Righting wrongs is top priority

Council to consider moving Call back to start of meetings

KINGMAN - Judge Gary Pope will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect John Salem and Council members-elect Robin Gordon, Keith Walker and Carole Young at the first meeting of the new City Council Monday night.

With large numbers of family, friends and well-wishers expected to turn out for the meeting, the venue has been moved to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room at 700 W. Beale St., rather than City Hall, though the meeting will still begin at the regular 6 p.m. time.

Following his swearing in, Salem will then present awards to each of the outgoing Council members: Mayor Les Byram, Vice Mayor Dave French, Tom Carter and Tom Spear. French will also receive an award from the Western Arizona Council of Governments.

Council will then discuss and choose the new vice mayor and new liaisons to various committees. Then, it's down to business.

The Call to the Public will be among the new Council's first priorities - it was moved to the end of regular Council meetings by an ordinance passed in Sept. 2007, much to the chagrin of those wishing to say their piece and leave. Council will consider Monday an ordinance that will repeal the 2007 ordinance and present them two options for what to do with the call.

The first option would move the Call to the Public back toward the beginning of the regular agenda. The second more flexible option would allow the mayor and city manager determine the order of the agenda as appropriate to each Council meeting, meaning they could choose to leave the Call toward the end of the agenda, then move it to the beginning if a particularly contentious issue should arise.

The Council will consider approval of a request made by First American Title to rezone 1.04 acres along the west side of Bank Street between Kino and Coronado Avenues from R-R, Rural Residential to C-3, Commercial, Service Business. The rezone would allow for a restaurant, which would provide entertainment and dancing. The same item came up on the May 5 Council meeting but was tabled pending further information about the restaurant's liquor license.

The Council will also discuss a resolution that would levy a voter-approved secondary property tax to pay for the final two years of the Airway Avenue construction project. The estimated debt payment for the coming fiscal year is $444,150, meaning the tax would come to $.1327 per $100 of assessed value.