City Council OKs design contract for train depot

The Kingman City Council on Monday awarded a design contract for the downtown railroad depot renovation to Otwell Associates Architects.

The city has been approved for a state grant of $500,000 to pay for design and construction.

City officials are seeking an agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Amtrak for use of the building.

"BNSF has leased the depot to Amtrak," Shilling said.

"The city is working with Amtrak to lease part of the space for city use."

The railroad has no objection to Amtrak subleasing a portion of the renovated depot to Kingman.

Amtrak would relocate its waiting room to the depot from the current location on Fourth Street and use a small office area.

Otwell's firm also did the design work on the Powerhouse Visitor Center and the municipal court building renovation

The council made quick work of a 22-item consent agenda during an otherwise lengthy meeting.

Among the items were approval of the Kingman Community Development Block Grant application; accepting the Boys & Girls Club of Kingman project and releasing the retainer to E.J.

Wells Construction; amending a contract to Mohave Engineering Associates for $271,290 for services with the East Golden Gate Improvement District; and approval of a water connection to a restaurant site at 3360 Stockton Hill Road.

An amendment to the Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course fee structure was approved to define families of two as a legally married couple or a single parent with a single dependent child.

A family of more than two was defined as parents and all dependent children.

Fees remained the same with the definitions clarified at the request of Darel Fruhwirth, Kingman parks director.

"We have had people include children over 30 as part of a 'family,'" he said.

The council asked staff to research a request to annex 480 acres of undeveloped land north of Interstate 40 near the Vista Bella development.

Bruce and Barbara Ricca and other landowners in the area made the annexation request.

"This would bring all the Rattlesnake Wash I-40 interchange within the city limits," Mayor Les Byram said.

"That could help move along a decision by the state.

The 480-acre area is north of I-40 across from Rancho Santa Fe and south of Bella Vista.

The council went into executive session to consider:

• Personnel litigation

• Waste Management litigation;

• Potential litigation on grazing rights for the Castlerock trail and Johnston Canyon area;

• City attorney hiring update;

• Property negotiations on a right of way; and

• Arizona redistricting litigation.