New Kingman Council takes shape tonight

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

KINGMAN - One era will begin and another will end tonight when outgoing Mayor Janet Watson and Councilwoman Erin Cochran make their final comments before Kingman Municipal Judge Kathy McCoy administers the oath of office to Mayor-elect Richard Anderson, Councilwoman Jen Miles and Councilmen Mark Abram and Stuart Yocum.

Anderson, Miles and Abrams won their respective elections outright in the August primary. Yocum defeated Kent Simmons in the Nov. 4 runoff.

Anderson will present plaques to Watson and Cochran and make his inaugural comments before the 2014-2016 version of the Council gets down to serious business.

That business includes:

• New Fire Chief Jake Rhoades will be introduced.

• City Manager John Dougherty in a strongly worded statement will urge the Council to reject a proposal from the United States Postal Service, which seeks to install post office boxes in the city-owned Powerhouse Visitors Center.

Dougherty has several objections, perhaps none more important than his contention that the city should not compete with a private downtown business that has provided postal services for decades - and the USPS has slated for closure Jan. 1.

• City Attorney Carl Cooper and the Council could go into closed session to discuss potential settlement terms with the Army Corps of Engineers over a failed contamination cleanup at the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park.

• Tonight's meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Council Chambers, 310 Fourth Street.