Kingman council approves CDBG funds for housing rehab, homeless and domestic violence shelter

The Kingman City Council voted Monday to use the major portion of $479,631 in Community Development Block Grant funds for rehabilitation of low- to moderate-income residents.

The city will allocate $280,797 for the housing program and use 18 percent of total, $86,334, for administration of the CBDG funds.

The remaining $112,500 will be divided with $50,000 for the Cornerstone Mission

Homeless Shelter for completion of renovation, $50,000 for Kingman Aid for Abused People for a major expansion and $12,500 for the Senior Nutrition Center for improvements.

Requests by Sarah's House and the Kingman Area Food Bank were not funded by the city.

A large delegation of KAAP supporters presented the council with reasons why more room is needed to serve needs of abused women and children.

Last year, the shelter housed 324 people for up to 120 days each.

Mayor Les Byram said KAAP, Sarah's House and the Kingman Area Food Bank have received help in the past and said they would not be back for additional funds.

The city purchased a lot for KAAP to use for expansion and previously funded construction.

The $550,000 estimate for construction seemed high to the council.

"I could build a small motel for that much money," Councilman Tom Spear said.

Byram said the city is being asked to fund social services for areas outside the city, including some services that should be financed by the county.

The selected projects will be included in the application to the Arizona Department of Commerce by Kingman Grants Administrator Bill Shilling.

Human Resource Director Jackie Walker outlined a procedure for hiring a city attorney to replace Charlotte Wells, who resigned to accept an appointment to the Mohave County Superior Court.

The committee will be made up of council members Monica Gates and Frank McVey, City Manager Roger Swenson, Police Chief Larry Butler, Fire Chief Chuck Osterman, Human Resources Director Jackie Walker and two members of the local legal community.

The full council in executive session will interview three final candidates.

City Clerk Charlene Ware said the recount for the third council position is awaiting a judge's signature.

She will advertise the special meeting when the court returns the papers.

City Manager Roger Swenson said pigeons are an increasing problem in the area.

He said the Clean City Commission has discussed the problem but has not come up with a solution.

In other action, the council:

• Approved a change to C-1 commercial, neighborhood convenience zoning on Robinson Street between Stockton Hill Road and Main Street.

• Reactivated and approved the preliminary subdivision plat for Legacy at Walleck Ranch Tract 1961 between Kino Avenue and Gordon Drive and between Glen Road and Willow Street.

• Reactivated and approved the preliminary plat for Legacy at Walleck Ranch Tract 1965 in the same area west of Irving Street.

• Awarded a bid of $201,301 for renovating tennis courts at Centennial Park.

• Approved a liquor license extension for the Palace Saloon and Sportsman's Club next to the Beale Hotel for use of a patio during summer months.

• Approved the sale of a parcel at the Kingman Airport Industrial Park for a new business.

Swenson asked the council to adopt dates for the next steps in the city budget cycle.

The city manager's budget will be given to council May 10 with a council meeting May 16 and 17 for council consideration.