Kingman City Council buys land on the cheap

KINGMAN - The City Council gladly took a figurative trip back in time May 6 when they voted unanimously to purchase nearly 10 acres at the low, low price of $450.

That's what the Arizona Department of Transportation paid for the property back in the 1970s and that's the price given to the city - provided the land is used for transportation purposes.

The acreage is in a series of parcels adjacent to Windsor Avenue, which is currently a 50-foot-wide right of way that extends from Eastern Street to city property. The additional right of way will allow the city the option of building an arterial road between Eastern Street and the proposed Kingman Crossing property.

The City Council unanimously approved the purchase and Mayor Janet Watson will sign a quitclaim deed that ADOT provided.

The City Council also:

• Authorized City Manager John Dougherty to acquire water line easements, either by purchase or eminent domain, for the East Bench water transmission line, which has been in the city's capital improvement plan for a couple of years.

According to city staff, the project calls for construction of a water main from Rattlesnake tank on the north side of Interstate 40 to the Rancho Santa Fe tank on the south side of the interstate.

• Entered into an agreement with ADOT's Aeronautics Division to rehabilitate one of the runways at Kingman Airport and Industrial Park. The nearly $728,000 grant to fund the project will come from the division's Pavement Preservation Program. The Kingman Airport Authority will pay the required match of nearly $73,000.

• Approved rezoning a lot at 1920 Motor Avenue near Stockton Hill Road for a convenience store.

• Appointed Susan Yamaguchi to fill the unexpired term of Mark Retersdorf, who was compelled to resign from the Economic Development and Marketing Commission after he moved away from Kingman.

Yamaguchi's partial term expires on Dec. 31, 2015.