Agendas & Minutes


April 27, 2004

PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD MEETING
BOB RUUD COMMUNITY CENTER
150 NORTH HIGHWAY 160
TUESDAY – 7:00 P.M.
APRIL 27, 2004

 


Agenda

1.    Call to order.

A.    Pledge of allegiance
B.    Welcome

2.    Discussion regarding agenda items.

3.    Announcements.

4.    “Good News” regarding people, events, awards, celebrations or occasions that reflects positively for those within the community

5.    Presentation of awards.

6.    Discussion, action and decision regarding recommendation to Governor Guinn for vacant Town Board seat.  Town Board

7.    Discussion, action and decision regarding funding for Pahrump Social Pow Wow through Tourism funds.   Sandi Stark/Sunny Vasquez

8.    Discussion, action and decision regarding utilization of Simkins Park to the best of its advantage.   Charlotte LeVar

9.    Discussion, action and decision regarding Resolution 2004-02 concerning Tortoise and Endangered Species Act to Nye County.  Town Board

10.    Discussion, action and decision regarding Petrack Park playground sidewalk.  Town Manager

11.    Town Manager’s Report.   

12.    Advisory Board Reports.

13.    Discussion, action and decision regarding going to bid for water rights for fairgrounds.

14.    Discussion, action and decision regarding membership on Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.  Town Board

15.    Discussion, action and decision regarding World War II Veterans Recognition Day Proclamation.  Town Manager

16.    Discussion, action and decision regarding Resolution 2004-03 authorizing addition of Town Manager, David Richards, as signatory on all Town of Pahrump bank accounts.  Michael Sullivan

17.    Discussion, action and decision regarding joint Nye County Town Boards and Advisory Boards meeting.   Charlotte LeVar

18.    Consent Agenda Items:

A.    Action – approval of Town vouchers.
B.    Action – approval of Town Board minutes of March 29-30, 2004, Tentative Budget meeting and Town Board meeting of April 13, 2004
C.    Action – approval of ambulance billing write offs
D.    Action – approval of personnel actions.  

19.    Public Comment (Action may not be taken on matters considered during this period until specifically included on an agenda as an action item (NRS 241.020(2)(C)(3).

20.    Adjournment.

POSTED IN THE PAHRUMP TOWN OFFICE, COMMUNITY CENTER, COUNTY COMPLEX AND FLOYD’S ACE HARDWARE

SPECIAL NOTE: Any member of the public who is disabled and requires accommodations or assistance at this meeting is requested to notify the Pahrump Town Office in writing, or call 775-727-5107 prior to the meeting.  Assisted listening devices are available at Town Board meetings upon request.

 


Minutes

PRESENT:
Paula Glidden
Richard Billman
Charlotte LeVar
Jeanna Howard
Cristina Hinds, Attorney

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Paula Glidden called the meeting to order and led in the pledge of allegiance.  Ms. Glidden welcomed all those present for this meeting.  

DISCUSSION REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS

Paula Glidden asked that Item #4 (“Good News” regarding people, events, awards, celebrations or occasions that reflect positively for those within the community) be heard before Item #3 (Announcements).  

Ms. Glidden asked that Item #13 (Discussion, action and decision regarding going to bid for water rights for fairgrounds) be removed from this agenda.  

There were not objections at this time regarding those changes.

“GOOD NEWS” REGARDING PEOPLE, EVENTS, AWARDA, CELEBRATIONS OR OCCASIONS THAT REFLECTS POSITIVELY FOR THOSE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY

Roy Barraclough, Project Development Officer for Rural Health Management (RHMC), and Project Director for the Pahrump Valley Hospital Project stated that RHMC is pleased to announce that they have successfully met all of the conditions associated with the certificate of need and have received authorization from the state to begin construction of the Desert View Regional Medical Center immediately.  Mr. Barraclough said it was the intent of RHMC to begin site preparation activities as soon as the logistical requirements and the permitting processes will allow.  Roy Barraclough stated that a formal ground breaking ceremony is being scheduled for the third or fourth week in May contingent upon the availability of invited dignitaries and other logistical arrangements.  The exact date will be published as soon as it is confirmed.  The contractor has reconfirmed the construction period of between 12 and 15 months depending on variables.  Scope of the projects remains the same; 25 bed hospital, 24/7 emergency room
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services and inpatient and outpatient surgical services, obstetrics and nursery, diagnostic imaging, and lab services and all other departments appropriate to a full service primary care hospital in a rural setting.  Mr. Barraclough said they will strive to establish contractual affiliations with all insurance carriers and managed care organizations whose plans are consistent with the needs of the hospital and especially of its clientele.  Roy Barraclough added that Medicare and Medicaid will be part of the RHMC payer mix.  Staffing for the hospital will be sought and hired beginning approximately 6 months before opening.  This will be well publicized.  

