Agendas & Minutes


July 22, 2008

PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD MEETING
Bob Ruud Community Center
150 N. HWY. 160
Tuesday – 7:00 P.M.
July 22, 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.    Discussion only regarding Professional Bullriders’ Rodeo event, past and future.  Laurayne Murray/Steven Lee

7.    Discussion and decision regarding purposed speed limit changes for the block where there is a school bus stop.  Dan Sprouse/Sean Brooks

8.    Discussion and decision regarding resignation of Town Board Member John McDonald.  Laurayne Murray

9.    Discussion and decision regarding election of Vice Chairman.  Laurayne Murray.

10.    Discussion and decision regarding procedures (advertising and review committee) to fill the Town Board vacancy.  Laurayne Murray

11.    Discussion and decision regarding July 2009 fireworks.  Laurayne Murray

12.    Discussion and decision regarding Resolution 2008-15, approval to update Nevada State Bank signature cards.  Town Manager

13.    Discussion and decision regarding creating 2008-2009 Town Manager Goals and Objectives.  Town Manager

14.    Town Manager’s Report

15.    Consent agenda items:

a.    Action – approval of Town vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of July 8, 2008.
c.    Action – approval of 72 Hour Liquor License for Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce for a craft fair/car show, September 12-13, 2008 at the Artesia Community Center.

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

17.     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
Don Rust
Nicole Shupp
Dan Sprouse
Bill Kohbarger, Town Manager
Carl Joerger, Attorney

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

Chairman Laurayne Murray called the meeting to order and led in the pledge of allegiance.

2.    Discussion and decision regarding agenda items.

Don Rust suggested that Items #8 and #20 could be dispensed.  There was no agreement on this so items remain.

3.    Public Comment.

Art Jones asked about the status of public transportation.  Laurayne Murray replied that a PVCAT (Pahrump Valley Citizen Action Team) has a subcommittee working on this issue.  

Mike Darby commented on agenda items #7 and 10. Mr. Darby said these items should not be there.  Item #7 dealing with speed limits is a County issue.  Item #10 regarding procedures, Mr. Darby quoted PTO 2-17, “that the board selects a minimum of three names to submit to the County Commissioners and the Commissioners thereby pick somebody to fill that void.”  

Bill Dolan introduced himself to the Board explaining that he has been selected by the Governor to replace the empty chair that was left.  

4.    Advisory Board Reports

Don Rust reported that the Incorporation Advisory Board is dormant until the Board decides what direction they plan to take.


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Laurayne Murray reported there had been an Airport Technical Board meeting in Las Vegas with FAA and BLM and was well attended.  Mrs. Murray reported that the project is still under development

5.    Announcements and “Good News”.

Dave Stevens commented about the flood control plan.

Vicky Parker reported that the Blue Butterfly Coffee House fundraiser raised over $8,000 for Nathan Adelson.  Mrs. Parker thanked those that attended.

Laurayne Murray announced that July 26 at Seemore’s II there will be a fundraiser for Quilts 4 Cancer.  

6.    Discussion only regarding Professional Bullriders’ Rodeo event, past and future.  Laurayne Murray/Steven Lee

Steven Lee reported on the PBR event that was held on May 3, 2008.  Mr. Lee reported on his budget and his proposed budget for 2009.  Steven Lee thanked many of the people involved and in the sponsorship of the event.  Mr. Lee expressed his concerns about difficulties encountered while planning the event and the attributes as well.  Steven Lee named top rated riders and bulls that participated in the event.  Mr. Lee also reported on the attendance at the event being within 1500 to 1600 people plus or minus 300.  Steven Lee noted that they did a lot of promotion, outside Pahrump.  Mr. Lee stated that rooms were fully booked throughout Pahrump.  Mr. Lee summarized his ticket sales and said there was a loss of revenue at the gate.  

Laurayne Murray confirmed that the PBR is committed to return to Pahrump next year.  Mr. Lee replied yes.  Mrs. Murray asked if they were in the process of selecting a date.  Steven Lee said they have a date pending on the support for the next event.  

Steven Lee presented a “shoot marker” to the Town.  

