Council members voted Tuesday to provide guidance to the city manager on presenting policy positions for state legislative bills that have an impact on city interests.

The 2018 State Legislative Agenda has identified a number of issues of interest to the city, said City Manager Toby Cotter. Several current House and Senate bills addressing home-based business regulations would supersede city ordinances. Another House bill would not allow the city to regulate food trucks on public land that would put the city in direct violation of lease contracts with Bureau of Land Management.

Council members also voted to approve a letter requested by Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric Cooperative chief executive officer, from Mayor Tom Brady to Sen. Sonny Borrelli in support of Senate Bill 1412. The bill would allow electric cooperatives, which are nonprofit, to continue to use unclaimed capital credits for purposes specified by their boards of directors, rather than be directed to the state government’s general fund. 

MEC’s unclaimed capital credits support numerous local programs including the Washington Youth Tour, teacher grants, River Fund, Inc. and Northern Arizona Veterans Resource Center.

Council members also passed a resolution seeking financial support from Mohave County and Clark County for a 2018 Colorado River summer water safety program, which provides open water, ocean-certified lifeguards from Contemporary Services Corporation through the summer season. The city and CSC created a one-year pilot program in 2017, and Bullhead City Police Department requested the program be renewed for the entire summer, at a total cost of $225,655.

Police Chief Brian Williamson reported the program’s lifeguards participated in four major medical incidents, 151 minor medical incidents, 266 rescues and 322 assists through the pilot program.

Council members authorized the $130,281.72 purchase of a Caterpillar backhoe for the Public Works department and a not-to-exceed $514,140 contract for the purchase and delivery of emulsion for use in the Neighborhood Street Improvement Programs.

Council members also voted to adopt a resolution authorizing the submission of a Federal Transit Administration grant application to fund a portion of the annual administrative, operational and capital expenses for the Bullhead Area Transit System for the period Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2020.

City Human Services Director Jeff Tipton noted that Bullhead Area Transit System has applied for the grant every two years since 2000, and that without the grant there would be no bus service in Bullhead City.

Members also voted to recommend the Arizona Department of Revenue approve the application for a Class A Bingo License submitted on behalf of Riverview Resort, 2000 Ramar Road.

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