Agendas & Minutes


May 27, 2008

PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD MEETING
BOB RUUD COMMUNITY CENTER
150 NORTH HIGHWAY 160
TUESDAY – 7:00 P.M.
MAY 27, 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 and decision regarding approval of the Final Airport Master Plan Resolution #2008-11.  Aries Consultants, John Sanders

7.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of rate increase request for Pahrump Valley Disposal Services.  John Shea

8.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of engagement letter with JNA Consulting Group, LLC. For Fiscal Advisory Services.  Michael Sullivan
 
9.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of engagement letter wit Armstrong and Teasdale for Bond Counsel Services.  Michael Sullivan

10.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of Bond Reimbursement Resolution #2008-10.  Michael Sullivan
 
11.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of engagement letter with Fisher and Phillips for Human Resource Legal Services.   Michael Sullivan

12.    Discussion and decision regarding consideration of Town Manager position.  Town Board

13.    Consent agenda items:

a.    Action – approval of Town vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of May 13, 2008.
c.    Action – approval of Ken Shockley and Terri Choyce as alternates for the Pahrump Veteran’s Memorial Advisory Board.
d.    Action – approval of Fireworks Permit for July 4th Freedom Festival
e.    Action – approval of 72 Hour Liquor License for Chamber of Commerce July 4th Freedom Festival

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

15.    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

PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD MEETING
BOB RUUD COMMUNITY CENTER
150 NORTH HIGHWAY 160
TUESDAY – 7:00 P.M.
MAY 27, 2008

MINUTES
    
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.

There were no changes to the agenda.

3.    Public Comment.

Butch Borasky announced that there will be an Independence Day Parade and gave details of the event.

4.    Advisory Board Reports.

Don Rust reported that the Incorporation Advisory Board held its first presentation on May 21 at the Chamber of Commerce with a good turn out.  Many questions were asked at that meeting.

Al Balloqui announced that there were informational brochures available on the back table for the public regarding the incorporation issue.

5.    Announcements and “Good News”.

Dan Sprouse announced that his wife has been ill and is getting better and he will be attending meetings regularly.  

Don Rust announced that a Town Manager has been found subject to a later agenda item.

Nicole Shupp announced she will be gone the month of June returning in July.

Laurayne Murray announced that Chamber Executive Officer, Kari Frilot, would be leaving for Carson City to work with the Nevada Commission of Tourism.  




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6.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of the Final Airport Master Plan Resolution #2008-11.  Aries Consultants, John Sanders

Don Rust read the Resolution title into the record:
Resolution #2008-11: A resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Pahrump adopting the Pahrump Valley Airport Master Plan.

John Sanders, Aries Consultants, introduced Bill Thompson of Nevada Department of Transportation Advisory Committee.

Bill Thompson, State of Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Aviation Board, stated he was in charge of 50 public airports statewide.  With the Pahrump, FAA and State it will turn to fifty-one.  Mr. Thompson said he supports all airports and issues matching money, of which the FAA pays 95% for most improvements and the state can go up to 5% if the money is available.  NDOT has been supporting Pahrump for many years and they are excited that Pahrump has a master plan waiting for approval.  The FAA is looking forward to this meeting going well as they are willing to support Pahrump.  They will be here in June to go on site for various inspections.

John Sanders presented the master plan of which he had maps for display.  Mr. Sanders went over the key components for the airport pointing out various aspects of the plan including location and surrounding uses, the acreage of up to 600 acres from Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the type of aircraft that will use the airport, access, facilities, as well as a financial analysis. John Sanders stated that drawings have been submitted to the FAA and have been approved.  The resolution is for the Town to accept the Master Plan as presented.  The estimated cost of building an airport at the site would be approximately $20 million based on the current FAA program.  

John McDonald asked about a $14,000 operating expense cost in the 2010 cost analysis.  Mr. Sanders confirmed that the $14,000 is for a part-time person and is based on similar airports.  Mr. McDonald asked about the construction financing which John Sanders said 95% could be funded from FAA and matching funds for the 5% would come from NDOT and some from the Town.  Improvements would be privately developed.

