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Fewer workers means more library space
A previous audit said there wasn't more room; reduction in workforce is the reason, official says

Hildy Angius

Hildy Angius

An audit of county office space came under fire this week after District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson asked how staff suddenly found room for the Mohave County Library Annex's 7,800-item collection in the county's smallest library branch - Kingman.

District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius announced Monday that library staff had found room even though a previous audit said that nothing fit the library's specifications except the current building it was leasing on Gordon Avenue.

That means the library annex can vacate the office space on Gordon Avenue leased for nearly $2,000 a month from a company partially owned by spouses of two county employees, Angius said.

She started investigating the Gordon Avenue lease before she was elected to the Board last year.

"How are we making room for this?" asked District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson.

Library Director Danielle Krol said she met with library staff after a sprinkler main broke and flooded the Kingman Library in January. They decided that a back workroom at the library and open office space within the library administration building next door could be used to house the collection.

The library has not replaced a number of employees who left in the last year, leaving the administration building with open space, she explained. Krol admitted space will be tight but said staff is willing to make it work.

Krol and Angius did not return phone calls before press time.

The move will take place after repairs from the flood are completed in mid-February.

The Board also:

• Approved a $94,000 emergency contract with T.R. Orr for repairs to the Kingman Library after it flooded last month because of a broken sprinkler main. Work on the repairs started in January.

• Approved putting the Arnold Plaza building on Oak Street up for sale. If the building can't be sold, then the county will either repair it or demolish it.

• Approved a request to staff to prepare a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with Mohave County's comments on reintroducing Mexican Gray Wolves into the county.

• Approved setting a $1 per transaction fee for pawnshops in Mohave County to help the Mohave County Sheriff's Office track stolen merchandise that may be sold to pawn shops.

• Approved a $196.20 per month lease with Lake Havasu City for office space for the District 5 Supervisor.

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