Board of Supervisors hash out plans for 2019


Mohave County supervisors awarded a major construction contract and handled a number of other matters during their first meeting of 2019. An $18.6-million bid for a courthouse addition and expansion project was awarded to Johnson Carlier LLC of Tempe during the Jan. 7 board meeting in Kingman.

Director Becky O’brien told supervisors the firm was properly vetted through an extensive procurement process.

“They’re an excellent company,” O’brien told supervisors. “They provided all the documents required by the bid. It was reviewed extensively by all of the stakeholders here in the county---public works, the architect on record and everybody supported the award going forward.”

Groundbreaking for construction of the 66,000 sq. ft. addition is expected in early March, if not sooner. The build out is expected to take 18-24 months to complete.

Additional cost associated with sales tax, utility work and equipping the facility is expected to push the total project price tag up near $24-million.


Former supervisor Lois Wakimoto briefed the county board on her attendance at the recent Colorado River Water Users Association meeting. She said Arizona has yet to comply with a Jan. 31 deadline to detail how the state will reduce use of Colorado River water as conservation will be dictated when the level of Lake Mead drops to the trigger point for drought declaration, possibly as early as next year.

Wakimoto said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman appeared uneasy as she contemplated the possibility of federal decision making if Arizona can’t reach consensus on its Drought Conservation Plan (DCP).

“You could tell that this woman was deeply concerned with what has or hasn’t happened,” Wakimoto said. ``If a DCP is not passed in Arizona by the 31st of Jan. then the federal government will take over and decide how and where the allocation cuts will be made. With that I believe the priority moving forward is to make sure that we have a plan in place so that we still control what cuts and how the cuts are made.”

Wakimoto added that it is important for Mohave County to stay its course and oppose any proposed transfer of water from northwest Arizona.


Supervisors approved an agreement allowing use of the county-owned and administered Davis Camp for the regatta, a multiple-mile Colorado River float that will be capped at 18,000 participants this year.

Mohave Valley resident Frank Flynn and Fort Mojave Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams repeated themes of opposition that have surrounded the controversial event for years. They include concern over pollution and trash, public safety and bawdy behavior.

Board Chairman Hildy Angius and supervisor Gary Watson said administration of the event and mitigation of past problems has greatly improved. Supervisors Buster Johnson and Ron Gould dissented in the 3-2 vote approving the park use agreement.

“This has been a big debate in our city for many, many years,” Angius said. The 2019 regatta is planned in August.   


Director Todd Davidson provided an update of the county’s Environmental Rural Area Enforcement Clean up (ERACE) program.

“2018 was a very successful year for ERACE, actually the most successful one we have on record,” Davidson told the board. “We have 42 successful prosecutions for felonies and misdemeanors. Additionally, we had 419 tons of trash and approximately 4,700 tires that were disposed of.”

Davidson credited Golden Valley resident Wayne Hollins for his volunteerism in the campaign to stop illegal dumping. Davidson and his Cactus Cleaners group have been clearing debris from the desert for several years.

“He puts in his own time every day to go clean up our public lands that we share,” Davidson said. “What this does is it frees us up to go take care of the prosecutions.” Supervisor Jean Bishop presented Hollins an appreciation plaque for his efforts.

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