7.    Discussion and decision regarding purposed speed limit changes for the block where there is a school bus stop.  Dan Sprouse/Sean Brooks

Dan Sprouse stated that he was asked to have this on an agenda by Sean Brooks, and there is a Pahrump Town Ordinance for traffic (Chapter 24.20 Codes) and felt the issue should be heard by the Town Board members.  If agreeable to the Board, Mr. Sprouse would like to propose changes to the PTO.  

Sean Brooks thanked Mr. Sprouse for his support.  Mr. Brooks provided some information and statistics on traffic accidents involving children and the dangers for children at school bus stops due to traffic speed violators and inattention by the children.  Sean Brooks proposed a change of
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speed limits for the block where there is a school bus stop to 25 mph for the block that has a bus stop, including all streets except where the speed limits are 55 mph or higher.  Lowering speed limit would give drivers more time to react if a child would step onto the road.  Mr. Brooks pointed out that the police would have to patrol these areas heavily until drivers become aware of the changes.  Sean Brooks also proposed that the bus stops on State Routes 160 and 372 be eliminated.  

Don Rust stated that it was his understanding that speed limits were the responsibility of Nye County.  Mr. Rust suggested sending something to the County Commissioners stating support for changes.  

Mr. Brooks noted that he also believed it was a County Commissioner issue, therefore bringing it to the Board showing unity in the request.  Sean Brooks added that he would also propose speed limits for a specified block where the bus stop is located for “when children are present.”  

Chairman Murray referred to NRS 269.185 that gives the Town power to regulate vehicular traffic through ordinances posting international signs or devices at school crossing zones and also indicates that the Town Board has the authority to establish vehicle use on Town owned streets and alleys to include regulating speeds, parking, stopping, and turning.  Mrs. Murray noted that there is an existing Ordinance that covers traffic laws covering speed limits.  It is in the purview for the Town to adjust speed limits.  

Dan Sprouse proposed that it would need to be a joint venture with Nye County.  Sean Brooks agreed and noted that this could be used County wide.  

Laurayne Murray suggested that the Nye County School District should also be involved in this matter.  Mrs. Murray expressed concerns regarding enforcement, and the changing of bus routes.  
Chairman Murray said she could see reducing the overall speed limit in town to 35 mph and 45mph on section line roads.  Laurayne Murray noted that the County has discussed school bus stop shelters.  She also stated that changes should be done so they are viable, enforceable and coordinated with all the departments involved.  This issue is something the Board can consider.

Mrs. Murray said it could be directed to have staff work on a proposal and language for an Ordinance that would come to the Board for Public readings.  

Sean Brooks agreed that the school district would be made aware of this if it concerns eliminating bus stops on Highway 160.  

Dan Sprouse motioned to direct staff to coordinate with Mr. Brooks in drafting an amendment to the Pahrump Town Ordinance currently in effect with regards to speed limits in school zones.  Mr. Sprouse amended his motion to amend Pahrump Town Ordinance for revised speed limits throughout the Town of Pahrump.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.
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Carl Joerger suggested that more work needs to be done on this issue as there is no language for an ordinance.  Mrs. Murray explained that there can still be discussion, vote and allow for public comment.   Mr. Joerger said he would like to have the language before it is revised.  Carl Joerger said he did not think a motion was necessary to have staff look into language and suggested tabling the item to give time to get some language, meet with the County officials.  Once the language is established it can be put on a future agenda.
 
Mrs. Murray noted that there is a motion and a second.  Laurayne Murray agreed that the recommended action would be instruct staff to begin investigating and compiling information and coordinate with various organizations and departments involved as opposed to proposing language at this time.  Don Rust agreed and stated there is no need for a motion to direct staff to prepare for an ordinance change.  

Dan Sprouse rescinded his motion but would like to receive public comment.  Nicole Shupp withdrew her second.

Harley Kulkin commented that the speed limits are far too fast and feels that most streets should be 25 mph with exceptions of some streets.  Mr. Kulkin stated that when his children’s’ bus stop was on Highway 160, he contacted Nevada Department of Transportation who cleaned an area beside the road designated so the bus could exit the highway for the children to enter and exit the bus.  

Deanna O’Donnell commented about children waiting for the bus in her area.  She also commented that there is no supervision for the children at the bus stop in her area.

Darby O’Donnell commented about people speeding despite the speed limits.

John Koenig commented that at a County Commissioner meeting it was said that a speed limit could not be set without sending a resolution to the County Commissioners.  Mr. Koenig stated that the Sheriff said he could not enforce speed limits because they are illegal.  

