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12/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman makes board appointments

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Three newcomers were appointed to two key commissions and eight people were reappointed at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Mayor Janet Watson and the City Council voted 6-0 to name Floredeliza Alcantara-Reyes and Mike Cobb to the Economic Development and Marketing Commission.

Alcantara-Reyes has served on planning boards in other states and said she invested in Kingman because she recognized it could grow into "a place of vitality."

Cobb is a 20-year resident and is a constable. They will join Mike Roberts, who was unanimously reappointed to a second term, and the rest of the commission next month.

Mark Wimpee Jr., the son of City Councilman Mark Wimpee Sr., did not seek a second term on the Economic Development and Marketing Commission, but he did apply for and was chosen 5-0 to fill a vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Wimpees are in the construction business. Wimpee Jr. was chosen over five other applicants for two available seats.

Mayor Janet Watson noted some of the applicants currently serve on another board or commission. They cannot serve on more than one and requesting an appointment to another board in the middle of a term is not encouraged, said Watson.

Wimpee Sr. abstained from the discussion and did not cast a vote.

Chairman Matt Ladendecker opted not to seek another term. Planning Commissioner Mike Blair was unanimously reappointed to a second term on Planning and Zoning.

The Clean City Commission got a shot of youthful energy when Watson and Council members voted 6-0 to name Raymond Tapia to a vacancy. Tapia is the boys' soccer coach at Lee Williams High School.

Born and raised in Kingman, Tapia said he wanted to "involve the younger generation" in helping to clean up the city.

Clean City Commissioners Ralph Bowman, Steve Jacobson and Marianne Van Hasselt were unanimously reappointed.

Three incumbents were reappointed to the Tourism Development Commission. Tom Spears, Harley Pettit and Angela Patterson all expressed a desire to serve second terms and the City Council obliged.

Other applicants who applied do not live inside city boundaries and the commission already has two members who live outside of Kingman - the limit.

Robert Budd, Joanne Marquez and William Massa all sought and received a second term on the Board of Adjustment. There were no other applicants.

All terms are for three years. They begin Jan. 1 and end Dec. 31, 2016.

Watson also assigned Council members to serve as liaisons to the city's boards and commissions.

The mayor will liaison with the Western Arizona Council of Governments advisory and executive committees and the Local Public Safety Retirement Board.

Vice Mayor Carole Young accepted appointments to the Historic District Design Review and Historic Preservation boards and the Kingman Airport Authority.

Wimpee will liaison with the Board of Adjustment, the Building Board of Appeals, the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Tourism Development Commission.

Councilwoman Erin Cochran will work with the Business License Review Board and the Clean City Commission.

Councilwoman Jen Miles was assigned to the Economic Development and Marketing Commission, the Industrial Development Board and the Transit Advisory Commission.

Councilman Richard Anderson will liaison with the Golf Course Advisory Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Councilman Larry Carver accepted appointments to the Municipal Utilities Commission, the Municipal Property Commission and the Youth Advisory Commission.

Liaison appointments begin Jan. 1 and end Dec. 31, 2014.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: Get Involved and Follow the Meetings Carefully

To answer An Answr Please's question. Having served on at least 1/2 the various boards for a total of 10 years serving our city, I would estimate at least 90% of the members of these boards are there to benefit themselves.

That leaves 10%. That 10% is constantly frustrated with these people that claim they are there to help Kingmanites and better the community.

I remember sitting on boards listening to other members wanting to scream out, "the only reason you have that position is because your business will benefit" or "...because you want that job."

I'm not sure how you can eliminate this. I rather doubt that this town or any town will really be able to do so. About the only way to diminish the maneuvering of these people is for more of our citizens to be involved and knowledgeable. If you watch the tapes of these boards online or on our CATV regularly it doesn't take long to identify the 90%. Of course our two newspapers could do a better job pointing out these folks.

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: Marvin Taylor

If you believe everyone has an agenda, then why was your name not on the list to be on any one of the boards. I know, because you don't want to get involved. If you don't want to get in the game, then sit silently on the side lines.

Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Article comment by: an answr please

How many of those appointed have their own private agenda as their reason for wanting to be on a particular commission?

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