Agendas & Minutes


March 10, 2007 - SPECIAL MEETING

SPECIAL MEETING
PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD
TOWN ANNEX
270 N. Highway 160
Saturday, March 10, 2007, 8:30 a.m.

 


Agenda

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 and decision regarding PVFRS funding letter of assurance related to BDR 137 “County Sales Tax” increase and matters properly related thereto.

4.    Discussion and decision to map out a path for either the completion of the fairgrounds or abandonment of the project and other matters properly related thereto.  Board Member John T. McDonald

5.    Discussion and decision regarding the goals and objectives of the Town’s various Advisory Boards.  Chairperson Laurayne Murray

6.    Adjournment


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

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Posted:  9:00 AM, March 02, 2007

 


Minutes


    Present                                                    Absent
    Laurayne Murray                                      Nicole Shupp
    John McDonald
    Don Rust
    Dan Sprouse
    
Call to Order

    Chairperson Murray called the meeting to order at 8:30 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).

Jim Petell stated his dissatisfaction with the Bureau of Land Management’s effort to secure 11,000 acres of disposable land from the Town of Pahrump’s outer perimeter.

Discussion and decision regarding PVFRS funding letter of assurance related to BDR 137 “County Sales Tax” increase and matters properly related thereto.

Chairperson Murray stated Nevada Elect was present and waived their request for reading into the record the letter from the Nye County lobbyist to the legislature.  She stated Nevada Elect requested a letter from the Town Board to the legislature (see attached).

Laura Billman and Patti Chipman, Nevada Elect, confirmed the letter was intended to address possible issues and was independent of any Nye County issues.  They requested a letter from the International Association of Fire Fighters stating the current employee contracts would not be open for pay raises
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in 2007.  Additionally, they requested the Firefighters show support, in uniform, along with the Town Manager or Finance Director and two Town Board members.  

Member Rust motioned to approve and forward the proposed letter to Nevada Elect.
                                                                                                            
Member McDonald seconded.

Motion carried 4/0.

The meeting adjourned for a break at 8:54 a.m.

The meeting resumed at 9:02 a.m.

Discussion and decision to map out a path for either the completion of the fairgrounds or abandonment of the project and other matters properly related thereto.

Member McDonald stated the need for the fairground project to be operational with a plan.  He stated the first order of business was to address financial aspects.

Lou Holveck stated the plan consisted of approximately 120 acres, the fairgrounds layout had been a problem and participation from other committee’s would be required.  He added the three major land use portions were the arena, carnival, and festival areas.  Mr. Holveck stated the project was not a county fairground according to Nevada Revised Statutes and should be renamed.  He stated the major expenses were estimated at approximately $12 million and included utilities, roads, parking lots, and infrastructure.  
 
Following some discussion from the Town Board regarding Nye County funding and water rights, Mr. Holveck explained there were three sources of water for the fairground property; the well, for landscape use and dust control, reclaimed water from an agreement with Mountain Falls, and Utilities Inc. (potable water supply).  He emphasized the well is not a municipal water system and until this misunderstanding is resolved with the State there would be no construction.  He added water rights purchases were required.

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Al Balloqui stated the Fairground Room Tax Fund included approximately $790,000.00 and there was an additional $550,000.00 in grants from Nye County, $400,000.00 in Nye County PETT fund, and $700,000.00 in Congressional Grants that are subject in updating the environmental assessment.  He stated the project is 426 acres total and would need to be done in phases.  He added the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) required a financial analysis of improvements on the property prior to construction.  Mr. Balloqui gave an estimated timeline of 5 – 8 years for completion and recommended a project manager, promotional team, marketing team, and management team.  He stated the fairground project was the greatest opportunity for economic development in Pahrump.  He added additional possibilities could be found in a management group such as Cooperstown, event scheduling, and theme parks.  