Charlotte LeVar asked that Mr. Barraclough provide the Town office with a copy of his statement for Town records.  Mrs. LeVar thanked Mr. Barraclough for this excitement.  

Bill Green wished to thank the Town for the Grand Opening of the Skate Park.  Everyone had a grand time and thanked those that attend the event.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Charlotte LeVar announced the following:

    Social Security representative in Pahrump April 27, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Room B;
    Fall Festival Carnival Committee will meet on April 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Annex;
Clean Up Pahrump Day is May 1.  Sign ups are at the Community Center beginning at 6:00 a.m.;
Commissioners Cox and Trummell will hold their pre agenda workshop on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. in Room B;
Fall Festival Executive Committee will meet on May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Annex;
Public Lands Advisory Board will meeting on May 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Room B;
Economic Development Advisory Board will meet on May 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Room A;
Fall Festival Entertainment Committee will meet on May 5, at 6:00 p.m. in the Annex;
Nuclear Waste and Environmental Advisory Board will meet on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Room A;
Fall Festival Vendor Committee will meet on May 7 at 9:00 a.m. in the Annex;
Nye County Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a Narcotics Information Seminar on May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Room B;
Congressman Jim Gibbons will hold a Town Hall meeting on May 8 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Room B;
The Nuclear Waste Regulatory Committee has scheduled an open house on May 10, in the Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Patricia Cox announced that she has assigned areas and areas are still available.  Check in at the Community Center for vests and trash bags.  Mrs. Cox thanked the Town Board for their participation.  In cooperation with NDOT there are strict rules regarding working on the

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highway.  There can be no children under 12 on the highways or in the vehicles during the clean up.  

Jim Petell announced that on April 29 there will be a meeting in Room B at 6:30 p.m. held by RAZ (Residents Against Zoning).  Mr. Petell noted that April 30 is the final day for written comment concerning the zoning ordinance.  Jim Petell stated that the draft with those comments will go the County Commissioners on May 6 for backup for the May 17 meeting.  The draft will go before the Town Board on May 18.  

Lawrence Baker, Nye County Well Owners Association, announced they will meet on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community College of Southern Nevada.  

Bill King announced that there will be a scoping meeting on May 3 at the Longsteet in Amargosa concerning the Caliente Proposed Railroad route to Yucca Mountain from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be no meeting in Pahrump concerning this issue.

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

Paula Glidden presented an award to Tim Hafen on behalf of the Town for being named Distinguished Nevadan 2004 from CCSN.  

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING RECOMMENDATION TO GOVERNOR GUINN FOR VACANT TOWN BOARD SEAT

Charlotte LeVar asked if there were any suggestions from the rest of the Board on how this should be handled.  Mrs. LeVar said she had a couple of recommendations.  Paula Glidden said that it was decided that all the applications would be looked at and at least one would be sent to the Governor.  There can be as many as three recommendations.  Ms. Glidden said she felt it fair to sent one to the Governor with the best choice from the Board with a consensus.  

Richard Billman said he agrees with Ms. Glidden that the best choice be sent up if there is a consensus of the Board.  

Charlotte LeVar made a recommendation of sending Ed Bishop’s name to the Governor knowing that he will be a candidate for Town Board in the upcoming election.  

Paula Glidden asked if the Board has any other recommendations or if the Board would like to vote on this matter.  Richard Billman said Mr. Bishop would be his choice.  Jeanna Howard said the Mr. Schibi could not be in attendance due to business limitations.

Paula Glidden noted that Mr. Ed Bishop has been the recommendation.


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Charlotte LeVar Motioned to submit with the recommendation from the Town Board to the Honorable Kenny Guinn to have him recommend that he choose Edward Bishop to fill the vacant spot for the Town Board and do it as quickly as possible.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.  

Paula Glidden explained that the Town Board reviewed and appreciates all of the applications that were sent in.  Ms. Glidden said she felt them to be interesting in that some of the folks she has never met but they were willing to take that step forward and enter into community service.  Charlotte LeVar agreed.  Mrs. LeVar said there are some interesting qualification of the individuals have and the reason for their interest to be on the Town Board.  Charlotte LeVar noted that Ed Bishop would be her first choice.  Richard Billman said he hoped that those that submitted applications would remember to put their name in to run for office as this particular appointment lasts until December 2004.  

