Agendas & Minutes


September 9, 2006

SPECIAL MEETING
PAHRUMP TOWN BOARD
TOWN OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM
400 N. Highway 160
Saturday – September 9, 2006, 9:00 AM

 


Agenda

1.    Call to Order  &  Pledge of Allegiance

2.    Announcements

3.    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).

4.    Discussion regarding ordinances for Town Board consideration:

•    PTO #53 amending PTO #42 concerning use of alcohol in the parks. Town Attorney
•    PTO #54 regarding English language and illegal alien issues. Michael Miraglia
•    PTO # 55 regarding nuisance noise. Michael Miraglia
•    PTO #56 regarding hazardous structure abatement. Fire Chief/Town Manager
•    PTO #57 establishing a Town of Pahrump law enforcement department. Richard Billman

5.    Adjournment

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

POSTED IN THE PAHRUMP TOWN OFFICE, COMMUNITY CENTER, COUNTY COMPLEX, FLOYD’S ACE HARDWARE, & CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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 writing, or call 775-727-5107 48 hours prior to the meeting. Assisted listening devices are available at Town Board meetings upon request. 

 


Minutes

PRESENT                            ABSENT
Richard Billman
Laurayne Murray
Ron Johnson
Michael Miraglia
Paul Willis


CALL TO ORDER, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, AND WELCOME:

ANNOUNCEMENTS;

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) (2) (3):

DISCUSSION REGARDING ORDINANCES FOR TOWN BOARD CONSIDERATION :

PTO # 53 AMENDING PTO#42 CONCERNING USE OF ALCOHOL IN THE PARKS:

The Town Attorney said the language of the ordinance would have to be changed and sections in it were unenforceable as written.





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Sheriff DeMeo said there had been no major crimes related to the use of alcohol use in the parks and he had no problem enforcing the rules before an ordinance was passed.  He said the community had the right to voice their opinion and suggestions concerning the issue before it would be passed.  Sheriff DeMeo said his department would support final decisions made concerning the ordinance.

Mr. Willis spoke in favor of the use of Alcohol in the park.
and he thought it was unfair to enforce the ordinance as written.

Mr. Billman said the Board would have to examine the ordinance again because the Town Attorney said the ordinance had language that was not enforceable.   He said there was a company hired by the Town that was examining other ordinances for the town and they would examine these ordinances as well.

PTO # 54 REGARDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ILLEGAL ALIEN ISSUES:

Mr. Miraglia said there had been reports of immigrants flying their Country’s flag on top of the American flag which was illegal and disrespect to America.   He thought it was also disrespectful for  
immigrants not to be able to speak English in employment situations.  

Mr. Joerger said that there were sections in the ordinance that were against regulations and there were some revisions that needed to be made.

Paula Elefante asked the board if it was unlawful to fly the German flag without the American Flag and she was part German and if she would fly the German flag without the American flag, would it be in violation of the law.



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Mr. Miraglia said yes and it was in violation according to the  the U.S. Code.

Art Jones spoke of the allegiance to the flag and he was in favor of the ordinance.

Concerned Citizen said he fought for the flag and he agreed with Mr. Jones.  He said he was concerned about this type of ordinance and who would enforce it.

Mr. Willis offered the citizens to call the Board members at their private phone numbers to discuss the issue father.

PTO # 55 REGARDING NUISANCE NOISE:

Mr. Miraglia said he read letters to the Pahrump Valley Times editor that had complaints of noises within the community.  He said there was presently no ordinance that the sheriff could enforce.  Mr. Miraglia
said he researched and found information from the city of Chelsea which he thought could be good for the Town.   

Mr. Billman asked sheriff DeMeo if there was a ordinance that was relevant to noise.

Sheriff DeMeo said there were County Ordinances but they were enforcing vehicle noises and there was disturbing the peace laws that
could be enforced but this was not an Ordinance that was presently in the Town of Pahrump.

PTO # 56 REGARDING HAZARDOUS STRUCTURE ABATEMENT:

Chief Lewis explained the importance of the securing empty building
And he said it was an issue that should be addressed.


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Paula Elefante said that the commercial properties thought the Town should have a ordinance in place that would requires buildings to be secured.

Mr. Willis asked if it was sufficient to board and fence a property.

Chief Lewis said this was not the only instance that was being addressed and the problem was not only transitional properties. He said  someone was responsible for keeping the properties up and he was referring to abandoned structures that would cause a public nuisance.

The Town Attorney said if the building owners would secure the buildings with boards and it was noticed that the boards were missing the Sheriff’s department would be able to address the issue sooner.   

PTO # 57 ESTABLISHING A TOWN OF PAHRUMP LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT:

The Town Manger said this reading was not to establish a
Police Department and it was for the community to discuss the options.  He said this reading was to create an opportunity to investigate the potential for a department.

He said this was the first step in taking the consideration of how it will be funded, the manpower that would be needed to enforce the ordinance, and who would assume the responsibility between the Sheriff department and a potential Police Department.

Concerned Citizen asked why we needed a Police Department.

Mr. Billman said the Sheriff was covering a large area and the additional manpower would be a benefit because of the Town’s continued growth.

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The Town Manager said another ordinance would need to be adopted in order to create a Police Department, to assist in identifying
its levels, how it is funded and what enforcement responsibilities would be divided among the two departments.  He said the public will have the opportunity to determine if this is a responsibility that they want the Town to have and pay for.

Sheriff DeMeo said Law enforcement and Public safety was not a profit making organization and it actually cost 66 percent of the County’s budget and when a Chief of Police was appointed, a part of the Town would be handled by himself and the police department.  He said the members of the community would let him know what areas he would be responsible for as Sheriff and he expressed his concerns about the funding.

Rick Marshall gave details on appointing a Police Chief and he said there were internet information and other resources concerning the issue.  

Adjourned:

Respectfully Submitted,


Town Board Clerk

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