Adult day care hearing Monday

Neighbors say traffic already too heavy in cul-de-sac

KINGMAN - A disputed adult day care center will get another public hearing and possible rezoning approval this week at a Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors auditorium, 700 W. Beale St.

In October, Solo of America had asked the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission to rezone two residential parcels at the corner of College Circle and College Drive from single-family residential to medium-density residential to allow the day care center to continue to operate. The Commission recommended approval 6-2 with the added requirement that the parking be calculated using the county's child day care ordinance.

County zoning ordinances don't specifically list parking requirements for an adult day care center. Child day care centers are required to have one parking spot for every two employees, plus one spot for every five clients. The rezoning request was sent on to the Board, which makes the final decision.

The Board debated the matter at its November meeting after hearing complaints from several neighbors about traffic and being told the center may be running administrative duties out of the office. Nearby residents said the traffic generated by employees and clients is unacceptable, especially as College Circle is a cul-de-sac. Sometimes as many as 20 cars are parked along both sides of the street, they added. The Board tabled the item at that time.

The center provides clients with disabilities a way to learn how to cook, clean and care for themselves in a home setting. It has been operating in the community for the last 10 years and only recently found out it needed the zoning change to operate. An official at the center said the facility is trying to lessen its impact on the neighborhood by dropping the number of clients served from 20 to 16 and shuttling employees and clients to the site using vans.

Also, the Board will consider possible litigation against Insurance Company of the West as a guarantee for public improvements to El Rio Country Club Subdivision in the amount of about $2.76 million and the additional undetermined cost of repairing current deficiencies in subdivision improvements. The final plat for the subdivision was issued July 26, 2007, and Insurance Company of the West backed the public improvements required for the subdivision.

The original developer failed to complete the required improvements, and El Rio was foreclosed upon by National Bank of Arizona in 2008 and taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which sold it to DAB Properties LLC in 2011. According to the bond, ICW is still required to pay Mohave County to complete the subdivision improvements and repair any damaged project work. Despite notice of El Rio's default, ICW has failed or refused to fulfill its terms. DAB Properties has requested an extension of time to complete the improvements, and has agreed to accept whatever funds are recovered from the bond and to waive any claims in the event the funds are not recovered.

The property has been conveyed in trust to Chicago Title. None of the individual lots in the subdivision can be sold until the improvements are complete.