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Supervisors support extending comment period on BLM road closures

September 19, 2018

KINGMAN — Mohave County supervisors on Monday gave their support to extending a public comment period on a plan to close roads on Bureau of Land Management lands.

The supervisors recommended that the BLM extend for 180 days a public comment period to keep open a list of roads on public lands planned for closure and keep all roads open unless there is a compelling reason for closure.

Several speakers supported extending the comment period, saying there is an economic impact to the county in keeping roads on public lands open for off-road vehicles.

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar’s spokeswoman Penny Pew said she will meet with BLM after Monday’s meeting to extend the comment period.

District 2 Sup. Hildy Angius said that Bullhead City is on board with extending the public comment period.

The BLM’s travel management plan is proposing to close about 1,630 miles of the 5,502 miles of existing road designations. The travel management plan and environmental assessment is for the Black Mountains, Hualapai Mountains and other mountain ranges in Mohave County.

In other action, the supervisors approved a proposed settlement in a property tax appeal case for a parcel including an 80-room motel in Bullhead City. The settlement would reduce the full cash value from $942,435 to $374,288 with a tax reduction from $16,948 to $6,723.

The supervisors also heard a presentation from Pew on behalf of Gosar, recognizing sheriff’s office Sgt. Kyler Cox for his service above and beyond the call of duty in the Feb. 26 rescue of an 18-month-old infant from the river. Cox has promoted life jacket awareness and boating safety.

The supervisors also awarded a contract to T.R. Orr, Inc. to complete the Bullhead City courthouse jury box project in the amount of $59,889. The jury box will seat seven jurors and will be designed to accommodate 10 jurors for a Superior Court case.

The board voted to allow Mohave County Manager Mike Hendrix to post the job position for an economic development and public information director.

The supervisors met in executive session to discuss a property tax appeals case, Transwestern Pipeline Co. v Arizona Department of Revenue, for the tax years of 2016 and 2017.

Staff also pulled an item off the agenda for discussion and possible action on whether to eliminate a position in the public defender’s office and provide pay increases for six other positions starting Sept. 29.

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