / Community Development

 (Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

11.  Resolution:  Approving the MOA between the Township and IHS for cost sharing of the future Kayenta Hospital sewer line

Sponsor:  Gabriel Yazzie, Director / Community Development

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

12.  Resolution:   Requesting Re-Allocation of $276,000 for the use of planning, design and to bring off-site infrastructure to the proposed Head Start facility in Kayenta as approved in Memorandum of Agreement between Navajo Nation Capital Improvement Office and Kayenta Township

Sponsor:  Hygi Waetermans, Town Manager

(Review, Discussion, Action)

Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

G.     Reports:  

  1. 1.        Town Manager’s Report; Other Projects Updates

        (Review, Discussion, Action)

        Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

H.     Adjournment:     Motion:____     Second:_____  Vote:_____

         *****Next KTC Regular Meeting is on January 10, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.*****

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION / PROPOSAL FOR A GRANT WRITER

Introduction

The Kayenta Township (Township) is seeking the services of a Grant Writer to assist in securing funds through various grant opportunities available through the Federal, State and County and the Navajo Nation government as well as through private foundations on behalf of the Township. Procured funding will help the Township increase its ability to serve the community needs for infrastructure, capital and community improvement projects. Township seeks grant writers with experience and measurable success.

Scope of Services

The Township is interested in retaining a qualified grant writer who can perform the following:

1.  Serve as the Township’s consultant to seek and secure funding.

2.  Research, seek, identify and write Federal, State, County, Navajo Nation or private

     grant proposals that are applicable to the Township.

3.  Develop strategies and prioritize schedule and timelines for each identified grant.

4.  Manage the process of submitting required post-award reports to funder(s) and assure

     that ongoing compliance is met.

5.  Manage and monitor the funding agency financial and progress report with Township

                 technical staff assistance, as required

6.  Monitor the public and private grants, with special attention to the American Recovery

     and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), to identify additional sources of potential

     financial and matching support and alert and coordinate with the appropriate department

     for program specifics.

7.  Meet with the Commission, Town Manager and Department Directors to evaluate

     departmental and resource needs as directed to meet Township’s objectives.

Proposal Submission

Submittals of proposal must be submitted by mail or hand delivery no later than 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on December 3, 2010. Please send six (6) copies of your responses in a sealed envelope addressed to:  Kayenta Township Commission

Attention: Hygi Waetermans, Town Manager
                   P.O. Box 1490
                   Kayenta, AZ 86033

Any late responses will not be considered and will be returned unopened. Faxed or emailed proposals will not be accepted.           

Inquiries may be forward to Mr. Hygi Waetermans or Mr. Ed Whitewater at (928) 697-8451.

The Kayenta Township will abide by the Navajo Nation Business Opportunity Act and Navajo Preference in Employment Act, and reserve the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informality.

Kayenta Township Continues Business As Usual

KAYENTA, AZ –  As a municipal government, the Kayenta Township successfully provides services for scholarships, solid waste, parks and recreations, local road maintenance, and makes available the ability to provide emergency medical services by means of the Kayenta Airport.  Furthermore, each year, the Kayenta Township provides a yearly budget to support Criminal Investigation, public safety, business site leasing, economic development, community development, Public Safety, upkeep of street lights, and an animal shelter.   

“I am disappointed in how the Kayenta Township has used this community and the people’s tax money in a very irresponsible manner. Community members often come to the Chapter in need of assistance and most of the time we have very little funds to assist them. We do what we can with what funding we have, and yet the KTC denies assistance to grandmas, grandpas, and children that are in need and they direct them to the Chapter. KTC collects over 3 million dollars in taxes a year and the Chapter operates on a little over $160,000 per year. My question is: where is the people’s tax money? They need help!” said Kayenta Chapter President Stanley Clitso.

Current Kayenta Chapter President and candidate for the Kayenta Council Delegate Stanley Clitso’s campaign speech has several inconsistencies.  First, the Kayenta Township is not a social service organization.  Due to a limited budget, the Kayenta Township allocates about $25,000 a year for scholarships, to provide sponsorship for career and educational opportunities.  Throughout the year, the Community Involvement department hosts Career Days, Elder Fests, Christmas Dinners, Health Fairs, and coordinates with National Relief Charities to do its part in working with the needy.  The allegation that the Kayenta Township is raising taxes is another misinformation that was recently provided by The Candidate.  The Kayenta Township has no plans to raise taxes. 

In order for transparency to take place, the Kayenta Township Commission holds its monthly meetings on the second Monday each month.  At the meeting, each department provides a monthly report as to project updates and how money was spent for that month.  The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.   

