City Council gets block-grant fund requests, will decide in April

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Mohave Community College student Leslie Daniels practices putting an intravenous line into a mannequin's arm as ViAnn Cruse, the Kingman campus nursing lab coordinator, talks about the nursing program with Kingman High School sophomores.

"We're focusing on academics in English, health and career pathways this semester," Potter said.

"I had 18 applicants, who wrote essays and interviewed, and chose 10."

Shana Hammons, Ammber Hatchell, Justin Johns, Kristina Johnson, Alecia Jones, Mike Kash, Josh Price, Randell Redhouse, Jennifer Russell and Nate Wissinger were the students.

The field trip began at Mohave Community College, where marketing coordinator Deborah Leach led a tour of the nursing, computer, jewelry and art labs for about one hour.

"The computer and nursing labs are pretty cool," said Johns, who is considering career options available through post-secondary education.

"I like electronics, too."

Jones was most enthused with what she saw and heard in the nursing lab, where coordinator ViAnn Cruse spoke with the group and told them nurses in this area earn between $17 and $35 per hour.

"Nursing is very interesting," Jones said.

"Giving shots is what I would find hardest, since I'm scared of needles."

The second stop on the field trip was at Taco Bell on Andy Devine Avenue for a look at the hospitality business and restaurant management.

Kingman Regional Medical Center was the third stop for a look at health services.

The students toured the Del E.

Webb Wellness and Rehabilitation Center and some departments of the hospital.

The Job Services office in downtown Kingman was the final stop of the trip.

Students learned about summer programs for youth and services for finding employment.Decisions on $1.6 million in requests for Community Development Block Grants will be made during the April 5 Kingman City Council meeting, city officials said after a public hearing Monday.

The city has $708,243 in the federal block-grant funds available, which includes 18 percent, or $127,484, for administration.

Some $580,759 will be available to fund 10 potential projects.

City Manager Roger Swenson suggested the several city projects be considered as backups in case other projects cannot be completed within the 18-month limit for block grant funds.

The city, through various departments, has applied for $210,000 to purchase a fire truck and $107,600 for three waterline replacements and $200,000 for two sewer line replacement projects in the Southside area.

Another city request would provide $48,000 for ballpark light installation at Southside Park.

"These are projects in the five-year plan for Kingman and could be backups or funded in future city budgets," Swenson said.

"When the application process began, no one knew how many requests would come in.

The city departments make requests to be sure no money is left on the table."

The largest project would rehabilitate the Old Central Commercial building at Beale and Fourth streets.

Several business operations, including a restaurant, have expressed interest in locating downtown in a renovated building.

The application requests $500,000 of an estimated renovation cost of $785,000.

The Boys and Girls Club of Kingman is requesting $200,000 for a new girl's gym floor and upgrade of the electrical system.

The Kingman Unified School District would contribute $20,000 toward the new floor.

Boys and Girls Club supporters were present at Monday's city council meeting to support the project.

They emphasized the large number of youths in the area receiving service and the safety hazards from places where the gym floor are buckling from water damage.

Two programs operated by Mohave County have applied for block grant funds.

The Sarah's House Victims Center requested $35,000 to complete construction of the landscaping and parking lot paving for the new facility.

Sarah's House provides services to women crime victims in the area.

Swenson said the Sarah's House project could also be eligible for other city funds.

The second county program is the Chat and Chow Nutrition Center on Airway Avenue.

The request for $40,000 would update restroom facilities.

Other block-grant recipients could include the city's low-income housing rehabilitation program, which would receive $15,000 and $145,000, depending on other projects funded.

Grand Vista, a nonprofit organization that provides social services and referrals to other agencies, requested $160,000 to purchase a building in Kingman as a central location for support, training and referrals for area nonprofit groups.

In other action the City Council:

• Approved 7-0 the purchase of 5.38 acres on Andy Devine Avenue for $450,000.

The land is for a new fire station and a water retention basin to reduce flooding down Fairgrounds Boulevard.

• By a 7-0 vote, confirmed a recommendation to use $10,000 of room tax revenue contingency funds for the celebration of 75 years of flight and the visit of Charles Lindbergh to Kingman.

The Experimental Aircraft Association is organizing the one-day of events.

• Agreed to meet at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday to approve a letter about Kingman's concerns with the possible changes in the legislative districts.