Council changing vehicle for sale ordinance

The ordinance regulating parking vehicles for sale on private property along city streets will be amended, the Kingman City Council decided Wednesday.

After several residents expressed concerns during a public hearing, the council asked city staff members to draft amendments that would require a permit issued by the city, proof of vehicle ownership and permission of a property owner for parking a vehicle with a for-sale sign.

Display would be limited to dawn to dusk and any one owner could sell no more than four vehicles in a year.

"The council needs to find a happy medium that gives people permission to sell a car with some restrictions," Diana Haws said.

Charles Higgins said he was concerned about limitations on driving a car around town with a for sale sign in the window.

"Will I be able to drive my car to town with a for sale sign in the window when the new regulations are adopted," he asked.

"I don't want to get a ticket when I stop somewhere to shop."

Robert Pine said he parked where he parks it every day at work and within minutes he had a notice to take the for sale sign out.

He works next door to the Kingman Police Station on Andy Devine Avenue.

Several residents said car dealers are not interested buying older vehicles or taking then in on trades.

Councilman Ray Lyons he drives his car until no one wants to buy it.

"I would rather have a root canal done than talk to a car salesman," Lyons said.

In other council business:

• A public hearing on the proposed annexation of 230 acres off Hualapai Mountain Road at Roslyn Drive resulted in a postponement of the process because one property owner was adamant about not being annexed.

If boundaries are redrawn, the process must be restarted, Kingman community development director Dennis Roberts said.

The owner of the partially completed storage units across from Seneca Street would be included at the request of the owner.

Robert Richey, owner of 188 acres of the area where he plans a housing development, initiated the request.

• City Manager Roger Swenson reported that architect Bill Otwell would look at the proposed remodeling of the Powerhouse Visitor's Center to modify the large meeting room to allow several meetings and small conferences.

Otwell did the original Powerhouse plans, Swenson said.

Several council members expressed concern about city operation of a convention center and the possible high cost of renovation.

Swenson would report again at the next council meeting.

• The council awarded a $143,584 contract to Fibre Tech West to reline the Centennial Park Pool.

The schedule calls for the work to be completed in time for the summer swimming season.

• Swenson gave the council copies of the five-year tentative capital projects for review.

A Monday meeting is scheduled for the council to make recommendations for items to consider for the fiscal 2005 budget.