Agendas & Minutes


February 28, 2006

PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD MEETING
BOB RUUD COMMUNITY CENTER
150 NORTH HIGHWAY 160
TUESDAY – 7:00 P.M.
February 28, 2006

 


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.    Presentation by Forestry Service of “West Side” recreational facilities planning effort. Forestry Service Staff/Town Manager

5.    Discussion and decision regarding first reading of PTO #49 Sex Offender Residency Ordinance. Paul Willis

6.    Discussion and decision regarding Pahrump Valley Fire - Rescue Service sales tax proposal. Fire Chief/Town Manager

7.    Discussion and decision regarding Amusement contract with Inland Empires Shows, Inc. for Fall Festival. Connie Rockwood/ Town Manager

8.    Town Manager’s report

9.    Advisory Board reports

10.    Consent Agenda Items

A.    Action - approval of Town vouchers.
B.    Action - approval of Special Town Board meeting minutes of February 3, 2006.
C.    Action - appointment of David Swanson, Karen Williams, and Karen Lee Letourneau to Nuclear Waste and Environment Advisory Board.
D.    Action - appointment of Scott Babb to Fairgrounds Advisory Board
E.    Action - approval of 72 hour liquor permits for Pahrump Senior Center, April 15, 2006.
F.    Action - Approve agreement with SBC to upgrade PVFRS telephone system.
G.    Action - Approve agreements with Pahrump Central LLC/Kinsley Enterprises LLC for alarm system installation and monitoring at Buildings and Grounds garage.

11.    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 writing, 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, COMMUNITY CENTER, COUNTY COMPLEX, FLOYD’S ACE HARDWARE AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 


Minutes

PRESENT:                            ABSENT:

Richard Billman                    
Laurayne Murray                                                       
Ron Johnson
Paul Willis
Ed Bishop

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The board welcomed all in attendance.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS

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):

Jean (last name unknown) asked if the video tapings that was present for each meeting could be made accessible for community members by way of cable television.

PRESENTATION BY FORESTRY SERVICE OF “WEST SIDE” RECREATIONAL FACILITIES PLANNING EFFORT:

Stephanie Phillips the Deputy Forest committee presented a newsletter and her report concerning the Spring Mountains Recreation Area project and encouraged the town to assist her in her efforts to ensure quality recreation experiences and conservation to the area.   She said that her group had been meeting regularly to discuss and establish a Master Plan for the area as well as to determine the types of recreation facilities that would provide recreation opportunities for visitors.  Her group had been meeting since August of 2005 and that funding was available at the present time because of the Southern Nevada Public Arrangement Act.




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She sponsored a series of one on one meeting with people of the community as well as a Public meeting in September of last year to find out what the community would like to see and how they would like to see the facilities managed.  She said out of that information three options were selected and the ultimate plan was to pursue one out of the three ideas.  

Mr. Bishop asked that she leave business cards for future communication.

DISCUSSION AND DECISION REGARDING PAHRUMP VALLEY FIRE – RESCUE SERVICES SALES TAX PROPOSAL:

Mr. Richards said that he had received a request from Patricia Cox concerning this proposal and if the town approved it that it would be utilizing the entire revenue derived from the taxes.  He said that he recommended to the Board of Commissioners that this item be placed on the ballot for November.

Mr. Johnson motioned to postpone the issue.

Paul Willis seconded.

Mr. Johnson said that to postpone the decision would be in accordance with the upper regional office and that the Town Manger should arrange a workshop for the Town Board members providing essential information to be considered before any action be taken.   He thought that the matter should also be presented to the public for questions and comments and that the final decision should be determined by the voters.

Mr. Willis said that he wanted to consult with our financial manager so that the board will be able to compare present figures with estimated figures for the next five years if the Tax increase were to be approved.   He said he also wanted to know when the Town would be able to realize the benefit of the taxes if it was approved and what the deadline would be for getting the information to the Commissioners so that it could be put on the ballot.

Patricia Cox said that she often got comments from citizens that wanted to see more Police and Fire personnel within the community and in reply to Mr. Willis’s question she said that it would take at least one year to see the benefit of the Sales Tax.







