Agendas & Minutes


April 8, 2008

PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD MEETING
BOB RUUD COMMUNITY CENTER
150 NORTH HIGHWAY 160
TUESDAY – 7:00 P.M.
APRIL 8, 2008

 


Agenda

1.    Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, and Welcome.

2.    Discussion and decision regarding agenda items.

3.    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).

4.    Advisory Board reports.

5.    Presentation: Nellis Air Force Base Special Operation ground training in the Pahrump area.  Laurayne Murray/Special Operations Command Representative

6.    Presentation: Nye Communities Coalition (NCC) Youth Organization presentation on tobacco for National Kick Butts Day. .  Don Rust/Danielle Osmun

7.    Discussion and decision regarding consideration for the purchase of two (2) ambulances.  Chief Scott Lewis

8.    Discussion and decision regarding awarding lottery for the July 4th Freedom Festival.  Laurayne Murray

9.    Discussion and decision regarding proposal for next step screening process for Town Manager applications.  Laurayne Murray

10.    Discussion and decision regarding Resolution #2008-06 authorizing the total credit limit for Bank of America credit card account to be increased from $15,000 to $50,000.  Town Manager

11.    Future meetings/workshops; date, time and location.

12.    Consent Agenda Items:

a.    Action – approval of Town Vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Town Board closed session meeting minutes of March 11, 2008.
c.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of March 25, 2008.
d.    Action – approval of Arena Advisory board resignation of Gary Gilpin and acceptance of member, Robert Behrman and alternates Debbie Hines and Judy Groene
e.    

13.    Adjournment.


A quorum of Nye County Commissioners may be present at any Town Board meeting but they will not take any formal action.

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

 


Minutes


PRESENT:                        ABSENT:
Laurayne Murray                    Dan Sprouse
John McDonald
Don Rust
Nicole Shupp
Michael Sullivan, Interim Town Manager


1.    Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, and Welcome.

Chairman Laurayne Murray called the meeting to order and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.

2.    Discussion and decision regarding agenda items.

There were no changes to the agenda.

3.    Public Comment:

Art Jones asked what steps the Town will take concerning doctors and nurses that have lost their licenses from coming to our Town to get established in Pahrump.

4.    Advisory Board reports.

Don Rust reported that the Incorporation Advisory Board will meet on April 14.

Laurayne Murray reported that several members of the Tourism Advisory Board attended the Rural Round Up in Elko, Nevada.  Many contacts were made with State agencies and the advisory board will be preparing something for the Town Board soon.

Al Balloqui reported that the Public Lands Advisory Board will be meeting on April 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center.

Mr. Balloqui reported that he spoke with a LARC representative and the Town will be receiving something by the end of the month.


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5.    Presentation: Nellis Air Force Base Special Operation ground training in the Pahrump area.  Laurayne Murray/Special Operations Command Representative

Captain Scott Mills and Lieutenant Jen Richard from Public Affairs at Nellis Air Force Base came before the Board to thank the Town for allowing training six months ago.  This is similar to what will be happening again next month.  This will involve tracking vehicles on the ground from aircraft overhead.  Those that trained previously are now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Captain Mills thanked the Town for allowing their training to take place in the Pahrump area.  

Captain Mills stated the purpose of his visit is to answer questions and discuss the training.  He said there would be approximately 4 aircraft overhead about 5,000 feet above the ground.  They will be tracking civilian vehicles moving throughout the Town with personnel in civilian clothes so the military aspect will be minimal.  

Captain Mills noted they received no complaints during the last training.  

John McDonald asked for clarification that there would be no weapons involved.  Captain Mills said that was correct.  There will also be no helicopters, ground personnel will have no weapons and will not be in uniform and be driving civilian vehicles as well.  

Laurayne Murray asked if they had a scheduled date.  Captain Mills replied that the exercise will consist of five days, May 14, 15 and 16; and May 19 and 20.  Mrs. Murray said she received no phone calls from the past training, nor did any other Board members.  

6.    Presentation: Nye Communities Coalition (NCC) Youth Organization presentation on tobacco for National Kick Butts Day. .  Don Rust/Danielle Osmun

Nye Communities Coalition Youth Organization members Karen Daun and Danielle Osmun provided information through a power point presentation regarding Kick Butt Day when youth stand out speak up; seize control to fight against tobacco.  They provided statistics regarding youths and adult tobacco use.  

The NCC YO presented a display of 1200 pairs of shoes outside the Community Center indicating how many people die each day due to tobacco related illness.

