By Jerry Harvey – Special to the Pahrump Valley Times
There have been notices posted on bulletin boards and in store windows all around Beatty for several weeks lately, saying how important it is to make sure your street address is visible from the road so emergency services can find you.
At the Beatty Town Advisory Board BTAB meeting on March 14, the head of the board stated on several occasions how important this is. When the public comment period came at the end of the meeting, I felt moved to speak and address the fact that I have identified a life-threatening safety issue on my street. About a dozen times in the past 12 years, I have gone out into the street to indicate to police officers and ambulances where they need to go when they’re responding to an emergency call on Valley St. I have heard 911 call responders police , who are not able to find “where the beating” was taking place. I have seen ambulances drive up and down.
The problem is that on one side of First Street, a house is numbered 103 West and on the other side of the street, a house is numbered 103 East . There is no way for an emergency responder to tell which is which by looking at numbers. Further, there is an address at 111 Valley Street East and 111 Valley Street West . My next door neighbor has the 111 W. Valley Street address, and routinely receives Fed-Ex packages for the guy who lives at 111 E.
I addressed the life threatening safety issue of Highway 160 not having shoulders to give you somewhere to go if you’re forced off the road between Boothill Drive and the Highway 95 connection.
At a BTAB meeting in 2009, I was shouted down by a board member who stated, “the safety of the citizens of Beatty is not the business of this town board. It’s a shame they didn’t act then because I was run off the road in May 2010, and my Jeep Cherokee was destroyed. I and my passenger could have died and NDOT safety engineers and the Nye Planning Commission and BoCC all know of the hazard, but still nothing is done. The head of the BTAB told me street addresses is an issue for the local water department, since they assign street addresses.
I have no knowledge of anywhere on this planet where street addresses are assigned by a water department. A member of the water board was at the meeting and I was invited to attend their next meeting in an effort to deal with the problem.
This week, the guy who publishes what passes for a local newspaper in Beatty, disparagingly referred to as the “Beatty rag” indicated that he looks forward to my leaving Nye County and Nevada. Even he stated street addresses are not assigned by the water department but by the county. Believe me, since this guy who attacks a concerned citizen and the public agencies does not care about public safety, including Sheriff DeMeo and his folks, I can’t leave Nevada soon enough to make me feel safe.
Yes, I have addressed these issues via email with the Nye County Commission and Sheriff DeMeo. To date, no public official can seem to find who to contact or how to get life threatening safety issues dealt with.
Shame on you Nye County, for having people like this on your payroll and in advisory positions, who have closed minds and just don’t care if citizens die. Re-elect nobody until change comes.