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New members join commissions for zoning, economic development

Michael Carter

KINGMAN - The newest member of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission doesn't live in Kingman.

The City Council on Tuesday voted 6-0 to appoint Eugene Kirkham due to his experience with planning and zoning in another community, despite the fact he resides outside the city limits - but close enough to be a water and sewer customer.

According to City Attorney Carl Cooper, the code allows for such appointments in the event an applicant lives in the "greater Kingman area" and has "exceptional expertise," or if an insufficient number of qualified candidates apply.

In Kirkham's case, the City Council found him to be well qualified. Two other candidates who reside within Kingman's boundaries applied.

Kirkham told council members he worked as a planning and zoning commissioner in Garden Grove, Calif.

"I have plenty of experience and will go right to work," he said. "I have quite a bit to offer."

Cooper said Kirkham was additionally qualified since he lives in the greater Kingman area.

Councilwoman Carole Young noted Kirkham has done an excellent job serving on the city's Transit Commission and she recommended Kirkham get the nod.

Kirkham will complete the unexpired term of former Commissioner Shawn Walsh, who has moved out of the area. His term expires Dec. 31, 2015.

In other appointments made at Tuesday's meeting, the City Council named three men to fill vacancies on the Economic Development Marketing Commission, which provides seats for both city and county residents.

In a unanimous 6-0 vote - Councilman Larry Carver was absent - the City Council named Kingman residents William Wales and Michael Carter, whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2015 and Mohave County resident Tim Woods, whose term ends one year later.

Vice Mayor Janet Watson noted all nine of the applicants for the four available seats have "outstanding" resumes. She encouraged them to keep their names in the applicant pool for future consideration.

Councilwoman Erin Cochran, seeking clarification on the city's code regarding appointments, suggested the wording was confusing.

Cooper agreed, saying he intends to "clean up the language" in an effort to make it easier to understand.


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