Mohave County morgue options mulled

Supervisors to continue talks Monday

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will take another stab Monday at determining where to house the county's medical examiner operations and whether to bring it in-house in 2015.

The Board discussed the issue during meetings in October and November but was unable to make a decision. The current contract with Dr. Rexenne Worrell expires in 2015. She runs her medical examiner business out of an office in the 1100 block of Aviation Drive in Lake Havasu City.

The Board will discuss the issue at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Mohave County Administration Building auditorium.

The discussion will include cost estimates for a county morgue in either a new, renovated or leased building; identification of funding sources for the project; and determining whether to establish the medical examiner operations as a department within Mohave County or continue to contract out for the services.

According to cost estimates provided to the Board, it has four options for creating a county morgue:

• Building a new facility similar to Yavapai County's building for about $1.5 million.

• Building a larger facility with an additional 300 square feet for about $1.7 million.

• Refurbishing a county building for about $1 million.

• Leasing and refurbishing a building for about $1 million.

The Board also will revisit what it wants to do with Arnold Plaza, empty buildings owned by the county, and consider hiring either a lobbying firm or a full- or part-time employee to keep track of House and Senate bills during the upcoming Legislative session beginning in January.

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