Laurayne Murray stated that a good starting place would be communication and getting to know the NRS’s and Ordinances.  

Dave Stevens commented that he supports the speed limits but more police would be needed to enforce it.  

Mr. Brooks noted that he has no special interest in this matter as his children are home schooled.

Dan Sprouse motioned to table this item to the second Town Board meeting in August (8/26) to allow staff and Mr. Brooks to get together to coordinate efforts with the School District, the Sheriff’s office and County Commissioners.  Don Rust seconded the motion.

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Laurayne Murray asked that comments from the Board and the public be considered.  

Vote passed 4 – 0.

8.    Discussion and decision regarding resignation of Town Board Member John McDonald.  Laurayne Murray

Chairman Murray noted that the resignation letter was covered in Public Comment at a previous meeting.  Mrs. Murray suggested moving forward with this item as published.

Dan Sprouse motioned to accept the resignation of Board Member John McDonald.  Don Rust seconded the motion.

Harley Kulkin asked if Item #10 was removed from this agenda.  Mrs. Murray said it was not.

Vote passed 4 – 0.

9.    Discussion and decision regarding election of Vice Chairman.  Laurayne Murray.

Dan Rust motioned that Nicole Shupp become Vice Chairman.  Laurayne Murray seconded for discussion.

Vote passed 3 – 0 – 1.  Mrs. Shupp abstained.

10.    Discussion and decision regarding procedures (advertising and review committee) to fill the Town Board vacancy.  Laurayne Murray

Laurayne Murray noted that the Board has a Resolution and policy that is normally followed for advertising, review committee and selection for a recommendation to the Governor’s Office.  Mrs. Murray explained that this is the policy established since 1997.  Laurayne Murray pointed out that the Governor’s Office has already taken an action and official documents were received today.  Mrs. Murray asked for discussion on the procedure or comments, but there would be no action from the Board regarding the vacancy.  

Don Rust asked if Mr. Dolan would be sworn in tonight.  Chairman Murray explained that it is usually arranged by the appointee.

Harley Kulkin commented that Gary Hollis lobbied for this to happen.  Mr. Kulkin stated that if he were in the place of the Town Board members he would be highly offended.  Harley Kulkin said he would suggest a motion to send a letter to the Governor that we do not appreciate him interfering in the Town’s business and if he can appoint someone, he can un-appoint them.  Mr. Kulkin said he knew of many people waiting for a procedure so they could apply.  Harley Kulkin

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said a letter of protest should be sent to the Governor on behalf of the Town Board and the Town of Pahrump as a process was circumvented.

Butch Dole commented that he agreed with Harley Kulkin and believes the procedure has been circumvented.  Mr. Dole asked that if the position of the vacancy is so important why are their names not on the ballot to be voted on.

Bill Kohbarger related to the Board about his communication with the Governor’s Office and how he met Bill Dolan and the events which took place regarding the appointment.  Mrs. Murray said she also talked to the Governor’s Office and assured her that Gary Hollis was not involved in the selection and the decision by the Governor was made July 16th and what transpired from that point.  

Chairman Murray stated that Mr. Dolan will be a welcome member of the Board and feels no concern regarding his performance as a member.  Mrs. Murray suggested there has been strong communication to the Governor’s Office that the Town Board feels the process followed was disrespectful to disregard the Town’s policy.  Chairman Murray related her conversation with the Governor’s Office.  

Dan Sprouse said he also agreed with Mr. Kulkin.  Mr. Sprouse said he felt it was a “back door” deal and is not happy about it.  Although the Governor has his choice, but the Governor does not live in this Town.  The people of this community should have a say about who sits on the Town Board.  Mr. Sprouse stated that he would like someone on the Board that will take care of the people of the community and cares.  Dan Sprouse said he hopes Mr. Dolan is that person.

Dan Sprouse motioned to send a letter to the Governor’s Office pertaining to this item with policy and procedures, so the next Town Board vacancy is followed.  Don Rust seconded the motion.  

Laurayne Murray explained the motion that a letter be drafted to the Governor’s Office voicing the Town Board’s concern about the failure to consider the Town Board involvement in the selection process and to request future appointments follow the policy that the Board established as stated in Resolution 1997-04, established by the Town Board and Gary Hollis.  

