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7:28 AM Wed, Jan. 16th

Work continuing in Golden Gate Improvement District

Sewer and water lines are on the ground and sidewalks continue to be poured

in the East Golden Gate Improvement District.

However, Kingman City Engineer Pete Johnson expects the $3,791,116 project to go beyond the contracted July 21 completion date.

Completed street work includes widening of Eastern Avenue, which goes along the eastern edge of the improvement district.

Also completed has been paving on the western end of Southern Avenue east to Monroe Street, a north and south collector street to Hualapai Mountain Road.

All the streets within the East Golden Gate Improvement District will be paved, providing access to about 500 housing sites with sewer and water service and sidewalks.

Johnson said the last street work would likely be along Louise Avenue, the main east-west route through the improvement district, because of few alternative routes for traffic detours.

The streets north and south of Louise Avenue were mostly dirt before work in the improvement district began.

Water and sewer lines have been installed and curbs, gutters and sidewalks laid.

Mohave Engineering was hired by Kingman to plan the project, write specifications and figure property assessments that average about $3,000 per lot.

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, and first billing of property owners is expected in December.

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

Mortgage companies will usually work with homeowners to collect monthly payments in an escrow account, like taxes.

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

City Manager Roger Swenson said city has 500 owners of properties in other improvement districts making bond payments.

The assessment is not part of the county tax statement but is a city billing process.