OK. Let’s analyze this thing in Golden Valley.
A group of residents last fall became concerned after the Kingman City Council mentioned annexing their little piece of paradise in the future. To keep this from ever happening, they raised the incorporation flag again, (for the fourth or fifth time, depending on who you talk to), formed an organization, gave it a long name, and began to hold meetings to garner support for their cause.
At the first public meeting, the group pointed out that they were seeking incorporation for just a small part of Golden Valley, upsetting some in the audience who favored incorporating all of Golden Valley. Feeling their concerns were ignored, these folks then formed their own organization, gave it an even longer name, and began seeking support for their cause, subsequently diluting some of the energy behind the first group’s efforts.
Instead of working together toward one clearly defined goal, the two groups began the petition process on their own, putting together two separate petitions, subsequently confusing the remaining residents in Golden Valley, most of whom do not want to be incorporated either partly or in full.
So, a third group began to take shape, though, as of yet, they haven’t formed an official organization or come up with an even longer name than the other two. This group, however, is larger than the other two – combined.
They moved to Golden Valley to stay out of an incorporated town. They like their lives, they like their freedoms, and they understand that incorporation and annexation are two endeavors that would lead to the same thing ... and they don’t want that.
This saga is a lot like the Hatfields and McCoys, with various members of each group sparring and calling each other names. The whole thing is a bit comical, especially because it’s true.
In December, even before they could get a petition going, Group 1 saw its leadership fall apart as three members of the executive board resigned their positions, one citing health concerns, the other two blaming nonexistent legal risks.
Group 1 and Group 2 (and probably a few members of Group 3), will meet tomorrow evening to do what they should have done from the beginning but were just too pigheaded to get accomplished. They will attempt to form one group out of the two, a compromise of sorts. Because Kingman told them they had to.
Any incorporation effort in Golden Valley must be signed off by Kingman since Golden Valley is less than six miles away. Of course, if either group could get two-thirds of voting-eligible residents in their respective areas to sign on, they could bypass that requirement. After a handful of weeks of circulating petitions, neither group is even close to two-thirds. Both are closer to about the 10 percent necessary to keep the efforts going.
So, last week both groups, knowing that they were not going to get the two-thirds they were seeking, visited the Kingman City Council to gauge whether all their efforts would be for naught.
The Council probably should have told them to forget it, utilizing the “if you don’t want us, we will not help you” argument to stop this nonsense. Instead, the Council told them to quit the bickering, form one group and come back again in a united effort. In a way, maybe Council did give them the kiss off, as it could be impossible for the Hatfields and McCoys to come together for the betterment of both.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I applaud people who will band together to make change happen. Both groups are run by motivated individuals who seem to really want what’s best for Golden Valley.
What I can’t understand, though, is why? Where’s the sense behind incorporating a town to keep it from becoming ... well, a town? Do the citizens of Golden Valley, or West Kingman as some call it (not me), really believe that Kingman is going to annex them any time in the near future? Looking at Kingman’s success at annexing North Kingman, I think the residents of Golden Valley can rest assured any annexation effort would be years down the road. And even so, the residents would have to approve the annexation, so Kingman would really have to sell the idea, and most in Golden Valley, Group 3, would never buy.
Both organized groups tout this huge windfall they would receive from the state if they were incorporated. They don’t seem to realize that what they get will be far less than they will need to run an incorporated town.
I suspect that these incorporation efforts are being led by folks who expect to get more roads paved in Golden Valley if they become a real town. They are wrong. As proof, they need look no further than to the incorporated city they oppose becoming a part of.
Kingman Mayor Monica Gates recently told the Miner’s editorial board that there are currently 18 miles of roads not paved IN THE CITY LIMITS OF KINGMAN. Let’s see, Kingman has been incorporated for more than 100 years, so I guess the citizens of Golden Valley can expect to have most of their roads paved by ... 2106.
It’s because the state does not give enough money to towns to pay for new paving projects. It’s not even enough to totally fund upkeep on the roads that are paved. Any dollars from the state would have to fund departments, personnel, equipment – with none left for paving.
If these groups really wanted to get their roads paved, they would band together and inundate the county by sending letters and showing up at all supervisors meetings until they got what they wanted. That makes more sense and would appease Group 3, which is becoming more vocal with each passing day.
It will be interesting to see if Group 1 and Group 2 can put aside their differences long enough tomorrow night to continue their misguided causes.
They should be careful, however. They might actually get what they seek.