By Selwyn Harris
Pahrump town board members delved into a fairly light agenda during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.
The first item of business had the board discussing the approval of non-financial support in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Town Manager Bill Kohbarger said a local veteran recently approached town officials about lending their support to the agenda item.
“Mr. Jose Telles came to us and requested that the town write a support letter on behalf of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to try and get a military jet flyover for the town from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas,” he said.
In the town’s backup material, Telles wrote that Jan. 12, 1962, helicopters flown by U.S. Army pilots ferried 1,000 South Vietnamese soldiers to sweep a National Liberation Front near Saigon.
“Operation Chopper marked America’s first combat mission against the Vietcong. It was the start of one of our longest wars and most challenging war the Vietnam War,” he said.
Board members are expected to approve the item.
The Vietnam War officially ended April 30, 1975 when North Vietnamese troops captured the capitol of Saigon.
More than 58,000 U.S. service members died in the conflict.
The town also discussed making changes on how agenda items will be requested for review by the board.
At present, individuals have 10-business days to submit an agenda item.
Board member Mike Darby now wants agenda requests and backup materials to arrive at the town office by 3 p.m., three days before the preceding town board meeting.
Darby could not be reached for comment but Chairman Vicky Parker said she doesn’t think the change is necessary.
“I don’t understand that one because we have to post agendas three days ahead of time by 9 in the morning, so I don’t understand how you can be putting in an agenda item on after it’s already past the timeline it has to be posted. That’s a Mike Darby thing. I like it the way that it is because the reason we went this way was that we had problems with people putting things on it at the last minute because they didn’t have time to run them past legal or staff. What would happen is a lot of items end up getting pulled. I think it’s reasonable to get them on in time for staff or legal to go over them,” she said.
The formation of an advisory board for the Pahrump Convention Center/Civic Center was also up for discussion.
In March, Kohbarger sent out advertisements seeking local residents who are interested in sitting on the advisory board.
“Right now we have interested applicants and in reviewing the backup, we never actually officially created a resolution which is how we create advisory boards so I thought I’d better do the crossing of the T’s and the dotting of the I’s and put it on this agenda so that we get it all done by resolution. We will also adopt the bylaws and appoint the new committee. It’s three steps and it should only take about 15 minutes to do it hopefully,” he said.
Though it is still years away from fruition, Kohbarger said the town board wants to be proactive instead of reactive in terms of planning and preparation for the proposed facility.
“They want to come up with a location and a possible design and concept for our new Civic Center/Convention Center, so when the economy turns around, we may be able to find some grant money, or private donations, or something. When the revenue goes back up, we will have the location and 10 or 20 percent of the work done. We are trying to get this community to grow in a positive fashion,” he said.
Parker meanwhile, said so far there are at least five individuals who have submitted their applications to the town for consideration.
“We have a good group there. We have a gentleman who understands financing. We have somebody from the Pahrump Arts Council and we have someone who is in construction. It’s a good group of people with diverse talents and we are still accepting applications because we still have room for two more people and two alternates,” she said.
Funding for the annual Pahrump Town Cleanup was also discussed.
The Pahrump Nuclear Waste and Environmental Advisory Board is requesting $2,500 for the community-wide event scheduled for May 12.
Kohbarger, who is taking part in the event, said, providing the funds would be money well spent on behalf of the town.
“It’s for a good cause. It’s the annual Pahrump Town Clean up and I’ll be out there Saturday with the Rotarians cleaning up our section of the highway. This will be my fourth year. People can bring their kids, spouses and neighbors and help clean up this beautiful community,” he said.
Due to time constraints, results from Tuesday’s action items will appear in Friday’s edition of the Pahrump Valley Times.