Chairperson Murray spoke in favor of the fairground project development and stated Michael Jenkins was preparing a Tourist Attraction Feasibility Study for the Tourism Advisory Board and this information would be available in the next 30 days.

Member McDonald stated he was informed by Commissioner Eastley that a public/private partnership would not be acceptable by BLM and expressed his concern that the project was not defined with a plan of action.

Mr. Balloqui agreed to fill the project manager position until a full time person was hired.  He agreed to provide leadership and a documented plan for the development of the fairground project in the next 90 days.

Members of the Fairgrounds Advisory Board spoke in favor of Al Balloqui’s offer to provide a documented plan and in the future completing the fairground project with a full time project manager.

Member McDonald motioned for Al Balloqui to prepare a fairgrounds report for presentation to the Town Board within 90 days utilizing his findings and the information provided from Consultant Michael Jenkins.

Member Sprouse seconded.
    
Phillip Huff, George Gingell, Jim Petell, Berla Purdy, and Bob Irving spoke in favor of development of the fairground project and cautioned Board Members about deed restrictions and written agreements.


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Chairperson Murray stated the land is designated for community use and more details will be provided in Mr. Balloqui’s future presentation.

Motion carried 4/0.

The meeting adjourned for a break at 10:39 a.m.

The meeting resumed at 10:54 a.m.

Discussion and decision regarding the goals and objectives of the Town’s various Advisory Boards.

Chairperson Murray stated this was an opportunity for the Town Board to listen to the individual Advisory Board’s and make a determination about productivity, needs, and goals.

Tourism Board – Paula Glidden, Chairperson, provided a review of projects, grant funding, and membership.  Karen Spalding provided details about the banner project and grant fund request application.  Kari Frilot stated the Board has worked closely with ITG to develop a user friendly web page within the web site of Town of Pahrump.  She also stated she has been the grant writer for the Advisory Board.  The members agreed the Town Board has been very supportive of the Tourism Advisory Board.  

Member Rust motioned for the Tourism Board pursue grant funding for a Main Street beautification project.

Sprouse seconded.

Motion carried 4/0.

Arena Advisory Board – Gary Gilpen, Chairperson, stated the Board’s main project was maintenance of the facility.  He stated the Arena was booked for 39 of the 52 weekends in 2007.  Scot Tibbets stated the arena had limited seating and Pahrump had a lack of hotel rooms.  Paula Glidden requested a cost quote for bleachers.

Nuclear Waste & Environmental Advisory Board – Ed Hanson stated Dave Swanson was Chairperson and provided a list of members and their backgrounds.  He stated their activities included an educational booth at Fall Festival, Earth Day, and work with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.   He added John Pawlak had provided educational information in the library and schools.  
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Public Lands Advisory Board – Jim Petell, Chairperson, provided a review of membership, projects, and accomplishments.  He reviewed the advisory board’s activity with Last Chance Park and stated the board was currently monitoring the west side recreation plan.

Fall Festival – Bob Irving, Chairperson, provided a review of membership and goals.  He stated this year’s theme for the Fall Festival is “Masquerade” and invited the Town Board to participate, riding a float.  He made a request for additional volunteers and assistance with the purchase of a stage (rented from North Las Vegas) and agreed to provide cost estimates.

Parks and Recreation – Matt Louis announced a meeting on March 19, 2007 with a fully staffed board.  He stated there is a constant effort to maximize the use of the facilities to meet the increasing demands.

The meeting was adjourned for a break at 12:52 p.m.

The meeting resumed at 1:05 p.m. (Board Member Nicole Shupp present.)

Emergency Management Homeland Security – Liaison Dan Sprouse stated he would like to redirect this board by making various changes.
Sharon Wehrly, Chairperson, reviewed their projects, membership and requirements.  She stated the need for assistance with modules and communication between advisory boards.    She advised the Town Board of State and Federal regulations as well as online courses for Federal Emergency Management Association certification.

Adjournment

     The meeting was adjourned at 2:12 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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