Land issues before city council Tuesday

February 19, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Council will meet today to consider supporting state legislation that would provide for the transfer of some state land to the city.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 1255 Marina Blvd.

Arizona House Bill 2573 would affect 12.4 acres of land below the Laughlin Bridge and north of Don Laughlin’s riverboat shuttle service, according to the city’s description.

Rep. Regina Cobb is the bill’s sponsor and Rep. Leo Biasiucci its co-sponsor. Both of the Republicans represent Legislative District 5, which includes Bullhead City.

The bill describes the location as slightly more than eight acres. City Manager Toby Cotter explained that surveying by the city indicates the site is larger — about 12 acres — and that the city will ask that the bill be revised to reflect that.

Also on the agenda for possible approval by council members is a request to fund three months of additional services by government relations firm Cassidy & Associates. Cost would be $45,000 for three additional months of work.

The firm will continue working with the city through April 30 to ensure U.S. Senate Bill 47 advances. The Natural Resources Management Act sets forth provisions regarding various programs, projects, activities and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal land. The bill includes a land swap between the city and the federal government — an exchange of land owned by the city in the Black Mountains for federal land, known as Section 12, along the Colorado River, owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

City officials said more effort will be necessary to bring about enactment of the proposal that would facilitate the land swap.

Cotter is expected to provide reports on several matters, including EPCOR Water Arizona’s rate case, scheduled to be in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission today in Phoenix for a public hearing.

Other topics he’ll talk about include sports tourism, the recent Winter Expo and the upcoming Tri-State Veterans’ Stand Down.