County mulls offer of free land for court

Proposals from northern Mohave up for review Tuesday

KINGMAN - Two landowners have offered to donate property in the Arizona Strip area as possible sites for a new justice court and sheriff's office facility.

The current justice courthouse is located in Moccasin. The Mohave County Sheriff's and County Attorney's offices had a facility in the Colorado City area until late last year when Mohave Community College notified the county that it would not renew the county's lease for the property. The county must move the Sheriff's Office from the property this month.

Mike Black has offered to donate 7.5 acres of land in the Scenic area, along with a well and possibly a monetary donation to help construction of the facility.

At the same time, Dallas and Joy Adair have offered to donate approximately 5 acres in the Cane Beds area along State Route 389 for the facility.

The Board of Supervisors will consider if it will accept one or both of the parcels during its meeting at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

"The current building is just not appropriate for a justice facility," said Dana Hlavac, deputy county manger of Justice Services.

"It's basically no larger than a mobile home," said Supervisor Gary Watson. "In this economy, it's absolutely phenomenal that they (the Blacks and Adairs) have decided to donate this property to the community."

Watson is hoping the Board will accept both properties. He would like to place small county facilities at both sites.

It takes more than hour from the Beaver Dam, Littlefield and Scenic areas to drive to the current courthouse in Moccasin, Watson said. If the county could put a small facility in both the Colorado City/ Cane Beds area and in the Scenic area, it would be a greater convenience to both areas and give the county room to grow with the population.

Watson and Hlavac said that both families were thinking of the safety of the communities and how beneficial it would be to the communities to have the presence of the courts and the sheriff's office.

Both families have significant land holdings in the Arizona Strip area.

Other items on Tuesday's agenda include:

• The approval of a minor amendment to the County General Plan and a zoning use permit for a photovoltaic solar facility near Hackberry Road.

• The possibility of reducing fees for county residents who want to add on to their home in the unincorporated areas of the county but do not have building or zoning permits.

• Approval of a resolution of intent to build a water line project in the Golden Valley Improvement District.

• Approval of a change order to the contract to renovate the Negus Building for the County Probation Office.

• Approval of a contract for a new water tender for the Golden Valley Fire Department.

• Approval of the abandonment of part of Old Highway 93 near the Silverado community west of U.S. 93.