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9/16/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman vice mayor could be selected Tuesday
Full Council scheduled to meet privately to discuss who will fill the slot
Jen Miles
Jen Miles

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A full Kingman City Council on Tuesday will sit for the first time since July.

Councilwoman Jen Miles will attend her first meeting after being appointed Sept. 3 to fill a vacancy left by the mid-term resignation of former Mayor John Salem.

Judge Kathy McCoy will administer the oath of office to Miles.

A closed-session discussion is scheduled over which one of them should replace Mayor Janet Watson as vice mayor.

The Council could discuss and possibly elect a vice mayor when members reconvene in open session. There are small indications more than one member of the council is interested in the position. At an August meeting, members came out of a closed session that was held to discuss the vice mayor issue and announced a vote would be postponed until the vacant council position was filled.

A few council members were obviously frustrated with the earlier failure to elect a vice mayor, but members are restrained from revealing what is said in closed session discussions.

Other items of note on Tuesday's agenda:

• A single contested zoning decision has compelled the Council to reconvene the rarely used but powerful Board of Adjustment. The board hears appeals of the zoning administrator's interpretation of zoning ordinances and requests for variances from those standards.

The Board of Adjustment's decision carries weight and can only be challenged in district court. The City Council cannot override the board's decisions.

The seven member quasi-judicial board has met four times between 2007 and 2009 and not once since then. The terms have expired, creating the need to reconstitute the board.

Former members Bob Tinnell, Bob Budd and Joanne Marquez have agreed to hear the case, and residents Tom Wilkinson, William Massa, and Steve and Debbie Francis have also agreed to hear the case.

Staff recommends the Council appoint those who expressed interest to staggered terms of two or three years.

Information about the contested zoning decision was not available.

• The Council could decide whether to release a six-minute Kingman promotional video the Economic Development and Marketing Commission commissioned in conjunction with the Tourism Development Council and the Kingman Tourism Office.

Certain groups have viewed the video and several requested that it be distributed so they can include it on their respective websites.

The Council must make the decision to release the video and to agree to consider a longer video if partners could be found and cost estimates provided.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Thinking outside the box here.

If the council were to make their 6 minute Kingman promotional video available to local business owners that have working web sites imagine the amount of exposure Kingman could potentially have.....

Just sayin....

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