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Gosar outlines land swap legislation to council

September 19, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar spoke to City Council members Tuesday on legislation introduced to permit the city and the federal government to swap land.

“Legislation has actually been built and introduced,” Gosar, R-Prescott, said. “We also had the conversation with Sen. (Jon) Kyl — he has been very familiar with a lot of these land exchanges. Congress is going to be looking at a lands bill and it may happen as early as the last week of September where they start hearing some of these.”

Council members voted unanimously to adopt resolution 2018R-49 in support of the Black Mountain Range and Bullhead City Land Exchange Act, which would allow the city to acquire ownership of 345.2 acres of land, known as Section 12 and commonly known as Community Park, currently owned by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, in exchange for 1,100 acres of property in the Black Mountain Range donated to the city by Don Laughlin in 2015.

Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady asked Matt Laughlin, Don Laughlin’s grandson, to stand and be recognized.

“I don’t want to embarrass you but it was your grandfather that donated this land to us and it was one of the greatest gifts that he could have given to the citizens of Bullhead City,” Brady said. “Now we’re making effective use of it should we be successful in getting this passed. So please be sure to pass on our congratulations and our thanks to your grandfather.”

Members also voted to adopt ordinance 2018-20 and resolution 2018R-47 to extend the mixed use overlay district and include the un-subdivided lands on the west side of Highway 95 between Seventh Street and the Laughlin Bridge across from the Laughlin casinos.

“This is the first step in the process and we’re just hoping to proceed,” said Don Anderson, speaking on behalf of the unnamed developer requesting the change. “The time we feel is right for that property to be developed and we’re excited about what we’re planning to do.”

In his City Manager’s Report, Toby Cotter announced the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Laughlin Ranch Boulevard at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, and that the Bullhead City Farmers Market reopens Oct. 6.

Members also heard an update on work to control black flies, caddisflies, and mosquitoes from Bullhead City Pest Abatement Manager Joe Iburg, who noted both the black fly and mosquito programs have been very successful.

“There remains no silver bullet to the caddisflies,” Iburg told council members. “Nobody has ever successfully managed a nuisance caddisfly problem. Where I think we made some pretty good strides is with stocking fish — there are no chemical solutions as of now.”

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish and the Pest Abatement District stocked 110,000 fish in fiscal year 2017 and by the end of 2018, the agencies will have added 160,000 trout.

“We are still looking at other fish options, we want more biodiversity,” Iburg said.

Council members appointed Eva Corbett to fill a partial term on the Franchise License Commission, which expires Dec. 31, 2019, and Jared Gift to fill a two-year term effective Oct. 1 on the Bullhead Area Transit System Commission.

Members also voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the Mohave County Flood Control District to facilitate Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funding for federal fiscal year 2018-19 to conduct flood risk analysis, hydraulic and hydrological evaluation of watercourses in Bullhead City and prepare updated flood plain mapping.

Members also approved a $110,990 purchase of a new Allen Bradley IntelliCENTER and software for the 16-2 Lift Station at Clubhouse Drive.

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