Agendas & Minutes


January 13, 2004

PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD MEETING
BOB RUUD COMMUNITY CENTER
150 NORTH HIGHWAY 160
TUESDAY – 7:00 P.M.
JANUARY 13, 2004

 


Agenda

1.    Call to order.

A.    Pledge of allegiance
B.    Welcome

2.    Election of Town Board Chairman, Vice Chairman and Clerk.    Town Board

3.    Discussion regarding agenda items.

4.    Announcements.

5.        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).

6.        “Good News” concerning the people of Pahrump.

7.        Discussion, action and decision regarding Bid #2003-04 – Rodeo Announcer,                 Soundperson and Equipment.   Town Board/Scott Gregory

8.        Discussion, action and decision regarding consideration and recommendation to Board of         County Commissioners of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant                 requests.   Peggy Warner/Michael Sullivan

9.        Discussion, action and decision regarding Bid #2003-05 – Trees.   Town Board

10.        Discussion, action and decision regarding whether to proceed with presenting     case regarding water rights protest before Department of Conservation and Natural     Resources Division of Water Resources.   Town Board

11.    Fire Chief Quarterly Report.  Scott Lewis

12.    Advisory Board Reports.

13.    Discussion, action and decision regarding creating bocce ball courts at Blosser Park.  Joe Cross

14.    Discussion, action and decision regarding request for Town Board to do a study of lighting at all Town operated parks and recreational outdoor facilities.   Joe Cross

15.    Appointment of liaison positions by Town Board Chairman.

16.    Discussion, action and decision regarding approval of minutes:

A.     Town Board -    November 25, 2003
B.     Town Board - December 9, 2003
C.      Special Town Board and Advisory Board Joint Meeting - December 11, 2003.

17.    Discussion, action and decision regarding approval of 72-Hour Liquor Licenses.   Town     Board

    A.    Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church

18.    Consent Agenda Items:    

A.        Action – Approval of Town Vouchers    
B.    Action – Approval of personnel actions

19.    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:
Rick Ewing
Paula Glidden
Charlotte LeVar
Jeanna Howard
Richard Billman
Cristina Hinds, Attorney

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Rick Ewing called the meeting to order and led in the pledge of allegiance.  Mr. Ewing welcomed all those present for this first meeting in the new year.

ELECTION OF TOWN BOARD CHAIRMAN, VICE-CHAIRMAN AND CLERK

Paula Glidden nominated Rick Ewing for Chairman for the year 2004.  

Richard Billman asked that it be motioned to keep the same officers from last year and reelect the officers as they currently sit. (Rick Ewing/Chairman, Paula Glidden/Vice-Chair, Charlotte LeVar/Clerk).

Paula Glidden withdrew her nomination.  

Charlotte LeVar seconded the motion by Mr. Billman.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

DISCUSSION REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS

There were no changes to the agenda.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Charlotte LeVar announced the following:

    Regional Planning Commission (RPC) will meet January 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hall.     Note new     starting     time for RPC meetings;
    Tri-Core will hold a Zoning Workshop January 15 beginning at noon in the Hall;
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    Commissioners Cox and Trummell will hold the pre agenda workshop on January 17 at    2:30 p.m. in Room B;
    The Pahrump Town Office will be closed January 19 in observance of Martin Luther    King Jr. Day;
    Nye County Commissioners will hold their second meeting of the month in Pahrump on    January 20 at     8:30 a.m. in the Community Center;
    A special meeting for the Town Board is scheduled for January 22 as 1:00 p.m. in the    Hall.  This meeting is to present the results of the Abaris audit concerning Pahrump     Valley Fire Rescue and the Town of Pahrump;
    Nye County Public Works has scheduled a workshop for January 21 at 6:00 p.m.    concerning roads in Pahrump;
    A Social Security Representative is scheduled to be in the Community Center Room B on    January 27 at 9:00 a.m.;
    Various Fall Festival Subcommittees will be meeting throughout the month.  Contact the    Town Office     if you are interested in volunteering for any of these committees: Arts &     Crafts, Entertainment, Parade, Vendor, Carnival, Rodeo, or Publicity;
    There are also openings on various advisory boards.  If interested in serving on any of the    following,  please submit a letter of interest and resume to the Town Office; Arena,     Economic Development, Emergency Services, Parks and Recreation, Public Lands or     Tourism.

