Mohave County Supervisor Jim Zaborsky said a county law and justice center close to the current jail has always been his first choice and he is willing to evaluate additional sites for a proposed new county office complex.
Zaborsky said he is willing to talk with the Kingman City Council and wants to work toward what is best for all citizens in the county.
"Working together … for the best solution for the county is what I have always wanted.
I voted for the Shinarump site to stop the fighting between Lake Havasu City and Kingman over the county seat move." he said.
"I think the Kingman council is ready to discuss some of the issues and work out a solution.
We are willing to look at another site if it makes sense."
The sales tax issue is of primary concern, Zaborsky said.
Kingman city officials are seeking a legal opinion on the legality of moving county offices to Golden Valley.
"We would like a Mohave County attorney's opinion supported by the Arizona attorney general or a decision or opinion by a judge," Kingman City Manager Lou Sorensen said.
"The law says 'in or conveniently near' a city (the county seat)," Mayor Les Byram said.
"The location on Shinarump (Drive in Golden Valley) is 8.8 miles from the courthouse and halfway between I-40 and Highway.
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"I do not think that is convenient for county employees or Mohave County citizens in Kingman, Lake Havasu City or Bullhead."
He said the $6.6 million extra needed for infrastructure, the cost of an all-weather road with bridges across all the washes and the lack of support facilities in the area argue against the site being "convenient."
"We are looking at all our options, including trying to communicate with the board of supervisors," Byram said.
"If we have to go to court, we expect to be fully prepared.
If the city attorney needs assistance, we will find it for her."
Supervisor chairman Buster Johnson said he is sure the Arizona attorney general will rule that the site is legal as long as the board did not act in a capricious manner.
"We are not going to ask for a ruling," he said.
"If someone thinks we are not right, they will have to challenge the decision.
The site is still in the Kingman area."
Supervisor Carol Anderson she is concerned about the legality of the site, safety issues with little fire protection, infrastructure cost and convenience for county employees and citizens doing business at the site.
"I would like to see us take a look at the county-owned sites in Kingman where infrastructure is already in place," she said.
"I am concerned about the cost-benefit ratio of the Shinarump site versus three other recommended by the citizen's committee."
She would like to see the consultant evaluate the other three sites.
Byram said it is also a surprise to see the consultant bring a county complex plan to the supervisors that features a five-story court building.
"We have been told by the former county manager and the supervisors that the downtown site would not work because they desire a single-story, campus type complex," he said.
"Now, they are looking at a high-rise building out in the desert."
Byram said Kingman and the other citizens of Mohave County deserve having the supervisors take another look at sites recommended by the citizen committee appointed by the supervisors.
"They have three sites in Kingman that would not cost extra for infrastructure," he said.
"All the water, gas, sewer and streets are already in place.
"The county owns two of those site - near the library on Beverly across from Centennial Park and the armory site on Beale Street."
The city budget includes $500,000 earmarked to assist the county to pay sales tax or other costs, if legally allowed by state law, Sorensen said.
"We have always been willing to talk with the supervisors and do what ever we can to improve county facilities for all the citizens of Mohave County," Byram said.
" We would still rather talk and negotiate than go into court."
Anderson said she would favor a meeting of the supervisors with city officials from Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City present to discuss the facility site.
"We have found solutions to problems in the county in the past with cooperative effort between the communities." she said
"The out-of-town site will be a hardship on everyone in the county, especially county employees," said Kingman City Councilman Frank McVey.
"The Golden Valley site will add cost for water, gas and sewer because there is none in the community.
All that is available in Kingman at three sites."
McVey said it is unfortunate that communication with the county supervisors has been so difficult to establish.
"If legal action is what is required to get the issues settled, then we will have to go that direction," he said.
Byram said Kingman will continue to work on all the options and work out the steps for the best course of legal action if nothing else works.
"We have nothing to lose," he said.
"If we win, all county citizens win.
If we lose, the county complex goes where it is now planned."
The council will discuss the options and legal steps in executive session following the Monday council meeting.