Dan Sprouse asked if there were any “show stoppers” on this project.  Mr. Sanders replied that there are things that may affect the schedule such as the environmental impact and the completion of paperwork, but no show stoppers.  Mr. Sprouse asked about a time frame for the project.  John Sanders replied that the environmental issues should be completed next year and then there is the design and construction, perhaps 2010 having an operation airport.

Mr. McDonald asked about water rights requirements.  John Sanders estimated one acre foot.


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Don Rust Motioned to approve Resolution #2008-11 to adopt the Pahrump Valley Airport Master Plan.  Dan Sprouse seconded the motion.

Dave Stevens commented about the pricing being based on today’s prices or for two years from now.  Mr. Stevens asked who is paying for it and who owns the land.  John Sanders repeated as in his information above.

Butch Borasky asked if there is room to add on and can it be bigger to support larger aircraft.  John Sanders replied that it can be made bigger.  It will be a 5000 foot runway with expansion to 6000 feet.

Bob Irving thanked the people for the work done on the project   Mr. Irving asked how this will affect the private airport (Calvada) and the people living there.  Will they be required to move to the airport?  John Sanders replied no.  Mr. Irving asked if the air will be cluttered over the community.  Mr. Sanders explained that residential areas should not be impacted.  

Art Jones asked if this would be a private airport; what is meant by a donation from the Town; how will the citizens benefit from this going to McCarran Airport to Pahrump.  John Sanders replied that this airport will be general aviation, not commercial.  It may be possible to fly for connecting flights from Pahrump via an airport taxi.  This will be a public airport, not private.  Mr. Sanders explained that there would be some financial funding from the Town as identified in the report.  

Al Balloqui expressed concerns that the airport is part of the strategic initiative and is one of the cornerstones which will bring potential revenues to the Town and suggested going directly to the 6000’ runway.

Butch Borasky commented that he supports the airport project.

Vickie Parker thanked the people for their information and thanked Charlie Gronda for all his volunteer work on the project.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

7.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of rate increase request for Pahrump Valley Disposal Services.  John Shea

John Shea, Pahrump Valley Disposal Services owner, presented to the Board the reasons for increasing rates, such as fuel, and noted some adjustments he has been making to be more cost effective as in major rerouting and equipment with automatic shut off systems.  Mr. Shea asked for assistance by approving a rate adjustment.  


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Don Rust asked if the cost of fuel goes down will an adjustment be made to bring the rate down.  Mr. Shea said it would.  

John McDonald said it is the obligation of the Board to see that the service level is at the level it should be, but in the future, the showing of the impact of the profitability and financial liability would like to be seen.  Mr. Shea responded that in the 11 years of operation they have never come to the Board for anything other than cost of living adjustments (COLA).  John Shea noted they are within the range of other communities.

Laurayne Murray asked how often there is a COLA increase.  Mr. Shea said it comes once a year with the Consumer Price Index and is 80% of the CPI.  

John McDonald Motioned to grant a 5.8% rate adjustment as requested effective June 1, 2008.  Don Rust seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

8.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of engagement letter with JNA Consulting Group, LLC. For Fiscal Advisory Services.  Michael Sullivan
 
Michael Sullivan explained that the next three items are related to the issuing of tax exempt financing to acquire the water shares (rights) approved and may include some others.  Mr. Sullivan suggested that the amounts be set at this time.  

Don Rust noted that any fees would come from the bond proceeds.  Mr. Sullivan said that was correct and is called cost of issuance.

There was discussion regarding an engagement letter and taking Items 8, 9 and 10 together.  It was decided to take the items together.

9.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of engagement letter wit Armstrong and Teasdale for Bond Counsel Services.  Michael Sullivan

10.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of Bond Reimbursement Resolution #2008-10.  Michael Sullivan
 
Don Rust read Resolution #2008-10: A resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Pahrump approving $2.5 million of tax exempt financing for the purpose of financing costs for water rights acquisitions and related projects.