Rick Ewing announced that January 15, at the Community Library, there will be a Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) meeting from 10:00 a.m. until noon concerning Highways 160 and 372 and will be hearing public comment concerning this issue.

Rick Ewing also announced that he has provided packets from the Nevada League of Cities concerning the 2004 Youth Award and Scholarship Program.  Application deadline is January 30.  Awards will be announced by April 30, 2004.

Charlotte LeVar announced that there is cake and candy at the back of the room for the pleasure of the public.  

Mrs. LeVar stated that she would prefer the Abaris meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. rather than 1:00 p.m.  Rick Ewing asked staff to look into changing the time for this meeting.

Patricia Cox announced that on February 4 at 6:00 p.m. there will be a Water Division Workshop to discuss water issues in Pahrump.

Ms. Cox also announced that there will be a workshop on January 16 at 8:00 a.m. until noon at the Community Library to discuss the County Commission strategic planning.  Also on January 16 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. the same day, the County Commissioners will be holding a lobbyist workshop to discuss which direction the lobbyist should work in concerning appropriation bills for 2004.
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Patricia Cox announced that on January 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center Room B, there will be the Nye County Federal Impact Advisory Board will meet.

Ms. Cox announced that the Pahrump Valley Republican Women will hold their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Saddle West on February 6 at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets will cost $27.50 per person.

Joe Cross announced that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a public workshop to update the 5-year master plan on February 21, location to be announced, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Karen Spalding, President Pahrump Valley Citizen Action Team (PVCAT), announced that there will be a community conversation workshop on January 17, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN).

Claudette Crooks, President Pahrump Senior Center, Inc. announced that they have finalized the planning process for a new senior center.  Mrs. Crooks explained that they have applied for a Community Development Block Grant, as well as other grants, and are ready to begin campaigning with special events.  Claudette Crooks showed the audience the floor plan of the proposed building and explained what amenities would be available within the 20,000 square foot building.  Charlotte LeVar asked about parking availability.  Mrs. Crooks stated that it meets Clark County code and would have over one hundred spaces.

PUBLIC COMMENT

John Espana commented that he would like to be placed on the next meeting agenda to talk about Americans with Disabilities Act issues.  Rick Ewing suggested Mr. Espana contact the Town Office or a Town Board member and to submit back up for his agenda request item.

Terry Nelson asked for more information regarding the Nye County Road Department meeting.  Mrs. LeVar explained that there will be a meeting held on January 21 at 6:00 p.m. which is a workshop concerning the roads in Pahrump.

“GOOD NEWS” CONCERNING THE PEOPLE OF PAHRUMP  

There were was nothing to report on this item.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING BID #2003-04 – RODEO ANNOUNCER, SOUNDPERSON AND EQUIPMENT

Scott Gregory reported that the Fall Festival Rodeo Committee voted to accept the bid from Wayne White for $2,200 and request approval of the Town Board at this time.  Mr. Gregory explained that Mr. White has an exceptional resume and feel he is well qualified.  

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Jeanna Howard asked how much was paid to the announcer last year.  Scott Gregory replied that the announcer was paid by the stock contractor last year.  Charlotte LeVar clarified that that this is a separate contract from the stock contractor.  Mr. Gregory responded affirmatively.  Mrs. LeVar asked if the cost of the stock contractor and the announcer add up to what was paid out last year.  Scott Gregory replied that he thought the total is a little under what was paid last year.  Jeanna Howard noted that the bid from Mr. White came in under from last

year.  Scott Gregory explained that the announcer last year submitted a bid for the announcing this year that was unacceptable.  There were three other bids beside that of Wayne White.  

Richard Billman Motioned to accept the bid from Mr. Wayne White for rodeo announcing.  Charlotte LeVar seconded the motion.  

