Construction under way in East Golden Gate Improvement District

Construction is in full swing in the nearly $4 million sewer, water, sidewalk and street improvement project east of the railroad and west of Eastern Avenue.

The East Golden Gate Improvement District is the largest ever attempted in Kingman, city engineer Pete Johnson said.

Desert Construction, a Kingman company, was awarded the $3,791,116 contract for street, curb and sidewalk work, which was proceeding along Eastern Avenue south of Pasadena Avenue this week.

City officials expect work to be finished in July.

Freiday Construction, another Kingman company, is the subcontractor for sewer and water lines.

Water and sewer lines are being installed, streets paved and curbs, gutters and sidewalks built throughout the area from Southern Avenue to Pasadena Avenue and between Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue.

"Trenching for conduit and lines of other utility companies may also be included to facilitate future development in the area," Johnson said.

The owners of the 533 parcels in the East Golden Gate Improvement District had an opportunity to pay cash for their improvements prior to sale of bonds for the construction costs.

Bond payments will be spread over 15 years for the remaining property owners, who will get their first bills in December.

City billing will be for interest only in June and interest plus the annual payment in December.

Mortgage companies usually work with homeowners to collect monthly payments in escrow accounts, as with property taxes, City Manager Roger Swenson said.

Johnson said widening of Louise and Simms avenues should improve traffic flow in the area.

Eastern Avenue also will be a wider.

The section of Southern Avenue west of Eastern will be paved, which will help traffic move out of the area without passing Hualapai Elementary School.

Johnson said drainage should be improved with digging of a retention basin on lots purchased by the city on the northwest corner of Eastern and Southern avenues.

The retention basin will be seeded, irrigated and available for a playground when not flooded.

The city will pay about $500,000 of the total cost of the improvement district project for flood control and water and sewer line extensions, some street work and a fire hydrant.

Mohave Engineering planned the project and figured property assessments that average about $3,000 per lot.

The cost will vary with the size of the lots and the services added.

Water, sewer, sidewalk and street upgrades vary by property.

Coral Loyd, Kingman financial director, said the bonds were sold for a 15-year term.

Kingman financial advisor Tom Hocking and bond counsel Michael Casiso handled the bond transaction following the close of the cash payment period July 15.

Swenson said the city has a good program to work with the property owners.

The billing process is handled by the city and is not part of the county tax assessment process.

"We are interested in making the water, sewer and street improvements in the city and do not want to own any one's property," Swenson said.

Swenson said the city has 500 owners of properties from other improvement districts currently making bond payments.

"No one has lost a home," he said.

"We have had four delinquencies where sales were canceled.

Three or four vacant lots were lost.

The city will work with each situation."