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7/2/2013 6:00:00 AM
Council asked to axe ordinance at odds with state law

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - When Mayor John Salem announced his pending resignation from the City Council several weeks ago, it was thought a special election would have to be held to pick his replacement.

A city code enacted about 30 years ago that mandated the holding of a special election, however, was deemed to be at odds with state law, according to City Attorney Carl Cooper.

Cooper advised council members that Vice Mayor Janet Watson should complete the mayor's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014.

At tonight's meeting, Cooper will ask the council to correct the erroneous city code. As a "general law" city, Kingman only has the powers and authority to operate as given to it by the state.

According to Cooper, Arizona statutes order the city to fill a vacancy by appointment.

To confound the issue, when the city code was amended in the early 1980s, Kingman handled its own elections.

Since then, however, Mohave County has assumed responsibility for conducting Kingman city elections. Salem in the past has said several months would pass before an election could be held, possibly as late as next spring.

In other items of interest for tonight's meeting:

• A state law passed in 2012 requires municipalities to either sell or trade firearms that are seized or forfeited for law enforcement-related supplies or equipment.

With that in mind, the city received one bid, from On Target Enterprise on Ashfork Avenue in Kingman, to trade 66 such firearms.

In return, the gun store will allot $5,500 in store credit for law enforcement supplies or equipment.

If passed, tonight's vote will allow Police Chief Robert DeVries to sign the bid and provide On Target with the weapons.

• In another law enforcement item, the City Council could accept a $277,800 grant from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission on behalf of the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team. A matching fund of about $69,000 is required, with funding from the MAGNET RICO account.

• Another grant, this one for the Kingman Fire Department offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for about $260,000, plus $26,000 in matching funds from the city, will go to purchase a replacement water tender. The $26,000 will come from the general fund, if approved.

• Staff recommends that the City Council authorize Mayor Salem to sign an agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation that would fund rehabilitation work to the Powerhouse Visitors Center and Museum.

The National Scenic Byways Program that ADOT manages has awarded Kingman about $220,200, which would help pay for improvements to the center such as new display racks, an information desk, signage, banners and an outside kiosk.

The monies are tied to a 20 percent match, or $55,000, from the city. The Route 66 Association of Arizona will chip in $25,000 and the remaining $30,000 will come from the Tourism Development Commission's Brick and Mortar Fund.

Tonight's meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Council Chambers, 310 N. Fourth Street.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: BOBO CLOWN

Acting as city/county TAX collectors as usual..

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Jack A. Lope

Budget, why dont you call the KPD and ask them.

Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Article comment by: Miner, Please Do an Investigative Piece on Tourism Commission

What's this Tourist Commission "Brick and Mortar Fund"?

Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Article comment by: Budget Busters

Speaking of the local Police Department.......

Last Friday on June 28th about 6:45 am I was headed out on west bound Interstate 40 and saw a KPD vehicle in the median just before the turn off to the Oatman Road. That unit was parked with another, unmarked vehicle.

And then on down the highway 3 or 4 more miles west was yet another KPD unit performing a traffic stop.

I am a little curious as to what a city patrol unit was doing outside the city limits conducting traffic stops?

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