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Kingman Mayor: State of the City

As Mayor of the City of Kingman, it is my privilege to serve you with my best efforts to assess and act mindfully on issues that impact our community. I remain dedicated to positive engagement with residents, business owners and community organizations to always seek the betterment of our community.

Further, I will continue to work with and leverage partnerships throughout the county and state to create programs and policies that advance our quality of life and economic well-being.

During the past few months, I have focused attention on the ongoing issues of the city and also the immediate concerns and actions associated with the coronavirus pandemic. No elected official expected to have to lead during a public health crisis. However, I am grateful for the collaboration at every level of government, with healthcare providers and our emergency responders to make informed decisions as to how to slow the spread of the virus. Though some decisions such as that of the face mask proclamation draw mixed opinions, there is a clear consensus that the simple protective measures being carried out will save lives and ensure our healthcare system remains able to care for everyone.

Much has been accomplished in the past seven years I have served on Council and as Mayor. We can celebrate progress on virtually every front from downtown revitalization efforts to positive advancement of the airport and industrial park to improvements of our wonderful parks and trails. We have made some wonderful partnerships that have resulted in infrastructure progress including the Kingman Crossing Development Agreement and the recently executed Intergovernmental Agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation for the building of the Rancho Santa Fe interchange. Soon, we expect to finish the development agreement with our private sector partners for Rancho Santa Fe connector roads including Airway Avenue extended to Rancho Santa Fe Boulevard.

A critical issue we face will be the sustainability of our water supply. We are awaiting the results of the United States Geological Survey’s study of our Hualapai aquifer. It has been delayed due to the pandemic and the report is now expected in the fall. Regardless, the city has moved forward to start a well-siting study for the Sacramento Basin. Ultimately, we need to expand our access to that basin and have a more diverse supply of water for our city. I will continue to serve on the state committee that is tasked with making recommendations regarding the groundwater, working with [State] Representative [Regina] Cobb (R-Kingman) and others to ensure we have adequate water for our community far into the future.

As we recover from the pandemic, it will be important for all of us to support our local businesses. I will continue to work with council members to facilitate economic recovery of our businesses and citizens, many who have lost jobs in the downturn. To stimulate business activity and renew community confidence in Kingman’s positive future, our council approved funding for an “Economic Recovery and Small Business Assistance” package. These include grant programs for façade improvement, signs and murals as well as shop local and advertising campaigns. We look forward to implementing our recently adopted branding strategies and new Kingman logo, again with the objective to stimulate recovery.

It will take time to fully recover but in supporting our small businesses, we help sustain them now.

Again, I thank the citizens of Kingman for your ongoing support. We have completed projects that have been “on the books” for years. Now, we face a new challenge in navigating and recovering from this pandemic. However, I know we will prevail. We are resilient. We are innovative. We will meet the challenge, together.

(Jen Miles is the mayor of Kingman.)

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