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BOS balks at permitting Dolan water hauling plan

KINGMAN – A rezoning application to allow for a real estate sales office and water hauling service in the Dolan Springs area was tabled Monday by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors after a lengthy public hearing.

Supervisor Gary Watson expressed concerns about traffic dangers of crossing U.S. Highway 93 to haul water from the east side of the highway to the west side, and Planning and Zoning Director Chris Ballard went into great detail about permitting issues for the land.

The developer, Gateway Lots LLC of Las Vegas, had applied to rezone a 5-acre parcel from agricultural residential to general commercial to allow for the office and water haul service.

The property is located on Seventh Street, between Mineral Road and Kellkari Road, about 1.5 miles west of U.S. Highway 93.

Cathy Hicks, who represented the property owner, said the company owns other property in the area and selected the Seventh Street site for the office trailer because it has existing power and no flood plain issues.

“It will be a huge benefit to everyone in that area if we can get that done,” she said.

Dolan Springs resident Celeste Irons opposed the rezoning, noting that this is the company’s fourth location in the area, and that no permits were issued for the other three properties before work was performed.

“They left behind a trailer and shipping containers when they abandoned their other property,” Irons told the board during her three minutes of public comment. “This is a residential and agricultural area. There are a number of animals in the area. My concern is once it’s rezoned for commercial, it’s open for commercial business right in the middle of a residential area.”

Hicks said the owners did vacate one property because they were supposed to obtain a septic permit and did not, but she wasn’t aware of all four properties.

Supervisor Jean Bishop, who represents Dolan Springs, wanted to know if Gateway Lots is the same owner of Gateway Acres, which once advertised the Terra Bella subdivision. She was told they were brothers.

Hicks said she wasn’t sure about the family connection. She was aware of about 400 lots planned for that project, and this owner has 180 lots.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval for the rezoning by a 6-1 vote with certain stipulations, including no parcel splits created by the rezoning (5-acre minimum lot). Also, appropriate zoning, building, environmental and flood plain permits will be obtained prior to construction.

Bishop said that area of Dolan Springs is poised for change, but lacks infrastructure. She would fully support the water haul business, but not the sales office.

Ballard said there may be a way to accommodate the water business with a special use permit, but not the real estate office. The board tabled the item to give Ballard time to look into the special use permit.

In other action from Monday’s board meeting:

• The board tabled until January a special use permit to allow for a personal kennel in the Fort Rock area east of Kingman. Applicant Dominique Davis said the permit is not for a commercial kennel or breeding purposes. She has two extra dogs that are beyond the 10 dogs allowed by county ordinance. She will have a total of 21 dogs on the 40-acre property, but nine of them are “working” dogs that are not part of the 10 “household” dogs allowed. Supervisor Watson made the motion to table the item so the applicant can clarify the numbers.

• The board unanimously approved rezoning a parcel in the Wikieup vicinity to allow for open lot storage for an RV park, contingent upon owners putting up an opaque fence to separate it from adjoining properties. Wikieup resident Richard Dazzo said he didn’t have a problem with the RV park and storage of construction equipment, as long as they’re not running up and down the street. “I don’t want fumes from trucks 50 feet from my window,” he said.

• The board voted 3-2 to increase the Information Technology director’s salary from $95,243 a year to $107,557 with funding through salary savings within the department. Supervisor Hildy Angius voted against the salary increase, not because she didn’t think the director deserves the raise, but because of the “willy-nilly” process that brought it before the board, she said. Supervisor Steve Moss agreed with Angius in his dissenting vote.

• Watson was unanimously elected chairman of the board for the 2017 calendar year, and Angius was elected vice chair by a 4-1 vote (Bishop opposed).

• The board unanimously denied a liquor license transfer application for Aleksandar Simovski, doing business as Dream Girls in Fort Mohave, based on testimony from a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office captain who reported 91 calls to the business for disturbances and assaults over the last five years. He also said owners failed to correct building code violations.