Agendas & Minutes


August 26, 2008

PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD MEETING
BOB RUUD COMMUMITY CENTER
400 N. HWY. 160
Tuesday – 7:00 P.M.
August 26, 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 (NRS241.020 (2) (C) (3).

4.    Advisory Board Reports

5.    Announcements and “Good News”.

6.    Presentation of gratitude for John O’Brien and company for Fourth of July Fireworks Display.  Nicole Shupp

7.    Discussion and decision regarding increase in Room Tax Fund for Economic Development.  Town Manager/Al Balloqui (PAVED)

8.    Discussion and decision regarding the future of the Town Attorney’s contract and work with the Town.  Don Rust

9.    Discussion and decision regarding moving November 11, 2008 Town Board meeting to November 13, 2008.  (November 11 is a Federal holiday) and move December 9, 2008 Town Board meeting to December 11, 2008 (Governor’s Conference on Tourism Dec. 8 and 9).  Town Manager

10.    Town Manager’s Report

11.    Consent agenda items:

a.    Action – approval of Town vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of August 12, 2008 Special Town Board Meeting,
c.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of August 12, 2008.
d.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of August 12, 2008 closed session.
e.    Action – approval of Tourism Advisory Board recommendation regarding Tim Lockinger as a regular member.
f.    Action – approval of Tourism Advisory Board recommendation regarding Lucy Ivins as an alternate member.
g.    Action – approval of Tourism Advisory Board recommendation not to grant $2,000 from Room Tax Fund for the Miss Pahrump Pageant.
h..    Action – approval of $5,000 for Shadow Mountain Community Players  to promote, produce and advertise.
i.    Action – approval of $1,000 for New Old West Bucking Bulls for advertising from Tourism Room Tax funds.

12.    Future Meetings/Workshops: Date, Time and Location.

13.     Adjournment.

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

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 writhing, or call 775-727-5107 prior to the meeting.  Assisted listening devices are available at Town board meetings upon request.

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

 


Minutes


PRESENT:
Laurayne Murray
Nicole Shupp
Don Rust
Dan Sprouse
Bill Dolan


Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, and Welcome

Chairman Murray called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.  Boy Scout Troop 651 presented the colors and led in the pledge of allegiance.  Mrs. Murray welcomed all in attendance.

Discussion and decision regarding agenda items

          No changes.

Public Comment. Action may not be taken on matters considered during this period until specifically included on an agenda as an action item (NRS241.020 (2) (C) (3).

          None

Advisory Board Reports

            Nicole Shupp reported that Fall Festival still needs volunteers. 
          Laurayne Murray reported on the Nevada League of Cities Conference.
            Al Balloqui reported on Public Lands Advisory Board
            Paula Glidden reported on Tourism Advisory Board.
Bob Irving reported that Fall Festival Vendor Committee will be meeting on September 5                 and the Executive Committee will be meeting on September 8.

Announcements and “Good News”

Bill Kohbarger announced the PVFRS/IAFF Boot Drive and announced his schedule of luncheons.
Karen Spalding thanked the community for supporting the United Way Luau.
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Bill Kohbarger noted that the Relay for Life Cancer Walk collected $62,000.    

Presentation of gratitude for John O’Brien and company for Fourth of July Fireworks Display   Nicole Shupp

Nicole Shupp presented an award of appreciation to John O’Brien and company.  John O’Brien thanked all the volunteers for their help and support in the preparation of the display.

Discussion and decision regarding increase in Room Tax Fund for Economic Development Town Manager/Al Balloqui (PAVED)

Al Balloqui of PAVED (Pahrump Alliance for Valley Economic Development), addressed the Board and public asking that the Room Tax be increased by 2% to be allocated to economic development to enable PAVED to execute an aggressive marketing campaign to attract and target specific events.  This would increase the current Room Tax rate to 11%.  Mr. Balloqui has met with the owners of existing hotels and they are not opposed to this proposal.

Laurayne Murray noted that the collection of Room Tax is subject to a Pahrump Town Ordinance (PTO) process.

Don Rust motioned to move forward with a 2% increase in Room Tax to be followed by an amended ordinance to reflect that increase to be brought back to the next meeting.  Dan Sprouse seconded the motion.  

Dan Sprouse asked Mr. Balloqui what the projections are with this increase.  Al Balloqui explained that raising the Room Tax will bring in an additional $50,900 to be used in economic development.  Mr. Sprouse asked how the top three hotels have responded.  Mr. Balloqui said they were very positive.  

Bill Dolan asked if the companies are willing to speak to the Board on their position.  Al Balloqui said it should not be a problem and could probably provide letters from their corporate companies and they are willing to work cooperatively.  

Vicky Parker, Dave Stevens and Charlie Gronda commented on the issue.

Mrs. Murray noted that there is legislation in the works that can put a cap on the amount Room Taxes can be raised as discussed at the Nevada League of Cities Conference.