Bill Green asked who the other applicants were.  Charlotte LeVar replied those applying for the position was Edward Bishop, April Hamlin, Laurayne Van Fossen- Murray, Andrew Alberti Jr., Donald Schibi, and Liese Tamburrino.  

Susan Gray asked if the Board could give a couple of reasons why the Board believes their choice has better qualifications rather than that he is running in the election.  Charlotte LeVar said she could not do that without going into depth about all the individuals.  Paula Glidden replied that personally she was appointed also and it is a hard road with positives and negatives.  Ms. Glidden said it is good to know the community, know the Board member if you can,  and It helps if you come to the meetings and know the dynamics of what goes on here  and in the Town and is part of what she considered.  Ms. Glidden said she tried to communicate with some of the applicants and could not get answers back from some of them.  

Vote passed 4 – 0.  

Ed Bishop thanked the Board for their faith and confidence in him and is looking forward to joining the Board very soon.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING FUNDING FOR PAHRUMP SOCIAL POW WOW THROUGH TOURISM FUNDS

Sunny Vasquez representing the Pahrump Social Pow Wow noted they were present to answer questions regarding the action to be taken regarding this issue.  

Paula Glidden confirmed that the group has already been to the Tourism Advisory Board and they provided a letter recommending they approve $8,742.  Ms. Glidden asked what the original amount was that was asked for.  Ms. Vasquez replied that they originally asked for $10,000 the same as was received last year.  


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Jeanna Howard asked Mr. Richards if this had been budgeted in the budget workshops.  Mr. Richards replied that it was.  Ms. Howard asked Ms. Vasquez if their group was non profit.  Sunny Vasquez replied that they are a pending 501C3.  Ms. Howard asked who the Board of Directors were.  Ms. Vasquez replied that she is President, Sandy Stark is Secretary and Kathy Stetler is Treasurer.  Jeanna Howard asked if there are any other people that have been given the authority to speak on their behalf on any level related to solicitation of monies or coming to the Town Board.  Ms. Vasquez replied no although they do have Directors that are affiliated, Kari Frilot, Sebb and Paula Elefante.  

Charlotte LeVar Motioned to authorize $8,742 from Tourism Room Tax for the Pahrump Social Pow Wow November 19-21, 2004.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.  
Vote passed 4 – 0.

Mrs. LeVar asked Sunny Vasquez to provide a copy of their non profit status when it is received.  

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING UTILIZATION OF SIMKINS PARK TO THE BEST OF ITS ADVANTAGE

Charlotte LeVar explained that this issue has been before the Town Board time and time again.  Mrs. LeVar said it began in 1996 when it was requested that Simkins Park be a passive park.  Charlotte LeVar noted that Dave Richards did some research to provide the back up documents along with Cristina Hinds who has reviewed all of the documents.  

Dave Richards reported that all the information from the Town files has been provided and Mr. Richards said he has met with a representative from Simkins Park.  Dave Richards noted that he was not sure if he was an official representative but there was correspondence in the file from this person that indicated he has served as a representative.  Mr. Richards met with this person who said he had no other information other than what the Town had in its file.  Dave Richards said he asked if there had been any written agreement between any party and the Town indicating that the park would remain passive.  The gentleman said he had no knowledge of any agreement and did not have any in his possession.  Mr. Richards stated that the Town does not have anything in its possession either and neither is anyone aware of any agreement written.  Dave Richards continued by stating the Town does have minutes from a meeting when the park was accepted and it indicated in those minutes that the park would remain passive.  Mr. Richards said that is the only document that the Town Board took action to accept the park as a passive park.  

Charlotte LeVar asked for clarification from legal council to give the Board directive on whether we can enhance the park with soccer fields or base ball fields, lighting, etc.  Mrs. LeVar asked for comment from anyone from the Simkins Park area.  

Cristina Hinds noted that in the back up, there are minutes where Mrs. LeVar was present.  The minutes say that there was a motion to accept Simkins Park as a passive park being defined as
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having an improved irrigation system for trees and grass, the planting of grass, and the placement of picnic tables.  There was a separate discussion concerning putting in public restrooms.  Ms. Hinds noted that the minutes are not very specific and she believes the intent was not to have any type of lighting structures and was the main concern at that time.  Cristina Hinds stated that according the document a soccer field or ball field would fit into the category according to all the documents available.  Ms. Hinds said that one particular structure was considered, that being a restroom at that time when funds became available.  Cristina Hinds noted that there is nothing in the deed that would preclude the Town from improving on the property.  

