Kingman may contribute to center's improvements

KINGMAN - The Kingman City Council on Tuesday could agree to pay for up to half the cost of off-site improvements for the Frontier Shopping Center on Stockton Hill Road and Detroit Avenue.

According to the city, center developer Wadsworth Velocity Ventures asked the city to participate in the improvements, which became necessary following a traffic impact analysis for the center, which is home to a 99-cent store, Sears and other businesses.

The justification for the request, according to city staff, is because traffic at the intersection was problematic prior to Wadsworth Velocity Ventures redeveloping the shopping center.

Plans for improvement include a raised concrete median on Detroit Avenue by the Circle K convenience market and a right turn deceleration lane on Stockton Hill Road. Staff also recommends re-striping Detroit Avenue to provide better lane positioning.

Some of the work has already begun.

The developer has offered to post a cash bond to assure completion of the project. The city could be asked to authorize up to $15,600 for its share of the cost.

In other items of interest:

• City departments will provide first quarter financial reviews and a pre-audit of fiscal year 2013-2014.

• The Council could accept a Governor's Office of Highway Safety grant in the amount of about $29,000. The funding will allow the Kingman Police Department to pay overtime for officers' participation in DUI enforcement and DUI task force operations.

A smaller grant of about $2,270 might also be accepted. These funds will help fund operations that target speeders during saturation patrols.

• The Council could go into closed session to discuss candidates for the open city manager position.

Tuesday's meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 310 N. Fourth Street, downtown Kingman.

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