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6/20/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Excuses as flimsy as tumbleweeds

In the May 10 Miner, Jearold Claborn stated that a city of Kingman official with code compliance had informed him that owners of vacant properties are not obligated to maintain the same cleanliness standards as are individual residents of occupied properties and dwellings ["Passing the buck at City Hall"].

The reason given was that developers and/or contractors would use heavy equipment to bring properties into compliance, which would promote dusty conditions (like we don't have any other dust in this town) that would aggravate respiratory illnesses of nearby residents.

I handled all kinds of insurance claims for over 40 years and I thought I'd heard the best of the best of bull "pucky" there ever was. This excuse beats them all, especially the part about the tumbleweeds aren't a fire hazard as they burn at such a fast rate of consumption that they don't endanger near by dwellings.

If the men and women I was with on the Clark County Arson Task Force back in the 1980s saw this, they would be rolling on the ground laughing or crying. Just how stupid does this city code compliance department think we are? Or do they actually believe this nonsense?

We lived in Grand Junction, Colo., for seven years. It is situated between two rivers and your irrigation water comes from the river, so there are tons of weeds everywhere. The city/county cut them down along the roadways. However, they posted any property, vacant or with a home on it, that had weeds growing. They gave the property owners two weeks to remove the weeds. Otherwise the city/county would do it for you and would send you their bill. If the bill wasn't paid in 30 days, they filed a lien on your property. Simple as that. Needless to say, most people cleaned up their own weeds, as it was a lot cheaper.

I, like any other homeowners claims adjuster, handled many fire claims where dwellings caught fire from burning weeds. The Kingman City Council needs to rectify this problem, get their heads out of the tumbleweeds and do what is right. The weeds cause more respiratory problems than cleaning them up would ever do. If the city thinks doing this would make the city liable in any way, they should check with the city of Grand Junction and/or the Mesa County, Colorado supervisors.

It's time for the city council to do something right for the citizens of Kingman instead of just thinking up ways to tax us more for the city doing less.

Sandee Samoska


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Valerie Jensen

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: L J

We completely agree! It's even worst here in the County.
There are obvious health & fire conditions that exist in our
Neighborhood which by the way is the same area the BOS
Brotherton lives in! Additionally, our roads are a complete mess we've brought this to the attention of Gary Watson several times and he ignored us when he represented this district. Joy Brotherton is doing the very same thing! now!
When you mention the road conditions they'll tell you they'll
Look into it with no results. We're all paying taxes for services were not getting! We're just waiting for our insurance company to tell us there dropping our home owners policy because the hazards are to great. When that happens all hell will break loose!
Because the hazards are to great.

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Tumble weeds is this persons pet peeve! I guess some folks will whine, complain about anything imaginable under the sun! I bet this person would not be happy no where since they admit they have moved from place to place trying maybe to force the places to fit their preferences, not surprising they will never find a place they can mold into their will, since unless they wish to live in a community where no one but like minded folks live they are going to be perpetually unhappy!

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Fire Danger

I'm just waiting until someone throws a match to all the tumble weeds along Rt. 66 between Kingman and Valle Vista.
They are piled 6' high ALL ALONG the fences.
Yes, they do burn rapidly, and I can just see the line of fire all along the fence lines to the north.

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