Don Rust thanked the Coalition and the young people from the High School for taking the time to make this presentation.  

Dave Stevens commented on health issues related to smoking.

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7.    Discussion and decision regarding consideration for the purchase of two (2) ambulances.  Chief Scott Lewis

Chief Scott Lewis requested permission to acquire two (2) new ambulances to replace high mileage ambulances that have chronic mechanical issues due to manufacturer defects.  These would ducktail off existing bids with Rocky Mountain Ambulance so a bid process would not be necessary.  Money to fund this purchase would come from brothel fees.  Historically, $60,000 is slated annually from the brothel fees to the enterprise fund for the acquisition of ambulances.  For several years, Chief Lewis explained, those monies were not collected from the County until recently.  This would be more than enough to cover the purchase of the two ambulances.  With approval from the Board he said he would place the order and within 190 days the Town would have two new replacement ambulances.  

Additional information was provided in the back up with regards to mileage and a list of current ambulances.

Nicole Shupp asked if Medics 5 and 6 were the Dodge ambulances.  Scott Lewis confirmed that to be correct.  Mrs. Shupp indicated that she read that there have been no problems with the Dodge ambulances.  Chief Lewis stated there have been no problems.  The only maintenance that has been done have been oil changes.  Nicole Shupp asked how long they have been in service.  Chief Lewis replied they have been in use since December.  

John McDonald confirmed that these would be replacing Medic 10 and 2.  Scott Lewis responded that Medic 2 was replaced with a new engine approximately one and half years ago and has two years of unlimited mileage left on the engine.  Chief Lewis stated that they would probably be replacing Medic 4 or the Medic 1 unit, which is currently out of service.  

There was discussion about mileage on the vehicles and the repairs necessary on some of the vehicles.  

John McDonald clarified that the funds being used to purchase these ambulances come from the brothels and the funds are dedicated for the sole purchase of ambulances.  Money is not coming from the General Fund or Enterprise Fund or any other Capital Fund.

Don Rust asked how many ambulance crews the Town has.  Chief Lewis stated that there are nine people on a platoon at any given time, in addition to volunteers and intermittent personnel.  Scott Lewis said there are at least four teams available at any given time during the day.

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Laurayne Murray asked what would happen to the ambulances being taken out of service.  Chief Lewis explained that the intent would be to acquire buyers and some contacts have already been made.  Most are sent out of the country.  

There was discussion concerning the engines and their performance and the crews available for vehicles and the problems with the Ford ambulances.

John McDonald motioned that the funding from the brothel fees, in the amount of $250,000 be expended for two ambulances which will be the Rocky Mountain Wheeled Coach Company ambulances for which bids were obtained just a few months ago and these will have the same specifications and the same price as those.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Nicole Shupp asked if the 6 liter engines were the problem engines and how long before the problems began.  Scott Lewis replied that they had problems from the beginning and had continuous problems.  This is not a Pahrump problem and it appeared there were problems across the industry.  As the mileage accrued the more catastrophic problems occurred.  

Vote passed 4 – 0.  

Chief Lewis informed the Board that he would be traveling to Delaware on Friday, returning Sunday to inspect the engine approved previously by the Town Board.

8.    Discussion and decision regarding awarding lottery for the July 4th Freedom Festival.  Laurayne Murray

Michael Sullivan stated that one application (letter of interest) was received late Friday from S.N.A.P.S. (Spay & Neuter All Pets & Strays) with a copy to all of the Board members.  

Laurayne Murray asked if there has been any more conversation with Dan Schinhoffen concerning his interest.  Al Balloqui replied that he believes Mr. Schinhoffen could not get the commitment he was seeking.  Michael Sullivan said he spoke with Dan Schinhoffen earlier this day which consisted of his asking if anyone else had submitted as he had no luck.

Laurayne Murray said he did not follow up with SNAPS and had concerns that they were interested in hosting an event, not taking over the festival.  Chairman Murray suggested that there should be some follow up with them.



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John McDonald motioned to table this item until the next meeting until a follow up is done and clarification is made on their intentions.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0.

