Oct 2017 Newsletter

Chaparral Country Club, venue for monthly meetingMONTHLY DINNER MEETING

Chaparral Country Club
1260 Mohave Drive
Bullhead City

Speakers: Representatives from the Bullhead City Fire Department
 October 11th, 2017
Social Hour: 6:00pm
Dinner served at 6:30pm sharp! Cost is $15.00 per person

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Please note: We pay for all meals ordered. Once you have made your reservation, you will be charged for your dinner even if you do not attend.


It looks like we may have a chance to get the astronomical fee increase the County enacted on building permits rescinded. As it stands now the County will have to schedule another public hearing on the increases and it looks like the increases may go away entirely or at least be substantially reduced. At any rate, Mohave Valley Contractors will be very involved in influencing the outcome of this issue.

We have also been notified that the County will soon be exploring the possibility of adopting the 2015 building codes. As we have learned from past experience this only raises costs and complicates the permitting process. All of this without an identified problem which needs to be fixed. Be assured that your association will be involved in this process.

I am sure most of you are aware of the latest effort to pass a multi-million-dollar bond in support of another government agency. This 6.6 million-dollar bond is being proposed by the Bullhead City Fire District and will be paid back by the property owners within the district over the next 20 years. The 15.5 million the Bullhead Fire District is now getting from us is not enough and I don’t think it is possible to ever give them enough to satisfy their appetite to spend it. If this bond passes, this 16.6 million which with interest will be in the neighborhood of 30 million by the time its paid off 20 years from now. This will be in addition to the 18 million plus interest already borrowed for 20 years to payback pension benefits. Both of these added to the 47 million already committed for the event center.

So, adding them up borrowed and bonded indebtedness for Bullhead City is 102 million. This 102 million doesn’t take into account City or County additional indebtedness which one way or another we the taxpayers must cover mostly with higher property taxes. You can be assured this will not be the end of it. We will see a steady and constant assault on our pocketbook each and every year from now on.

Our guest speaker this month will be representatives from the Bullhead City Fire Department who will explain and justify the need for this bond proposal. This is your chance to hear firsthand their justifications and you can make your own decision as to whether it is warranted. Your vote for or against need to be an informed vote so make your dinner reservations now for this important meeting.

Larry D. Adams
Vice President

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Call To Order

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors was held on Tuesday, September 12, at Scooters, 2750 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City, AZ. The meeting was called to order at 11:50 a.m., by President Larry Adams.


President Larry Adams, Treasurer Steve Bouman, Secretary John Caponetto, and Directors Catherine Lopez-Rajaniemi and Mark Harris. Absent were: Directors Steve Ramsey, Kim Camacho and Jim Underwood.

Treasurer’s Report

President Adams asked for the Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Bouman read the Treasurer’s Report for the month of July. President Adams asked for a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of July. Director Lopez-Rajaniemi made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of July, and Director Harris seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion passed. Treasurer Bouman read the Treasurer’s Report for the month of August. President Adams asked for a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of August. Secretary Caponetto made a motion to approve the
Treasurer’s Report for the month of August, and Director Lopez-Rajaniemi seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion passed.


President Adams asked if everyone had received the Newsletter. Everyone said they had. President Adams asked for a motion to approve the Board Minutes. Secretary Caponetto made a motion to approve the Board Minutes. Director Harris seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion passed.

New Business

President Adams handed out a page he copied from the Arizona Republic newspaper regarding a study made about Arizona needs more construction workers. He also informed the Board that there will be information meetings regarding the mail-in ballot election for the Bullhead City Fire Districts planned bond election. A short discussion was held.

Gary Keith Park

Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said that Glen Rajaniemi has requested help for this Thursday as they will be digging trenches and they need help to lay PVC pipes. They will ask for help at the General Meeting Dinner tomorrow night.

Home and Garden Expo

President Adams said that our Home and Garden Expo will be held March 24-25, 2018. We will announce this at the general meeting. We will have a committee meeting on September 26th, at 11:30 a.m., at the Chaparral Country Club to discuss what they need to do to make it a great Home and Garden Expo.

Guest Speakers

President Adams said that Jean Thomas and Darlene Hiltner from the Academy of Building Industries School will be our guest speakers for tomorrow’s dinner meeting. Director Lopez-Rajaniemi said that they will be holding Duck Races in April 2018. They need sponsorships and that the majority of the monies made will go for a school bus and greenhouse projects. Ms. Hiltner of the Community Financial
Wellness will report on how the students learn on how to maintain their finances and how to start a business.

Building Permits

President Adams reported to the Board that Mohave County has doubled their building permit fees. He said that it was against the law to do this. President Adams also said that they told him that it would be rescinded in their October meeting and contractors who paid the higher fee would be refunded the overage.

President Adams said that Carly Baez is inquiring from the Arizona Risks and Manage


President Adams asked for a motion to adjourn. Treasurer Bouman made a motion to adjourn the Board Meeting, and was seconded by Secretary Caponetto. All were in favor. Meeting adjourned at 12:38 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura L. Harrison
September 16, 2017