Kingman Council eyes lease in historic train depot

Cerbat Water Company update on the agenda

KINGMAN - City Council will play "Who wants to be a landlord?" at today's meeting, as two leasing opportunities dominate the agenda.

The city received a proposal from the Hertz Corporation to use a 1,104 square-foot portion of the Kingman Train Depot, which was built in 1907 and restored in 2010. Hertz, a corporation that specializes in car rentals, would use the area in question as an office.

Currently, Burlington Northern Santa Fe owns the depot. BNSF leases it to Amtrak, which in turn sub-leases it to Kingman. Within the sub-lease is language that allows the city to sub-lease its portion of the property to another party.

The city took the proposal, put it into its standard lease agreement and sent it back to Hertz for review, according to the meeting's agenda.

City staff is also looking for authorization to advertise its willingness to lease out Development Services' former location, 210 N. Fourth St. The city would retain responsibility of major repairs, but the potential tenant would be responsible for rent, utilities and minor repairs, according to the agenda.

In other business, staff will provide an update on Cerbat Water Company's latest well malfunction. Cerbat Water paid $1,500 for 500,000 gallons of water Aug. 1 and the same amount for another 500,000 gallons less than a week later. Kingman has an agreement with Cerbat Water to provide the company with water no more than two times a year and for no more than 75 days each time.

The well was fixed, and the company started pumping its own water to customers on Aug. 8.

Council will also look at proposed resolutions to be presented to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Resolutions Committee for possible inclusion in its 2012 Municipal Policy. Kingman co-sponsored 10 of the 22 resolutions submitted. Staff would like Council to determine which resolutions to support at the Aug. 30 League conference, according to the agenda.

A few of the co-sponsored resolutions include a request for Arizona's Legislature to discontinue its sweeps of Highway User Revenue Funds and restore funding, and one that prohibits, among other things, the Legislature from changing the funding formula for shared revenue with cities.

Lastly, property owners in the recently annexed area known as Rancho Santa Fe requested Council adopt a resolution of support for the Interstate 40 interchange project. The purpose of the resolution would be to show that Kingman, Mohave County and the Kingman Airport Authority all agree that the interchange is a priority in addressing the city's transportation, public safety and economic development needs, according to the agenda.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. today at 310 N. Fourth St.