KINGMAN – They’ll be spinning their wheels at the BMX bicycle track in Bullhead City by the middle to end of January, the new track operator told Mohave County Board of Supervisors Monday.
The board unanimously approved a four-year lease agreement between the county and Custom Opts BMX to develop, operate and maintain the recreational bicycle facility located on 2 acres of BLM land in back of Bullhead City’s municipal offices.
Turnell Henry, representing Custom Opts BMX of Las Vegas, told the board the BMX season is in transition into 2018, and most tracks are doing maintenance while they’re shut down.
Supervisor Hildy Angius, whose district includes Bullhead City, said she’s had inquiries into the timeline for opening the track, and that some people thought it would open right away.
“If we used the dirt there right now, I could start tomorrow,” Henry said. “However, it’s not my goal to run that facility as it has been in the past.”
The track has been sitting vacant for a couple of years, weeds are growing on the course and the dirt is “bad,” he added. Some of the equipment has been stolen.
“We cannot do a full build right now. We have to go in and do a facelift and use what’s there,” he told the board.
Henry said he would be taking over the Kingman BMX track at Mohave County Fairgrounds from founder Dustin Lewis at the beginning of the year, and would be spending his Mondays at that track and Fridays at the Bullhead City track.
Angius said her office is around the corner from the track, and Henry could stop by if he needed any help, as a lot of people have offered.
Supervisor Buster Johnson asked about liability insurance, and county risk manager Byron Steward assured him that the track is “covered pretty well” through USA BMX, the sport’s governing body.
In other action from Monday’s meeting:
• Sitting as the board of directors for the Golden Valley County Improvement District, the board voted 5-0 to ratify previous decisions to levy and collect taxes of the Phase V improvement project, and to authorize the county treasurer to collect delinquent taxes and offer the sale of properties for nonpayment of taxes via tax lien sales in February.
• The board voted 4-1 (Angius opposed) to approve Public Works organizational redesign within its road and traffic control divisions, with salary steps of $19.49 an hour for road division office specialist, $17.26 an hour for road division office assistant, and $19.49 for traffic control office specialist.
• The board voted 5-0 to approve a one-year lease agreement for the Fort Mohave library branch at 5744 Highway 95 at $3,651 a month. The county signed a four-year lease with Mohave State Bank in 2014 for 4,000 square feet of office space. The lessor completed $42,700 in tenant improvements, which was amortized into the lease and should be paid off by April. That will reduce the monthly lease payment to $3,158 a month.
• The board authorized Chairman Gary Watson to sign a commitment letter to the Big Sandy Natural Resource Conservation District for a technical assistance grant match of $6,000 from Mohave County. Watson said this is an opportunity for Mohave County to maximize its recharge of underground aquifers, which is “extremely important” for the county now and in the future.