Supervisors discuss BMX track lease

August 21, 2018

KINGMAN — Mohave County supervisors heard an update Monday on the operation of a BMX race track in Bullhead City.

The board voted to have the county public works department provide a quarterly update on the facility. The land is leased from the federal Bureau of Land Management.

At an August 2017 board meeting, Turnell Henry was selected to lease and operate the track on a two-acre property at 2230 Highland Drive. A four-year lease with Henry, owner of Custom Opts BMX LLC, was approved in December. The track opened in March.

District 2 Sup. Hildy Angius said Henry has been doing a good job but that she has concerns with reports of safety issues. She asked the county to continue to work with Henry to monitor the track’s progress. Angius said she has heard nothing but good things in the community.

One speaker said her daughter races at the Bullhead City track and that the track is clean and safe. Henry is always out there working to get the facility in shape, the woman added.

County Parks Administrator Harold Barton said Henry has made progress and that his department will continue to monitor the track. The county had to deal with insurance, which was not Henry’s fault, Barton said, but the track has insurance now.

Henry said he just started the track and there is still a lot of work to be done, including building up the track’s clientele. He said he plans to hold races once a week on Fridays, and that he has reached out to the Boys & Girls Club. Weather, such as storms and the heat, also play a role in the canceling of at least one event, Henry said.

However, Michael Nesbitt said Henry had eight months to get the facility safe and clean and Henry failed to do that. Nesbitt, whose family operated the track from 2008 to 2010, logged a bid to operate the track in 2017. Nesbitt has claimed that construction of the track is unsafe and not clean. Nesbitt also showed a picture of several broken windows with shards of glass sticking out.

Nesbitt previously claimed that there were no portable toilets for the first two months. After a recent storm, he said, the portable toilets were blown over and nothing was done for several weeks.

Nesbitt, of Fort Mohave, again asked the supervisors to suspend operations and terminate Henry’s lease citing safety concerns, excessive weeds and the condition of a fence and spectator stands.

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