Agendas & Minutes


June 24, 2008

PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD MEETING
Bob Ruud Community Center
150 N. HWY. 160
Tuesday – 7:00 P.M.
June 24, 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, discussion and decision regarding the Incorporation Advisory Board request to the Town Board to proceed with incorporating the Town of Pahrump and putting the item to vote on the November ballot.  Don Rust/Presenters: Bill Verbeck/Darce Wilson

7.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of Fiscal Year 2009 Non-Union Staff Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).  Michael Sullivan

8.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of Fiscal Year 2008 augmentation.  Michael Sullivan

9.    Consent agenda items:

a.    Action – approval of Town vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Special Town Board Meeting minutes of January 12, 2008.
c.    Action – approval of Special Town Board meeting minutes of June 14, 2008.
d.    Action – approval of $5,000 Tourism Room Tax grant for Wild West Extravaganza for various advertisements.
e.    Action – approval of a grant request from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in an amount not to exceed $4,000 to sponsor a summer family movie night series to be funded from the Parks Room Tax Fund.
 f.    Action – approval of a grant request from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in an amount not to exceed $2,000 to co-sponsor the ThreadzFest 2008 event on July 12th at Honeysuckle Park to be funded from the Parks Room Tax Fund.
g.    Action – approval of Nick Moore to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.

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

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

 


Minutes


PRESENT:                                                    ABSENT:
Laurayne Murray                    Nicole Shupp
John McDonald
Don Rust
Dan Sprouse
Carl Joerger, Attorney
Michael Sullivan, Interim Town Manager    

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

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

2.       Discussion and decision regarding agenda items.

Michael Sullivan asked that Item #8 be deleted from the agenda.

John McDonald motioned to delete Item #8 (Discussion and decision regarding approval of Fiscal Year 2008 augmentation).  Dan Sprouse seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0.

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).

Butch Borasky announced the 4th of July Parade will take place on July 4th at 9:00 a.m. Mr. Borasky invited the community to attend.

Jim Petell announced that July 13th, Noon until 3:00 p.m. will conduct a Candidate’s Day for all candidates.  

Vicky Parker announced that on July 12th the Nathan Adelson Blue Butterfly Coffee House will be at the Pahrump Nugget.  Tickets are available.





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4.       Advisory Board Reports

John McDonald reported that the Pahrump Veteran’s Memorial Advisory Board meeting scheduled for June 19th was cancelled and has nothing to report.

Dan Sprouse reported that the website should be up and operational within the next two to three weeks.  

Al Balloqui, regarding economic development, reported that PAVED was successful in securing an RBED grant from the USDA for $19, 695.  $8,275 was requested with a matching fund of $$6,620 and $4,800 from private contributions.  Mr. Balloqui congratulated the PAVED staff for their accomplishment.  He reported that they are currently looking at partnering with other 501c3 businesses for other grants.  

Mrs. Murray asked if there were any more public hearings to be held on the PARC project.  Mr. Balloqui said 3 have been completed with over 65 written responses.  The comments will be addressed with LARC on suggested changes to the plan.  

5.       Announcements and “Good News”.

Art Jones commented on the work done at the Calvada Eye and thanked Pahrump Valley Disposal and Valley Electric for their efforts.

Don Rust read a letter from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson thanking the Town Board for funding.

Laurayne Murray announced that Movies in the Park have resumed on Saturday nights at Honeysuckle Park and is being supported by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Mrs. Murray also announced that the US Census 2010 has begun their process.  A presentation is forthcoming on a future agenda.  A resident of Pahrump has been chosen as the state coordinator.

6.    Presentation, discussion and decision regarding the Incorporation Advisory Board request to        the Town Board to proceed with incorporating the Town of Pahrump and putting the item to vote on the November ballot.  Don Rust/Presenters: Bill Verbeck/Darce Wilson

Darce Wilson, Chairman of the Incorporation Advisory Board, introduced Mr. Bill Verbeck who put all the information together on the feasibility study being presented.

Bill Verbeck noted that nine months of research and work went into the study from the advisory board, with many meetings taking place to accomplish this report.  Mr. Verbeck acknowledged the advisory board members, Darce Wilson, Allan Parker, Al Balloqui, Janice
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Painter, John Shea, and Jacob Skinner.  Mr. Verbeck covered the highlights and recommendations. Bill Verbeck stated that the Incorporation Advisory Board, after months of study, believes that it is feasible to continue to pursue the goal of Incorporation and the findings and recommendations support this.

