Kingman Council looks at inmate housing contract
La Paz County will charge $65 a day per Kingman inmate
In the first City Council meeting of 2012, members will discuss, among other things, an Intergovernmental Agreement with La Paz County for the housing of Kingman prisoners, the extinguishment of a 50-foot wide public easement on Maverik Inc.-owned property, and the schedule for creating the 2012-2013 city budget.
In April, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved an increase in the jail fees from $79 to $98 per day per inmate. At that time, Tri-City Council representative and Kingman City Manager Jack Kramer asked the Board to consider delaying its vote until an audit of the figures could be completed. The Board approved the fee increase with the option to lower it after the audit was completed.
Once the county completed the audit, it was decided that each city would be charged $92 per inmate per day, plus a one time $65-per-inmate booking fee.
With that in mind, Kingman officials negotiated an IGA to house its inmates in the La Paz County Adult Detention Facility. According to the agreement, La Paz County will charge $65 a day per inmate with no booking fee.
La Paz will charge 51 cents per mile for round-trip transportation of inmates, but multiple inmates can be transported at once under that charge. The La Paz County Jail is located in Parker, about 100 miles from Kingman.
Kramer said that even with the transportation costs, there is still a significant amount of savings to be had by entering into the agreement with La Paz County.
Once the IGA is approved and takes effect, it will last for three years.
In other business, Maverik Inc. recently requested the extinguishment of a 50-foot wide public utility and drainage easement on its property located on the southeast corner of Andy Devine and Airway avenues. The request was issued because Maverik needs more room to build a gas station and convenience store on the property. The company has agreed to allow a 20-foot wide public easement on the property instead.
According to the agenda, the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Dec. 13 to recommend approval of the extinguishment as long as the 20-foot wide easement is granted and accepted by Council.
Lastly, Council will discuss budget process expectations and set a budget calendar for the coming year. City staff has recommended a minimum of two Council workshops dedicated to the budget.
Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today at 310 N. Fourth St.