Kingman council considers vice mayor spot

Disagreement emerges over sewer connection fees

KINGMAN - A member of the City Council could be selected to serve as vice mayor at today's meeting.

While the agenda indicates the Council could go into closed session to discuss the appointment, Mayor Richard Anderson at the Dec. 2 meeting suggested the debate might be held in open session.

The Council will also appoint a liaison to the Western Arizona Council of Governments Executive Committee. Kingman's mayor has traditionally taken this appointment. Council members and some department heads also will be appointed as liaisons to each of the city's volunteer boards and commissions.

One of those is the Municipal Utility Commission, which has requested the Council make a couple of amendments to the city's utility regulations.

City staff is at odds with the commission and recommends the Council leave the regulations unchanged.

In essence, members of the commission seek a modified waiver system that would encourage people to hook into the city's sewer system.

Currently, the city waives the connection fee if the homeowner connects within the first year after a new sewer line is connected. Commissioners want the city to offer a 50 percent reduction the second year and a 25 percent reduction the third.

In the second request, the commission wants to cut in half the distance a homeowner with a failed or failing septic tank must connect to city sewer, from 500 feet to 250 feet.

Today's meeting takes place at City Hall, 310 Fourth Street at 5:30 p.m.