Sewer rate reduction on agenda today

Council expected to OK deal to lower annual debt

An amended payoff agreement regarding the city's sewer system could bode well for residential customers.

Photo by JC Amberlyn.

An amended payoff agreement regarding the city's sewer system could bode well for residential customers.

KINGMAN – The City Council is expected to select a sewer rate reduction option during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, 310 N. Fourth St.

With the recent Water Infrastructure Finance Authority approval of a $3.9 million pre-payment on the Hilltop Wastewater Treatment Plant loan, the sewer fund will experience a reduction in annual debt of just over $400,000.

The council wants to pass on the savings to customers with an option to include businesses, too. City staff will present savings plans for customers for the council to consider and possibly vote on. If the council selects one, the issue proceeds to the public hearing process for the rate reduction.

In another matter, council directed city staff at a recent meeting to contact the Arizona attorney general to see if that office could offer advice to the city regarding the lease contract with the Kingman Airport Authority.

This was an attempt to save money because the city would otherwise have to pay a private law firm.

In a letter to the city dated Oct. 21, the AG stated that representing or advising a city with civil matters is not something that it does.

City staff has recommended the council select outside counsel to review the lease agreement with KAA. The council already had analyzed three attorney options, and it is expected to select one of those at the Tuesday meeting.

In new business before the council, Ben Daniels with the Kingman Ramada has requested consideration for the use of a helipad at the Ramada hotel property located at 3100 E. Andy Devine Ave.

The purpose would be to allow hotel guests to be transported by helicopter to and from the Grand Canyon and other destinations.

The goals and objectives of the Kingman General Plan 2030 include promotion of Kingman as a Historic Route 66 destination and encourages diverse recreational and cultural amenities.

The helipad could further these goals, but it would require a conditional use permit. Staff recommends to the council to approve the CUP for Ramada.