Mayor signs agreement for flood-control funding

KINGMAN ­ Mayor Monica Gates Monday night signed an intergovernmental agreement with the Mohave County Flood District for funding of Kingman's flood-control projects.

The agreement is an annual funding mechanism for flood control projects that is allocated to municipalities in the county through a county wide tax distributed accordingly based on a population-driven formula, city Director of Community Development Dennis Roberts said.

Kingman this year will receive $446,401 in flood-control funds from the district.

Roberts said the city's top priority flood-control project in the upcoming year is the construction of a drainage detention basin near Louise Avenue, referred to as the Getz Station detention basin. The basin is to intercept runoff from the east and reduce flooding impacts downstream, particularly in the Golden Gate Addition subdivision between Main Street and Harrison Street, according to the IGA proposal.

The cost of engineering for the project is estimated at $30,000, $300,000 for the cost of construction.

"We hope to have it completed in the upcoming year," Roberts said.

The basin construction is tentative, relying on the city acquiring 11.15 acres from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company.

The city is in the process of finalizing the purchase, Roberts said.

The balance of the funds will be used to purchase right-of-way for the Bull Mountain Channel, which will channel drainage flows from the west through a box culvert under Stockton Hill Road into the temporary detention basin on the east side of Stockton Hill Road, and running into a drainage channel in the Lake Mohave Country Club Estates.

The purchase of six lots in the subdivision is required for the Lake Mohave Country Club Estates channel.

Roberts said construction of the Bull Mountain channel is about two years away.

Previous allocations of county flood-district funds have gone to storm drains on Gordon Avenue, Stockton Hill Road, Airway Avenue, and the detention basin near Hualapai Mountain School on the corner of Eastern and Southern Avenues, Roberts said.

Roberts added that the city is working with the county on finishing the final phase of the Mohave Channel near Kingman High School North and the city boundary.

The city has $1.6 million programmed for flood-control projects in the $28 million Capital Improvements Projects budget.