Watson urges review of Kingman Library Annex options

Supervisor Gary Watson

Supervisor Gary Watson

Supervisor Gary Watson is asking the county to take a second look at space in the county's buildings for the Mohave County Library Annex in Kingman.

Watson's request is on Monday's agenda for the Board of Supervisors meeting.

The location of the annex became an issue in November after Hildy Angius, a candidate for District 2 supervisor, questioned the propriety of renewing a lease for office space from the relatives of two county employees, especially when there appears to be so much open space within the county's current buildings.

Shortly after the Board approved the lease in January, Angius and Mohave County resident Butch Meriwether filed letters with the County Attorney's Office saying they believed the county has violated several state laws by approving the contract.

Watson is also asking the Board to consider postponing any additional security measures for county buildings until the new five-member Board is seated in 2013.

Watson said he wants to make sure that all county employees are protected. He would not call for the removal of the current security systems at the county buildings.

Mohave County installed a metal detector, gun lockers, additional surveillance cameras and guards and banned guns inside the County Administration Building in 2010 after several protests were held outside the building.

According to information provided to the Board, staff believes that the County Administration Building and the County Complex in Lake Havasu City have the highest security risks due to the amount of staff, assets, building value, critical infrastructure and the number of past incidents at the buildings.

The Development Services Building on Kino Avenue in Kingman is ranked as a moderate security risk for the same reasons and the rest of the county buildings are ranked as having a lower security risk.

According to the staff report, the county's buildings are worth approximately $120 million.

The report also states that the security measures in Mohave County were instituted because the number of reported attacks on local government buildings, colleges and private industry have increased across the nation in the last few years.

Also on the Board's agenda:

• A request from Board Chairman Buster Johnson to audit and compare the cost of the consolidated court in Lake Havasu with the costs of all the justice courts in the county.

• A request from Johnson to direct staff to evaluate the benefit of a trails program for the county website.

• A request from County Manager Ron Walker to update the contract with the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center.

• A report from the Mohave County Constables regarding outstanding warrants in the county.

• A request approving an amended intergovernmental agreement between Bullhead City and the county for the Bullhead City Senior Nutrition Center.

• A request to approve changes to the zoning plans for the Sterling Solar plant near Golden Shores.

• Approval of a contract with Robert Weidner to serve as the county's government relations' advisor on public land issues in Washington, D.C.

• Approval of an agreement with the State of Arizona to complete the widening of Bank Street from Northern Avenue to Jagerson Avenue.

• Approval of an $8,000 settlement agreement with MSP Site PRP Group to pay for the remediation of waste processing site in Louisiana. Apparently 1.26 tons of waste at the site was tracked to Mohave County after the site closed in 1996 and contaminates were found in the soil and ground water.

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