Council expected to back land swap legislation

September 18, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Council is expected to adopt a resolution in support of proposed federal legislation to permit the city and the federal government to swap land.

At Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. regular meeting, the council will discuss — and likely approve — resolution 2018R-49 in support of the Black Mountain Range and Bullhead City Land Exchange Act now working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. The resolution, under the heading of new business, is the final item on tonight’s agenda.

The legislation would allow the city to acquire ownership of 345.2 acres of land commonly known as Section 12, currently owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, in exchange for 1,100 acres of remote property in the Black Mountain Range northeast of Bullhead City. The mountain land was donated to the city by Don Laughlin in 2015; it is outside the city limits.

The city leases much of Section 12 from the Bureau of Land Management under an agreement to use the land for recreation and public purposes.

“The city’s proposed exchange would improve recreational access and economic development opportunities for the 40,000 residents of Bullhead City, the 210,000 residents of greater Mohave County and Laughlin and the 2.5 million individuals who annually visit the area,” City Manager Toby Cotter wrote in a council communication in support of the resolution. “Ongoing cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation in facilitating the Bullhead City land exchange will help to promote the incorporation of public parks and trails, access to boating and water recreation sports, and to advocate for habitat and conservation in the region.”

The council will hold a work session at 4 p.m. with two items on the agenda for discussion only. No council action can be taken at a work session.

The first item is discussion regarding a mandatory safety fee for watercraft rentals. The second item is discussion regarding Census 2020.

The work session and regional meeting both will be held in the City Council chamber, 1255 Marina Blvd., in the Bullhead City Administration Complex. Meetings are streamed on the city’s website and televised on the Bullhead City Suddenlink cable system on Channel 4.

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