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Incorporation petition drive kickoff a 'Super Bowl' success

Neck and neck: Incorporate Golden Valley Chairman Henry Peairs Jr. (center) congratulates Ralph W. Eaton (left) and Patricia Randolph for being the first to gather enough petitions to fill petition sheets, shown here, in the race toward incorporating Golden Valley. GVG Photo/DONNA NEWMAN

Neck and neck: Incorporate Golden Valley Chairman Henry Peairs Jr. (center) congratulates Ralph W. Eaton (left) and Patricia Randolph for being the first to gather enough petitions to fill petition sheets, shown here, in the race toward incorporating Golden Valley. GVG Photo/DONNA NEWMAN

GOLDEN VALLEY - The Incorporate Golden Valley petition drive kickoff scored a touchdown in the first three days of play.

"It was a beautiful kickoff, almost as exciting as the Super Bowl," said IGV Chairman Henry Peairs Jr. at the board meeting on Feb. 14. "I'm very proud of you and of the citizens of Golden Valley for coming out right away to sign their names, showing they want Golden Valley to become a town. They realize it's the only way to protect this valley we all love."

Peairs said the petition drive features two manned sites where incorporation supporters can drive up and sign the petitions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Those locations are at Golden Valley Gas at the intersection of Magma Road and state Highway 68, and King Tut's mini-mart west of Teddy Roosevelt Road along the highway.

"Since the incorporation effort in 1998, all of the petition signing has basically taken place behind closed doors and in other private situations," he said. "This is the first time I've ever seen it set up the way we're doing it, at public locations where people can find us easily."

Peairs commended petition sub-committee Chairman Randy Cone for his dedication and hard work.

"He's doing a wonderful job," Peairs said, adding with a grin, "Now let's see if we can stress him out even more next weekend."

Cone said the petition drive started out well, despite "a few small glitches. But they weren't serious."

He said the volunteers who manned the two petition sites for the first three days gathered more than 20 percent of the signatures needed to take the issue to a ballot, or about 4 percent of the total needed to take the signed petitions to the county Board of Supervisors and automatically make Golden Valley a small city.

IGV Secretary Patricia Randolph and volunteer Ralph W. Eaton tied as the first two petition circulators to fill the 15 slots on a petition sheet.

"I'd like for the committee to come up with some nice plaques or other type of recognition for the volunteers and board members who are working so hard," Peairs said.

"Let's plan to present some awards at the end of the petition drive. That's the least we can do to show our appreciation for all of the hard work everyone is putting into this."

Cone, who also is a Mohave County Minuteman, said he learned a lot through his own experience and by observing and listening over the weekend.

"When I got to the petition site on Friday, I was wearing my Minuteman hat and we had the American flag there," he said. "It confused people. They didn't know if I was trying to get petition signatures or represent the Minutemen. And I realized I could have been preventing people from signing the petition. I knew then that I needed to make a clear separation between these two completely different groups."

Peairs said IGV members are entitled to associate with whatever groups they wish when they aren't representing the IGV, but they must keep those affiliations separate to avoid confusion.

"Anyone who wants to see Golden Valley incorporated has the right to help us get that done," he said. "They also have the right to belong to any groups, churches or whatever, as long as it doesn't create an unnecessary conflict with either group."

The IGV board also said the "Make It Happen: Incorporate Golden Valley" banner at Golden Valley Gas was drawing in more petition signers and agreed to have Golden Valley Signs make another banner like it for the King Tut's location.

For information concerning the incorporation effort, call Peairs at 279-1537. For information about signing the petition or to ask for a volunteer to bring the petition to a homebound registered voter living in the proposed incorporation area, call Cone at 565-5723.