Kingman Animal shelter funding possible

Council reviews spending plans today

DOUG McMURDO/Miner<BR>
City of Kingman Human Resources and Rick Management Director Jackie Walker was recognized for her 20 years of service at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Vice Mayor Mark Wimpee presented Walker and several other employees with certificates of appreciation for their longevity.

DOUG McMURDO/Miner<BR> City of Kingman Human Resources and Rick Management Director Jackie Walker was recognized for her 20 years of service at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Vice Mayor Mark Wimpee presented Walker and several other employees with certificates of appreciation for their longevity.

KINGMAN - City Manager John Dougherty has placed funding a new animal shelter on the City Council's budget and capital improvements plan for fiscal year 2015-2016.

The Council will hold a discussion-only workshop today at 9 a.m.

If ultimately approved, the city will partner with Mohave County and possibly Bullhead City to build a new shelter.

One discussion between the entities has occurred and more are planned. Dougherty said the current shelter is "considerably undersized" and employees there are "moving animals all over the state to avoid euthanasia."

In other items of note from last Tuesday's meeting, the Council:

• Accepted a grant of nearly $66,000 on behalf of the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team. The Kingman Police Department is the lead agency of the multi-agency task force. The funds, which are provided by the Arizona Justice Commission, will be used to pay for a new initiative designed to impact substance abuse through prevention, intervention and case management.

• Authorized the purchase of 6,000 tons of rock aggregate for use in this year's chip-seal projects.

• Delayed taking action on disbanding the Tourism Development Commission and moving all tourism-related issues to the Powerhouse Visitor Center.

• Renewed its agreement with the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center and added a second year to the contract.

• Accepted an offer from Nucor Steel to build and donate benches made of railcar wheels and placing them at Locomotive Park.

• Approved a four-year contract with the Mohave County Historical Society to operate the Bonelli House, the Route 66 Museum and the Historic Electric Vehicle Museum. The latter two are located at the Powerhouse Visitors Center.

• Authorized Mayor Richard Anderson to sign documents related to Kingman Area Regional Transit funding.

• Recognized 13 employees who have worked for the city between 5 and 20 years.

• Granted 13 special event liquor licenses for a wine festival slated for May 16 at Firefighters Memorial Park.

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