Mrs. LeVar said as she understands it, the Town has a crunch time for soccer as well as baseball fields.  The present parks are really swamped and the Town needs to expand some.  Charlotte LeVar asked if it was possible to put fields in without using overhead lighting and used strictly during the daytime.

Matt Luis stated that lighting is a big issue in that soccer season is in the winter and it gets dark early.  Mr. Luis noted that the coaches work and are volunteers.  Matt Luis stressed that there needs to be lighted fields and without lights it would be used infrequently and not to what is needed at this time.  All of the organizations would agree that lighting is the key to this project.  

Charlotte LeVar asked for staff recommendation.  Paula Glidden stated that if you read the Town Mission Statement it stated that the Town should provide parks for recreation.  Ms. Glidden said that when it was written and when the agreement was made there has been tremendous growth.  Paula Glidden said this has to be looked at in a realistic form.  

Charlotte LeVar Motioned for staff to go forward in order to look at the recommendations of putting in ball fields/soccer fields which would include lighting and make their recommendations to the Board.   Richard Billman seconded the motion.  

Mike Cosgrove said that he was involved with the Simkins Park project some years ago and the agreement was not a written agreement but a hand shake agreement.  Mr. Cosgrove stated that the park was developed and restroom was built and improved the park.  There was no discussion of lights at that time but there was heavy discussion concerning on soccer fields or baseball and daylight hours were discussed.  Time have changed and looking at a lot of growth and it is time to revisit it.  Mr. Cosgrove stated that at the time it was in good heart for the Town Board at that time to say it would be a passive park.  Things have changed.  Mr. Cosgrove suggested that the Board consider looking at how it will be developed and where the lights would be placed and the impact on the community.  Mike Cosgrove said it was a beautiful park and laid out well and proud to be a part of it.  

Jeanna Howard pointed out that in the back up is a handwritten drawing dated in 1999 agreed by Mr. Robert Bellemore.  The drawing has writing indicating no more trees, no ball fields, no other parking, no gravel walking path, no lighting.  

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Cristina Hinds noted that the document described was not available or a part of the back up when the Town Board voted on the development of Simkins Park.  The drawing was made subsequent to the decision by the Board.  

Charlotte LeVar stated that the drawing was dated November 28, 1999, and as much as she would like to see it remain in its present state, Mrs. LeVar has a problem that with more children it would be to the advantage to allow kids to have fun in a park and play baseball and soccer than not to allow them the time or place to play.  

Matt Luis noted that on the original contract of May 14, 1991, was the very first document the Town has.  That document states he would like to see basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic tables and a possible small ball field.  It also states it must benefit the families in the community.  

Paula Glidden said that staff has looked at this issue and have looked at other parks to develop and found we are limited with funds and water rights.  

Matt Luis pointed out that the vandalism at Simkins Park is outrageous.  Mr. Luis said if there were more people there and provide proper lighting the vandalism would be cut way down.  

O.J. Palmer commented that he was Chairman of Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at the time and was the one that provided the drawing.  Mr. Palmer said that Mr. Bellemore is the representative for that community and the Simkins.  At the time of the drawing, it was signed and agreed that those would be the only items allowed at the park as agreed by the Simkins family and the residents of the area.  The Town Board, at that time, agreed to keep it a passive park.  

Richard Billman asked if the residents object to lighting.  O.J. Palmer said they do as does the association for that area.  Mr. Palmer said he brought it to the Board and had the decision made so it would stop and following Town Boards would stop attacking Simkins Park and stop trying to put lights there.  

Paula Glidden said she needed clarification that on May 29, 1996, the Board discussed placing Simkins Park into the Town park system.  The drawing is dated November 1999.  Ms. Glidden asked how the drawing becomes part of the main issue.  

Jeanna Howard replied that it is comparable to when the Town Board voted to do a fairground and explained that it takes a long time to do things.  

O.J. Palmer responded that the drawing in 1999 came in response to an issue regarding lighting for Simkins Park.  

Paula Glidden asked if the association owned the park.  Mr. Palmer replied no.  Ms. Glidden noted that the owner signed the original document or presented it through Mr. Moran who was
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President of Allen Estates at that time and subsequently Mr. Bellemore came along.  Mr. Palmer said Mr. Bellemore is a spokesman for the Simkins children and for the association that is currently there.  Paula Glidden said she is trying to figure out who has legal precedence to set down the rules.

