Cochise County approves fleet services agreement with City of Bisbee, amends development fees


Cochise County will expand its outreach to the City of Bisbee through a new agreement relating to vehicles.


The two entities, who currently share office space at the County’s Melody Lane complex following the Bisbee City Hall fire, will now collaborate on fleet services.


Through an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), the County will provide maintenance and repairs for the City of Bisbee’s vehicles and highway equipment.


The City will also have access to fleet vehicles that have surpassed the County’s mileage limit, Internal Services Administrator Ruben Miranda told the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting on May 8.


“There will be a fee schedule for the repair work, and to lease vehicles, which will pay for maintenance and repairs and will help cover the depreciation of those vehicles,” Miranda said.


Chairman Peggy Judd added, “This sounds like a great plan. We like to cooperate with other communities and this builds good will and trust.”


The Board unanimously approved the IGA, which is effective for one year and automatically renews on an annual basis. Supervisor Pat Call was absent from the meeting.


The agreement will now go to the Bisbee City Council for approval.


In other business, the Board unanimously approved a new consolidated fee schedule and amended building permit fees, at the request of the Development Services Department.


Director Dan Coxworth said the permit fees had not been revised since 2004.


“The updated building permit fees reflect the cost of services provided by the Development Services Department to enforce the building code and ensure buildings are constructed to be safe and sanitary,” Coxworth explained, adding the new fees reflected around 12 months of research, work sessions, and public input.


The revised fees will be effective from July 1.