Mr. Verbeck summarized various pages and sections in the feasibility study.  This document is available for public review at the Town Office.  Bill Verbeck reported that the recommendation to the Town Board, based on the study, would be to continue to pursue and support the movement to place the incorporation question on the ballot in the general election in November 2008.  Along with the recommendation, the Town Board may wish to keep the Incorporation Advisory Board intact to promote, educate and market incorporation up to the general election.  Mr. Verbeck said their recommendation includes encouraging the Town Board to appoint a Charter Commission to study the revenues and the budget and services that could flow into an incorporated city.  

Don Rust read the title of Resolution #2008-13.

“A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF PAHRUMP REQUESTING THAT THE NYE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS INCLUDE AN ADVISORY QUESTION ON THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT REQUESTING A VOTE FROM THE REGISTERED VOTERS OF THE TOWN OF PAHRUMP REGARDING WHETHER THE TOWN SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT INCORPORATE.”

Don Rust motioned to approve Resolution #2008-13 as presented.  John McDonald seconded the motion.

Dan Sprouse confirmed that this is to bring a ballot question to the public for a vote.  Mr. Sprouse had concerns about what the citizens are getting out of it and are the taxes going to go up.  Dan Sprouse said from the study he has a model but not a comprehensive idea of what it would entail.  In order to have a ballot question, there needs to be an education of the public.  Mr. Sprouse asked how we get those answers that the public will be asking.  

Don Rust pointed out that there have been five public meetings on the issue and not everyone has the answer to every question, but brochures are available that answers many of the questions.  The incorporation ballot issue is whether you can go to the State Assembly and state that the voters want to incorporate and they work out the details.  It is just a ballot question, either yes or no, to proceed with incorporation.  It does not say we are incorporated.  
Many questions are still unanswered.

Mr. Sprouse said he understands, but his main concern is that the voters would have questions.  Mr. Rust replied that there have been five public meetings.  

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Bill Verbeck noted that part of the recommendation is to disband the advisory board and to consider power commissions to look at the finances of the Town and County.  These answers can to be gotten in 90 days with the right committee which is well before the ballot.

Laurayne Murray explained that the timeline for a ballot question, which must go through the County Commission, is near.  Mrs. Murray stated that if the citizens are expected to make a decision, they will not be able to decide without information.  What has been submitted is in the general direction and within the time frame for a ballot question.  If the Board chooses to move forward, there is time to get the specifics to the public.

John McDonald reiterated that the vote tonight is not whether to incorporate or not to incorporate, but whether to put it on the ballot so the citizens of Pahrump can decide whether to incorporate or not.  The purpose of this agenda item is to petition the County Commissioners to place this question on the ballot.

Rick Marshall, Nye County Sheriff’s Office, commended the committee for their work.  Mr. Marshall considered this a flawed study.  Harley Kulkin commented that the county should be split.  Mr. Kulkin said he did not care if the question went on the ballot.  It failed before and will fail again. Sheriff Tony DeMeo reiterated what Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall had stated about the figures being flawed and pointed out revenue disputes.  Sheriff DeMeo said there were statutory obligations that he has that cannot be superseded by a police department among other matters.  Tony DeMeo suggested tabling this item until figures are available. Larkey White stated that he is against the resolution.  Dave Stevens commented that he was 100% against incorporation.  Mike Darby asked that unemployment be taken into consideration.  Bill Becht congratulated the advisory board for stepping up and also noted that the figures were inaccurate.  Mr. Becht said the committee needs to do some additional research so the figures are available for the citizens, then move forward.  Bob Little commented that he has been in favor of incorporation in the past, but cannot support it any more as the laws have changed regarding the proportionate share law.  Mr. Little noted that the advisory board was under the assumption they were entitled to a share of monies from the County, which they are not.  The statute was repealed in 1999.  John Konig commented that he is undecided on his vote for or against incorporation.  Mr. Konig pointed out that this is a vote to ask if we want to incorporate and would like to see hard numbers and facts.  Bill Garlough commented that the issue should be put up for a vote, but the people should be informed on the facts.  Mr. Garlough suggested forming an unbiased commission and come out with the real numbers before the election. Charlie Gronda commented that the committee had a difficult job.  Mr. Gronda noted that that if the Board decided to put this on the ballot there is still five months to get all the figures and facts.  If the board does not move now, it will be another two and a half years before it can go before the legislature again.  The Town will grow and the services will not.  Donald Cox commented that Mesquite is a thriving City because they incorporated.  The money is there and can be gotten if incorporated.  The citizens are not voting to incorporate, but if they want to incorporate.  Self rule is better.  Mr. Cox said he is for incorporation.  Alan Parker pointed out that no one is trying to sell
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incorporation or not.  Before the citizens is an opportunity to get an advisory question on the November ballot.  It is an advisory question and is nonbinding.  It is to see if the community at-large, given the democratic process of voting, would vote for incorporation or against incorporation based on what they know at that time.  Michael Miraglia commented that more government means more taxes if incorporated.