Dan Sprouse asked if there is anything pending currently that needs to be done legally regarding the individuals within the next 25-30 days with regards to the bond.  Michael Sullivan explained that the process will begin.  Documents would need to be
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issued by the end of summer or early fall.  Mr. Sprouse expressed concerns with how the new Town Manager will handle this being done before he begins.  Mr. Sullivan said it would be preferable to get the process started unless the new manager has a preference of bond counsel. The cost is more reasonable than seen previously.

Laurayne Murray asked if Mr. Campbell is the current person working on the transfers now.  Michael Sullivan noted that a partner, Kirby Coleson will be doing the bond work for Armstrong Teasdale.   The reimbursement resolution empowers the Town, under the NRS regulations, to set a point in time after which we can include those disbursements, if the Town elects to, including them in the issue.  Failure to do so could affect eligibility issues.  Mr. Sullivan would like the flexibility to include or exclude other water related expenses.   

Don Rust Motioned to approve Item #8 with JNA Consulting Group, LLC; Item #9 with Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, and Resolution #2008-10 approving $2.5 million tax exempt financing for the purpose of financing costs for water rights acquisitions and related projects.  Dan Sprouse seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

11.    Discussion and decision regarding approval of engagement letter with Fisher and Phillips for Human Resource Legal Services.   Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan explained that this is a request for the Town to proceed with the engagement letter on a billable only basis.  Mr. Sullivan said it is his experience that there is occasional need for outside legal counsel regarding Human Resource Law.  He explained that POOL/PACT is not in a position to provide counsel as they are the insurance carrier and the services of CHARM frequently conflict what the Town is doing or cannot provide direct advice on human resource matters.  

John McDonald pointed out that there is no engagement letter and would prefer that it be placed in the hands of the new Town Manager to decide if the service is needed.  

John McDonald Motioned to table the item pending review by the prospective Town Manager and let him bring it back if he feels the need for the engagement.  Dan Sprouse seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.  
 




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12.    Discussion and decision regarding consideration of Town Manager position.  Town Board

Laurayne Murray explained that the Board interviewed the candidate and a motion was made to proceed with a job offer.  Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Rust met with the candidate.  

Don Rust introduced additional back up; an employment agreement and one prepared by the Town.

John McDonald Motioned to accept additional back up material on the employment to Mr. Kohbarger.  Nicole Shupp seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

Don Rust and Michael Sullivan met and negotiated with Mr. Kohbarger to develop a proposed agreement for employment.  Mr. Rust noted it was subject to approval by the Board.

Dan Sprouse Motioned to enter into an agreement with Mr. William Kohbarger with an effective employment date of June 30, 2008 with a salary as requested in the additional back up of $105,000.  The remaining points of the agreement to be brought back to the Town Board prior to his start date on the 30th of June.  Don Rust seconded the motion.  

Art Jones commented about the hiring of a Town Manager, having an agenda not on a regular meeting night.  Mr. Jones stated that since we have someone to hire, he should be hired and get it over with.  Laurayne Murray noted that the start date was at Mr. Kohbarger’s request.  

Dave Stevens thanked Michael Sullivan for doing a great job and welcomed the new Town Manager.

Bob Irving and Vickie Parker welcomed Mr. Kohbarger.    

Dan Sprouse thanked Mr. Sullivan and department heads for their time during the absence of a Town Manager.

Vote passed 5 – 0.




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13.    Consent agenda items:

a.    Action – approval of Town vouchers
b.    Action – approval of Town Board meeting minutes of May 13, 2008.
c.    Action – approval of Ken Shockley and Terri Choyce as alternates for the Pahrump Veteran’s Memorial Advisory Board.
d.    Action – approval of Fireworks Permit for July 4th Freedom Festival
e.    Action – approval of 72 Hour Liquor License for Chamber of Commerce July 4th Freedom Festival

John McDonald Motioned to accept consent agenda items a through e.  Dan Sprouse seconded the motion.

Vote passed 5 – 0.

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

    There were no future meetings to schedule at this time.

15.    Adjournment.

    Chairman Murray adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,



Don Rust, Clerk
Pahrump Town Board




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