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Basinger: ‘The development of these interchanges and the surrounding properties will dramatically affect the future of Kingman for each of our lives…’

 

KINGMAN – The Mohave Republican Forum’s meeting room at Golden Corral restaurant will likely be filled to the gills Wednesday evening when Mayor Monica Gates and Brian Turney, chief executive officer of Kingman Regional Medical Center, discuss two proposed Interstate 40 traffic interchanges that are steeped in controversy.

 

The Forum’s Richard Basinger in an email said the pubic is invited. “There will be an opportunity for questions,” he said. “The development of these interchanges and the surrounding properties will dramatically affect the future of Kingman for each of our lives, which makes this a very important meeting in which to participate.”

Here are the key issues in a nutshell or two: Turney and KRMC are interested in paying for an interchange at Kingman Crossing, which would establish desperately needed access to KRMC’s Hualapai Mountain campus. There are two catches: KRMC only wants to pay for the southern portion and it expects the city and its taxpayers to reimburse it for at least some of the cost through future sales tax revenue.

Meanwhile, a majority of City Council members led by Councilman Travis Lingenfelter recently approved a bump to the sales tax that on Nov. 1 will increase by a penny – to 9.35 cents for every dollar spent – with one goal in mind: Use a half-penny to augment badly needed street maintenance and preservation funding and the other half penny to fund capital projects.

While the Council has not formalized any specific project, it is largely agreed the priority is the simultaneous construction of interchanges at Kingman Crossing and Rancho Santa Fe near Rattlesnake Wash.

The rub: Turney has made it crystal clear that KRMC is not interested in partnering with the city on anything other than Kingman Crossing. Gates and Lingenfelter have landed on opposite sides in a number of major issues since the new City Council took office last December. The question of adding one or two new freeway interchanges is one of them.

The Golden Corral is located at 3580 Stockton Hill Road. The meeting will get underway at about 5:30 p.m. Admission is $2 and dinner is on y our own.

The meeting room should open by 4 p.m. said Basinger. For reservations, which are requested and helpful or for further information, please contact Rita Basinger at 928- 692-4771, basingerreb@gmail.com  or Jayne Seieroe at 714-914-7143, gs2007info@yahoo.com or Kathie Sturtevant at 928-718-0891, kathie2547@gmail.com.

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