Photo by Kathleen Stinson.
KINGMAN – The Mohave County Flood Control District allocated funding to the city of Kingman this month in the amount of $606,888, and the city has big plans to put that money to use.
The district’s total allocation between its member cities of Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Colorado City and Bullhead City is about $3.5 million, said Shannon Summers, flood plains programs manager for the Mohave County Flood Control District.
The dollar amount of the allocations each city receives is not based on the list of projects each wants completed, but rather on the funding available to the district, said Tim Walsh, development services director for the district.
Kingman City Engineer Greg Henry said the city plans to begin construction on a storm drain project on Sycamore Avenue between Western Avenue and Stockton Hill Road estimated to cost $400,000 in a few months. This money is in the city’s next fiscal year’s budget and will be available after July 1.
“Even though we live in the desert, we do have drainage issues,” Henry said.
The city will install a pipe “below the surface of the pavement that will connect with the existing storm drain system that goes (underground) through the Walmart parking lot,” he said. The purpose of the drain is to “deposit runoff in the Mohave Channel behind the Walmart supercenter.”
The pipe will “capture the water that currently goes over the surface of Stockton Hill Road and Sycamore Avenue” to the wash.
Another top priority for the city is to construct more curbs, gutters and drains on Western Avenue for an estimated $600,000, Henry said. The money for this project is in the current fiscal year’s allocation and will be funded entirely from the district’s allocation to the city.
The third priority project planned is improvements for the Eighth Street Underpass downtown that crosses below the railroad tracks, he said.
This area “fills with water” and is “problematic,” he said.
“Plans for this project have not been finalized but it is next on the list to keep water from ponding underneath the railroad tracks,” he said.
The city has a list of many other projects it would like to have completed, but has “way more projects than funds,” he added.