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Mr. Willis asked what would be the date for the dead line to get the item on the ballot.

Mrs. Cox said that they had until June 2006 but needed time to devise the proper wording of the item and the second task would be to address the Towns within the County to actively participate and proceed with the same process that is required for the town of Pahrump.   Mrs. Cox said that she thought that it was a great idea that a workshop be conducted with officials present so that questions could be addressed in a timely fashion.  

Mr. Willis said that he suggested the two projections for the board as well as for the public to show what kind of financial increase was made and the types of increase in services that would be provided.  He said that these projections could better inform the public and assist greatly in their voting decisions.


Mrs. Cox said that the County could add items onto the ballot, however; commissioners were not allowed to use tax payer’s money to promote or to explain the item.  She said that it would be the responsibility of elected officials to explain to the public what was included in the item and why it was being done.   She said that the workshop that would give citizens the necessary information needed to make a decision on their vote.

Harley Boten asked the board to explain how they could think that the Fire Department had enough monies to operate efficiently after he had noticed that there was a new empty building on the North side of town and two other fire stations empty.   He said that the sheriff’s department did not have enough money to eliminate drug labs and other situations in the town that seemed to be getting progressively worst.   Mr. Boten said that he believed that since we had one of the lowest sales taxes in the state, that a half of percent would not hurt us.









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It was his opinion that the board should vote yes and put in on the ballot and that the towns’ people would all agree that our emergency services and law enforcement services standards needed improvement.  He thought the Board should be decided upon even without the publics’ opinion.

Mr. Bishop said that this issue did not address Sheriff DeMeo or his budget and the problem was that there was not much of a budget at all and he did not see any dollars connected to the request.

Mr. Boten said that we should go forth with the vote tonight to get it on the ballot and whether it passes would be up to how well the Board presented its’ argument.

Mr. Johnson said that he agreed with Mr. Willis on the matter of having two
Budgets in case it did not pass.

Mr. Boten said that most of the voters in the Town was senior citizens and this would  increase their safety.

Mr. Bishop said that the public did not support the efforts to save PMC in the pass and he didn’t think that they would suddenly agree to this present issue.

Mr. Johnson said that we recognized that the five of them were expected to inform the community better so that they could receive a better response from the community.

Mr. Boten said that he thought the board was simply afraid to make a decision.

Mr. Bishop said that they were not.

Jean Basin said that the workshop should be given and put it on the ballot and provide the figures.  She thought that the community should be given the time to decided and she said that if someone on the board had an emergency that they would be rushing to have this put it on the ballot.  






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Mr. Richards said that he would like to see two sessions one during the week and one on the weekend.

Mr. Willis wanted to get assurance that it would get on the agenda in time to get the matter to the Commissioners in time to get on the ballot.

Mr. Bishop said that he to was in favor of  the idea for the workshop.

Vote carried 5.0

TOWN MANAGERS REPORT

Mr. Richards said that he had recently spoken with Mr. Rencher regarding the proposed ambulance agreement between the Town and hospital.  Mr. Rencher said that he was anxious to get the agreement approved.  Mr. Richards stated that he would bring the proposal in a draft form after was reviewed by the Town Attorney for the March 14th meeting.  He said that the fire Chief planned to visit the Northern regions of Canada this week to conduct an inspection on the reconstruction of the ladder truck and that it was very near completion and scheduled to arrival around April 2006.  

He said that the Parks and Recreation Board will be in need of a consultant if they made a decision to adopt a five year development plan and they will be asking for consideration at the March 14th Town Board Meeting, however; there are citizens in the community that could provide the services at no cost.  He said that the clean-up of State Route 160 from Basin to Simkins will be conducted on March 7th  with the assistance or ENDOT and the Forestry inmate program.

Mr. Richards said that he had discussions concerning the Affordable Housing Program with USDA and they have proposed to put on a workshop for the Town Board.  Mr. Richards believed that the workshop was scheduled for the first week in April.  He also discussed the Waste Water Treatment Plan with the USDA and the technical team and the team was expected to arrive in Pahrump next week.

