Agenda appears light on substance

KINGMAN - The Kingman City Council will tackle a light, uncontroversial agenda this evening, with most agenda items relating to routine annual grant applications.

The most substantive item of business will be whether Council agrees to shoulder half the estimated $194,000 cost of relocating and upgrading a sewer line as part of the Lee Williams High School reconstruction project.

The Kingman Unified School District is set to begin construction of the new high school at 400 Grandview Ave. once it finishes demolition on the old White Cliffs Middle School campus. However, the city currently has a sanitary sewage collection line that is partially located beneath the campus football field. KUSD has agreed to pay half the cost of digging up and relocating the sewer line, but requests the city pay the remaining $97,200 balance.

Council will also consider whether to approve a scope of work change for a $10,000 grant it received in September from the state historic preservation office. The city had originally wanted to use the grant to help fund a historic preservation plan of the Hotel Beale downtown, but after soliciting several bids, the grant plus another $6,667 in matching funds from the hotel's owner were not enough to go through with the project.

Instead, the Development Services Department has suggested Council approve switching the plan to develop a formal code in the zoning ordinance that will address historic characteristics, land use, development and redevelopment for the historic downtown area.

Finally, Council will consider whether to approve submitting a Community Development Block Grant application to install a fire system at the Boys & Girls Club building at 301 N. First St. The Council had approved grant funding for bathroom renovations at the club at an earlier meeting in March, but since then KUSD has agreed to do the bathroom upgrades instead, freeing the city to take care of the club's other major renovation need.

According to city grants administrator Bill Schilling, the KUSD funding can be used almost immediately, while the CDBG funds are typically delayed by 18 months. Since the bathrooms were identified as the more immediate need by the Boys & Girls Club, Schilling had approached the KUSD board about "trading" funding responsibilities for the two projects. The school board approved that request at its April 13 meeting.

Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St. For full agenda details, visit www.cityofkingman.gov and look under "Agendas, Minutes and Video."