Littering notice period gets another look today

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Board of Supervisors today will revisit a proposed anti-littering ordinance that removes a five-day discretionary notice period.

Supervisors will discuss and possibly take action on the ordinance that was continued from their meetings on April 6 and March 16.

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

The revised ordinance offers a $500 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of people who illegally dump trash in the desert. As it now stands, the ordinance allows violators to avoid prosecution when they're caught by cleaning up their trash within five days.

Supervisors sent the proposed ordinance back to the County Attorney's Office in April to see about attaching a $500 fine to a state law for prosecuting illegal dumping. The fine would pay the reward money.

People caught littering have no five-day grace period under state law, Mohave County Chief Deputy Attorney Jace Zack told the board. The problem with the state law is proving who actually placed litter on the site, he said.

The $500 reward will be advertised and offered through the county's Environmental Rural Area Cleanup Enforcement (ERACE) task force.

In other items on today's agenda:

• Approve adopting the position of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors that it is in the county's best interest to support Kingman's application for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary funds for the Rancho Santa Fe Parkway traffic interchange on I-40.

• Approve transfer of up to $50,000 from general fund contingency to the Superior Court to cover jury trial expenses in excess of the adopted 2015 budget as a result of increased volume of jury trials this year.

• Set a public hearing for May 18 regarding a petition to establish a 1.75-mile section of Brooks Boulevard in the Valle Vista area as a county highway.

•Authorize the county administrator to sign the corporate membership agreement with Kingman Regional Medical Center for use of the Del Webb Wellness Center at a discount for county employees.