Spear withdraws from committee

Vice mayor, party in lawsuit against Kingman, won’t be part of process of hiring new city attorney

KINGMAN – Vice Mayor Tom Spear withdrew Monday from a committee to evaluate applications for a new city attorney.

City Attorney Bob Taylor effectively resigns from the city mid-April, and Spear volunteered at the last Council meeting to serve on a committee with Council members Dave French and Tom Carter to assist in the recruitment process for a new city attorney prior to interviews.

“Because of the circumstances, I do need to withdraw from that,” Spear said during Monday night’s work session, alluding to the lawsuit filed as a third-party suit on behalf of his hotel, King’s Inn, against the city of Kingman.

The lawsuit alleges the city failed to inspect a new addition built over the hotel’s boiler room, contributing to the death of a woman from a gas leak on Feb. 13, 2004.

Council member Phil Moon replaces Spear on the committee.

Other action taken during the work session was a 7-0 vote not to take action on the city manager’s contract.

Council held City Manager Paul Beecher’s annual evaluation in executive session, after an objection from Council Member Tom Carter.

“I was under the impression it was not going into executive session,” Carter said, adding that he preferred it in the open chamber.

Taylor said it was up to Council to decide, and Council voted 6-1 over Carter’s objection.

Economic Development Director Jeff Weir presented to Council during the work session a cooperative project between the city and Mohave County called Building Bridges to Business, a business retention and expansion program.

The county provides to the city for free a software package used for economic reporting and analysis, as well as ongoing technical assistance.

The city pays an extra $1,000 to add service and retail industry analysis to the module.

“It’s a real wonderful tool to see what’s happening, not just here but throughout the whole county,” Weir said.

Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City partner with the city for the purchase of the Retail Business Module.

The Bullhead City Chamber of Commerce, the Bullhead Economic Development Authority and Lake Havasu Partnership for Economic Development would partner with the city in the program.