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1/23/2014 6:02:00 AM
Mohave County seeks morgue land; project could cost $1M or more

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - If local landowners have property to sell, lease or donate for a new county morgue, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors wants to hear from them.

The board is actively seeking proposals from firms or individuals interested in providing land to house the county's medical examiner operation. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Mohave County Procurement Department, 700 W. Beale St.

Proposal requirements and forms are available online by clicking on the bid opportunities section and the "Purchase, lease or donation of land for county morgue" listing at www.mohavecounty.us.

"There may be people interested in donating land to the county or selling it at a really good price, and if that's the case, we'll definitely take a look at it," said Supervisor Joy Brotherton, District 4.

The board voted in December to delay action for 90 days on determining where to place the county's medical examiner operation and whether to bring it in-house in 2015.

The board agreed to take proposals from the public for land and buildings after receiving information from several property owners who are interested in either selling or giving space to the board for a morgue and office.

The board must make a decision soon because the current contract with Dr. Rexenne Worrell expires in 2015. She runs her medical examiner business out of an office in the 1100 block of Aviation Drive in Lake Havasu City. Currently, the county pays about $525,000 annually for Worrell's services.

Supervisor Steve Moss, District 5, said renting, building or remodeling a building for a county morgue would cost between $1 million to $1.7 million for the initial outlay, and the county would pay about $800,000 a year to fund the medical examiner's services in-house. That amounts to about $300,000 more annually than what Mohave County currently spends.

Both Moss and Brotherton have said they do not support shelling out the $1 million or more for a building when the county has several it already owns that could be used for less money. They also agreed that opening up the floor to donations or inexpensive sales of existing buildings could be beneficial for the county.

Currently, there is no budget appropriation associated with the project, and there may not be funds available in the future.

Supervisor Buster Johnson, District 3, said he understands the concerns voiced by Moss and Brotherton but has heard from many people that the county's numbers are skewed high.

Johnson said contracting with neighboring counties to handle their services can offset some of the costs, and he believes the county can maintain costs and quality better with an in-house department.

Proposals must include photographs of the property, existing title insurance, a plat or recent survey, a site plan and vicinity map of the property and a price proposal. Other evaluation criteria include property improvements, site access, current zoning, availability of utilities and fire protection, traffic and social impact, and proximity to population centers.

For more information, contact senior procurement officer Tara Acton at (928) 753-0752, ext. 3, or tara.acton@mohavecounty.us.

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Related Links:
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• Mohave County website


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014
Article comment by: Use the abandoned jail!

This whole discussion of the County spending more money in future than they do now for medical examiners service’s is insane. You can make a bet and take the money to the bank that Buster already knows who will benefit from his manipulations. Someone is expecting ‘tit for tat’.

The most reasonable and cost effective solution would be to refurbish the abandoned county jail behind the Kingman Superior Courthouse. It already has a secure bay for the delivery of bodies where prisoners used to be delivered to the jail.

It is already a secure facility and the county already owns it, the citizens have already PAID for it AND a NEW jail. Let’s USE IT! No more Arnold Plaza’s, discarded jails and jail annexes! These properties were paid for by the citizens of Mohave County!

If the current Medical Examiner doesn’t want to travel to Kingman to make over $500,000.00 a year then find someone else who is qualified who would happily sign a contract for that or less and it’s a win-win for Mohave County.

Can the BOS do one thing right? KISS, is an acronym the military uses, Keep It Simple Stupid. Please do!



Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014
Article comment by: Remember When It Doesn't Add Up Someone is Getting Rich

YooHoo Rick, that building the city can't get rid of is county owned. Try to follow the bouncing ball.

I too, would like to know why the county doesn't look at the o' Arnold building. Oh, that's the reason - no one on the BOS or FofBOS (friends of BOS) will be making big bucks.

Also, I really question the figures thrown around on removing asbestos or the rehab of that building. The Miner should check into these numbers.


Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014
Article comment by: S.O. P.

This county has several vacant properties that could be used for this purpose but they want to acquire more and more land at the taxpayer's expense. The expense being, leaving properties sit vacant or glomming onto more property and therefore taking them off the tax roll. I guess the goal in the end is to have all of Mohave County owned by the government as it is in communist countries. They don't need more land. Is this another invitation to the good ol boys so the quid pro quo can continue?

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: michael D

The county need too cease building with our tax dollars,let's replace them with hard core lefties who think of the e enviroment first insteadof the wallets.

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: Justin Chambers

Arnold plaza or old jail are great ideas! There is no reason to spend so much money and let these buildings get into further states of disrepair.

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: L J

The rate at which this group of fiscal conservative public servants are spending taxpayers funds we all can surely expect to see an increase on our property taxes later this year. As for Brothernton getting her buddy on the County
payroll while the BOS have assistants as does each of our
Of State legislator 's is beyond ludicrous it's outrageous and clearly a waste of our tax dollars. We all need to send a message this BOS that this will not be tolerated.


Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: Rob Faggio

Why doesn't the county use the Arnolds Plaza downtown? They already own it and its a very central location! I know it would be fun to spend millions of the taxpayers money and just give that away but since they bought that white elephant in the first llace, put it to use!

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Why not make an offer to the city of Kingman for their building they have been trying to unload, how about the old jail annex.



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