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Kingman Letters: City has attention span of a doorknob

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Workers prepare an area just off of Stockton Hill Road for the foundation of a new Carl’s Jr. restaurant in front of Wal-Mart. That area of Stockton Hill Road, from Beverly Avenue to Airway Avenue, is notoriously congested, especially at peak drive times.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Workers prepare an area just off of Stockton Hill Road for the foundation of a new Carl’s Jr. restaurant in front of Wal-Mart. That area of Stockton Hill Road, from Beverly Avenue to Airway Avenue, is notoriously congested, especially at peak drive times.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

On the subject of sidewalks (Feb. 7 Miner article on subdivision sidewalk problems), the Kingman City Council seems to have the attention span of a doorknob. To quote Harry Browne, author of "How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World," "The only reason history repeats itself, is because our leaders fail to read the minutes of the last meeting."

On Jan. 3, 2005, I submitted a written plan to the Kingman City Council suggesting the use of portable, interlocking rebar-reinforced sidewalk sections that could be installed by crane, and moved later when required for future road widening. The suggested application was to Stockton Hill Road.

Showing my plan at the time to Mayor Byram, his response was that he was very pleased that Kingman had just completed major sidewalk construction along Stockton Hill Road, "Making us like other cities now." As if pouring fixed sidewalks along roads badly in need of expansion was something to be proud of! (Hindsight rather than foresight.)

Upon hearing this alleged "good news" - that of locking Stockton Hill Road even tighter into four lanes - I bit my lip in dismay, making no further comment.

Included in my engineering proposal to the City Council at the time, was the recommendation to mandate that Planning & Zoning issue no new building permits along Stockton Hill Road, unless the businesses themselves were situated at least 60 feet from the roadway. The intervening parking space would greatly reduce the cost of any future widening of Stockton Hill Road on either side of Airway.

The location of the new McDonald's restaurant, perhaps 30 feet from the roadway, shows just how much attention our City Council and Planning & Zoning pays to planning for the future. None are so blind as those who will not see.

But we need look no further than the year 2012's unpaved roads within the city itself - while constructing great aesthetic walkways along the wash and Route 66 - to see that the City Council's priorities are cosmetic rather than substantial.

Norman Swartz

Engineer