Council gives unanimous approval to 3 items on Monday agenda

KINGMAN - The Kingman City Council flew through its brief agenda Monday evening, with all three items of business passing by unanimous vote in a span of just 20 minutes.

Council voted first to approve switching one of the projects it has agreed to submit for Community Development Grant Bond money.

The money, originally allocated to expand and rehabilitate the Boys & Girls Club bathrooms at 301 N. First St., will instead go to providing a new fire suppression system for the building, which will allow it to hold large-scale events.

City Grants Administrator Bill Shilling said the reason for the change was because the Kingman Unified School District governing board has agreed to front the cost of the bathroom renovations.

Because the school district's funds are not tied up by the grants process the way CDBG funds are, Shilling said the district would be able to complete the bathroom renovations much sooner than the city could.

The Boys & Girls Club manager previously identified the bathrooms as the most urgent rehabilitation need for the building, but under CDBG funding, the project would likely not have gone forward for at least 18 months, Council was told.

Councilwoman Robin Gordon thanked Shilling for his work with the Boys & Girls Club, but Shilling demurred, saying much of the credit should be given to KUSD for its willingness to assist in the project. Councilman Kerry Deering made a motion to approve the grant application, with Carole Young seconding. The motion passed 7-0.

Shilling also presented the second agenda item, requesting Council's approval to change the scope of work for a $10,000 grant from the State Historic Preservation Office. Shilling explained that the money, originally slated to go toward renovating the aging Hotel Beale downtown, had not received sufficient matching funds form the building's owner to pay the full project cost.

Instead, the Development Services Department has suggested using the grant money to draft a new section of city code dedicated specifically to addressing historic characteristics and rehabilitation for future projects in the downtown area, which has been a frequent target for urban revitalization efforts in recent years.

Shilling noted that the grant's 60-percent local funding match of $6,667 would be provided free through the in-kind services of city employees. Vice Mayor Janet Watson made the motion for approval, with Young seconding. The motion passed 7-0.

Council also approved spending $97,200 of city wastewater funds to help pay for moving and upgrading a sewer line currently buried beneath the football field at the future site of Lee Williams High School at 400 Grandview Ave. City Manager Jack Kramer explained that the sewer line had to be moved in order to accommodate the new high school's reconstructions, but added that the city would also benefit from the move, since it would mitigate some of the ongoing maintenance issues the city has had with that particular sewer line. The money is being matched dollar for dollar by KUSD.

Councilman Ray Lyons made the motion for approval, with Deering seconding. The motion passed 7-0.