Crossing update on tap Monday

Reps for Vestar, Vanderbilt set

KINGMAN - The Kingman Crossing Interstate 40 interchange project makes a return to prominence on the latest agenda of the Kingman City Council. Monday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St.

Representatives of joint developers Vanderbilt and Vestar are expected to discuss the status of the project with Council members in a work session to take place at 5 p.m., prior to the regular meeting. During the regular meeting, Council will then address a request by staff for direction on how to proceed with the interchange.

If Council decides to move forward with funding the project, staff has asked that members provide direction on whether to retain an independent attorney to represent the city throughout negotiations with Vanderbilt and Vestar. Staff has also requested Council decide whether to conduct a fiscal impact analysis required for any infrastructure reimbursement agreement, as well as whether the city should initiate a development agreement with the two companies.

Elsewhere on the agenda, Council is expected to make a final decision on a rezone request for a one-acre portion of the Tuscany Village commercial development at the northeast corner of Southern Avenue and Easter Avenue.

The developer, Rick Campbell, previously had sought to rezone the property from C-1: Commercial, Neighborhood Convenience, to C-2-PDD: Commercial, Planned Development District. The rezone met with impassioned opposition from a number of nearby residents, however, who contended that the rezone would allow a convenience store to be built on the property.

Their concerns centered on the possibility that a convenience store would increase local traffic flow, which could pose a danger to the many neighborhood children who make their way to nearby Hualapai Elementary School on foot. Residents also were concerned that, because a convenience store would be allowed to sell beer and wine, it would attract a negative element to the area.

Council had been split on whether to allow the convenience store, deadlocking 3-3 before opting to table the item until seventh member Kerry Deering was available to cast the tiebreaking vote. It may prove unnecessary, however, as Campbell has since dropped the convenience store from his rezone request, stating his desire to be a good neighbor to the community.

Council also will vote on whether to officially support a proposal by UniSource Energy Services to run a section of 230-kilovolt power lines through the city limits. The route is one of a number of alternatives drawn up by UniSource in hopes of connecting the Western McConnico substation south of the city to the Mineral Park Mine east of Chloride, to meet the mine's current and future power demands.

The route to be considered Monday evening would begin at the Harris substation just north of McConnico, and would head north along the west side of Interstate 40, crossing the interstate south of the truck wash at the TA truck stop.

It would then run behind the truck wash and west of the businesses on the west side of Beale Street/Highway 93, then cross over Beale to head northwest to the Coyote Pass substation. From there, the lines would cross back over Highway 93 and run along its western side the rest of the way to Chloride.

The poles would be about 105 feet high, compared to the 60-foot height of the city's existing utility poles. However, the 230 kV poles would be spaced 800 feet apart from one another, up from the current poles' 300 feet.

Councilmembers toured the proposed route along with several alternatives through Golden Valley on Aug. 28. The Beale Street route may prove to be the most favorable for UniSource, however, considernin the strong opposition from property owners in Golden Valley.

To view the meeting agenda in full, visit http://cityclerk.cityofkingman.gov/council_docs.asp.