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2/7/2013 6:01:00 AM
Fewer workers means more library space
A previous audit said there wasn't more room; reduction in workforce is the reason, official says
Hildy Angius
Hildy Angius

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

An audit of county office space came under fire this week after District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson asked how staff suddenly found room for the Mohave County Library Annex's 7,800-item collection in the county's smallest library branch - Kingman.

District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius announced Monday that library staff had found room even though a previous audit said that nothing fit the library's specifications except the current building it was leasing on Gordon Avenue.

That means the library annex can vacate the office space on Gordon Avenue leased for nearly $2,000 a month from a company partially owned by spouses of two county employees, Angius said.

She started investigating the Gordon Avenue lease before she was elected to the Board last year.

"How are we making room for this?" asked District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson.

Library Director Danielle Krol said she met with library staff after a sprinkler main broke and flooded the Kingman Library in January. They decided that a back workroom at the library and open office space within the library administration building next door could be used to house the collection.

The library has not replaced a number of employees who left in the last year, leaving the administration building with open space, she explained. Krol admitted space will be tight but said staff is willing to make it work.

Krol and Angius did not return phone calls before press time.

The move will take place after repairs from the flood are completed in mid-February.

The Board also:

• Approved a $94,000 emergency contract with T.R. Orr for repairs to the Kingman Library after it flooded last month because of a broken sprinkler main. Work on the repairs started in January.

• Approved putting the Arnold Plaza building on Oak Street up for sale. If the building can't be sold, then the county will either repair it or demolish it.

• Approved a request to staff to prepare a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with Mohave County's comments on reintroducing Mexican Gray Wolves into the county.

• Approved setting a $1 per transaction fee for pawnshops in Mohave County to help the Mohave County Sheriff's Office track stolen merchandise that may be sold to pawn shops.

• Approved a $196.20 per month lease with Lake Havasu City for office space for the District 5 Supervisor.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: Dave Calvi

Diligence beats out nepotism and deceit. Thank you new (majority) Board for seeing past the corruption and making a change for The People of Mohave County. Thank you Supervisor Angius for bringing this up way back in 2011. You are all doing a great job!

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: Space Library

You say that it is funny how the library has room now when a year ago Mr. Walker did a study and found that there was not room for everyone at the library. Well if you look now the library is down by a lot of staff so, that is way there is room. I don't think Supervisor Hildy should et credit for the outcome other now the staff at the kingman branch will be sitting on top of each other.

By the way why do the supervisor need office space outside the county buildings? Why should we have to rent space? Isn't that the same issue they had with the library.

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: concerned citizen

Now that Angius has started down the road of saving us money, maybe she could help us with the Bullhead airport. why is the county only getting ...what 1 dollar a year??!

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Rachel T.

Good Job Hildy in saving Mohave County Taxpayer's money. Thank you for looking into this matter of the Mohave County Library...funny how there is room all of a sudden? Maybe something for others to think about before spending our "taxpayer money" as the truth shall set you free... . Very refreshing to know that you are on the BOS and represent Mohave County...thanks once again!

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Good For You Hildy

Amazing how that works. There you go BOS members DON'T TAKE THE REPORTS BY STAFF AS GOSPEL. Never take only the staff reports as the only information - get out there and look for yourselves, get out there and talk with the employees. Do your own investigating. Remember the staff are only out to protect their turf, to build a bigger department, and to increase compensation.

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

What a pleasant difference in the BOS. Angius and Moss are doing really well and those that follow the lead of rational, logical thought and wishes of the people are likely to fair well. Thank you!

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Jeanne Kentch

This is a fine example of how communication with the employees will be invaluable. The old merit rule that a supervisor cannot speak to a county employee is now gone. If this rule were not in place our old supervisors could have found out first hand if the Kingman library had space. Obviously they took the word from Walker that there was no space and ruled accordingly. This is a fine example of how this new form of communication will benefit our county considerably.

Good job Hildy.

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