9.    Discussion and decision regarding proposal for next step screening process for Town Manager applications.  Laurayne Murray

John McDonald noted that the agenda item is to propose the next steps in selecting a new Town Manager.  Mr. McDonald reported that ads were placed with a closing date of March 31.  John McDonald stated that 35 applications were received.  On April 7, Chairman Murray and Mr. McDonald reviewed a matrix from Town Staff showing only educational level and years of experience with no knowledge of who they were or where they were from.  From the 35, 22 met the criteria in the two categories.  John McDonald explained that the 22 were separated into Tier One, with the others being placed in Tier Two or Tier Three. Tier Two consisted of those meeting one of the criteria and Tier Three consisted of those who did not meet any of the two basic criteria.  Of the 22, Mr. McDonald stated that there are some splendid candidates with a great field to choose from. John McDonald said of the 22, 10 look really good having more than 10 years of experience in Town or City management with degrees; either Masters and one having a PhD in Public Administration.  

John McDonald said what needs to happen at this point  is to establish a panel of internal and external shareholders to assist with the phase of making a decision of dwindling down the number of candidates so 22 candidate do not have to come here.  

Laurayne Murray stated her intention was not to interview all 33 candidates and it was understood that she and Mr. McDonald would do the initial screening eliminating those not meeting the criteria.  Mrs. Murray said that they were requesting from the Board that John McDonald and she review and narrow the candidates down from the 22 candidates to a manageable number.  Chairman Murray said if allowed by the Board they would like to target a more manageable number, perhaps 10 candidates.  At that point they would like to convene a panel that would conduct oral examinations to get the best candidates to bring to the Board for a choice of the best candidates of either 4 or 5 candidates. The panel would be allowed to submit two questions in advance; putting the questions into a matrix so all members of the panel will hear each candidate answering the same questions.  Each panel member would be able to hear the responses to the questions and independently ranked according to the panelists’ opinion.  This would be compiled to find the highest ranking individuals.  The panel would consist of both internal and external staff.  Staff would include department heads, two members of the Town Board continue in the process, and some people in the community that have a vested interest with interaction on a regular
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basis with the Town Manager.  The panel would consist of approximately eight people.  At the conclusion of the telephone interviews, there should be a list of best candidates and the Board would have those individuals brought in, do background checks and have a final interview, and then make a selection.  

Nicole Shupp asked if any of the people mentioned expressed an interest in being on the panel.  Mrs. Murray replied yes.  

Don Rust stated that he would like to be a part of the panel and suggested creating a list of potential panel members so the Board could vote on it.  Chairman Murray replied that Mr. McDonald had the list.  

Mr. McDonald read a list of stake holders outside the Town Board and Town staff.  The proposed names are Al Balloqui, Selwin Harris, Kari Frilot, Al Parker, and Bill Verbeck.  The panel would include Matt Luis, Chief Scott Lewis, and Michael Sullivan.  Town Board members would include Laurayne Murray and Don Rust as stated.  

Don Rust suggested that Michael Sullivan not be included on the panel as he should not be involved with picking a successor to himself, although Mr. Sullivan is Interim, he is currently the Town Manager.  Mrs. Murray suggested leaving it up to Mr. Sullivan whether he chooses to participate or not.  He will be working very closely with a new Town Manager with the transitioning and after that.  Mr. McDonald added that with Mr. Sullivan’s knowledge of the finances of the Town he may have worthwhile questions to ask the candidates with regard to their knowledge and abilities in handling municipal financing.  

John McDonald motioned that Al Balloqui, Selwin Harris, Kari Frilot, and Bill Verbeck be appointed to the Town Manager selection committee to review applications.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Dave Stevens commented that it was decided that it would be the Town Advisory Board that picked the new Town Manager.  Laurayne Murray asked which advisory board he was referring to and explained that there are approximately eight advisory boards.  Nicole Shupp clarified that previously Bob Irving, during a public comment item, suggested that an advisory board be appointed for the purpose of choosing a Town Manager.  Chairman Murray explained that this is what they are doing at this time; establishing a review board for the process.  Mrs. Murray said it is not an advisory board.  Don Rust explained it is an appointment of people to review applications which will then proceed to an interview process.  Mr. Rust stated it would not be an advisory board.  


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Art Jones applauded the decision to get people from the Town in the selection of the Town Manager.  Mr. Jones said he did not recall this being brought up on an agenda.  Art Jones asked when the decision was made to advertise for a Town Manager.  Chairman Murray stated that it occurred in February, prior to the departure of Dave Richards.  The advertisement ran for approximately 60 days.

Mr. Jones said he would like Laurayne Murray to be removed from the selection process for the Town Manager.  

