By Mark Waite
County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen wanted the county to put an asphalt overlay or skin patch on Homestead Road from Gamebird Road to Manse Road, so motorists could keep driving on a smooth surface.
But Nye County Public Works Director Dave Fanning said last week that section of Homestead Road is on a list of projects being considered by the Capital Improvements Plan advisory board.
He suggested the Regional Transportation Commission use some of its four-cent gas tax money in the fiscal year beginning July 1 for Schinhofen’s other request, reconstructing a one block section of Calvada Boulevard from Highway 160 to Mount Charleston Drive.
Wulfenstein Construction was awarded a $3.17 million contract in July 2011 to reconstruct Homestead Road from Highway 160 to Gamebird Road, which included widening it to three lanes with a bike lane and improvements to the Highway 160 intersection. That was paid using impact fee money, overseen by the CIP board.
As work was winding down on that project last March, Wulfenstein Construction received another $1.057 million contract to reconstruct Dandelion Road between Highway 160 and Calvada Boulevard. That was paid for with RTC gas tax money.
Schinhofen said he’s been getting inquiries about continuing the Homestead Road improvements south of Gamebird Road.
“I’ve had a lot of people who live on the south side ask me about this because they come across Homestead and it’s a very nice pavement and they cross Gamebird and it’s like a washboard,” he said.
It would cost about $85,000 to buy the cold mix and apply it with a grader for a quick overlay, Fanning said, but he added that wouldn’t suffice for that section of road.
“I would recommend not to do that due to the fact the road is deteriorated. We need to physically rebuild that. Some of that cost is on the developers,” he said.
Nye County approved a 2006-2015 capital improvements plan that outlined a list of roads to be addressed, using money developers pay in impact fees. Homebuilders pay $1,298 of the $1,961 in impact fees for a single-family residence for street impacts.
While construction has dwindled to a near standstill, the county still has $3.37 million left over in impact fee money as of the end of the third quarter 2012 according to a treasurer’s report.
County commissioners put a moratorium on impact fees last year in the hopes it would attract development.
“The monies put into this pot were actually supposed to be spent within a 10-year time frame after they were acquired by the county, from 2006 to 2015, Fanning said.
The Capital Improvements Plan advisory board will meet next Tuesday, one of their agenda items calls for putting Manse Road at the top of their improvements list, with road construction to be completed by the end of December 2015.
“If the CIP board chooses not to do that we’re going to be out of money if we do another road,” Fanning said.
RTC member Cameron McRae agreed it wouldn’t be a good idea to do a skin patch of Homestead Road with RTC money, unless someone comes together to share costs.
Instead the idea of reconstructing Calvada Boulevard gained traction, as an entrance to the center of county government. The plan is to tear up the existing asphalt and repave it from Highway 160 to about 200 feet west of the intersection of Mount Charleston Drive.
“I think this would be a great candidate. We are actually the proud owners, the county are proud owners, of the Calvada Eye property,” Fanning said. “It would give us a chance to do a little more improvements at the intersection, but improvements to the road, and it would be a nice value into the Calvada Eye, into this property.”
It would allow the county to touch up a few problems as well, like a water box that’s too shallow, he said.
Fanning said the reconstruction wouldn’t include curbs, gutters and sidewalks, Schinhofen suggested getting quotes with and without sidewalks.
McRae said the county could continue sidewalks around the corner from Highway 160 and bike paths, improvements that would enhance the entrance to the focal point of county government.
Fanning said the improvements could tie into walking trails County Commissioner Butch Borasky hopes to get constructed around the Calvada Eye.
Nye County pulled out all the oleanders and pine trees from the median strip on that section of Calvada Boulevard last year. Valley Electric Association volunteers spruced up the area around the fountain and the entrance sign at the intersection of Highway 160 and Calvada Boulevard.