Bill Verbeck summarized that this is not about incorporation today; it is the feasibility and moving forward in the process.  The comments which were made regarding a flawed report can be addressed and corrected.  It creates a challenge to the lay people going into County offices who do not return calls.  Mr. Verbeck suggested setting up a commission on financing, as there is a window to get information to answer the questions posed today.  

Don Rust said someone suggested hiring consultants to gather information to present to the Town while one of the complaints he has always heard was why are we paying consultants to get information when there are people here that can get the information for us.  

John McDonald noted that the vote is to put the item on the ballot as an advisory question, and the Board is not voting to incorporate tonight.  Mr. McDonald stated the Board is not impinging anybody’s right to vote any way they want on the issue.  Nobody can vote if it is not on the ballot.  

Dan Sprouse commented that he would like to see a third party who has no involvement with the County or Town provide the citizens with factual information as to if this will work or not.  Is it feasible for the Town to put it on the ballot and have the study done by the time the information goes out to the public?  Don Rust asked who would pay for it?

John McDonald pointed out that it is not an agenda item whether to hire a consultant or not.

Laurayne Murray noted that there needs to be an agenda item as to what the next steps would be regarding the continuation of the existing advisory board and whether additional resources would be needed to move forward.  Mrs. Murray said there is a lot of details yet to be worked out.  Laurayne Murray had comments regarding the County budget and the lack of cooperation on getting the accurate numbers and information.  

Vote passed 3 – 1.  Dan Sprouse voted nay.

7.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of Fiscal Year 2009 Non-Union Staff Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).  Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan explained that each year it is recommended to the Board a COLA increase for the staff not under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Consumer Price Index figure for the Western United States is used for smaller communities.  The chart has been provided in the backup and Mr. Sullivan made a recommendation of 4% COLA.
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John McDonald asked if this is included in the Town budget.  Mr. Sullivan replied that it is part of the projections.  

Don Rust read Resolution #2008-12:

“A RESOLUTION APPROVING A COLA INCREASE OF 4.0% FOR NON-BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEES FOR FISCAL 2009.”

John McDonald motioned to approve the 4% COLA for fiscal year 2009.  Don Rust seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0.

8.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of Fiscal Year 2008 augmentation.  Michael Sullivan

This item deleted under Item #2.

9.    Consent agenda items:

a.    Action – approval of Town vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Special Town Board Meeting minutes of January 12, 2008.
c.    Action – approval of Special Town Board meeting minutes of June 14, 2008.
d.    Action – approval of $5,000 Tourism Room Tax grant for Wild West Extravaganza for various advertisements.
e.    Action – approval of a grant request from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in an amount not to exceed $4,000 to sponsor a summer family movie night series to be funded from the Parks Room Tax Fund.
 f.    Action – approval of a grant request from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in an amount not to exceed $2,000 to co-sponsor the ThreadzFest 2008 event on July 12th at Honeysuckle Park to be funded from the Parks Room Tax Fund.
g.    Action – approval of Nick Moore to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.

John McDonald motioned to accept consent agenda items 9a – 9g.  Dan Sprouse seconded the motion.

Vote passed 4 – 0.

10.    Future Meetings/Workshops: Date, Time and Location.
    
    No future meeting scheduled at this time.


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11.    Adjournment.

    Chairman Murray adjourned the meeting at approximately 8:46 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,


Don Rust, Clerk
Pahrump Town Board


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