Matt Luis noted that August 20, 1991 the letter from Pahrump Parks and Recreation Committee recommended the purchase of the park without restrictions.  O.J. Palmer added that the Town did not purchase the property as the Simkins family gave it to the Town with a verbal understanding that it would be a passive park.  Cristina Hinds clarified that the Town did pay the unpaid taxes.  

Charlotte LeVar clarified that the Town took over the property and put in the improvements, trees, grass, water, playground equipment, restrooms for the citizens of Pahrump to utilize.  Mrs. LeVar said that even though there is an association the park does not belong to them, it belongs to all of the citizens.  \

Cristina Hinds pointed out that the 1996 discussion something self imposed by the Town Board.  

Mrs. LeVar said at the time she agreed with that as at that time there was no need to make it anything else and keep it as a passive park.  However, upon the growth of the community this area can be improved upon.  Charlotte LeVar said she was unaware of all the vandalism and suggested that with more people around it might discourage the vandalism.  

Jim Petell asked what the improvements would cost for this park to be utilized for the Town and the children especially.  Mr. Richards replied that the only has a budget figure for lights of approximately $200,000 which has been requested in PETT (Payment Equal to Taxes) funds.  Mr. Petell noted that next to that park there will be a development of 72 more homes put in and suggested that the new developer be contacted for some funds for the improvements as well as Allen Estates being approached in a positive way to see if they would like to improve on this park.  Jim Petell said he sees the deed as belonging to the Town and not in any association.  The deed has no restrictions.  

Bill King explained that he did research for the master plan and did some investigating around Simkins Parks and found that there is more property that is not being utilized at this time at the site.  Mr. King stated that the property goes approximately 150 feet past to the west which is land currently owned by Hollis Harris and past that is the Middle School.  Bill King said that he has had conversations several months ago with an idea to dedicate an easement that would connect the land at Rosemary Clarke Middle School directly to Simkins Park so they would have and extension to use without using the main roads.  Mr. King said that Mr. Harris confirmed that he would do that again tonight.  Mr. King said it would have to go to the School Board and should be placed on their agenda.  This could possibly lead to a shared upkeep issue and improvements.  Mr. King wanted to bring this forward at this time so there would be more information to make Simkins Park more useful.  

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Paul Willis commented that he heard that the park was donated, but heard the Attorney say that it was donated in lieu of back taxes so in essence it is not a donation it is a purchase making it a moot point.  Mr. Willis said it was his understanding at the time they did not want the traffic and the lack of parking was one of their concerns.  

Bill Green commented that he has heard nothing set in concrete.  Mr. Green asked if anyone has contacted the people that own Allen Estates and received anything in writing concerning what the Town wants to do.  Mr. Green asked if anyone has contacted the people that donated the land.  Richard Billman replied that they are all gone.  Paula Glidden said she is looking at the legal aspects and that is what she keeps going back to.  Ms. Glidden said she is looking at the deed and the conditions on the deed which is what sets the precedence.  Bill Green said he is concerned that something could be done that could result in a lawsuit because no one talked to the people that donated the land.  Paula Glidden clarified that it was not donated and it has a deed associated with it and the conditions do not appear on the deed.  

Jeanna Howard noted that there are no people to contact as the original people are deceased.  Ms. Howard said she thinks the Board is individually looking into logistics, moral obligation, and what former Boards have committed.  

Richard Gamble commented that he does not live in the Simkins Park area but has been there and said that from the aspect of personal safety, lights would be a decent improvement.

Vote passed 3 – 1.  Jeanna Howard voted nay.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING RESOLUTION 2004-02 CONCERNING TORTOISE AND ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT TO NYE COUNTY

Dave Richards said he thought this had been done at the last Board meeting as the Board asked that he send a letter to the County noting the Board recommendation that the County participate with the 10A permit process which was done.  Mr. Richard explained that now there is a resolution to formalize the Town Board opinion.  

Richard Billman Motioned to accept Resolution 2004-02.  Jeanna Howard seconded the motion.  

Gary Hollis commented that he thinks the public should be able to read the resolution before making a decision.  Mr. Hollis provided some information concerning the Tortoises that only involved Clark County as there were never any scoping studies done in Nye County or Lincoln County.  Gary Hollis noted that it was only intended for developers and not for private property owners and only in Clark County.  Mr. Hollis said this now mounting and by law this cannot be added to without following the process.  Gary Hollis explained that a steering committee in Las Vegas noted the population of tortoises in Clark County and they are intending to place them in Trout Canyon and near Mercury.  This will then impact Nye County.  Mr. Hollis suggested that

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legal staff go back and see what was done in Clark County. Gary Hollis suggested that the Board study this issue.  

