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Kingman's July 4 plans: A block party - and fireworks

KINGMAN - Mark your calendars.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved hosting an Independence Day downtown block party on Saturday, July 2, and a fireworks show on July 4, which falls on a Monday this year.

City Manager John Dougherty said people might prefer having fireworks on Saturday as they would have to go to work on Tuesday after the long weekend. Councilman Mark Abram recommended a Monday show and a Saturday block party since other cities and organizations will have fireworks on Saturday. "It's one way to stretch out the weekend," he said, a sentiment his colleagues apparently share.

In other items of note, the Council:

• Removed Tyler Angle from the Planning and Zoning Commission after Angle advised Mayor Richard Anderson he was moving outside of the city. The Planning and Zoning Commission is the only volunteer board that requires each of its members to be Kingman residents.

• Adopted a resolution supporting the creation of a Foreign Trade subzone at Kingman Airport and Industrial Park. The move will allow Laron Industries to do business with Chinese equipment companies. The state's Foreign Trade Zone is in Phoenix. This will be a subzone that will allow Laron to be more competitive.

• Accepted a bid from Selberg Associates Inc. to design and develop documents for the preparation of fire stations 2 and 5.

• Approved the $51,250 quarterly payment to the Kingman Visitor Center for tourism related activities.

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