Vote passed 5 – 0.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING CONSIDERATION AND RECOMMENDATION TO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) GRANT REQUESTS

Peggy Warner explained that there were seven requests for CDBG grants submitted to the County Commissioners.  The Commissioners selected three of the seven for consideration by the Town Board.  The three were selected from the entire Nye County area for submission to the State.  The three selected were two sewer projects and the Pahrump Senior Center request.  Mrs. Warner stated that the request from the Town of Pahrump for a sewer project was not selected but it was recommended by the Commissioners to come back to their next meeting to request Payment Equal to Taxes (PETT) funds for this project.  Peggy Warner said the Commissioners would like the Board’s recommendation on the three selected so they can move forward.

Charlotte LeVar stated that she did not receive the back up for this item.  Mr. Ewing explained the three projects.  Jeanna Howard clarified that he Commissioners have already selected their choices and is asking for Town Board support in their selection.  Charlotte LeVar asked if the Commissioners have already voted on these three projects.  Mr. Ewing asked Patricia Cox to explain further.

Patricia Cox explained that at the last County Commissioner meeting they were presented with seven applications for CDBG grants.  Out of the seven the County can only submit three to the state for possible funding.  Ms. Cox stated that through the process it is recommended that the County hold public hearings for public comment.  There has been one workshop attended by Rick Ewing and Michael Sullivan when it was decided that it is important to have the input from the Town Board and have a workshop in Pahrump at the end of this month for more public comment followed by a public hearing in Tonopah.  Following the public hearings the final selection, if unchanged, will be submitted to the state by Nye County Commissioners for possible funding.  
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Paula Glidden Motioned to approve the recommendation of the Board of County Commissioners regarding the three grants of the Town of Beatty/waste water system, Town of Tonopah/waste water system, and the Pahrump Senior Center project.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0 – 1.  Charlotte LeVar abstained as this is this is the first she has seen it.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING BID #2003-05 – TREES

Paula Glidden Motioned to accept the Mountain Falls bid for $3,000 for the trees from the Town of Pahrump.  Jeanna Howard seconded the motion.

Mike Cosgrove, Vice President and Project Manager for Mountain Falls, commented that in 1997 as Pahrump Town Manager, he worked with Board Member LeVar to procure the tree nursery.  Mr. Cosgrove noted that the beautification of Pahrump is on going and complimented Mrs. LeVar for her insight.  Mr. Cosgrove said he has staff that will be able to move the trees and put them into good use.

Charlotte LeVar asked if the Town is retaining a percentage of the trees to make sure some of the smaller trees are kept for ongoing projects within the town.  Peggy Warner confirmed that to be true.  Mrs. Warner noted that Mountain Falls will be getting Mondale Pines with other trees being set aside for the Town with a new crop growing for the future.  

Vote passed 5 – 0.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING WHETHER TO PROCEED WITH PRESENTING CASE REGARDING WATER RIGHTS PROTEST BEFORE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES

Cristina Hinds explained that the Town has until January 16, 2004 to notify the state if the Town wants to proceed with this issue.  Ms. Hinds explained that several years ago (1989) the Town sent a letter to the state indicating protest of water rights requests listed in the back up material.  Cristina Hinds stated that at this time she does not have much research on the item, nor does she know the position of Nye County in this matter.  Ms. Hinds asked how the Board would like to address this and asked if the Board wanted to proceed and possibly withdraw before the meeting in February.  Cristina Hinds said this would give her time to do more research on the issue and come back before the Board if necessary.  Ms. Hinds noted that she has ordered copies of the applications but has not yet received them for review.  

Charlotte LeVar commented on the Mutual Order of Understanding (MOU) signed by the County Commissioners and noted several items listed indicate that the Town should proceed.

Charlotte LeVar Motioned to have Ms. Hinds proceed.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.
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Lawrence Baker commented that the Nye County Well Owners Association is of the contention that the Town Board should vote to proceed with the protest.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

FIRE CHIEF QUARTERLY REPORT

Chief Scott Lewis presented his statistics for the 2003 year (copy attached).  Chief Lewis responded to questions from the Town Board and public regarding such things as how Pahrump comparisons with other communities of this size, burn permits and action taken against those in violation, age statistics regarding accidents and/or medical, insurance ratings, fundraisers, occupancy of Station #5, recruitment of volunteers

Rick Ewing thanked Chief Lewis and the Fire Rescue Service for their continued dedication to Pahrump.

