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City approves installing wastewater equipment

October 3, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Council members on Tuesday approved a more than $256,000 installation of a new belt filter press and conveyor system for the Section 18 Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady initially indicated he would vote no, saying he was not prepared to approve an item that was not included in the budget and was not needed as an emergency replacement, suggesting staff add the equipment to next year’s budget.

Staff explained the equipment cost of $242,000 was included in last year’s budget and that the item had been delivered. An error left the cost of installation out of this year’s budget.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the request.

Brady also introduced a request to approve a budget transfer of $7,500 from the general fund contingency for an appraisal of an 11-acre parcel of state land the city hopes to acquire.

The parcel, just south of the Laughlin Bridge and north of the riverboat shuttle service for Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino, is made up of sovereign and trust lands owned by the state, which the city has requested be transferred to its ownership. State sovereign lands have no restrictions and can be transferred, but trust lands can be leased or sold only to benefit public schools. Should the city acquire the land, its intent is to turn the riverfront acreage into public parkland.

Members also voted to approve a contract request not to exceed $65,530 with Kimley-Horn & Associates of Phoenix to redesign the traffic signal at Corwin and Highway 95 as a “Florida-T” type intersection and a budgeted request for $53,557.58 to purchase 50 Tasers, 50 extended-power magazines and 50 holsters for the Bullhead City Police Department.

The department’s current Tasers are between 7 and 11 years old, and are no longer manufactured or supported, said Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson.

In his report, Bullhead City Manager Toby Cotter invited the public to attend Wednesday’s grand opening of Laughlin Ranch Boulevard. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. at the Laughlin Ranch Golf Club banquet room, 1360 William Hardy Drive.

The community also is invited to attend a workshop on Old Bullhead City beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the City Council Chamber to discuss visioning plans for the neighborhood. The plans and a feedback form are available on the city’s website at www.bullheadcity.com/residents/old-bullhead-city-visioning-plan.

Brady read proclamations declaring today as National Night Out and the week of Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week. The city also declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in conjunction with a State of Arizona declaration and invites residents to light their homes and businesses in purple to show support. City Hall will be lit purple through the month of October.

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