Vote passed 5 – 0.


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Discussion and decision regarding the future of the Town Attorney’s contract and work with the Town   Don Rust

Don Rust stated that he asked Mr. Kohbarger to investigate potential replacements for Mr. Joerger when his contract expires.  Mr. Rust noted an item that was tabled before Mr. Kohbarger was hired and wanted it brought back on an agenda. This was for a personnel attorney.  

Carl Joerger explained that his contract has no time period in the contract and can be canceled by either party with a 30 day notice.  

Bill Kohbarger said he has contacted two agencies, both located in Nevada, and both work in local government law.  Both are interested in working with the Town.  One proposal has been received and Mr. Kohbarger stated he has a meeting with the other.  When written proposals are received he will submit them to the Town Board.  Don Rust requested that when information is available it can be place on an agenda to give Mr. Joerger a 30 day notice and make a decision on a replacement.  

Carl Joerger commented on his time with the Town.  Mr. Joerger finalized by stating that as of tonight, effective 30 days from tonight, the Town has his resignation as Town Board Attorney.  

Dan Sprouse commented that his only problem was that Mr. Joerger does not have email, but he always returned his calls.

Don Rust motioned to accept Mr. Joerger’s resignation as of 30 days from today.  
Motion died for lack of second.

Dan Sprouse motioned, with regards to the Town Attorney’s contract, that the Board request staff to seek other alternatives for legal counsel for the Town of Pahrump.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

John Shea, Dave Stevens, Richard Ciolfi, Mark Plagge, and Paula Glidden commented.

Dan Sprouse stated that he would not ask the current Attorney to step down based on pending litigation that he is involved with and feels this is not the most opportune time to change attorneys.  In the opinion of Mr. Sprouse, this is not beneficial to the Town or to Mr. Joerger, but will respect his decision.  Dan Sprouse responded to a question from the public regarding trying to keep the contracts within the Town and stated that is the case unless better qualifications are found to fit the needs of the Town from outside sources.  

Don Rust clarified that this is not a personal issue.  He is simply not satisfied with Mr. Joerger’s work as Town Attorney.  It is his opinion and not that of the Town Board.  
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Laurayne Murray noted that there have been occasions when the Town has had to go to other legal counsel for issues coming before the Board that need specialties.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

Discussion and decision regarding moving November 11, 2008 Town Board meeting to November 13, 2008 (November 11 is a Federal holiday) and move December 9, 2008 Town Board meeting to December 11, 2008 (Governor’s Conference on Tourism Dec. 8 and 9)  Town Manager

Bill Kohbarger explained the reasoning for the changes for the November 11, meeting and the December 9, meeting.  Three Town Board members (Shupp, Rust, and Dolan) are interested in the Tourism Conference and have been registered for such.  Mr. Kohbarger asked that the Board consider moving the meetings to Thursday of those weeks instead of Tuesday.  The second meetings for November and December have already been canceled.  

Nicole Shupp motioned to move the November 11, 2008, meeting to Thursday, November 13, and the December 9, 2008 meeting to Thursday, December 11.  Bill Dolan seconded the motion.  

Paula Glidden commented that she has attended this conference in the past and found it to be very informative.

Vote passed 4 – 1.  Laurayne Murray voted nay.

Town Manager’s Report

    Bill Kohbarger gave a verbal report of his recent activities.

Consent agenda items:

a.    Action – approval of Town vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of August 12, 2008 Special Town Board Meeting,
c.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of August 12, 2008.
d.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of August 12, 2008 closed session.
e.    Action – approval of Tourism Advisory Board recommendation regarding Tim Lockinger as a regular member.
f.    Action – approval of Tourism Advisory Board recommendation regarding Lucy Ivins as an alternate member.
g.    Action – approval of Tourism Advisory Board recommendation not to grant $2,000 from Room Tax Fund for the Miss Pahrump Pageant.

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h.    Action – approval of $5,000 for Shadow Mountain Community Players to promote, produce and advertise.
i.    Action – approval of $1,000 for New Old West Bucking Bulls for advertising from Tourism Room Tax funds.

Don Rust asked that Item #11h be pulled for discussion.

Don Rust motioned to approve consent agenda items a through g and item i with the exception of h.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

Don Rust noted that Item h included production expenses which are not normally considered.  Bill Kohbarger explained that Tourism Advisory Board has created a sub-committee to look into how the spending of Tourism money is being spent.  Paula Glidden explained that their sub committee is looking into funding issues and the $5000 being requested in this item is for several productions for the year.  

Don Rust motioned to approve Item 11h as a consent agenda item.  Dan Sprouse seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 1.  Laurayne Murray voted nay.

Future Meetings/Workshops: Date, Time and Location

The next regular meeting is scheduled for September 9.

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Don Rust
Town Clerk




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