Supervisors examine capital improvements needed in near future

Photo special to the Miner

Charlie Tegarden of the Route 66 Rotary Club in Kingman takes a look at a child needing medical care in Mexico.

California Rotary clubs sponsor an annual trip to rural Mexico and invite different Arizona Rotary districts to join them on the bus trip.

"We had a great weekend with Mexican Rotary clubs while getting a first-hand glimpse of this worldwide effort," Tegarden said.

Rotarians from around the world have contributed millions of volunteer hours and millions of dollars more in this effort. During the past 20 years, billions of children have been vaccinated and some 5 million cases of polio have been prevented largely because of the efforts of Rotarians.

Rotary International states that its goal is to eradicate polio by 2005, which will be Rotary International's 100th anniversary.

The organization works with   the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

The Rotary International Polio Plus program has committed to raising $80 million over three years to make up for part of a $275 million worldwide funding shortfall.

Children living in Afghanistan, several warring nations in Africa and across Asia also are receiving the vaccine.

Seven countries are all that remain of the 125 countries where polio was endemic in 1988 as Polio Plus enters the final stages of wiping polio out.

India, Nigeria and Pakistan, three of the countries still finding new cases of the polio virus, have restricted the disease to just six of the 76 states within their boundaries.

A child can be protected for as little as 60 cents a vaccine.

Tegarden said he and fellow Rotarians have a new respect for the program from holding the children and administering the vaccine that would protect them.The Mohave County supervisors are ranking capital projects in order of importance as part of the fiscal 2005 budget process.

The county has a formal process for capital budget submissions as part of annual planning for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

All capital improvements are approved by the board when it adopts the budget.

The capital-improvement list includes projects previously approved by the supervisors, such as the county administration building, the Colorado City facility to aid crime victims, a Bullhead City Superior Court facility and Moccasin Justice Court.

Tempe firm Pinnacle One is the owner, agent and manager for the new county administration building.

The county chose a design-build privatized lease-to-own plan in which Pinnacle One will oversee the building of the facility and then lease it back to the county.

OPUS West Corp.

of Phoenix beat out several other design-build teams in bidding for the $20 million project, which will take about 18 months to design and build.

OPUS West presented an architect's rendering of the building during the supervisors meeting March 1.

By the end of 2005, a projected $20 million will be available in the Capital Facilities Fund derived from the county's quarter-cent sales tax, Mohave County Manager Ron Walker said.

The fund will be used to lease the new administration building, which the county will own in 15 years.

The facility will have 100,000 square feet for administration and 30,000 square feet for human services.

It will be built on 70 acres owned by the county at 600 West Beale St., adjacent to the new Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

In January, the supervisors allocated $200,000 for a new law enforcement building in Colorado City.

The three supervisors voted unanimously to release the funds immediately in view of recent unrest in the polygamist community.

County staff will negotiate a land lease with Mohave Community College for the site and develop an intergovernmental agreement with the state for shared use of the building.

The county plans to purchase and install a modular building for a multi-use facility in Colorado City, which is isolated from the remainder of the county, located north of the Grand Canyon near the Utah border.

The cost of the Colorado City facility will be shared with the state, county Finance Director John Timko said last week.

Requests regarding other county buildings, including a new jail, a law and justice center and sheriff's substations in Dolan Springs, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City were also discussed.

Sheriff Tom Sheahan said the county jail and the jail annex on Beale Street are overcrowded.

Throughout the year, Sheahan has requested the sheriff substations but was told the projects were not in the budget this fiscal year.

They will be considered in 2005, Timko said.

Also requested is a new animal-control facility and an addition to the Kingman branch of the Mohave County Library.

Funds for the library addition will come out of a special library fund.

A climate-controlled records storage-warehouse facility, where electronic voting equipment and sensitive records and documents can be safely stored and maintained for up to seven years, has also been requested.

A professional data manager would attend to the facility behind Kingman Justice Court.

Also on the county wish list is a new motor pool fueling station, an expansion of the Bullhead City library and a Bullhead City senior center.

Timko said several county buildings are being considered for remodeling or demolition as well.

Under consideration is a plan to remodel the Negus Building (formerly the Johnson Building), which currently houses county administration offices.

It is still uncertain what will happen to the building located at 318 N.

Fifth St.

that currently houses Mohave County Health and Social Services.

The fate of the old sheriff's building is also being considered.

Also targeted for demolition is Arnold Plaza, which currently houses several county entities that are slated to move to the new county administration building.

The county is also considering whether or not to demolish the building that currently houses county attorney's offices, in which case a new building would be needed.