Push continues against cell phone use while driving

Previously, Council deadlocked 3-3 on the issue

On Nov. 3, City Council members Larry Carver (pictured) and Jen Miles, along with Mayor Richard Anderson, supported a proposed ordinance banning cell phone use while driving. Council members Stuart Yocum, Carole Young and Mark Abram differed on how far the ordinance should go.

On Nov. 3, City Council members Larry Carver (pictured) and Jen Miles, along with Mayor Richard Anderson, supported a proposed ordinance banning cell phone use while driving. Council members Stuart Yocum, Carole Young and Mark Abram differed on how far the ordinance should go.

KINGMAN - City Councilman Larry Carver is not about to hang up on a proposal to ban handheld devices while driving in Kingman.

The Council will revisit the issue Tuesday at Carver's request after deadlocking Nov. 3. At that meeting, a motion was made to broaden the ordinance to include other types of distracted driving, such as eating, reaching for a CD - or driving around with a dog on your lap.

With new member Kenneth Dean taking his seat Tuesday after being appointed Nov. 17 to complete the term former Vice Mayor Mark Wimpee vacated in October, the Council will be fully seated - and Dean at his first meeting could hold the swing vote.

The ban as proposed is specific to the use of cell phones and other handheld electronic devices, and is modeled after one the city of Tempe recently enacted. There are some exceptions - for example, using a phone to report a law enforcement or medical emergency. Police Chief Bob DeVries supports the ordinance as written, but concerns over broadening the law to include other types of distracted driving would make it difficult to enforce and could prove burdensome to officers.

If the Council approves the ordinance, it would take effect in early January.

In other items of note in a fairly crowded agenda, the Council will:

• Have Municipal Judge Jeffrey Singer administer the oath of office to Dean.

• Revisit a proposal from Councilwoman Jen Miles to form a landscape maintenance district for Kingman Crossing. Staff recommends approval.

• Possibly approve a new contract for golf course manager Levi Pitts.

The Council at its Nov. 17 meeting met in closed session to discuss the contract and in open session agreed to move forward.

• The Council might approve free bus passes to veterans admitted to Singer's newly created Veterans Court in order to make their appointments. The passes would provide them a ride on Kingman Area Regional Transit buses to get to and from appointments at the downtown courthouse.

• Appoint or reappoint residents to fill expiring seats on the city's Planning and Zoning, Clean City, and Parks and Recreation commissions.

Tuesday's meeting gets underway at 5:30 p.m. inside Council Chambers at City Hall, 310 N. Fourth Street.