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Supervisors vote to bring back agreement on FM park

November 7, 2017

KINGMAN — Mohave County supervisors on Monday voted to bring back an agreement with the Fort Mohave Community Park.

District 5 Sup. Lois Wakimoto of Mohave Valley asked to modify the agreement with the Mohave Valley-Fort Mohave Community Park to read that the park would complete improvements to the park, then present a lease of the park to the county for 25 years.

The supervisors voted to direct staff to bring the modified agreement back to the board at its next meeting. District 3 Sup. Buster Johnson suggested that the board get updates of the progress of the park’s improvements.

The county contributed $250,000 for improving the park, which is off Laguna Road near River Valley High School. The park officially opened in December 2015.

Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commissioner Mehdi Azarmi asked that improvements to the park continue for about three more years. Azarmi said the park currently includes tennis courts and a mile and a half walkway and other projects that push the value of the facility to about $8 million.

Charles Sherrill said that all the supervisors had visited the park except for Johnson, who denied an invitation six years ago. Johnson, speaking by telelphone from Lake Havasu City, denied being invited. The Sherrill family donated 39 acres of land in 2008 and leases that land for $1 annually.

District 2 Sup. Hildy Angius said there is a video of the park that can be found on a Mohave Valley park website.

In another item concerning the park, District 4 Jean Bishop moved to accept finance director Coral Loyd’s invoice of money spent on improvements to the park. The board voted to accept the invoices despite Johnson’s opposition.

Johnson continued to insist that receipts be shown of the money spent on the park’s improvements. He said the backup still doesn’t meet the requirements of an audit and asked to continue the issue. Between May and October 2015, the county gave seven payments to the park totaling $250,000.