Supes to consider meeting only in Kingman

KINGMAN - Residents of Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City may not like County Supervisor Tom Sockwell's new way of saving money.

Sockwell wants to stop holding Board of Supervisors' meetings in those locations. He plans to bring the idea up for consideration at Monday's meeting.

"I've been watching the turnout for some time now. We're not getting much of a turnout at either city," Sockwell said.

He said he didn't think it was worth the lost time, mileage, transportation and fuel costs. A typical Board of Supervisors meeting usually includes at least one representative from each of the county's many departments. All of those employees have to drive in order to get to the meetings.

"I don't think it's worth it. It's not benefiting the public," he said.

Residents of both Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City will still be able to get information on the meetings, he said. Local radio and television stations usually cover and air the meetings. Sockwell was unsure of how much it would save the county to stop holding regular meetings in Bullhead and Lake Havasu cities.

Supervisor Pete Byers said he agrees with Sockwell that uprooting most of the staff and having them drive to Bullhead or Lake Havasu to hold the meetings is unfeasible. "But I don't know what the public reaction will be. We'll have to wait for the meeting," he said.

A representative from Supervisor Buster Johnson's office said he was waiting until Monday's meeting to speak with Sockwell before commenting on the idea.

The board will also consider approval of several zoning issues in the county during Monday's meeting.

The agenda includes zoning issues in Lake Havasu City, South Mohave Valley, Golden Valley, the Arizona Strip and Kingman areas.

On agenda:

• Discussion and possible approval of a water and wastewater utility franchise for Sunrise Utilities.

• Discussion and possibly creating a Hatch Valley Domestic Water Improvement District.

• Approval and acceptance of $28,198.74 in Federal Help America Vote Act funds for upgrades to the county's voting system.

• Approval and acceptance of $3,000 in donations for the Mohave County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Division.

• Approve an increase in the lease amount for the Sheriff's substation located on Northern Avenue from $650 to $700 a month.

• Approval to submit an application to the State of Arizona Housing Fund for $500,000 to be used for the Mohave County Owner Occupied Housing Emergency Repair Program.

• Apply to the Arizona Division of Emergency Management for $83,000 in Emergency Management Performance Grant funds.

• Approve a contract with Loomis, Fargo & Co. for armored car services for an additional pickup truck at the Sheriff's Office.

• Approve an amendment to a contract with Uniformed Security Guard Services to add overtime payment procedures.

• Award a $1,792,600 contract to Stanley Consultants to perform design, construction management and other services for the Golden Valley Improvement District Phase V.

• Award a $50,000 contract with The WLB Group to produce a master plan for the County's Section 20 lease in Bullhead City.

• Approve a $37,600 agreement with Latitude Geographics Group Ltd. to purchase a program allowing various county departments and the public to access the county's geographic information system.

• Approve a $436,219 contract to improve Shinarump Drive.

• Accept $238.34 in property taxes from Interstate Bakeries Corporation that is currently under bankruptcy proceedings.