Kingman library annex lease on agenda

Issue got ugly last year when county manager aired his views

Mohave County library annex.

Mohave County library annex.

The lease for the Mohave County library annex has once again made the Board of Supervisors' agenda.

The renewal of the lease last year caused a stir when Hildy Angius, now Mohave County's District 2 supervisor, pointed out that two owners of the building were related to two county employees. The building is owned by ORB Investments and is located on Gordon Avenue.

In a harsh letter, former County Manager Ron Walker dismissed Angius' claims and declared that backing out of the lease would be an affront to everyone involved.

He also lambasted District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson in the letter for asking for an audit of the county's available office space. The audit showed that there was no available office space in the county's building that could accommodate the specific needs of the library annex.

The annex is used to store books and other supplies for the library's bookmobiles and outlying libraries. Requirements include a roll-up door so that books can be loaded into the bookmobiles and a sturdy floor that can handle the weight of several large boxes and shelves full of books.

If the lease is approved, the rent on the building will increase from $1,920 to $1,977 a month and last one year with the option to renew the lease again next year.

The Board will also discuss:

• Renewing a lease with CSI Leasing for the new computers for the library district for around $33,000.

• Updating the library district's computer and internet access policy.

• Approving a new policy that would limit food and drink to certain areas of the county's libraries.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.