County Roundup: Friday, Jan. 28,2011
From the Mohave Daily News
The Fort Mojave Mesa Professional Firefighters Association Local 4324 has filed a notice of claim against the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire District governing board. The union alleges that the board violated Arizona Open Meetings laws and a memorandum of understanding between the board and the union. The union is making the claims based off of a letter it received from the board in September changing some of the requirements in the memorandum between the board and the union. The letter states that the board would no longer pay a uniform allowance and would change how much the fire district would contribute to employee retirement accounts. It also states that if the union did not accept the changes that the memorandum would be terminated. The union alleges that the board must have met behind closed doors in order to create the letter because no public board meeting was announced to discuss the issue, a violation of the state's Open Meetings laws. The board has 60 days to respond to the notice of claim or the union will file for $105,000 in damages in Mohave County Superior Court.
From Today's News-Herald.
The annexation of 50 acres of land into Lake Havasu City will go to a vote of the people. The city council voted 4-2 Jan. 25 to hold a special election in May and place the item on a mail-in ballot. It will cost the city $138,000 to hold the election. The owner of The Refuge Golf & Country Club petitioned the city to annex 50 acres of the development into the city in January 2010. The city council approved the annexation by a unanimous vote in October. Residents of the development have protested the annexation, and several have filed lawsuits against the owner and the city.
From the Lake Havasu
BLM Field Office
LAKE HAVASU - A temporary Bureau of Land Management public land closure in La Paz County is scheduled for Feb. 4-5 for the 40th annual running of the Parker 425 Desert Race. The race will close all public land. For more information, call Myron McCoy at (928) 505-1200.