Well sites, rezone on Council's agenda

KINGMAN - City Council on Monday is likely to delay taking action on the Airway Avenue/North Castle Rock Road rezone case after the property owners asked staff for more time to settle disputes voiced by Residents Against Irresponsible Development and other residents. The watchdog group challenged a similar request last year after Council voted to approve the rezone of about 15 acres from residential to commercial use. Voters overturned the Council vote and the land remains zoned residential.

Short/Bowers Investments, the landowner, brought the issue back before the Planning and Zoning Commission on April 8. The commission voted 4-1 to send a recommendation of approval to Council. But as the voters already overturned the decision during the November ballot election, RAID again has threatened to challenge the issue with a referendum if conditions aren't placed on the rezone that would limit certain commercial enterprises from the property. The two parties have met once already to try and weed out any businesses that some feel would not be conducive to the neighborhood, such as liquor stores and tattoo parlors, uses that the requested C-2 commercial zoning would otherwise allow.

Also during Council's Monday meeting, staff will recommend that Council accept six bids on as many pieces of property that went to auction April 30. Rhodes Homes Arizona was the only bidder of the undeveloped one-acre parcels located in Golden Valley. Rhodes bid $81,707 for each site, totaling $490,242.

Also on the agenda:

• Staff will recommend that Council approve several projects to receive various portions of a $733,000 grant from the Arizona Department of Housing;

• Council will vote to adopt the fiscal year 2008-09 tentative budget, which sets the ceiling for spending and allows only for reductions in spending come May 19, when Council votes to adopt the final budget;

• Council will consider changing insurance companies (from AJS Insurance to Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool), due to "less than desirable coverage and services" from the former company.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Council Chambers, 310 N. Fourth St. Call 753-5561 or visit CityofKingman.gov for more information.