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EPCOR rate case, visioning process for Old Bullhead before city council Tuesday

August 7, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Council members will discuss and could take action Tuesday regarding the EPCOR Water Arizona rate matrix currently before the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The item is a follow-up from the July 24 council meeting discussing additional surcharges and fees sought by EPCOR in the rate and consolidation case, including a profit of 6.83 percent, labor incentive pay, purchased water, fuel and power surcharges, system improvement benefit surcharge, property tax adjuster and corporate allocations.

Prior to its regularly scheduled meeting, council members will meet beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bullhead Council Chamber, 1255 Marina Blvd., in a work session to discuss the visioning process for Old Bullhead City from Community Park north to the Laughlin Bridge.

Members also will discuss the fiscal year 2018-19 city street maintenance program. No legal action will be taken in the work session.

Members will adjourn the work session and enter executive session to consult with counsel for legal advice regarding the potential acquisition of EPCOR Water Arizona Bullhead City assets. Executive sessions are not open to the public but no legal action can be taken during the session.

City Council will reconvene at 5:30 p.m. for its regularly scheduled meeting at the Council Chamber.

Members will discuss and possibly take action to authorize the sale of 17 parcels as excess property at public auction with minimum bids as established by the Real Estate Owned Committee. The committee is anticipated to recommend council authorization for public sale of newly acquired properties deemed as excess, including one property forfeited to the city through a quit-claim deed due to an abatement lien and 16 properties acquired in Sewer Improvement Districts through the delinquent assessment process.

Council members will discuss and possibly take action on Resolution No. 2018-R-44 approving the Noncriminal Justice User Agreement for federal and state access between Arizona Department of Public Safety and Bullhead City Police Department, and Resolution No. 2018R-45 approving the program-funded state and local task force agreement between U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Bullhead City Police Department.

In other action items, members will discuss and possibly take action to approve the allocation of $75,000 for a grant match to Community Pride Advocates for the development of Gary Keith Park and consider accepting road right-of-way for a proposed right turn lane at the Mohave Drive and Miracle Mile intersection.

Arizona Department of Transportation constructed safety improvements to the intersection, along with Adobe Road and Bullhead Parkway and Silver Creek Road and Bullhead Parkway, in 2015 as part of a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant. In February, council requested staff look at alternative options including a four-way stop and addition of a right turn lane for the improvements made at the Mohave Drive/Miracle Mile intersection, which are not working as anticipated. Staff determined a right turn lane from Mohave Drive is feasible, but right-of-way would be required.

In his City Manager’s Report, Toby Cotter will offer updates on the Aug. 28 primary election polling locations and the Laughlin River Regatta.

Council members also will accept a check on behalf of the city from the Kiwanis Club in support of free swim lessons.

The meeting is open to the public and broadcast live on TV4.

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