I am enclosing a letter that I wrote today to our County Supervisor Gary Watson. As I am sure, this problem concerns more people than myself, so I am requesting that it be printed in the Kingman Daily Miner.
Dear Mr. Watson: Within the past hour, I called your office and spoke to one of your assistants. She was polite but basically I was told that the problem I addressed was not the responsibility of the county of Mohave. Our conversation then went along the lines of, "If not the county - then where?"
We have a home in a development northeast of the city of Kingman. In the past three to four years, a new subdivision was created along Thompson Avenue and adjacent to the cross street of Norrie. Two homes have been built in this tract along with streets, sidewalks, walls, electrical, gas and communications facilities. The name of the development is Cheyenne Meadows.
Apparently, the developer has gone "belly-up" as nothing is being maintained. At the present time, tumbleweeds abound - not only within the walls of the development but spilling over along the sidewalks, curbs, etc. Along Thompson Avenue and Norrie, numerous pieces of trash have been caught up in the weeds, and frankly, it is an unsightly mess. Last fall, these tumbleweeds dried, and when a west wind came up, our streets and yards were clogged with weeds. Along Thompson, the weeds piled up higher than existing residential fences. Eventually, county trucks came along and cleared some of the property.
Your assistant told me the county does not have a weed abatement budget or any laws pertaining to this problem. I would either have to contact the developer or the fire department of our area. I feel if there are no laws pertaining to weed abatement, it is time some were written and put into effect. Where we came from in the Midwest - weed abatement laws were a must. A property owner was warned, and if appropriate actions were not taken, the governmental agency in charge would clear it and the cost would be put as a tax lien against the property. Your assistant stated that the agency would not get their money back. However, when the property changed hands, these liens would have to be paid.
I think it is time for the agencies that let these developers come in take some responsibility for maintaining their development. I feel that it is time the county assume some of the responsibility for this messy and dangerous situation and take some sort of action to remedy it.
Audrey J. Moore