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Grants go to public safety, museum

Richard Anderson

KINGMAN - The City Council unanimously approved the acceptance of nearly $900,000 in grant funding on Tuesday. Two-thirds of that money will go to emergency services.

"Some of these things we talked about during the budget meetings," said Councilman Richard Anderson. "We have to guarantee that if we get the grant that we have the matching funds, and since the Fire Department alone requires more funding than the city collects in sales tax, this really helps."

Sales tax funds most city services, including police and fire protection, which together cost about $12 million a year. Sales tax collections have averaged about $10 million a year in recent years.

About $150,000 in matching funds is required for the grants, funds the City Council discussed during the budgeting process last spring.

The largest grant, roughly $346,000, is from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission that requires a $69,000 match from the city.

The funding will go to the Kingman Police Department's Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team and will be used to "combat the drug problem in Mohave County."

The matching funds will be pulled from the MAGNET RICO account. RICO is an acronym for the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, meaning the city's grant match will be paid for with money seized from criminals.

The KPD also received a much smaller grant in the amount of about $2,900 to cover overtime costs incurred from January 2012 through next December due to Domestic Highway Enforcement operations.

The Kingman Fire Department is the recipient of a grant totaling nearly $259,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funding will be used to purchase a replacement water tender that was slated to be bought last year, but shrinking revenues delayed action.

The grant requires a 10 percent match, or roughly $26,000. The funds will come from the General Fund budget - money that was set aside during the budget process in anticipation of the grant award.

A fourth grant the city accepted will fund improvements to the Powerhouse Visitors Center and Museum Rehabilitation Project.

The $275,300 grant from the National Scenic Byways Program, which is administered by the Arizona Department of Transportation, will pay for new display racks, an information desk, signage, banners and an exterior kiosk.

A 20 percent match, or roughly $55,000, is required. About $30,000 of the match will come from the Tourism Development Commission's Bricks and Mortar Fund and the Route 66 Association of Arizona will pay $25,000.

The city will manage the design of the project and ADOT the construction.

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