Charlotte LeVar asked Ms. Glidden if there should be more research done by counsel concerning this matter.

Cristina Hinds stated that she did not have her notes from the research with her but it is not the endangered species act of 1990 it is the subsequent 1999 legislation that created a private prosecution to individual persons and not only to developers.  Ms. Hinds said she will reply with more information if the Board so wishes.  

Paula Glidden said that when Dr. Marble made his presentation he did indicate that information.  Cristina Hinds said she began her research with the United Stated Fish and Wildlife department from their website.  Ms. Hinds said she would include it in back up for the next meeting if the Board chooses.  

Richard Billman suggested postponing this resolution until the next meeting.  

Jeanna Howard commented on the presentation by Dr. Marble and the financial impact on the citizens of the community.  Ms. Howard said it was asked by Dr. Marble who he worked for and when he said Nye County and was stating Nye County’s cause that she would feel that Ms. Hinds should talk with Dr. Marble for validation.  Cristina Hinds indicated that she has spoke with Dr. Marble and will call him again.  

Richard Billman removed his motion and Jeanna Howard removed her second to the motion

Charlotte LeVar Motioned to table this item until research can be done by Counsel.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.

Paul Willis commented that he agreed with Mr. Hollis and stated that the Tortoise thing is a failed policy.  Mr. Willis stated that mitigation costs were being used to euthanize the tortoises.  The main issue is that once it begins encroaching upon our area it would cause problems with out development and growth creating impacts. Paul Willis stated that by not speaking out against it is like saying we are for it.  

Yvonne Smith said she talked with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) a few days previous to today to find out how to fight the airport.  Ms. Smith said they had a conversation regarding the tortoises and was told that it is illegal for anybody to manipulate or move a tortoise whether it is a contractor or private individual.  They asked if there were tortoises in the area of the airport site.  Ms. Smith told them there were along with other endangered species with picture to back it up.  Yvonne Smith noted that the reason for euthanasia of tortoises was due to infections they had that they received from humans passed through the nasal area and they were put down to

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save those not yet infected.  Ms. Smith confirmed that BLM stated that it is against the law to for a developer of move them or sort them off the land and it possesses a stiff fine.  

Bill Green commented that Dr. Marble stated that he has been bringing this issue before the Nye County Commissioners for quite a few years and they have not acted on it.  Mr. Green explained that the reason for Dr. Marble coming before the Town Board was to warn the Town of the expense that could take a toll on private citizens and to encourage Nye County to take action.  Bill Green suggested that the item be tabled and to get all the information before making a decision.

Vote passed 4 – 0.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING PETRACK PARK PLAYGROUND SIDEWALK

Dave Richards explained that there is a request from Matt Luis, Building and Grounds Manager, for improvements at Petrack Park.  Mr. Luis is looking 500 feet of 72 inch wide sidewalk running completely around the play equipment to approve accessibility in the park.  This will also include two drinking fountains and five benches along the sidewalk.  All construction will meet the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines.  Completion is estimated in six week with the playground remaining open during this process.  The expenditure of $5,800 is requested and is budgeted.  

Charlotte LeVar Motioned for $5,800 for the Petrack Park project.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.  

Vote passed 4 – 0.  

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

Dave Richards reminded the Board there will be a visioning session on April 28 at 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for the Town Board and Town staff with Beller and Associates in the Town Annex.  

Mr. Richards reported that there will be preparations for the next fire and ambulance meeting as a follow up to the April 24 workshop forum and it is being looked at May 24 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Dave Richards noted that the plan is to compile four sets of questions and address those questions with answers to the best of our ability.  

Dave Richards reported that he attended a workshop on renewable energy resources.  It was a good workshop on solar, wind and geothermal energy.  Mr. Richards said he talked with Commissioner Cox regarding the potential of a joint project, partnering with the County on any one of those resources.  A meeting will be forthcoming with the County Administrator in the
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near future to discuss the probability of going forward and meeting with the USDA as a group to discuss their program and what is available through them in the way of funding sources.  

Charlotte LeVar added that in June they would be determining how much funding will be available and for what.  Mrs. LeVar noted that non profit groups can also apply if they pertain to agriculture or something of that nature.  

