Council expected to OK $26M project

KINGMAN - The Kingman City Council will tackle a light agenda this evening, though several significant items are present in the meeting's consent agenda.

The consent agenda, which is typically passed in a single motion, includes the award of a $26.2 million bid to Sletten Construction for upgrades and expansions for the Hilltop Wastewater Treatment Plant. Sletten's bid came about $5.5 million below the $31.7 million engineer estimate for the project, which would be the most expensive capital improvement in Kingman's history.

Also on the consent agenda, Council will vote on an intergovernmental agreement with Mohave County that, if approved, would increase the city's cost of keeping local prisoners in the county jail from $55 per prisoner per day to $58. The current jail agreement between the city and county expires on June 30.

On the agenda proper, Council will consider authorizing Mayor John Salem to sign a use agreement that would allow the Western Arizona Council of Governments to occupy a city-owned property at 150 Spruce St. for the purpose of operating a Head Start educational and meal preparation facility. WACOG has operated a similar facility at Hubbs House, a city-owned property at 421 Golconda Ave., since 1997. If signed, the agreement would be valid for five years, or until WACOG or the city decide to terminate it after first giving 180 days' notice.

Elsewhere, Council will consider granting a sewer main waiver to a Walgreens scheduled to be built at 1925 E. Andy Devine Ave. City utility regulations currently require the new Walgreens to add about 300 feet of sewer access to the adjacent Broadway Avenue, though a sewer main already exists at Andy Devine Avenue.

Walgreens' developer has requested an exception to extending sewer to Broadway, since it can simply use the existing main on Andy Devine.

Council is also slated to appoint five members and one liaison to the Economic Development and Marketing Structure Workgroup, a newly-formed entity designed to examine Kingman's economic development profile and recommend ways to promote a way of marketing the city. Council members will consider a list of the following nine applicants: John Kirby, Kelly Kimrey, Daniel Del Monaco, Christine Cerny, Steve Smith, Eve Garlyn, Lynne Petersen, Robert Cathay, and Bill Goodale.

Following the regular agenda, Council will go into executive session to conduct the annual performance review for City Attorney Carl Cooper.

The Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St. For full agenda details, visit www.cityofkingman.gov and click on "Agendas and Minutes."