Kingman mayor, Council members to be sworn in today

Mark Wimpee, Larry Carver feeling anxious and excited for their first day on the job

KINGMAN - The first day on a new job is often marked with a mix of anxiety and excitement.

It's no different for recently elected, first-time Kingman City Council members Mark Wimpee and Larry Carver.

Kingman Municipal Court Judge Kathy McCoy will administer the oath of office to Carver and Wimpee as well as re-elected Mayor John Salem (beginning his third term) and Councilwoman Carole Young (beginning her second term) today.

Though Carver feels anxious about starting this new endeavor, he's excited to begin filling the duties he was elected for. As a long time Little League umpire and soccer referee, Carver knows he cannot make everybody happy. He can, however, do his best to make the strongest decisions within the framework of the rules that work toward the betterment of the community.

"I feel a little bit of weight or pressure to fulfill the duties I've been elected for," he said. "But I know that I can't make everybody happy."

Carver, who has worked as a highway patrolman, paramedic and financial advisor, said he doesn't enter new jobs thinking he knows all there is to know. In fact, he approaches new jobs with a ready-to-learn mindset. Becoming a Council member is no exception.

"I have a lot to learn," Carver said. "It will be a process."

This past weekend, Carver and Wimpee attended the League of Arizona Cities and Towns "2012 Newly Elected Officials Training." The program covered the basics of local government and offered a way for newly elected officials to learn how to be effective policy makers.

The open meeting law training was a real eye-opener for Carver, as it was the first time he realized how easily accidents become violations.

Wimpee, who up until today had served on Kingman's Municipal Utilities Commission, has been attending Council meetings regularly for the last two years. He believes the attention he's paid to city government will prove to be beneficial.

"I learned a lot (at the training), but I knew a lot of it too," Wimpee said. "I'm really not too nervous. I'm confident, calm and I know I still have a lot to learn."

But first and foremost, Wimpee is ready to begin the job he set out to do - make decisions based on community input in the best interest of Kingman and its residents.

Outgoing Council members, Vice Mayor Robin Gordon and Councilman Keith Walker, will receive plaques from the city commemorating their service.

After the ceremonial activities, it's time for work.

Property owners Karen and Leonard Zeyouma requested Kingman's Municipal Utilities Commission to allow them to relocate their septic system for their home on Southern Avenue. The MUC voted 7-0 to deny their request, largely because of Section of Kingman's Utility Regulations, which states: "After a public sewer is available, development on a previously undeveloped property or redevelopment of a previously developed property shall be connected to the public sewer system." Available, in this instance, means the "property must be within 500 feet of an existing sewer main." The property in question is less than 240 feet from an existing sewer main.

The rule took effect in 2004 with the passage of ordinance 1430.

The Zeyoumas made their initial request because they propose to construct an addition to their home that will encroach into the current septic system and the drain field. The Zeyoumas are now requesting Council appeal the MUC's decision because 1) the septic system is currently in working order and 2) there would be limited buyback potential, as only two homes between the sewer main and the Zeyoumas' home could benefit from an extension. In all, eight homes could benefit from the extension on the north side Southern Avenue.

Council will discuss this issue, an easement removal request and the deadline for League of Arizona Cities and Towns 2013 resolutions. They meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the City Complex, 310 N. Fourth St.