Agendas & Minutes

January 27, 2007

400 N. Highway 160
Saturday, January 27, 2007, 9:00 AM



1.    Call to Order  

2.    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).

3.    Discussion of Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Service significant issues, goals
and objectives.

4.    Discussion of Economic Development issues, goals and objectives.

5.    Adjournment

 A quorum of Nye County Board of Commissioners may be present at this meeting.


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    PRESENT                         ABSENT
    Laurayne Murray                     None
    John McDonald
    Don Rust
    Nicole Shupp
    Dan Sprouse

Call to Order  

Chairperson Murray called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

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).


Discussion of Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Service significant issues, goals
and objectives.
The Town Manager stated the following Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue information had been provided to the Town Board Members; Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), End of Year Report, Request for Proposal #2006-10, and the responses received.  

Chief Lewis provided a history of the Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Service.

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Chief Lewis stated the priorities are the staffing levels, the appropriate facilities to house that staff, and an on going process for replacing antiquated and obsolete apparatuses on a scheduled basis.

A variety of site selections were reviewed.  Chief Lewis stated he would provide a list of recommended sites in order of priority.

Mr. McDonald stated he would submit an agenda request form for the February 13, 2007 Town Board meeting for station site selection.
The Town Manager agreed to contact Nye County regarding the availability of 12 acres located at Calvada Boulevard and Dandelion.  

Chief Lewis reviewed the inventory and condition of equipment.  He stated the cost for ambulance equipment maintenance was exorbitant due to the motors in the ambulances.  He stated Ford is experiencing catastrophic problems nationwide with this same engine.

Chief Lewis agreed to update the equipment list provided in the 2002 Capital Improvement Plan.

Chief Lewis reviewed the current staffing and stated the department was understaffed.  He also stated the staff was extremely adept at multi-tasking and doing a fine job.  

Chief Lewis stated staffing is the number one priority and needs to be increased,   from the current number of 7, to at least 10 persons per platoon.  He stated that the .25% sales tax increase, if approved, would assist with this increase however, additional issues were lack of qualified recruits combined with below standard pay and equipment, and greater work loads.  

There was discussion on entry level fire fighter salary, recruitment, and retention.

Mr. McDonald stated he would meet with Chief Lewis and Mr. Sullivan to review the accounting system regarding ambulance funds.  

Chief Lewis stated he would provide one report with staffing, salary, retention and recruitment requirements.

Commissioner Borasky spoke in favor of utilizing the .25 percent sales tax increase for staffing in the fire department.

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Discussion of Economic Development issues, goals and objectives.

The Town Manager stated the fairgrounds development, the airport development and the relationship with EDEN would be topics discussed.

Mr. Gronda, Volunteer Airport Planning Director, reviewed the history of the airport development.  He stated the airport would be a general aviation airport with a 4,800 ft. runway located near Gamebird and Winchester at the Nevada and California state line.  He stated the plans were contingent on further studies and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would finance 95% of the construction of the airport at an estimated cost of 15 million dollars plus.  

The Town Manager stated the FAA was adamant that this would be budgeted for 2010 and the Town’s portion, the remaining 5%, would be over 1 million dollars.  He stated a request has been made to Nye County and the BLM for 6700 acres at this location to be placed on the Nye County Public Lands Act to be deeded to the Town.  He added a conservative estimated completion date is 2015.

There were questions and discussion from the Town Board.

Paula Elephante, Director of EDEN, provided a history and description of EDEN.  She stated EDEN’s function is described in the inter-local agreement between the Esmeralda and Nye counties and in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document.  

The Town Manager stated the impression had been given that the relationship between EDEN and the Town of Pahrump was fine and this is not correct.  He recommended the Town Board consider removing the Town of Pahrump from the inter-local agreement and provide their own representation due to a variety of issues.

Mr. McDonald stated each entity needs to work together versus the fractured effort that exists currently.

Sheriff DeMeo spoke in support of Ms. Elephante’s efforts and agreed the economic development efforts have been fractured.

Chairperson Murray explained that enough time had been spent on past issues and the remainder of the discussion would only pertain to solutions.

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Mr. Balloqui, Volunteer Economic Development Coordinator, provided recommendations to the Town Board.  He stated some of the hindrances to development are lack of infrastructure, natural gas, and a major highway.  He stated Mesquite, Nevada was our competition.  Additionally, he stated cooperative communication is crucial.

Mr. Balloqui reviewed the potential detention center, possible locations, and wages.  

The Town Manager stated the County had an agenda item for January 30, 2007 related to a federal facility and allowance for a phase one survey.

Sheriff DeMeo stated Nye County likely placed that on the agenda to see if the County was interested in moving that direction.  

There was discussion and questions from the Town Board and Public regarding a detention center.

Mr. Balloqui reviewed the Fairgrounds Project.  He stated a solution for development is an urgent requirement.  Additionally, he cited Angel Park in Henderson, Nevada as an example of a private investor regarding BLM land.  

Mr. Balloqui discussed BAR (beltway, airport, and railway).  He also defined SNPLMA, Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act.  He stated Nye County was not included in this act.  

Mr. Balloqui closed with a review of the importance of planned economic development and communication between all entities.  He stated EDEN was not able to service the needs of Pahrump.  Additionally, he emphasized the need for a public utility system.

There was discussion from the Town Board about the importance of developing an economic development master plan.

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The meeting was adjourned at 4:51 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Don Rust
    Town Clerk
    CC:    Town Board
        Nye County Treasurer
Town Board
Nye County Commissioners
Nye County Planning
Nye County Clerk
Dan McArthur




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