Troubled NW Arizona fire district in line for a shakeup

Lake Mohave Ranchos merger with solvent fire district proposed

KINGMAN - Mohave County Board of Supervisors will consider folding Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District into the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District at Monday's regular meeting.

The board meets at 9:30 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

Supervisors may direct County Administrator Mike Hendrix to work with staff and officials of the NACFD to consolidate the two fire districts as soon as possible, and report progress to the board as necessary.

John Flynn, appointed as administrator of the financially insolvent Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District in 2013, recommended to the board in January that the fire district merge with an adjacent district. The other option would be to call for a special election of five board members by the public.

The fire district, serving the rural communities of Dolan Springs, Meadview and Lake Mead City, was 30 days behind in employees' pay and owed $437,000 on a revolving credit line with Wells Fargo when Flynn was appointed.

He has been working with Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Chief Patrick Moore to achieve the following goals:

• Return the district to financial viability within 24 months.

• Retire outstanding debt and repay the county for financial assistance provided over the two-year recovery period.

• Continue providing emergency service to residents at a level that is financially sustainable, given the status of the district.

Flynn presented a financial report to supervisors in January that showed the district going from a $700,000 deficit in 2013 to being nearly solvent in 2014. Total expenses of $1.1 million included paying down the Wells Fargo debt.

Also on Monday's Board of Supervisors agenda:

• Set a public hearing at the April 6 board meeting regarding revisions to Mohave County's littering ordinance for the purpose of removing the five-day discretionary notice period. The board voted 5-0 on March 2 to authorize Mohave County Environmental Rural Clean-Up Enforcement to offer a $500 reward to persons with information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for illegal dumping in Mohave County.

• Authorize the increase of the Treasury Department's full-time employees from 21.5 to 22.

• Direct the County Attorney's Office to work with Development Services to prepare and propose an amendment to land division regulations to require the showing of water adequacy in accordance with state laws.

• Implementation of National Association of Counties' prescription, health and dental discount program for all residents of Mohave County. The agreement will amend the current prescription discount card agreement by adding the health and dental discount program.

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