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Kingman City Council approves contracts, vehicle replacements

Kingman City Council took action on a number of items at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. (Miner file photo)

Kingman City Council took action on a number of items at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. (Miner file photo)

KINGMAN – Kingman City Council approved multiple job contracts, vehicle replacements and an agreement for engineering services for roadway improvements to Eastern Street at its Tuesday, Feb. 16 meeting.

The city accepted a $148,514 FEMA COVID-19 grant for the Kingman Fire Department. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program provides money for personal protective equipment and supplies in response to COVID-19.

Council approved vehicle replacements for water operations, the Kingman Police and Fire departments and community development. The city, participating in a lease-to-own financing program, will replace about 12 vehicles at a cost over 60 months of $695,774.

The city was awarded nearly $3 million from the HURF Exchange program for fiscal year 2023, money to be used for improvements of Eastern Street. On Tuesday, council approved an agreement with Ritoch-Powell & Associates for the first phase of the project. The cost of the design work is not to exceed $74,984.

Council also approved a contract amendment with AECOM in regards to the bidding and construction of the Rancho interchange. An intergovernmental agreement requires the city to hire AECOM for post-design services at an estimated cost of $274,473.

Felix Construction Company received a contract to complete the City Well 10 Pump and Equipping project, which includes a vertical line shaft pump, 12-inch column pipe, all discharge piping, valves, gauges, fittings and appurtenances. The cost is just shy of $2 million using money from the Colorado River Fund.

Council also approved $57,482 for playground and swing set shade structures for Walleck Ranch Park, and a renewal of a contract with national retail recruiter Rickey Hayes, CEO of Retail Attractions. Councilmembers accepted warranty deeds and drainage easements for Rancho Santa Fe Parkway, and approved a $69,000 contract with Legacy Iron and Signs for construction of a drive-thru shield for the Powerhouse Visitor Center.

Council also considered a request to change San Francisco Road to Devil Dog Way, which was the only item removed from the consent agenda for discussion. Councilwoman SueAnn Mello inquired about the name-change process, noting that in the past some requests were approved while others were not.

Councilwoman Jamie Scott Stehly asked if there would be a fee for the applicant seeking the name change. She said it’s an “unfair cost to the taxpayers since it’s not necessary.”

“This isn’t a necessary expense to the city, so we should have whoever is requesting it cover all those fees because it does sound like there is some significant staff time involved …,” she said.

The name change was approved, however, the matter of renaming streets or even parks could return to council after staff considers ways to improve the process.

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