Dave Richards reported that May 20 is a scheduled public hearing date for the budget.  Budget copies will be available for review prior to the meeting.  Mr. Richards emphasized the public comment portion of that hearing on May 20.  The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

Mr. Richards reported that an HTE training schedule has been received from the County which runs from May to July.  The intention is to go live with all the modules on July 7.  Some issues still need to be resolved including retraining.  The Town looks forward to implementing the HTE program with their assistance.  

Dave Richards reported that an estimator came to the Town Office to reinvestigate the potential mold problem resulting from the July 2003 flooding.  Mr. Richards stated that a second quote was requested due to the first quote was outrageous in cost.  The problem is that the mold remediation is not covered by insurance.  Any construction remediation is covered.  

Mr. Richards reported that he has a meeting on April 30 with the television stations to discuss the future of our translator.  This will be to find out if they are willing to participate with the improvements that are needed.  Dave Richards said he would provide a report following that meeting.  

Dave Richards explained that ITG Enterprises has provided the Town with a quote for the service allowing the businesses that are licensed to link to our website.  Information has been provided to the Board and will bring back a proposal at the next meeting.  This will be a revenue source that the Town has to do very little work for and the funds generated will be used to augment the enforcement of the business license ordinance as required by law.  The Town is not able to use the business license funds for anything other than business licenses.  

Mr. Richards reported that there are two $100,000 items that will be discussed at the next Town Board meeting.  The Auditor will be making a presentation to allow the Board to make a determination of what to do.  This results from a closer scrutiny of the ambulance enterprise fund by the State Treasury Department, the Taxation Department and there are a couple of transfers that need to be cleaned up.  They are housekeeping items but are important and because of the amounts Mr. Richards said an advance copy of the paperwork which the auditor provided will be available to Board members.  One of the transfers involves the Courtyard donation and it is necessary to create a paper trail of where it is to be allocated.  An also the Capital Projects fund’s transfer last year needs to be undone and recommended by the State and our auditor.  
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Dave Richards reported that Charlie Gronda will give an airport grant update.

Charlie Gronda explained that Aries Consultants and he met with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) last week in Carson City to finalize NDOT’s input to provide matching in kind services for aerial photography and digitalized topographic mapping and cadastral survey and archeological survey.  Mr. Gronda said they are doing this as part of the matching funds for the grant.  This is a planning grant and not a grant to build an airport.  Mr. Gronda said that Aries Consultants are updating the base maps to reflect the Master Plan map update.  There is a proposed beltway and arterials to serve the area, a proposed waste water treatment plant and future sewer mains and potential electrical lines and will include potential change to flood zones from the Wheeler Wash project as well as environmental considerations.  Aries Consultants is also working on updating the aviation activity forecast.  Mr. Gronda reported that Aries is preparing to install weather monitoring equipment to collect at least one year of weather data at the proposed site.  They are also working on finalizing letters from the Town and Nye County to BLM to take over the current Nye County application file.  This is due to some 1984 paper work that has not been completed and will finalize the paperwork.  A technical advisory committee will be formed to work with the consultants on this project.  There will be many types of projects and workshops and information being held during the planning process, Mr. Gronda reported.  It is estimated that four public hearings will be held, two after the completion of the interim reports and the third held on the draft final report, with the fourth public hearing will be made on the final report.  Charlie Gronda stated that the Town will determine the time, location and format for the hearings.  Mr. Gronda stated that on February 23 a teacher from George Washington High School Aerospace Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania came out to meet with Aries and Mr. Gronda and had a phone conversation with his class in Philadelphia.  They are working as class project on the Pahrump Airport Master Plan.  

Charlie Gronda thanked the past and present Town Boards for letting him participate in the Airport Project for the past five years.  

Jeanna Howard asked Mr. Richards who is on the employee health care committee.  Mr. Richards replied that it includes the department heads, the Assistant Town Manager, himself, and a representative from the fire department, buildings and grounds and the office staff.  Ms. Howard asked if there was Town Board representation.  Mr. Richards replied no. Dave Richards said that if there is Town Board member who would like to represent the Town Board on that committee they are more than welcome.   

Ms. Howard asked who was working on the ISO rating action plan.  Dave Richards replied that he and the Fire Chief are working on that, but is an item that is not high priority.  It is a review of the ISO rating and recommendations from the Chief in response to them.  

ADVISORY BOARD REPORTS


Pahrump Town Board Meeting
April 27, 2004

Jeanna Howard reported that the Second Annual Earth Day sponsored by the Town of Pahrump and the Nuclear Waste and Environmental Advisory Board, on April 24 and turned out to be a glorious event with hundreds of people attending.  