In a recent Navajo Nation Department of Justice, October 26, 2010 legal opinion, which was sought by the Kayenta Chapter, reaffirms the Kayenta Township as a local government entity that is responsible for a mere 3,606 acres of land located within the larger Kayenta Community, which the Kayenta Chapter is responsible for.  Assistant Attorney General Luralene D. Tapahe further states that according to the Navajo legislation that was passed as 26 N.N.C. § and Resolution No. EDC-JN-28-09, these two laws that existed at the time of the Kayenta Chapter’s LGA certification, states in black and white that: “The Kayenta Chapter must therefore recognize and accommodate the Township’s authority.

The Kayenta Township will move forward with business as usual.  At this time, the Kayenta Township has major projects that are prioritized and lined up as constructed ready projects, they are:  1)  The Kayenta Alternative Rural Hospital,  2)  The Kayenta Detention Facility, 3)  The Native American Technical Instituted for Vocational Education Campus.   Including other smaller projects, the Kayenta Township is assisting in these projects which are at various stages of development.

Kayenta Township Commission Maintains Its Authority As A “Political Subdivision” of the Navajo Nation.

KAYENTA, AZ — Recently, the Kayenta Township Commission has been prompted to dispel many rumors as a vocal community group has questioned the Township’s authority to provide local governance as a municipal entity within the Kayenta community. 

The Kayenta Chapter served a Directive on the Kayenta Township Commission demanding that the Township cease all local government activities, including taxation transactions and issuance of land leases, and to immediately return Chapter property, namely the Kayenta Recreation Center.  The purported basis for the Chapter’s Directive of October 25, 2010 was a legal opinion issued by the Navajo Nation Department of Justice Attorney Brian L. Lewis dated October 18, 2010 (“Lewis opinion”), which stated that the Kayenta Chapter possessed superior legal authority to exercise all governmental authorities within the Chapter boundaries.  The Kayenta Township is located on 3,606 acres within the Chapter boundaries.

The Lewis opinion was issued on the same day that Attorney General Louis Denetsosie clarified that the Kayenta Township was properly delegated business site leasing authority from the Navajo Nation government.  The Attorney General also opined that any outstanding Navajo Nation claims were effectively assigned to the Kayenta Township. 

As a Home Rule community, the Township is entitled to exercise certain authorities delegated by the Navajo Nation Council and is governed by an elected five-member Commission sanctioned by the Navajo Nation Council. For example, the Navajo Nation Council delegated taxation authority to the Township in 1996 and reaffirmed this delegation in 2003.

Luralene D. Tapahe, Assistant Attorney General of the Economic/Community Development Unit of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, by memorandum dated October 26, 2010, rescinded the Lewis opinion, making it clear that the  Kayenta Chapter does not have superior legal authority over the Kayenta Township because the authority of the Township predated the LGA certification of the Kayenta Chapter, effectively nullifying the Kayenta Chapter Directive.  Tapahe stated that “[t]he Kayenta Chapter must therefore recognize and accommodate the Township’s authority.”

Some of the Kayenta Chapter officials, which includes Stanley Clitso as President and a small group of his supporters have instituted a mass campaign using the Lewis opinion against the Township.   For example, the Chapter has demanded that the Township vacate the Recreation Center based on an outdated condemnation memorandum.  However, the Township has maintained the building since August 2006 and has spent an average of $13,982 per month to renovate the condemned property to bring it up to acceptable standards.  As a result, in its four years of successful management and operations, the community of Kayenta, its various organizations, churches, schools, and seasonal programs have enjoyed and benefited from the Center.  The Kayenta Recreation Center has served as a respite from peer pressure, an after-school hangout, and a drug free place to participate in sociable, healthy activities for young people.  The center has been able to accommodate services to over 500 children and Elders on a given day, such as during Elder Fest or Christmas Dinner. 

Community Involvement Coordinator, Malcolm Benally said, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of jobs the closure of the Kayenta Recreation Center will cause.  It is also sad that the lack of indoor recreational opportunities will deprive the community of a useful place for the community to congregate.  The news has come as a complete surprise to me and my staff.  But, we are surrounded by an innovative staff and we will find new ways to start new, exciting programs.  I am very proud of my staff for the work they have put into four years of exciting programs” Benally said.  Benally continued that “the Kayenta Township is very excited about the diversity of projects and personnel it has put in place for the coming years and would like nothing more than to work with local organizations, the Kayenta Chapter, and its local residents.”

The Kayenta Township Commission stated that it is not surprised by Chapter’s recent actions since Clitso has advocated abolishing the Township in the past.  The Township and Commission stated that it will ignore the Kayenta Chapter Directive and continue to do business as usual.