Charlotte LeVar asked if there is an Abaris report available for review.  Peggy Warner replied that the report was in Mrs. LeVar’s mail at the Town Office.

ADVISORY BOARD REPORTS

Rick Ewing noted that these reports can be from either the liaison or the chairmen and that it is important that someone provide reports for the advisory boards for the Town Board.

Jim Petell, Public Lands, requested that due to an alternate member missing three consecutive meetings that the Town Board remove Gary Hollis as alternate according to the by-laws.  Rick Ewing responded that the request should be placed on an agenda so the Board can vote on it.  

Mr. Petell reported that the motorized Spring Mountain National Recreation area trail designation project that the Southern Nevada Conservation District recognizes and encourages the protection of springs, significant architectural sites but recommends that it be done in the least restrictive and conservative method as part of a comprehensive recreational strategy.  Jim Petell noted that Nye County also submitted a recommendation.  Rick Ewing asked if a perimeter hiking trail is being planned for the Pahrump side of the mountain to include motorized vehicles.  Mr. Petell replied that this program being referred to at this time is only for motorized and that there is another program for hiking.

Jim Petell reported that the Eagle Scout project is completed.  Mr. Petell noted that the project was not for building a culvert but for bedding the culvert with rocks to allow for easier access by the burros.  Jim Petell noted that the project should be reviewed each year for possible rehabilitation.


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Charlotte LeVar reported that Public Lands is also working on an issue concerning Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land for the use of 360 acres for a hiking/biking trail.

Rick Ewing announced that material is needed by the advisory boards for the new website.  Information should include members, mission statements, and current and future projects. The website should be back on line on or about February 1.  Mr. Ewing requested that all agendas and minutes be submitted in file format for the website either by email or on disk.  
 
Paula Glidden reported that the Fairgrounds Advisory Board is continuing their engineering for the turn lanes from Highway 160 and advertisement for water rights has been completed.  

Ms. Glidden reported that Tourism Advisory Board is continuing work on the Celtic Festival as well as a tourist information kiosk to be placed at the Pahrump Nugget.  

Karen Spalding added that a drawing for the kiosk has been drawn up.  Ms. Spalding stated that the Nugget will allow it to be placed on their corner following their approval of the design and the cost of maintaining it.  The Nugget is working with Kari Frilot from the Chamber on this project for a grant.  

Ms. Spalding thanked Michael Sullivan for attending the Tourism and Fairgrounds meetings and helping with their budget.  

Karen Spalding said that they will be scheduling a workshop concerning marketing Pahrump.  

Karen Spalding noted that a couple years ago Matt Luis was working on entrance signs into Pahrump.  Ms. Spalding said she would like to invite Mr. Luis to the Tourism meeting to update on that project.  Rick Ewing said he thought the issue had been taken to NDOT.  

Charlie Gronda reported that Economic Development does not have enough members for their advisory board and are looking for new members.

Charlotte LeVar reported that Fall Festival committees have begun meeting again with a lot of enthusiasm.  

DISUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING CREATING BOCCE BALL COURTS AT BLOSSER PARK

Joe Cross explained that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board received requests for bocce ball courts.  Mr. Cross stated that he discussed this with Building and Grounds Manager Matt Luis, who recommended Blosser Park for this type of activity.  Joe Cross said that cost was discussed and it was determined that cost would be quite minimal.  It is recommended that equipment would be the responsibility of those using it.  Rick Ewing asked what the cost would be.  Joe Cross replied it would only be the cost of staff to lay out the courts.  Rick Ewing asked
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about a sign indicating what the area was to be used for.  Joe Cross responded that he had not considered a sign.  Peggy Warner explained that it would be a simple process according to Matt Luis as it is basically composed of sand.  Mrs. Warner suggested a news brief to let the public know it was available.  Peggy Warner noted that it would have to be a daytime activity as there are no lights at Blosser Park

Rick Ewing suggested that Mr. Cross get some more information and quotes for normal signage as recommended by Matt Luis.

Paula Glidden asked if these would be sand courts.  Joe Cross replied they would be but could be grass as well.  

