Gates’ top priorities: Retail, Water, Airport

Kingman City Council will hold public workshops on several issues

Mayor Monica Gates

Mayor Monica Gates

KINGMAN – Mayor Monica Gates in a written statement to citizens Friday revealed what could be called Kingman’s top 10 list of priorities.

Gates, who defeated former mayor Richard Anderson in the Nov. 8 election, has reached out to major employers and other entities since taking office in December, and now she wants citizens to get involved.

“I think it’s important to use this as an opportunity to keep the public informed of where we’re at and where we’re going,” she said. “It’s kind of important to recognize the steps you’re taking. We’re keeping a running log of what we’re doing.”

She provided a few highlights and information on town hall meetings – most of them at City Hall, 310 N. Fourth St. – planned for the near future.

Kingman Crossing

Council has met with representatives of Kingman Regional Medical Center to discuss how both are moving forward. The KRMC Hualapai Campus plays a potentially pivotal role in the project as the hospital desperately needs better access to and from the facility. The Hualapai Campus is a stone’s throw away from Kingman Crossing.

A workshop to discuss financing options for maximizing revenues with an economist and financial advisor has been set for 2 p.m. Jan. 31, at Council chambers. The public is encouraged to attend.

Water Issues

Council has set a workshop to discuss water issues and strategies to preserve the resource. They also met with county officials to discuss areas of mutual concern and opportunities.

The workshop is 2 p.m. Friday at council chambers. Environmental attorney Patrick Cunningham is the guest speaker.

Kingman Airport & Industrial Park

Council initiated dialogue with the Kingman Airport Authority and met with Executive Director Dave French and Board Chairwoman Krystal Burge to discuss areas of concern and opportunity. With unanimous support of the council, she’ll set a joint meeting between the two political subdivisions to establish expectations and accountability.

A firm date has not been set.

Council has engaged a facilitator to interview elected officials for the city and the authority.

The facilitator is scheduled to be in Kingman Feb. 15-16 to observe a Kingman Airport Authority meeting and conduct the interviews.

Council also has toured the Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City airports to learn about their best practices.

Direction to City Manager, Attorney

Council believes that no clear performance goals and direction have been given to City Manager John Dougherty and City Attorney Carl Cooper as part of their annual evaluation.

Vice Mayor Jen Miles and council members Stehly and David Wayt have been assigned to a subcommittee.

Easing Development Regs

Dougherty is in the process of restructuring the building department to “expedite, facilitate, and simplify” construction projects in Kingman.

The city is hosting a Q-and-A session for builders, developers and other interested parties to ensure they are aware of changes to the permitting process.

They will have the opportunity to comment on the effectiveness of the changes.

The meeting is 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19, at the Kingman Police Department training room, 2730 E. Andy Devine Ave.

Council has asked Dougherty to explore the possibility of locating a centralized one-stop location (possibly at the Kingman Powerhouse) to house a representative from all city departments involved in the building process and a representative from the Small Business Development Administration.

Downtown

A city council subcommittee has been created to address downtown redevelopment and formulate a policy to identify a vision for downtown. Councilmembers Mark Abram and Jamie Scott Stehly have met with downtown business owners and residents.

A firm meeting date has not been set.

Economic Development Policy

A meeting was held with community leaders Dec. 27 regarding the restructuring of the Economic Development Marketing Commission and the Tourism Development Commission.

The new board will lay the framework for the city’s economic development policy.

City Boards and Commissions

The Council has recognized the importance of city boards and commissions and will focus on board development.

Gates has encouraged council members to engage the community to share talents and participate on a board or commission.

Space Needs

Gates has sent a request to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors regarding use of the auditorium at the county complex to hold council meetings.

Community Outreach

Gates invites the public for coffee with her and Dougherty at Beale Street Brews at 510 E. Beale St. the first Friday of every month from 7:30 to 9 a.m. There will be an informal discussion of city issues and a Q&A session. The first meeting is Feb. 3.

“We’re moving forward and I look forward to these workshops,” she said. “It keeps us focused. Now we know where we’re at on things we’ve identified as city priorities.”

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webdawg 1 week, 1 day ago

Kingman still can't get business correct. They either slam everything on Stockton Hill or now want to go miles out of town. What is wrong with places like Northern and Andy Devine? One reason I moved away.

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Gunguy45 1 week, 1 day ago

Maybe because there is no easy access from the freeway or the rest of town. Would be great for Birdland and Butler though. If it can't be seen and easily reached from the freeway, it won't be built. Glad you moved where you may be happier. So why are you still concerned what happens here?

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barbaraburley 1 week, 1 day ago

good on all but...please please please put the trash around the city on the list..it is a embarrassment ! i do not excuse the wind..walmart should be held accountable for their share of trash they generate. get rid of the plastic bags that are a plight in kingman..build more stores ..shopping..lets keep the taxes here and not in bullhead or las vegas. also all these empty land owners should also be made to keep their land clean..and i am not so interested about the desert brush as the trash the builds up on them. thanks !

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billy 1 week, 1 day ago

Same thing over and over great to say retail, water,airport. The airport is a lost cause due to poor contracting with the authority. Retail now that is funny this is the HARDEST town to start a business. unless you know someone who pencil whips you in to business.

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Gunguy45 1 week, 1 day ago

Barbara, most of that stuff that gets caught on the fence and in the field by WM is people going in, buying a soda and a sandwich and then throwing their trash in the parking lot. I've seen it happen more than a few times. But anyway, how about those free rolled up ads they throw on your driveway? You know, the ones that so many people don't pick up and just let lay? The ones held together with loose rubber bands that will break after 1 day in the summer sun? Now that's a pain in my rear.

And Kingman can't build more stores. It's up to developers and corporations to do that, which they won't till they have tenants, who won't come here because the stable population is too small. They can't count on heavy traffic stopping in to shop. Look at so many outlet malls that failed for similar reasons. Can you imagine having both a Lowes and HD here? Neither can they or we would. Same with Costco and Sam's Club, we couldn't support one, let alone both. Somewhat nicer chain restaurants base their locations on population as well, they don't even consider passers by.

I agree on the property owners. If they don't respond and clean it up, pay someone to do it, send a bill and put a lien on it. Maybe even a ticket and fine? No pay, give 'em a bench warrant. Bet that would get their attention.

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