Paula Glidden reported that the Tourism Board assisted with sponsoring the Nevada Rural Round Up along with the Chamber of Commerce.  It was a four day event that involved State Tourism officials and other Chambers.  This was the first time this event was held in Pahrump.  

Ms Glidden reported that the Fairgrounds Advisory Board is still working awaiting water rights.  

Paula Glidden reported that Emergency Services Advisory Board is still working to complete there plan.  They received several new documents which will help them in their endeavor.  

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING GOING TO BID FOR WATER RIGHTS FOR FAIRGROUDS

Dave Richards asked why this item was pulled from the agenda.  Paula Glidden responded that it was voted on at the last meeting to go out to bid.  

Mr. Richards said he was unaware of a decision on this item and recalled only discussion.  

Paula Glidden noted the minutes from the previous meeting.   

Dave Richards said he has been discussing bid bonds for the water rights bids and feels it is something the Town Board should approve as part of the bid.  Mr. Richards asked that this be placed back on the agenda with a sample bid as back up for the Board to review.  Dave Richards said he received a phone call from someone involved with the fairgrounds who said they had water rights and did not want it let out for bid.  Paula Glidden said she understands the points Mr. Richards made and asked that it be placed back on the agenda.  

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING MEMBERSHIP ON PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD.

Bill Green asked that the Town Board accept O.J. Palmer and Tim Leavitt as member so of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.  

Richard Billman Motioned to accept Mr. Leavitt and Mr. Palmer as members to the Parks and Recreations Advisory Board.  Jeanna Howard seconded the motion.  


Vote passed 4 – 0.  


Pahrump Town Board Meeting
April 27, 2004

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING WORLD WAR II VETERANS RECOGNITION DAY PROCLAMATION

Dave Richards explained that he received the proclamation which asks that May 29, 2004 that the day be declared World War II Veterans Recognition Day in the community and ask that citizens celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of those men and women who placed their lives in harms way protecting American values and preserving democracy for the world.  

Mr. Richards said he does support this proclamation and would recommend that it be approved.

Richard Billman Motioned to approve the proclamation.  Jeanna Howard seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING RESOLUTION 2004-03 AUTHORIZING ADDITION OF TOWN MANAGER, DAVID RICHARDS, AS SIGNATORY ON ALL TOWN OF PAHRUMP BANK ACCOUNTS

Dave Richards stated that this was a housekeeping item.  This is normally done and it takes Town Board action.  Mr. Richards said that the resolution has to be presented to Nevada State Bank approving the addition of the Town Manager, Dave Richards, to the appropriate bank signatures which includes the ambulance fund, business license, Fall Festival, Petty Cash and Pool funds.  

Richard Billman Motioned to approve the addition of Dave Richards as a signatory to the Nevada State Bank effective April 28, 2004.  Charlotte LeVar seconded the motion.

Mr. Richards said this is a formality and does not normally sign anything.  

Vote passed 4 – 0.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING JOINT NYE COUNTY TOWN BOARDS AND ADVISORY BOARDS MEETING

Charlotte LeVar said this was brought up at the last Town Board meeting and since that time she has heard from the Town of Beatty and they have requested that Pahrump accept the community of Gabbs as the next host for these Nye County joint meetings.  Mrs. LeVar said she would bring it the Town Board.  Charlotte LeVar said no date was given for this meeting.

Charlotte LeVar Motioned to accept going to a joint meeting for Nye County in Gabbs when the meeting presents itself.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.  


Pahrump Town Board Meeting
April 27, 2004

Charlotte LeVar made mention that the Advisory Boards were not invited to previous meetings.  Staff explained that it was not the Town’s Advisory Boards but the Nye County Advisory Boards like Amargosa and Beatty which do not have Town Boards.  

Vote passed 4 – 0.  

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:

A.    Action – approval of Town vouchers
B.    Action – approval of Town Board minutes of March 29-30, 2004, Tentative Budget meeting and Town Board meeting of  April 13, 2004
C.    Action – approval of ambulance billing write offs
D.    Action – approval of personnel actions

Richard Billman Motioned to approve items A, B, C, and D of the consent agenda items.  Jeanna Howard seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Jim Petell commented that changing the public comment to the end of the meeting is a gross error and limits the public from speaking about non agenda items.  

Paula Glidden agreed and directed staff to place public comment be placed at the beginning of the meeting on future agendas.

Lawrence Baker commented that he agreed with Mr. Petell regarding public comment.  

ADJOURNMENT

Paula Glidden adjourned the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,



Charlotte LeVar, Clerk


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