Colorado City options eyed

Supervisors will commence search for new office space

KINGMAN - District III Supervisor Buster Johnson wants county staff to start an immediate search for another location for county offices in the Colorado City area. The item has been placed on the Board of Supervisor's agenda for the meeting that starts at 9:30 a.m. today.

On March 2, the Board of Supervisors approved the removal of county offices from property owned by Mohave Community College in the Arizona Strip. The removal of the offices came after the Board was notified on Feb. 5 that the college had decided not to renew the county's lease on the property.

The Mohave County Attorney, Mohave County Sheriff's, Arizona Attorney General and the Arizona Department of Economic Security, along with Defenders of the Children, all had offices on the property.

The CAO, Sheriff, and Arizona Attorney General all protested the closure of the offices, saying it would make it more difficult for residents in the area to receive county services and to provide adequate law enforcement or emergency services in the area.

During the March 2 meeting, Johnson expressed concern about the county not having some sort of law enforcement or services in the remote area. He requested that an item be added to the agenda directing staff to look into the possibility of finding a new location for the offices.

Colorado City is well known as a home for members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Also on the agenda for today's meeting, the Board will:

• Consider postponing any actions regarding improvements to Phase V of the Golden Valley Water Improvement District until June 15. This will allow the county to file applications for and receive feedback on potential grants.

• Consider directing staff to implement the Catch the Bug Wildcat Dumping and Refuse Abatement Program.

• Authorize the ex-penditure of $44,540 to facilitate the merging of the Public Defender Office and Legal Defender Office databases with user and agency partitioning.