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County gets the bill for Beaver Dam flood
Board will also consider reorganizing fire district

KINGMAN - The bills for the emergency actions and damage done by floodwaters in the Beaver Dam area are starting to trickle in.

The Board of Supervisors will consider requests from the Development Services Department to cover nearly $141,391 in water, toilets, rubbish containers, sand bags, barriers and contractor fees for the December flood during their meeting on Jan. 18.

Heavy rains the week of Dec. 19 caused the Beaver Dam Wash to flood. At one point, according to information from the county, 9,000 cubic feet of water per second was flowing under a bridge that crosses the wash. The flood peaked at four feet above normal on Dec. 22. It destroyed six homes and caused damage to several others in the area.

The county had to bring in bottled water and portable toilets to the area. County construction engineer Monte Wilson stopped the damage by constructing a temporary dike to channel water away from homes.

The Board will also consider a request to join the Natural Resource Conservation Service's Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The program can cover up to 75 percent of the funding for repairs to the flood control measures in the area.

The county doesn't have a list of the exact projects it would want to spend the funds on, but the list might include cleaning out and straightening the Beaver Dam Wash where it runs under the bridge, and extending bank erosion protection measures in the area of the flood, especially near the Beaver Dam Estates and Beaver Dam Resort, two areas that were hit the hardest by the flood.

The Board will also consider a request to approve the reorganization of the Colorado City Fire District from an organization administered to by an elected fire chief and secretary/treasurer to a district administered to by a five-member elected board of directors.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office investigated Colorado City Fire Chief Jake Barlow and Colorado City Manager David Darger in April 2010 for the misuse of funds from the district, including purchases for gifts, computers, meals, electronics and furniture. The case is still in the courts.

The Board will also consider a request from the Public Works Department to contract control of the I-40 and Golden Valley Improvement District water systems to Fann Environmental, LLC of Prescott. There is no information on how much the contract will cost the county.

The Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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