Council approves Median changes
Three business owners applauded when the Kingman City Council on Monday approved median changes to improve access to their properties along Stockton Hill Road.
The median was built to control traffic at the new Safeway at Gordon Drive.
The city engineering department prepared drawings of the proposed changes and estimated a cost of $40,000.
Roger Swenson, Kingman city manager, was given the go ahead to complete the project.
"These are exceptional circumstances that require action," Mayor Les Byram said.
"We need to do something to help three long-established businesses."
Medians on Stockton Hill Road were installed after a transportation study identified seven intersections with high accident rates.
In another matter, the city council heard about the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway's interest in graded railway crossings, a proposed Airway Avenue underpass, moving a siding along Andy Devine Avenue near Louise Avenue and the downtown depot renovation.
The council urged Swenson to meet with railroad decision makers to develop a plan for all the issues.
Swenson said the city and the railroad have discussed items one at a time previously and, with council approval and direction, this could be an opportunity to pursue solutions in one package.
"Let's get them all in one ball and move full speed ahead," Councilman Dave French said.
Byram said underpasses are needed at Airway and Louise avenues and Topeka Street.
He said the siding along Andy Devine Avenue needs to be moved toward the airport.
"The quicker we can move, the better," Byram said.
"Otherwise, we will be still without access across the tracks in another 10 years."
Also Monday, a secondary tax levy to pay for Airway Avenue construction bonds was approved.
Coral Loyd, city finance director, said the secondary levy would cost about $27 for an $85,000 home.
The levy has been reduced from 56 cents per $100 assessed evaluation in 1996 to 32 cents in 2002.
In other business Monday:
o A decision about an encroachment permit for a sign and landscaping at 1115 Stockton Hill Road was postponed until the owner gives the city exact locations of utility lines in the area where the sign would be placed.
o The abandonment of Amundsen Avenue between Bank and Evans streets was denied.
The Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended denial, 7-0.
o A proposed ordinance covering "free expression" signs in residential areas and murals in commercial areas was approved.
There had been no restrictions on signs except in commercials zones.
o The city council also approved the reversion of subdivided lots in Canyon Shadows to municipal acreage so the land can be added to Crestwood Park.
The park is in the budget for construction this year.
o The council approved a grant application for a park area between the Powerhouse Visitor Center and the downtown railroad depot.
Federal funds would pay 94 percent of the cost of the $486,000 depot renovation.
Construction would begin two years after the funding is approved.
Before it is submitted, the grant application must be approved by the Western Arizona Council of Governments.