County: No space in Kingman suitable for annex

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An employee of the Mohave County Library unloads books from a van in front of the Library Annex office on Gordon Avenue.

Butch Meriwether/Courtesy<br> An employee of the Mohave County Library unloads books from a van in front of the Library Annex office on Gordon Avenue.

There is no space in the county's buildings that adequately meets the requirements for the Mohave County Library Annex, according to a staff report given to the Board of Supervisors.

District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson requested an audit of the county's buildings in January to determine if there was any space that could hold the annex. His request came in after Hildy Angius, a candidate for the District 2 Supervisor seat, questioned the propriety of the county leasing office space from the relatives of two county employees.

According to a report from the County Public Works Department, the department's audit found that there were no empty county offices that would meet the requirements of the annex, which included having a back man door, adequate space, being ready to occupy, have on site parking for large vehicles, being close to the library and being compatible with the other uses of the building.

The County's Office of Management and Budget also completed an audit of county buildings. It also found that there were no county offices that would meet the library's requirements, which also included having a floor that could support 400 pounds per square foot, a roll-up garage door and meeting the city's fire code and safety requirements for housing so many books.

The Board will discuss the issue at its 9:30 a.m. meeting Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.