GOLDEN VALLEY - The countdown continues and the excitement grows.
In just the second week of active petitioning, the Incorporate Golden Valley committee and volunteers had gathered almost 40 percent of the signatures needed for the committee to take incorporation to a vote by the registered voters living in the proposed incorporation area in Golden Valley.
If petition signatures continue to roll in at the current rate, the committee and its supporters have said they may just try to gain enough signatures and support to make Golden Valley a city without a vote, taking the issue directly to the county Board of Supervisors for formalization. The committee already has almost 10 percent of the number of signatures needed if the choice is to attempt automatic city status.
IGV Chairman Henry Peairs Jr. told the board of directors on Feb. 21 that he is very proud of everyone for their hard work and sincerity.
"I want to praise all of you," he said. "In my wildest dreams, I didn't think I would see this level of support."
He singled out one board member in particular.
"Dennis, you're amazing," Peairs told Dennis Emery. "With all of the hurt and pain you live with every day, you get right out there and work. You deserve very high praise."
The committee reported that there have been numerous individuals who have wanted to sign the petition in support of incorporation but had to be turned away for one of three reasons: Some live outside the area proposed for incorporation.
Others either weren't registered voters or they lacked the proper identification.
For those in the last category, volunteer petition gatherers have taken names and phone numbers and will contact them to see if they have located their voter registration cards so they can sign the petition.
The committee is still seeking more petition circulators to man the two locations, Golden Valley Gas and King Tut's mini-mart, from 10 a.m .to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the next few weeks until the petition drive ends.
Circulators must be eligible to register to vote in Mohave County, and they don't have to live in the proposed incorporation area to help gather signatures.
The IGV is mailing out brochures to encourage registered voters to sign the petition and to vote for incorporation if the issue goes to the ballot.
Randy Cone, petition sub-committee chairman, said the IGV needs more volunteers who are willing to make phone calls to follow up on the brochures.
The committee agreed the task would be ideal for elderly or homebound individuals who support incorporation but cannot work on the "front lines" at the petition-gathering sites on weekends.
For more information about the incorporation effort, contact Peairs at 279-1537. To volunteer in any capacity in the petition drive or to make phone calls, contact Cone at 565-5723.