Mr. Richard said he had the understanding the Chairman of Nye County Board of Commissioners asked if the Town would be willing to participate in an analysis of any area that was proposed to participate in the idea of incorporation.




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Metro Net project meeting was scheduled with developers on the South end to discuss plans and an agreement that would be of lower cost to the Town and County and in cooperation with the USDA.

Mr. Willis asked where do we stood on the issue of the Incorporation with
Patricia Cox.

Mr. Richards said that he was not sure of the amount of participation and that as
it would depend on the inclination for incorporation and he had not communicated further with Commissioner Cox concerning the matter.  He thought that
if the County was going to pursue the Incorporation idea that they would ask the
Board to consider participating.

Mr. Richards said that he met with a family today that had documentation proving that they were victims of the Katrina disaster and even though they had received short term assistance from the Salvation Army, he was hoping that we could provide some assistance from the town to insure that they would have a better chance of success in the town.  He wanted us to bring the family into the public’s eye and he said that he would be willing to make a stand for the family and would appreciate any assistance from the board.

Mr. Richards addressed the public about the use of the video taping of the meeting and said that he thought that it could be aired and if the public would want to see this done they would just have to let him know.

The audience member asked if it was a requirement.

Mr. Richards said that audio was the only requirement at this time.

Another audience member commented I made a mistake it was the audio tape that she was speaking of and that the camera didn’t lie.  She said she thought that there was a great deal of money going out and it seemed that the Federal Communication Act of 1996 had something to do with Cable company concerning the issue of having a spot for public listening.






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Mr. Johnson directed his question to the Activity Report and he said that he believed that our business license information was a problem.  He said that
The site was reflecting inaccurate information on our Web Page.   He thought that there could be legal ramafications toward the Town in a negative way and he recommended that we address this issue as soon as possible.

Mr. Richards said that the amendments on the business license ordinances would not effect how the business license is displayed on the site and he believed that the Web Site was doing what was intended.

He said that the site was up dated monthly, however and that the information was not the official record for the Town but the official records were managed in the Town Office.  He said that everything was being done to keep the information as accurate as possible and there was an enforcement person who was assigned to investigate businesses to see if they are in fact licensed.

Mr. Johnson thought that we should vote on it again and the community needed to be supplied with more accurate information.

Mr. Richards said that it could be voted on again and to insure that there were no risk we could consult with the Town’s Attorney.

Mr. Johnson asked about the Board meetings that were going to be set up to discuss the improvement of Organizational Commissions.
 
Mr. Richards said he had some ideas, however; he would need a considerable amount of time to put the board manual together.

Mr. Johnson said did he have a clue as what time frame would be expected.

Mr. Richards said that it was because of the fifteen to twenty items that appeared on the agendas monthly that it would take some preparation time before the items would be able to get onto the agenda.   He said that items to appear where at the Town Manager’s discretion and this item would most likely not appear on the agenda soon because he had other items that required priority.

Mr. Johnson said that the matter was up to Mr. Richards and he would be happy to let the records show that this was not important.


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Mr. Richards said that he did think the issue was important but that it could be a priority and an assignment that he could assign to someone else because of its’ importance.  He said that because his job included conducting multitask priorities
he hadn’t had the time to give much to the organization of the manual because of upper more pressing priorities.

Mr. Bishop said that we had a manual from several years ago and he asked
Mr. Richards if he had seen it.

Mr. Richards said that he had not seen the manual.

ADVISORY BOARD REPORT

Mr. Willis said that the Tourism Advisory Board has managed to interest a writer from the Coast to Coast magazine to come to our town and look around on the second through the fourth of this month and the Advisory Board had planned a busy itinerary for her.   Her goals were to prepare a headline story about Pahrump.    Mr. Willis that the xxxx Club had a targeted opening date of June 12 and he gave thanks to Commissioner Patricia Cox.

Walter Baker for Rod Sherer of the Pahrump Grant Advisory Board said he was having a meeting on this Wednesday night and he needed two more people to join the board and invited Mr. Willis to be in attendance.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

Paul Willis motioned that we approve items from A through E

Johnson seconded

Vote 5.0

 


Backup

There is no backup posted for this meeting.