UPDATED below with Jean Bishop’s 8/10/20 reply
Emailed to Supervisor Jean Bishop on 7/29/20:
Dear Supervisor Bishop:
Today I spoke with reps for the Lake Mead City Water Co-op and Unisource as our wells are constantly shutting down due to power issues.
We live like in a developing country, or a “shithole country”, as President Trump would say.
Please IMMEDIATELY enact a building moratorium for Meadview.
No permits for construction of homes or setup of mobiles until we KNOW with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that we have the infrastructure and resources to ensure that residents are able to SURVIVE here.
1) We need to be certain that we have sufficient power for the residents and the wells.
2) We need to be certain that we have sufficient water in our aquifer. I’ve heard that our aquifer is losing a foot per year, is this true?
When my friend Leo died in his camper, he lived off-grid by choice. He was old, had brain damage, overestimated his resilience and he didn’t realize that he would NOT get any medical assistance and would be left to die alone. KRMC deliberately left him to die, refused to readmit him, knowing that he had diarrhea, no running water, to electric, no cooling — during a heatwave in July.
To my knowledge, KRMC still kicks traumatized and injured seniors out of the ER in the middle of the night — whether they are able to pay the cab fare or not — even when they live alone 60 miles from Kingman and are seriously injured.
Due to the lack of medical services, a dysfunctional fire district, and HOURS to wait for medical assistance, IF an ambulance is available, it is even more important that we have reliable power and water supply.
Most residents rely on power and water to run their swamp coolers and A/Cs. It’s frequently over 100F. When I lived in my mobile and didn’t have the swamp cooler running, it was often so hot in the afternoon that my computer would not start up.
It’s election time and an excellent opportunity to find out what our elected representatives are doing or NOT doing for us.
- It took FOUR years to fix the washout in Meadview at Sandy Point. Four YEARS, not months.
So I’ll appreciate your immediate action on the issues and I request that you inform us about the actions you have taken and will take to ensure the survival of the elderly and poor in your district.
Until those issues are properly addressed, please immediately enact a moratorium for building and mobile home permits in the Meadview area.
Supervisor Bishop’s 8/10/20 reply:
Good morning Ms. Baker
I have been in contact with Mohave County Development Services Department as well as the County Attorney regarding your request to “immediately enact a building moratorium for Meadview”.
The information received is that a moratorium on development and use of land is extremely disfavored as a restraint on property rights and is intended to be temporary in duration (180 days) while the root of the problem is being resolved.
It is also my understanding that UniSource is aware of the situation and has been working to resolve the problem temporarily as they work on a permanent solution to increase the electrical capacity.
Mohave County Supervisor District 4
My 8/12/20 followup questions:
Thank you for your reply, Ms. Bishop.
> The information received is that a moratorium on development and
> use of land is extremely disfavored as a restraint on property rights
Who provided this information?
Who is stating that property rights are more important than human lives?
WHO makes policy in Mohave County?
Much appreciate clarification!
Supervisor Jean Bishop’s 8/12/2 terse reply:
If you have specific questions regarding this subject, please feel free to contact Deputy County Attorney Robert Taylor.