Supervisors direct staff to research veterans' cemetery

KINGMAN - Arizona veterans may have a final resting place in Mohave County. County Supervisor Buster Johnson brought the idea before the Board of Supervisors at Monday's meeting.

The state is seeking a location for a new veterans' cemetery, he said. It would need about 40 to 50 acres of land and access to a major roadway.

Julie Hassett from Desert Lawn Cemetery in Mohave Valley objected. She wasn't against a veterans' cemetery, she said. Desert Lawn serves many veterans' families, and ceremonies celebrating veterans were often held at Desert Lawn. However, she said she was concerned about how much a veterans' cemetery would cost to build and maintain.

Everyone in Bullhead City thought an eternal flame to honor veterans at Veterans Park was a wonderful idea, until they realized it would cost around $1,000 a month to keep the flame lit, she said. Now, the flame is lit only on special days, such as Veterans Day or Memorial Day.

The federal Veterans Administration would build the cemetery and reimburse the county for any expense for environmental studies, Johnson said.

The state would maintain the cemetery.

The Board agreed to have staff look into the idea.

The Board also approved setting up $300,000 in an interest-bearing checking account for the Mohave County Emergency Management Department. The department will use the funds to pay for supplies and services in emergencies.

It also referred a zoning use permit for a water storage tank near Dolan Springs back to the Planning and Zoning Commission at the request of staff.

The Board also approved a $1 per ton public health fee at the county dumps in order to help pay for the Dangerous Building Abatement and Public Nuisance Complaint programs. The programs help residents who are unable to make repairs to their homes to bring them up to county zoning or health standards. Residents have to meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for the program.

The county is working to get more federal funding for the program, said Deputy County Manager for Health and Community Services Susie Parel-Duranceau.

The Board also approved the purchase of 13 fleet vehicles for the Public Works Department. The majority of the vehicles were purchased from Martin Swanty in Kingman and Bradley Ford in Lake Havasu City.