Charlotte LeVar Motioned to go out for bocce ball courts.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING REQUEST FOR TOWN BOARD TO DO A STUDY OF LIGHTING AT ALL TOWN OPERATED PARKS AND RECREATIONAL OUTDOOR FACILITIES

Joe Cross explained that this item has been discussed at several meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and feel a real concern regarding the cost of lighting at all the parks included the arena.  Mr. Cross said they would like to request a six month study by putting timers on all the parks to see how much difference in electricity usage.  Joe Cross stated that the price of electricity may increase in the future and the kids could be hurt by having the groups utilizing the parks paying for the utilities through their participation fees.  Rick Ewing said he was present during some discussion regarding the use of timers.  Charlotte LeVar said she had always seen that parks closed at dusk when there is no lighting.  
Joe Cross continued that lighting the tennis courts has been discussed for the future as well as the basketball court.  

Paula Glidden asked what this study will be used for.  Rick Ewing noted that if the equipment is purchased for the study there would be no need for the study if the timers were already there.  Paula Glidden requested that Parks and Recreation get quotes on the cost for these timers and asked that Mr. Cross bring that information back to the Board.  Rick Ewing suggested that Mr. Cross get with Mr. Luis to discuss how many timers would be needed and get a quote for the timers and installation as well.  Paula Glidden explained that Parks and Recreation should do the study.  Mr. Cross said he would be back to the Board with his information some time in February.



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APPOINTMENT OF LIAISON POSITIONS BY TOWN BOARD CHAIRMAN

Chairman Rick Ewing made the following appointments:

    Arena                        Richard Billman
    Economic Development            Richard Billman
    Emergency Services                Paula Glidden
    Fairgrounds Advisory Board            Paula Glidden
    Fairgrounds Finance Committee    CharlotteLeVar/RichardBillman/David Richards
    Fall Festival                    Charlotte LeVar/Paula Glidden
    Nevada League of Cities            Richard Billman
    Nuclear Waste and Environmental        Jeanna Howard
    Nye Communities Coalition            Rick Ewing
    Nye County Joint Town Boards/        Charlotte LeVar
        Yucca Mountain Advisory Com.
    Nye County Federal Impact            Jeanna Howard
    Parks and Recreation                Rick Ewing
    Public Lands                    Charlotte LeVar
    Regional Planning Commission        Jeanna Howard
    Regional Transportation Commission    Commission Appointed
    Tourism/Chamber of Commerce        Paula Glidden    
    Voucher Committee                JeannaHoward/CharlotteLeVar/Richard Billman
    Website                    Rick Ewing

DISCUSSION, ACTION AND DECISION REGARDING APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
A.    Town Board – November 25, 2003
B.    Town Board – December 9, 2003
C.    Special Town Board and Advisory Boards Joint Meeting – December 11, 2003

Paula Glidden Motioned to accept the minutes of November 25, 2003, December 9, 2003 and December 11, 2003 as described above.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.  

DISCUSSION, ACTIONA ND DECISION REGARDING APPROVAL OF 72-HOUR LIQUOR LICENSES: A) Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church

Richard Billman Motioned to approve the request for a 72-Hour Liquor License for Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church for various dates throughout 2004.  Charlotte LeVar seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

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CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:

A.    ACTION – APPROVAL OF TOWN VOUCHERS
B.    ACTION – APPROVAL OF PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Charlotte LeVar Motioned to approve the Town vouchers for payment.  Richard Billman seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

Paula Glidden Motioned to approve the step increase for the employees listed.  Jeanna Howard seconded the motion.

Charlotte LeVar asked if these were step increases only and not merit raises.  Peggy Warner replied that they are step raises for the union employees and merit for the third name listed.  

Vote passed 5 – 0.

ADJOURNMENT

Richard Billman Motioned to adjourn the meeting.  Paula Glidden seconded the motion.  

Vote passed 5 – 0.


Respectfully submitted,



Charlotte LeVar, Clerk

cc:    Town Clerk                    
    Nye County Treasurer                
    Town Board                    
    Nye County Planning            
    Nye County Commissioners            
            Nye County Clerk                       
            Cristina Hinds
    Dan McArthur
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Backup

There is no backup posted for this meeting.