Bob Irving commented that he made a request of the Town Board to establish a committee to look for the new Town Manager.  Mr. Irving said this is the first he had heard that the Town was going out looking for a Town Manager.  Mrs. Murray responded that it was advertised in the Pahrump Valley Times and Pahrump Mirror newspapers, as well as the Review Journal.  It has also been posted on several internet websites.  Bob Irving stated that he strongly feels there should be an outside committee in the process.  Laurayne Murray replied that is the process they are in now with the motion being voted on.

Al Balloqui thanked the Board for their confidence in recommending him for the committee.  Mr. Balloqui suggested that the Board consider someone from upper management in the County or a County Commissioner be included on the panel.  It would be important that the Town work in cooperation with the County.  Al Balloqui also suggested that he be allowed to submit more than two questions which could be narrowed down by the committee to two questions to be asked.  Mrs. Murray explained that by getting different levels of people with different levels of interest in the community involved, that it would bring a variety of questions on different topics which will be covered in the matrix.  

Opal Jones commented that she would like to know if there is a problem putting Mr. Rust on the committee.  Laurayne Murray explained they have not gotten to that portion of internal candidates.  This motion is for the external citizen representation.  

Vote passed 4 – 0.

John McDonald motioned that Matt Luis, Scott Lewis, Michael Sullivan, Laurayne Murray, and Don Rust be appointed as the Town representatives on the selection board.    Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Dave Stevens said he hoped when the selection of a new manager is made that they do not go by the best piece of paper they have.

Art Jones stated that he thinks Laurayne Murray should be excused from this committee as each time they have something like this they have conflict of interest
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that usually comes down on the Town and the people of Pahrump suffers from it.  Mr. Jones asked that Mrs. Murray, being a lady and a politician, remove herself from this committee.  

Vote passed 3 – 0 – 1.  Don Rust abstained.

Chairman Murray announced that the committee selection is complete.  An approval from the Board to continue the process is necessary.  

Art Jones asked for clarification of the vote.  Mrs. Murray complied by repeating the vote count.  

Laurayne Murray asked that the authority and limitations of the committee be identified.  

Nicole Shupp motioned to approve the proposed election process as outlined and amended.  John McDonald seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0.

10.    Discussion and decision regarding Resolution #2008-06 authorizing the total credit limit for Bank of America credit card account to be increased from $15,000 to $50,000.  Town Manager

Michael Sullivan explained that he asked Dan McArthur for an opinion as the Board requested, only receiving a brief response that his schedule is such that with the preliminary budgets he would try to respond before this meeting.  Mr. Sullivan said he had no other communication on this with him.  Michael Sullivan stated that in the past 9 – 10 years that this has been done, Mr. McArthur has not had any adverse comments regarding the use of credit cards.  There have been no problems to his knowledge over the use of the cards, nor have there been any issues with audit comments regarding the payables through the credit card system.  

John McDonald motioned to table this item until the next meeting hopefully receiving a response from Mr. McArthur.  

There was no second to the motion.

Don Rust motioned to pass Resolution #2008-06 a resolution approving the credit line of $50,000 with Bank of America credit card company.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.  


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Laurayne Murray commented that she does understand the issue regarding increasing the total credit line on the account.  Her concerns were with adding cards and increasing credit on different cards that she still has an issue with.  She supports the total credit line but would want the credit line to retain with the Town Manager and Department Heads.  Her issue was with the amounts being raised with staff members.  Michael Sullivan said he is not asking for an approval of the limits on the cards.  

John McDonald stated that he expressed his concerns at the last meeting and reiterated that he is concerned about the internal financial controls in the Town and that is his reason for voting against this issue, unless Mr. McArthur gives his blessing to this plan.  

Vote passed 3 – 1.  John McDonald voted nay.

10.    Future meetings/workshops; date, time and location.

Chairman Murray noted that the only scheduled meetings would be the next Town Board meeting and the Budget meeting scheduled in May.  

Mrs. Murray explained that depending on the timeline for the Town Manager selection process it is possible that there could be a separate meeting at a time to be determined.

11.    Consent Agenda Items:

a.    Action – approval of Town Vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Town Board closed session meeting minutes of March 11, 2008.
c.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of March 25, 2008.
d.    Action – approval of Arena Advisory board resignation of Gary Gilpin and acceptance of member, Robert Behrman and alternates Debbie Hines and Judy Groene

Nicole Shupp motioned to accept the consent agenda items.  John McDonald seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4- 0.

12.    Adjournment.

Laurayne Murray adjourned the meeting at approximately 8:15 p.m.


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Respectfully submitted,



Don Rust, Clerk
Pahrump Town Board











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