By Mark Waite
Incensed Pahrump Town Board member Harley Kulkin was forced to sit in the audience for the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission meeting a week ago, after the board, acting on an opinion by District Attorney Brian Kunzi, decided not to seat him until the Board of County Commissioners approves it.
Kulkin is the chairman of the town board and can make appointments. He voluntarily offered to sit as the RPC liaison, replacing Vicky Parker, who lost her bid for re-election.
“The town of Pahrump has a right to have a representative on this board that votes. You chose to follow the district attorney’s opinion to follow the bylaws, which have never been followed in the past. So now you’re robbing the town of a voice. I believe that this meeting is now illegal,” Kulkin said at the start of the RPC meeting.
Parker said she was appointed by former Pahrump Town Board Chairman Nichole Schupp but she had to skip the first RPC meeting until county commissioners voted on her appointment to take her seat.
Kulkin said someone was trying to try to find a way to keep him off the board.
“The county’s never to my knowledge in the last four and a half years, never approved an appointment by the town board,” Pahrump Town Manager Bill Kohbarger said.
The town missed one meeting, but Kohbarger said it’s no big deal, “a fly in the ointment.” The town board will make the official determination of Kulkin’s appointment Jan. 22 and it will be up for approval at the first county commission meeting in February, he said.
Deputy District Attorney Charles Watkins said after the meeting even if it was done differently in the past, “you can’t run the red light just because everybody’s done it in the past.”
District Attorney Brian Kunzi referred to Nye County Code Chapter 16.24.020 which states: “the appointment of the Pahrump Town Board position shall be made by the Board of County Commissioners after receipt of the recommendation of the Pahrump Town Board.”
Kulkin however did make his presence known from the audience, commenting on most agenda items. He indicated he’d support most every application on Wednesday’s agenda.
During a comment on an assisted living and senior living center, Kulkin said, “Our mission should be how to make this happen, not how to keep this from happening.”
Kulkin resigned on the RPC in May 2004 after he was accused of misconduct representing himself in a request for a boundary line adjustment on his property in Johnnie.
Kulkin said he’ll ask for the Pahrump Town Board to consider appointing the town board chairman to always be appointed as the RPC liaison in the future.
“Because we’re not incorporated, the chairman of our board is looked on as the mayor of Pahrump,” he said.