Kingman City Council, airport authority board to hold first work session Thursday

The Kingman Airport and its Industrial Park are the topic of conversation at the Kingman City Council and Kingman Airport Authority work session Thursday.

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The Kingman Airport and its Industrial Park are the topic of conversation at the Kingman City Council and Kingman Airport Authority work session Thursday.

KINGMAN – The Kingman Airport Authority is set to present its work at the City of Kingman Common Council work session Thursday. The meeting will take place at noon at Kingman Regional Medical Center Hualapai Mountain Campus, 3801 Santa Rosa Drive.

The work session comes as part of the Council’s effort to review the management of two of the city’s most valuable assets, the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park. These properties are intended to drive business into the City of Kingman, and the KAA states that progress is being made.

“In the last 25 years, more than $100 million has been invested in private capital and personal property improvements within the airport and industrial park, along with generating over 2,100 jobs. The airport authority has made over $15 million in public improvements and infrastructure, with more planned,” according to its website. However, many do not see this progress being made.

The lease held by KAA to manage these properties is set to expire in 2053. The main issue of this lease, according to Councilman Travis Lingenfelter, is that it offers no way of measuring the progress made in terms of annual advancement for the assets.

With no way to measure, the council is set to discuss the consideration of a forensic audit of Kingman Airport Authority in order to better understand how the airport and Industrial Park are improving the city’s economic status.

“As a new City Councilman, and on the coat tails of the internal fraud situation the City dealt with, and in order to clearly understand all checks and balances, current financial controls, and financial history of KAA as managers of the City’s public assets, it is recommended that the City Council commences a forensic financial audit as a part of responsible and transparent government.” Lingenfelter said recently.

Along with the discussion of a forensic audit, there will be talk of more specific details of the airport’s maintenance including:

• Signage maintenance

• Pilots’ Lounge modernizing

• Construction of additional hangar space

• Runway maintenance

KAA will also be presenting at the work session. They plan to present on Federal Aviation Administration assurances and Master Plan, a historic overview of the development of the Kingman Airport, KAA organization, and strategic planning issues.

Three more work sessions are schedule between the two entities: June 15, July 27 and August 19.