City plans birthday party Tuesday
Over 100 entries in the school essay contest celebrating 50 years of incorporation of Kingman are being judged and the winners will be invited to eat cake with the mayor and city council at Tuesday's meeting.
Cindy Linne, city chairman of the essay contest, has a panel of judges making a decision on the winners from the seventh and eighth grade entrants.
Winners will be announced Friday and first place in each grade will receive $50.
The city invites all area residents to share cake at the Tuesday Jan.
22 council meeting at 310 N.
beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The city was incorporated Jan.
21, 1952 after an 88 percent voter turnout gave a two to one approval for incorporation.
Citizens decided the county could not provide the level of services a growing city needed.
The Martin Luther King Jr.
holiday on Monday requires the regular Monday council meeting to be postponed.
The council cannot do business on a legal holiday.
The city committee planning events through the coming year has given up on locating the baby born in Kingman on Jan.
Known only as "Baby Tindle" in the records, the person could not be found in time for the Jan.
22 council meeting.
The city staff 50th anniversary committee began the year with the first ever Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day at the downtown pool.
City Manager Roger Swenson was joined by 12 other hardy souls and about 50 onlookers.
The event made newspapers as far away as Tucson and was aired on local television.
A city float is being designed and constructed for four parades in 2002 and will debut June 1 at the Yada Yada Parade with a marching unit of city employees.
Volunteers are needed.
In addition, fifty trees will be planted at five locations on Arbor Day in April with the aid of school groups and the Mohave County Master Gardeners.
Park and Rec Coordinator Yvonne Casio plans a 50th birthday theme for all park events during the year including the annual Fourth of July city celebration in Centennial Park.
A T-shirt with a new city logo design will be ordered and be available to all residents at celebration events
Information about the city, history, and a calendar of events will be available on a special part of the city web page at www.cityofKingman.gov.