Don Rust suggested that the letter be signed by all current Town Board members.  

Dave Stevens commented that Town Board has done something right with this.

Vote passed 4 – 0.




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11.    Discussion and decision regarding July 2009 fireworks.  Laurayne Murray

Laurayne Murray explained that in 2009, July 4th will be on a weekend and would like to avoid the problem we had this year, and would like to guarantee a show like we had this year and commit to a date for 2009.  

Mr. O’Brien declared that the Town has the choice of Friday, July 3rd or Sunday, July 5th for a fireworks show due to his having booked Nellis Air Force Base for July 4th already.

Don Sprouse said his informal poll suggested Friday for the fireworks show.  Don Rust suggested staff contact the Pahrump Nugget to see if the Town can team with them.  Mr. O’Brien explained that the Nugget likes to shoot their show on July 4th and teaming with the Nugget the Town would not get the show quality the Town usually gets.  John O’Brien restated that he would not be available on July 4th.  Mr. O’Brien noted that next year will be his 20th year of shooting the fireworks show and if he gets the contract with the Town he would do a 20th year “blow out” show.  Nicole Shupp expressed her delight in the show this year.

Dan Sprouse motioned to set the dates for the fireworks in accordance with July 3rd, 2009.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Vicky Parker suggested that the Board check with the Chamber as they did the Freedom Festival and make sure their dates fit with the fireworks schedule.  

Carl Joerger confirmed that they were not entering in a contract at this time; just setting a date for the fireworks.  Mrs. Murray responded they were setting a date.  Contracts would be considered at a later date.  

Vote passed 3 – 1.  Don Rust voted nay.

12.    Discussion and decision regarding Resolution 2008-15, approval to update Nevada State Bank signature cards. Town Manager

Don Rust read the Resolution #2008-05 title.

Don Rust motioned to approve Resolution #2008-15.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0.






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13.    Discussion and decision regarding creating 2008-2009 Town Manager Goals and Objectives.  Town Manager

Bill Kohbarger explained that he researched and found Goals and Objectives that were established for the previous Town Manager.  Out of 19 only one has been completed.  Mr. Kohbarger asked if the Board wanted to keep these or recreate, add or delete from this list.  
Mr. Kohbarger noted that #13 is unique and not sure why it was on the list and requested that it be removed if the decision is to keep the current list.  

Laurayne Murray noted that the Board did a lot of thinking when making these goals.  Mrs. Murray was not sure the priorities were the same.  Chairman Murray felt there should be more discussion on this to discuss as goals may have changed from a year ago.  There was more discussion and Mrs. Murray said she would like more discussion.  

Dan Sprouse felt some changes were needed to the current list, especially the due dates.

Don Rust suggested a special meeting be held prior to the next Town Board meeting.

Chairman Murray suggested scheduling a meeting prior to the next Town Board meeting on August 12th.  Don Rust agreed.  Bill Kohbarger confirmed a meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. before the next meeting on August 12th.  

14.    Town Manager’s Report

Bill Kohbarger reported that for the past two weeks he has been meeting new people and attending meetings.  He has set up several luncheons at area restaurants for the purpose of meeting new people in the community.

15.    Consent agenda items:

a.    Action – approval of Town vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of July 8, 2008.
c.    Action – approval of 72 Hour Liquor License for Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce for a craft fair/car show, September 12-13, 2008 at the Artesia Community Center.

Dan Sprouse motioned to approve consent agenda items a, b and c.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0.



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16.    Future Meetings/Workshops: Date, Time and Location.
 
Laurayne Murray noted that the next meeting, August 12, is primary election day.  That meeting will be held at the Town Annex.  A second meeting on that day will begin at 6:00 p.m. for Town Manager Goals and Objectives.  

Mrs. Murray explained that the second meeting is September is in conflict with Fall Festival activities which would require a change of date or change of venue.  November 11 is Veteran’s Day, a legal holiday and November 25 is Thanksgiving week.  A change of date or change of venue would be needed for November.  It is normal that the second meeting in November and second meeting in December are no meeting weeks.  

Don Rust motioned to not hold meetings on November 25, because of Thanksgiving and December 23 because of Christmas.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 -0.

17.     Adjournment.

Meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,



Don Rust, Clerk
Pahrump Town Board





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