Council makes quick work of Monday's agenda

KINGMAN - The Kingman City Council whipped through its short agenda in just over a quarter-hour Monday, with members unanimously approving both items of new business as well as the consent agenda.

Council approved an intergovernmental agreement between the city and Mohave County granting the city $209,000 annually in county Local Transit Assistance Funding to go toward the operation of the Kingman Area Regional Transit system. The county funds will go to subsidize the KART Yellow Route, which crosses over into the county limits.

Council also approved the renewal of another intergovernmental agreement between the city and the Department of Public Safety to pay 75 percent of the payroll costs to keep two Kingman Police Department officers on DPS's Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission, or GIITEM. Kingman Police Chief Robert DeVries noted this will be the fourth consecutive year the KPD has participated in the GIITEM program, which has lately focused its efforts on surveying and photographing local biker clubs, ostensibly in an effort to crack down on potential gang activity.

What's next?

Following Monday's short meeting, Council will meet again at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss each member's ongoing policy priorities. Council has held a number of such meetings since Mayor John Salem took office last June. The meeting will include a look at two previous budget priority meetings held in January and April, where Council members listed various priorities including establishing a new 911 call center, building a new fire station, making street improvements to Airway Avenue between Stockton Hill Road and Western Avenue, and looking for ways to finance the Kingman Crossing and Rattlesnake Wash traffic interchange projects.