Building fees waived for HALT animal shelter

KINGMAN - In a majority vote, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved waiving $1,365 in building fees for the Help Animals Live Today kennel in Kingman.

Chairman Pete Byers and Vice Chairman Tom Sockwell voted for the waiver, while Supervisor Buster Johnson wasn't in favor of the action at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday.

"By the waving of any fees, you just open the flood gates for other organizations," Johnson said.

Byers said he felt the waiver was necessary to assist the public charity, as it is a condition of a $100,000 private donation to build the kennel. Byers also expressed appreciation of the charity's efforts in the community.

HALT will still be required to pay the $50 flood control fee at the 6625 N. Massachusetts Drive site. The building permit will be issued as soon as the fire district approves the plans, a memorandum from Mohave County Planning and Zoning Director Christine Ballard stated.

The votes were once again split over the strategy and plans for the proposed administrative work group review of the subdivision regulations. The Board approved Planning and Zoning to create a committee to review the county's subdivision regulations. The purpose of the committee would be to clarify the regulations, Mohave County Manager Ron Walker said.

With possibly only one representative of 19 targeted for the committee from his district, Johnson said he felt the Board should have some say in the formation of the committee. "I intentionally did not look at political boundaries," Walker said. "I want to keep it administrative in nature."

Sockwell said he felt the need to have the changes done to the regulations before the next economic boom hits, whenever that is. Once formed and on a biweekly meeting schedule, Ballard projected the committee would have a recommendation for new regulations to the Board in three and a half months.

The supervisors were in agreement to table Mohave County Ordinance 2007-09. The ordinance requires hotels, motels, recreational vehicle parks, campgrounds and other buildings or places used for fewer than 30 days of lodging to meet the same public health and safety requirements as a hotel room.

With no new information presented, Byers requested the Public Health Department determine which units would be affected by the ordinance, while Johnson requested a specific recommendation from the department.

The Board unanimously passed a resolution that would establish and adopt a schedule for reimbursement of county services provided to fire districts. The resolution put the county in compliance with Arizona Revised Statutes and will go into effect the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on April 21 at the Mohave County Administrative Building, 700 W. Beale St.