IMAG0953BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ.– While most city council members were united behind a proposal to pave three dirt roads in the middle of the city, they were less sure on how best to use the remainder of a $586,000 federal grant. Nonetheless, new pavement to create a new north-south corridor in the middle of the city will be realized if the project passes muster with the federal government. On Tuesday, the city council, after more than two hours of debate, settled on two projects for this year’s community development block grant (CDBG) application. The paving of Goldrush, Black Mountain and Arcadia Roads, and thereby creating a fully paved north-south corridor from Silver Creek Road to Adobe/Mohave Road, won near unanimous consent among councilmembers. There was very little discussion as even Councilmember Steve D’Amico suggested that he and his colleagues were firmly behind the proposal, which will consume $350,000 of the CDBG funding. The only dissent came from Vice Mayor Jerry Duvall, who felt the project did not meet the criteria of the federal grant. It was the same stance he took two years ago when other road projects were under consideration using the same grant. While councilmembers expressed concern about including a sidewalk on one side of the road as part of the road improvement project, they agreed to address the actual project’s makeup at a later date. Mayor Tom Brady said, he objected to the sidewalks being included, but suggested a compromise might include wider travel lanes, including bike paths. The proposed Goldrush-Black Mountain-Arcadia Road improvement project will be the second one in four years to address traffic on Goldrush Road. In 2011, the city used a CDBG award, along with funding from the Mohave County Flood Control District, to reconstruct the road’s crossing over Montana Wash and its intersection with Ramar Road. The city council also voted 6-1 to support a $286,000 project for the Praise Chapel Food for Families organization. Representatives told councilmembers that the number of food boxes provided by their group has increased from just over 7,000 boxes in 2007 to more than 25,000 last year. The CDBG grant will be used to build a 4,000-square foot warehouse to store food that is donated to the organization. A smaller warehouse that was built using funds from the BHHS Legacy Foundation in 2010 is already inadequate for the group’s mission. Brady voted against the project saying the new warehouse would not increase the number of people being served by the organization. Instead, he supported a change to the city’s housing rehabilitation program that would allow more low to moderate income home owners receive assistance from the city.

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