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Bridge funding on council agenda Tuesday

November 20, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Mayor-elect Tom Brady and City Council members-elect Steve D’Amico and Annette Wegmann will be sworn in by City Magistrate Peter Psareas at the beginning of the City Council meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1250 Marina Blvd.

Among items scheduled for council consideration after the swearing in:

• Consider and possibly approve excise tax bonding to pay for $3.1 million in work on this side of the Colorado River related to the second bridge connecting Bullhead City to Laughlin. The bridge is proposed to line up with Bullhead Parkway. The city is responsible for the cost of infrastructure and pavement work to extend the parkway so it will reach the bridge.

Clark County and the State of Nevada, as well as federal money, will cover most of the estimated project cost of more than $56 million.

• Provide Blue Water Development 3, LLC, an extension of time to obtain permits for a commercial project on a parcel of land at the northwest corner of Highway 68 and Landon Drive.

The first deadline set for the developer to do this came in June 2006 to construct 16 one-story buildings on a 10-acre parcel previously zoned for residential use.

City officials granted four filing extensions to the developer and this would be the fifth if council members approve it.

• Approve updates to Chapters 9 and 10 of the city’s municipal code regarding property offenses.

The proposed amendments are based on changes in the law, such as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Martin vs. the City of Boise (Idaho), according to city staff. The ruling in this case dictates that cities can’t punish homeless people for sleeping outside in public spaces if they don’t have access to shelter elsewhere.

On Thursday, Bullhead City Manager Toby Cotter told members of the city’s Homeless Task Force that the proposed code changes aren’t undergoing major changes that would affect how law enforcement and other city officials already deal with the local homeless population.

“We’re not arresting someone because they’re homeless,” he stressed.

• Allow adjustments to the 2018-19 city budget suggested by city staff.

This includes reducing expenditures for the Epcor Water System consolidated rate case originally estimated to cost $200,000. Spending on the matter has reached only $103,360 over the FY 2018 and 2019 budget cycles.

An office assistant to help with building plan review in the Building Division is being added to the budget. Cost for the employee would be $28,570. The position was eliminated in FY 2011 but increased departmental workload makes the addition necessary, the staff report explained.

Other requests are for increases in travel money for the city council ($10,000) and city manager ($3,300) to conduct city business as well as more money for various work-related expenditures for economic development of $5,000.

Two adjustments are for documentation only and aren’t financially affecting the city budget.

One adjustment is related to the 2018 River Regatta with notation of $179,256 provided by Marnell Gaming to reimburse the city for its efforts during the event. The other is a $200,000 grant being used to pay for Phase 2 of Rotary Park field lighting that needs to be included because only the city’s $50,000 match is stated in the budget for this project.

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