Council to discuss project priorities today

KINGMAN - The Kingman City Council will meet early this morning to discuss what capital improvement projects they hope to prioritize for the coming fiscal year.

But with sales tax revenues and development investment fees both on the decline, today's meeting is more likely to cover what the city can't afford versus the few items it can.

The city's newly-revised capital improvements plan calls for approximately $236.7 million spread over nearly 90 projects through Fiscal Year 2016, with about $26 million slated for the coming Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Today, council members are expected to discuss how much of that $26 million the city can actually afford, and which should be pushed back to later years.

There are a wide variety of projects that have been penciled in for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, including establishing a new 911 dispatch center, adding a 24-inch water transmission line to service the east bench area, upgrading the city's emergency radio communication system and widening Gordon Drive between Stockton Hill Road and Bank Street, to name just a few.

The city is also expected to begin paying for the roughly $13.5 million worth of upgrades and

expansions to the Downtown Wastewater Treatment Plant, a move deemed necessary to bring the city up to code with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

The capital improvements plan also has a variety of "wish-list" items that, while not essential, would improve the overall quality of life here.

Such projects include a new walking path and landscaping along Railroad Street from Hualapai Mountain Road to Louise Avenue, establishing a "quiet zone" along Kingman's three at-grade railroad crossings and improvements to the Powerhouse Visitors Center such as new signage, an exterior canopy and renovation of existing conference facilities.

Council is expected to meet at 8 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 310 N. Fourth St.