Kingman: Airport, economic development director on council’s agenda Tuesday

Discussions surrounding Kingman Airport returns to the City Council’s agenda for its 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting at City Hall, 301 N. Fourth St.

Photo by JC Amberlyn.

Discussions surrounding Kingman Airport returns to the City Council’s agenda for its 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting at City Hall, 301 N. Fourth St.

KINGMAN – The Kingman City Council will consider hiring a full-time economic development director and other issues at its regularly scheduled meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 301 N. Fourth St.

The hiring item is up for discussion and possible action, according to the agenda.

The staff report states that the council at its January Strategic Planning Retreat gave staff direction to put this item on the agenda. The hiring would be a step toward the creation of a City of Kingman Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan.

“An Economic Development Director would be instrumental in crafting Kingman specific goals when drafting a strategic plan and unified vision for our great city,” as stated in the staff report. “By involving an Economic Development Director at the inception of this initiative, he or she will be properly advised and motivated to carry out the vision that is carefully dictated by the council and Kingman city residents.”

The staff is leaving the matter to council’s discretion, the report states.

A separate item will take place at the beginning of Tuesday meeting. Municipal Court Judge Jeffrey Singer will administer an oath of office to Councilwoman Vickie Kress. The council appointed Kress to take the place of Mark Abram, who resigned.

Another issue on the agenda is discussion and possible action on whether the city wants to retain the services of Airport Property Specialists to act as its technical advisor on FAA Grant Assurances, FAA Rules and Regulations, as stated in the agenda.

Airport Property Specialists, LLC based in Scottsdale, is a consultant that “provides its customers with a broad base of aviation related real estate expertise,” according to its website.

City Councilman Travis Lingenfelter said he placed the item on the agenda.

He said at a future date not yet set, the city council will meet with the Kingman Airport Authority Executive Board to discuss these assurances, rules and regulations.

“I personally believe getting our airport on (a) transparent and performance measures path is the most important community issue we face,” he said. “Historically, airport FAA assurances are too complex for the city to understand.” Neither the city manager nor any of the council members have a background in aviation.

He said he is not comfortable with having the Kingman Airport Authority tell the council its interpretation of those assurances, rules and regulations and what they mean to the city, without the assistance of a technical advisor.

Airport Property Services would serve as the council’s advisor on those rules, regulations and assurances so it can be informed and effective at the meeting between the KAA board and the council, he said.

The consultant would also make “recommendations to current Kingman Airport lease rates against the Southwest market in order to assure competitiveness and industry standards practices,” as stated in the agenda.

Lingenfelter said the last time an aviation company moved into the Kingman Airport was eight years ago.

“That’s a long time ago,” he said. “I want to know why.”

He said he spoke with several aviation company tenants located at the airport and they told him “the current lease rates are not competitive.”

He said he would like to see the airport attract more aviation company business. He would like the city to retain a specialized aviation appraiser to make recommendations on the rates rather than the airport appraiser currently being used.

Another agenda item related to the airport is discussion and possible action on whether the council wants to request that Bill Pupo, the facilitator for the KAA Executive Board and council meeting, provide council the content of the interviews of the council and people affiliated with the KAA board that took place in February.

Lingenfelter said the purpose of the request would be to ensure the “representatives of our community can adequately prepare for this meeting,” he said.

Another agenda item is an update by council and or staff on water issues in Kingman.