City council gets update on Boys and Girls Clubs

September 6, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Council members heard a year in review update from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Colorado River during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The three club locations — Bullhead City, Laughlin and Fort Mohave — served more than 1,400 children with after-school programs and summer day camp, said Autumn Boyle-Robinson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Colorado River. The clubs also provided more than 20,000 free meals to those children.

Programs provided by the club included College For Kids, in conjunction with Mohave Community College. The clubs also provided three summer sports camps for volleyball, cheer and basketball and, in conjunction with the city, provided a swimming course through the Michael Phelps Foundation.

The clubs also hosted a youth basketball league for more than 250 students, which will be expanded this year to include youth cheer. A teen center will open in October next to the clubs’ thrift store on Hancock Avenue.

“The beauty of that is that they’ll be able to utilize the thrift store as a living classroom and really get that hands-on experience in handling money, customer service, work ethic, clocking in and clocking out,” Boyle-Robinson said. “We’re really excited to bring that to town.”

The clubs received several donations, including a brand new playground from Fiesta Bowl Charities, and grants from Mohave Electric Cooperative and South Face to increase energy efficiency in the Bullhead City clubhouse.

Summer enrollment increased 15 percent over last year, when the clubs saw a 90 percent increase, Boyle-Robinson said. The $60 monthly fee provides all after-school care and includes a meal.

“We also do additional scholarships for anybody who needs them, we never turn a kid away,” Boyle-Robinson said.

Other Business

Council members voted to renew a 2-year employment agreement with Judge Peter Psareas to serve as the city magistrate for $130,721.60 annually, which includes a 3 percent cost of living increase. Psareas was appointed in 2012 by council to serve as city magistrate and was reappointed in 2014 and 2016. The judge’s current contract expires Oct. 31.

Members also voted to approve a $61,602.71 contract with TLL Electric Inc. of Mesa for installation of new streetlights at Laughlin Ranch Boulevard.

The council voted to accept a street right of way on North Oatman Road from Housing for Hope Inc., an Arizona registered nonprofit corporation constructing a homeless shelter. The city will use the right of way for the installation of utilities and other municipally authorized purposes.

Council members voted to recommend to the Arizona Department of Revenue the approval of an application for a Class B bingo license submitted by the Riverview RV Resort Owners Association, 2000 Ramar Road. Council previously recommended the approval of three Class A bingo licenses for the association, which will be superseded by the new Class B license.

Mayor Tom Brady read a proclamation declaring Saturday, Sept. 15 as Recovery In the Park Celebration Day and the proclamation was accepted by Karole Finkelstein, executive director of Mohave Area Partnership Promoting Educated Decisions.

Recovery in the Park Celebration is a free event that runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at Community Park, 1251 Highway 95, to honor those for whom recovery has created change, and celebrates freedom from alcohol, drug abuse, mental illness or life’s crises.

“We welcome everyone because recovery means a lot of other things too,” Finkelstein said. “We welcome the whole community — it’s a fun family day.”

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