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Council backs Dot Foods incentives

December 21, 2016 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — At its Tuesday meeting, the Bullhead City Council voted to authorize City Manager Toby Cotter to offer a development incentive package to Dot Foods to build a redistribution center at the Bullhead Laughlin Airpark that could bring an initial 170 jobs to the area.

The city will waive its 2 percent construction sales tax and offer up to $200,000 in cash grants.

The one “no” vote came from Mayor Tom Brady, who told Dot Senior Vice President Jim Tracy, “We so desperately want you to come to Bullhead City and you know that we will welcome you with open arms ... I think that you’re just asking for too much. I would consider something less than

what you’re asking for. I hope (my vote) doesn’t discourage you from bringing your corporation to our city.”

Tracy, whose father founded the family-owned business in 1960, spoke at the meeting, as did Bennett Bratley, Mohave County Economic Development director and David Lords, Laughlin Ranch developer and real estate broker, whom Brady credited with getting Dot the price it was looking for at the airpark.

Dot, which previously announced plans to locate in Mohave County in a joint statement made by Tracy and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, is receiving incentives of $500,000 each from the county and the state of Arizona. Dot’s goal is to be up and running in Bullhead City by the end of next year.

The original site for the Dot property was believed to have been in Mohave Valley.

According to the previous announcement by Tracy and Ducey, the new Mohave County distribution center is expected to house main and outbuilding facilities totaling more than 162,980 square feet. That includes 41,000 square feet of refrigerated, frozen and dry storage and a 9,700-square-foot garage.

The center is expected to bring jobs for truck drivers, mechanics, maintenance workers and office management positions.

In other business, the council voted to:

w Change building height limits for general limited and heavy industrial zoning districts to create what city officials believe will be a more business-friendly environment for all future industrial projects. The maximum building height will be 60 feet or five stories, whichever is less.

w Re-appoint Sam Medrano to serve a three year term on the Municipal Property Corporation. A second vacancy remains unfilled. The Corporation oversees the bond financing of the cost of construction and improvements to municipal properties and facilities.

w Re-appoint Ray Jackson to a three-year term on the Franchise License Commission. Edward DeLisle was also appointed. The Commission provides recommendations to the City Council concerning policies, rules and regulations pertaining to the city’s franchise agreements and licenses, and evaluates citizen concerns and suggestions.

Bullhead City Council meetings are repeated on Suddenlink cable channel 4

and are available on demand at www.bullheadcity.com.