Transportation group might be disbanded by supervisors

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Transportation Commission could be on the brink of being disbanded, as several vacancies have remained unfilled and five of its monthly meetings last year were canceled because of light agendas.

The Board of Supervisors will discuss the continuing role, duties and responsibilities of the transportation commission at today's regular meeting, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the County Administrative Building, 700 W. Beale St.

The Mohave County Transportation Commission was formed in 1997 with the purpose of reviewing road construction projects, with Public Works providing administrative and engineering support.

In 2013, supervisors adopted amended bylaws of the commission to establish the following duties:

• The Transportation Commission shall act as a recommending body to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors on planning and construction of capital improvement transportation projects.

• The Transportation Commission shall annually prepare, review, update and recommend approval by the Board of Supervisors for the Mohave County 5-year capital improvement road program.

Commission membership consists of 10 people, two each appointed by supervisors from the five districts. The chairman and vice chairman are elected to one-year terms. The commission serves without pay and meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

Supervisor Steve Moss put the item on today's agenda after voting against the county accepting a 2.4-mile portion of Calle Lucero road in the north Kingman area into the county's road maintenance system at the board's Jan. 19 meeting.

He asked if the transportation commission had approved the road for tertiary maintenance, and was told by Public Works Director Steve Latoski that it had not.

"I want every road to go through the transportation commission," Moss said.

Supervisor Jean Bishop said there is no statutory requirement for the county to have a transportation commission, and it's the board - not the commission or even Public Works - that makes the final decision on whether to accept roads for tertiary maintenance.

"The Transportation Commission is an additional layer of government, and in these times of trying to limit government and reduce costs, I believe we as supervisors need to look at all aspects of how the county does business," she said.

In other items on the board's agenda:

• Opposition of Arizona House Bill 2403 regarding tax lien deeds and aggregate fees as introduced by Rep. Vince Leach. The bill will put a $500 cap on fees the county treasurer can charge for a tax lien deed when 10 or more parcels are involved.

• Establish a board-appointed citizens' assessment committee for animal shelter needs, comprised of one person appointed by each district supervisor and supported by designated county staff deemed necessary and appropriate by the county administrator; funding for implementing the committee's recommendations to be contemplated during the upcoming budget process.

• Rezone to allow for a Veterans' Service Center in the south Mohave Valley vicinity.