Kingman City Council OKs advertising rates, bus fares for new transit system

The Kingman City Council on Monday approved advertising rates and bus fares for the Kingman Area Regional Transit system.

The base fare will be $1.50 per trip and buses are scheduled to begin running the first Monday in April.

Kingman transit coordinator Beth O'Connor said advertisers were waiting for the council to approve rates before placing orders.

In other business, the council voted 7-0 to approve a motion by Councilman Jim Baker for tree trimming in the city right-of-way along Beale Street

Councilman Frank McVey had asked the council to review the city policy for maintenance of trees and shrubs along East Beale Street planted about 30 years ago.

McVey said property owners have never been clear about their responsibility for the trees.

The city recently trimmed trees and shrubs along Andy Devine Avenue as part of the city takeover of Route 66 from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Mayor Les Byram said the trimming along Andy Devine Avenue was a continuation of ADOT maintenance and part of the city taking ownership of Andy Devine Avenue.

"We do not want to start a policy of city crews trimming trees wherever citizens make a request," Byram said.

Also Monday, City Manager Roger Swenson reviewed the proposed city acceptance of the deed to the Powerhouse Visitor Center with the council.

An agreement for the transfer and future maintenance is being negotiated between the city, the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce and the Powerhouse Gang Board.

Byram appointed a committee of council members Monica Gates and Frank McVey and Vice Mayor Phil Moon to meet with Powerhouse representatives.

Swenson said the transfer should be completed by Jan.

1 if the council approves.

By a 7-0 vote, the council also approved the consent agenda, which included:

• Acceptance of 33 acres from Lee and Gail Bruno and Jay and Tomma Schritter to be added to the Whiter Cliffs Reserve.

• The mayor's signature on changes in Kingman Airport grants from ADOT.

• A bid for sewer and water mains to Freiday Construction for $446,865.

• A bid to JNJ Engineering Construction for $82,320 for sidewalk, curbs and gutters.

Byram presented a plaque to David Cooley, who was recommended by the Clean City Commission for improvement to office property at 2916 Stockton Hill Road.

Cooley purchased the dwelling and remodeled it for the Remax Preferred Professionals real estate office.