The flap surrounding Ignite Brand Marketing, LLC just will not go away.Rightfully so. The Kingman marketing company received the nod from the City of Kingman common council authorizing $45,000.00 to fund a marketing campaign to ‘brand’ Kingman during their June 21 meeting.The controversy surrounds the process in which Liza Noland, member/manager of the L.L.C., received the approval.The Kingman City Council approved the measure to fund the marketing plan against the advice of the Kingman City Attorney, Carl Cooper. In a vote four to three in favor of the action City of Kingman Vice-Mayor Young, council members Dean, Miles and Abram voted to affirm the request without the consideration of a City initiated request for additional ‘request for proposal’. “This isn’t the way we (the city) do business”, according to City Councilman Stuart Yocum. One of the three nay votes indicating his disgust with the seemingly rush to approve the measure.Yocum further indicated in an interview with The Standard that he also has reached out to Young and Abram since the June 21 vote, voicing his concerns with the way the city reached the outcome and was particularly concerned about whether the action was legal and expressed his concern of failing to heed the advice of the City of Kingman attorney.“Why do we have a city attorney if nobody listens to him?” Yocum said.Yocum’s concerns seemingly fell on deaf ears as neither of the council persons appeared to have any interest in revisiting the votes. Mayor Richard Anderson also a nay vote, voiced concern over the action and reportedly questioned Cooper as to whether he (Anderson) needed to sign the contract. Cooper indicated that he did not. In a sigh of relief Anderson indicated he had extensive experience in governmental procurement and was prepared to refuse inking the contract if asked to do so, stating the fact that he did not believe the process was legal. While all roads ultimately lead to the City Council the real controversy lays with the Kingman Tourism Development Commission. Over the last several years the TDC has funded a number of projects that created controversy as well. Some would even argue that the TDC has and continues to fund private business. Besides the most recent flap over the funding of Ignite Brand Marketing, LLC (an LLC is a private for profit company whose profits and or losses funnel into its member/managers personal taxes directly) the TDC has also funded: Jim Hinckley (a private citizen) as Kingman’s personal ambassador to Germany. Some have voiced concerns that the unemployed author was sent on vacation at taxpayer’s expense. The Kingman Tourism Development Commission is itself funded by Kingman’s bed tax. The TDC also provided $20,000.00 in funding as seed money to the, would be annual Bluegrass Festival. The now defunct event was hosted privately by Stetson Winery some 15 miles East of the Kingman City Limits. The Best of the West also experienced severe push back from non-profit organizations claiming the City of Kingman funded through the TDC a city motivated event in direct competition to long standing, traditional Kingman events such as The Kingsmen hosted Andy Devine Days Rodeo. The TDC funded $10,000.00 plus event organizer Dora Manely solicited in-kind support as well as donations in direct competition with The Kingsmen’s longstanding donation base. However, the biggest questions are yet to be asked. Why do we need a marketing company to represent Kingman if we already pay a Tourism Director? Josh Nobel has filled the newly formed position of City of Kingman Tourism Director. Let me say I would be mad as hell, and insulted if I had worked my way up the city ladder to the position of Tourism Director only to be slapped in the face with a no confidence vote and watched as the TDC funded private business to do my job. Perhaps the city should consider eliminating the Tourism Director’s position and hire Ignite Brand Marketing; the city should not be paying for both! What about the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce? Isn’t the Chamber taxed with business and tourism development needs? What about the Americas Best Communities competition and grant? The city was instrumental in the failure of this project and should not be in a position to fund private businesses or projects. The bottom line is this. The City of Kingman should not be funding private business. They are not good at it.