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Supervisors approve delivering claim to MVIDD

August 21, 2018

KINGMAN — Mohave County supervisors voted Monday to deliver a notice of claim to the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District.

The board voted to approve delivery of the Aug. 9 notice of claim against MVIDD. At issue is the failure of some members of the water district’s board to disclose personal financial gain in the event of the transfer of Colorado River water out of the district.

MVIDD will have 60 days after the notice of claim or a lawsuit may be filed. The county will settle its claim for $37,000 as of 1 p.m. Friday. That amount is what the county had to spend in legal fees in response to MVIDD’s alleged violations of state laws, District 1 Sup. Gary Watson said.

At its July meeting, the MVIDD board overturned a resolution banning the transfer of water outside the district’s boundaries.

In other action, the supervisors adopted the tax levies and rates for special districts, school and fire districts and cities and towns for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

District 4 Sup. Jean Bishop said some people believe the tax rates were raised when most of the rates remained the same or were lowered. The county doesn’t set the special district rates but does collect the revenue from the districts for distribution.

The supervisors also approved extending for year the contract with Baron Pest Solutions of Bullhead City for fogging along the Colorado River to combat mosquitos’ spread of West Nile virus. The new contract will expire Oct. 5, 2019.

The board approved allowing Western Arizona Humane Society to hold an adoption event at the senior center in Kingman, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 11.

The supervisors took no action but heard a report on the costs, resources and staff time to respond to public records requests.

The supervisors approved changes to the fee schedules for the building division of the development services department. Also approved was an initiative to provide a 10 percent increase for a plans examiner in Bullhead City and a building inspector.

The board appointed Sandra Thomas to the county board of health for District 5 for a four-year term to expire in August 2022.

The board approved changes and additions to the county employee driver guidelines and added a section to the county employee safety prevention policies.

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