Federal prison proposed for area

Supervisors to hear plans on 2,500-bed facility, other options

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will take in two different presentations involving a possible new jail and justice center for the county during the regular Monday meeting.

Part of the conversation will deal with the possibility of having a federal prison in the Kingman area.

One presentation will be a discussion of a needs assessment completed by the National Center for State Courts in Denver and Durrant Architects. According to the backup material furnished for the meeting, this is the first step in determining actual needs, area and preliminary budget for the possible project.

In the second presentation, the Board will discuss the possibility of the county working with Management Training Corporation to bring a federal prison to Mohave County. According to backup material provided for the meeting, MTC is proposing three options on how to house federal prisoners in the county.

The first option has MTC partnering with the county to build a 2,000 to 2,500-bed facility at the proposed site for the new 850-bed county jail and justice facility. MTC would design, build, finance and operate the federal side of the new jail. The county would still maintain jurisdiction over the county prisoners.

MTC would pay the county between $365,000 to $370,000 annually. According to the backup material, this would create an additional 100-200 jobs and save the county on the construction of the new jail.

The second option would have the county and MTC building the federal facility at another location if the current proposed site is not suitable. The federal site could include a training and law enforcement center. MTC would provide transportation and bailiff services for the facility.

The third option would have MTC and the county building a new 1,000-bed federal facility near the current state prison in Golden Valley. MTC would pay a fee to the county, drill a $1.5 million well and create 100-200 additional jobs to staff the building.

The Board will also consider approval of:

• Two subdivision plats.

• Several special event liquor licenses.

• An appointment to the Republican Precinct Committee.

• A $7,383 grant application to the State Department of Health and Human Services for polling equipment for disabled residents.

• Accepting several roads and right-of-ways into the county's Tertiary Road Maintenance System.

• Expanding the Truxton and Hualapai Valley Fire Districts.

• Two appointments to the Board of Adjustments.

• Increasing the Workforce Investment Act Youth Program 2007 by $5,428.

• Accepting two donations worth a total of $700 to the COYOTE Career Club.

• Community Development Block Grant funds for the owner-occupied housing rehabilitation project, two fire trucks, a new fire substation and improvements to the Golden Shores Community Center.

• Granting a right-of-way to Mohave Electric Cooperative.

• Adopting the assessment rate of $1.57 to special districts for the reimbursement of costs of various services provided by the county.

• Renewing and amending several county contracts.

• Establishing a writ fee to be deposited in the Constables Ethics Committee Fund.

• Increasing the probate, guardianship and real property affidavit fee by $50 and creating the position of court services assistant within the Superior Court Clerks Office.

• A public auction of 31 traffic-control barriers.

The Board meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the County Administration Building on West Beale Street in Kingman.

The Board will also be holding a budget workshop after its regular meeting.