Colorado City, a 911 dispatch center dam-road closure on county's agenda

Miner photo/CALEB SOPTELEAN

Thompson Avenue residents are upset about cars speeding through their neighborhood.

Pictured above, from the left, on the north side of Thompson Avenue near a curve in the road are Virginia Hubbs, Chuck Hubbs and Liam Rooney.

"He was helping a stranded motorist (who was) pushing his Jeep," said Virginia Hubbs, Waldo's next-door neighbor.

The driver of the Jeep ran out of gas at dusk, she said.

"He was the sweetest guy," said neighbor Claire Monahan.

"He would go all the way down (the street) doing everybody's weeds."

The mostly elderly residents who live along Thompson Avenue near where the road curves at Rose Drive are asking county officials to do something about speeding.

Four residents met with the Miner on Friday and complained about people wrecking into their fences, yards and cars over the years.

"Most are just speeding; one was drunk," Monahan said of the drivers who have wrecked.

Much of the traffic comes from students and employees of Mohave Community College and employees who work at the Kingman Airport Industrial Park, the residents say.

All of the post office boxes in the area are located on the north side of Thompson Avenue, while all of the homes are on the south side.

This causes a problem for residents who are crossing the street to pick up their mail because they often can't see speeding cars coming around the curve.

"We're going to have to do something about the freeway," said Hubbs' husband, Chuck.

Hubbs said he recently talked with Supervisor Pete Byers and Sheriff Tom Sheahan about the problem.

"I'm in the protest stage right now," he said.

"We're just bumping heads trying to find out what we can do," he said.

Agenda items relating to Colorado City, grants for a 911 dispatch system, and the closing of Davis Dam to vehicle traffic will be among items discussed and voted on by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

The supervisors will be asked to approve a property lease with Mohave Community College for land located in Colorado City.

The county wants to lease the property for a law enforcement building.

The installation of a modular office building is planned.

The closest Mohave County Sheriff's Office facility is 85 miles away in Beaver Dam.

Mohave County Manager Ron Walker and other county staff began negotiations with Mohave Community College President Thomas Henry in January regarding the leasing of MCC property in the Colorado City.

The parcel is approximately 27,466 sq.

ft.

near Central Street, close to the MCC Colorado City campus.

The Mohave County supervisors, sheriff, county attorney, Arizona attorney general, Child Protective Services and the governor's office are cooperating to procure the joint county/state government facility in Colorado City.

The supervisors will also vote on an item that would allow for the creation of a full-time special investigator position assigned specifically to the Colorado City area to investigate reported abuse cases.

The salary for the position would be paid from contingency funds.

In a letter to the supervisors, Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith wrote: "Due to the cloistered and secretive society that comprises Colorado City, and the need to protect its young citizens from potential arranged marriages and/or sexual abuse, I would request the board consider the appointment of a part-time special investigator to look into various allegations that have surfaced both in the media and law enforcement."

Smith also wrote that the position would coincide with the new victim advocate position being funded by a federal grant with matching funds from the Attorney General's Office.

At the meeting, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, the supervisors will honor 18 county employees who have worked for Mohave County from 15 to 30 years.

Also at the meeting the supervisors will recognize the contribution of the Community Development Block Grant Program to community needs of the county for 20 years.

Mohave County has received approximately $4.6 million in federal grants for community needs, including a grant for clearance and rehabilitation of commercial building at the Kingman Airport in 1984, expansion and renovation of the Kathryn Heidenriech Adult Center in 1986, the installation of a well and construction at Hualapai Mountain Park in 1986 and 1987 and the adoption of the reverse mortgage program throughout the county in 1992.

The county also received several grants for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and fire station equipment throughout the years.