Mohave County mulls regulations for water haulers

Though state rules exist, local action not necessary

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Environmental Health Division will ask the Board of Supervisors to set a public hearing date to discuss regulating commercial water haulers.

According to information provided to the Board, commercial water haulers are not regulated by the county or by any state agency, although state regulations exist.

Two years ago, the County Emergency Management office approached the division asking for a list of approved commercial water haulers that could help out in an emergency. The division referred emergency management personnel to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which told them that it does not issue permits to commercial water haulers, although there are state requirements.

After learning this, the Environmental Health Division started creating an ordinance, based on state rules, which would require commercial water haulers to get a permit from the county in order to operate.

The division is suggesting that the permit fee for commercial water haulers be set at $81 per vehicle and that the fee be waived for the first year after the ordinance goes into effect.

The division is also asking that the Board consider removing the $50,000 performance bond requirement for trash hauler.

The Board will also consider transferring $550,000 from the county's general fund to cover operating costs at the new jail. According to information provided to the Board, the jail has been open five months and has a better handle on the average cost for electricity, water and health care for inmates. The transfer is necessary to cover those costs.

The Board will also consider a request from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office to apply for a grant from the federal Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program. The program provides 100 percent funding for entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly hired, full-time sworn officers or to rehire officers who were laid-off or scheduled to be laid-off due to budget cuts.

According to information provided to the

Board, no local match is needed if the department is approved for the grant. However, the department must keep the officers on the payroll for at least one year after the grant funding expires.

The Board will also consider a request from the Mohave County Public Works Department to direct the department to work with the Arizona Department of Transportation to improve the safety of some area roads. The federal government's High Risk Rural Roads Program approved the use of more than $1 million to improve county roads. The improvements include adding line striping and guardrails to parts of Oatman Road, painting center lines and adding rumble strips and guardrails on the shoulders of Diamond Bar Road and adding guardrails to parts of Pierce Ferry, Stockton Hill, Boundary Cone and White Hills roads. It also includes funding to widen and install a warning sign on part of London Bridge Road.

According to information provided to the Board, in order to receive funding the roads had to be a rural collector or local road where the accident rate for fatal or incapacitating accidents exceeded the state average, or a road that was likely to have an increase in traffic that would cause accident statistics to exceed the state average.

The Board will also consider accepting a donation of $3,600 from the Kingman Disc Golf Society to construct a nine-hole disc golf course in Hualapai Mountain Park. The society will build and maintain the course at no cost to the county. The project is being funded from donations.

The Board will also consider approving a $240,600 contract with Shephard Wesnitzer Inc. of Sedona to create an engineering design for the Grace Neal Channel. The channel will direct storm runoff flowing across Grace Neal Parkway into a special storm channel that will deposit the water into the Mohave Wash.

The Board will also consider approving the donation of any usable doors, lighting or iron work from the demolition of the Arnold Plaza Building on Oak Street to St. Mary Catholic Church, as long as the items are recoverable, not needed by the county and do not interfere with the demolition work.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.