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Pahrump positions, BLM resolution top county agenda

Discussion and possible reorganization of Pahrump town positions and a proposed resolution to support action to relieve the federal government of ownership and jurisdiction over Nye County public lands are among the agenda items for the first Nye County Commission meeting of 2015.

A non-inclusive list of items to be considered by the commission include: a decision regarding legal services, the position of town manager and advisory boards for the town of Pahrump.

An amended resolution, initially presented at the Dec. 15 meeting of the commission, disputing the authority of the Bureau of Land Management to perform land planning without supporting a healthy economic base consistent with the expectations of the public, will also be presented for discussion and possible vote.

The resolution reaffirms the commission’s position to retain current use and access to public lands as well as asserting that Nevada land claimed by the federal government is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The proposed resolution states that the county will support efforts to relieve the federal government of any control over and any past, present and future encroachment, restriction and regulation over Nye County public lands.

Elections will take place for the positions of chairman and vice-chairman of the Board of Commissioners, the highway board, and the Nye County Licensing and Liquor Board. Also to be considered are the positions of commissioner liaison representatives and a juvenile probation officer.

Appointments for three town board positions will be considered, two in Round Mountain and one in Tonopah. The vacancies exist for unexpired terms that will ending in January 2017. Qualified appointees must be residents and qualified electors in the towns.

The board will also discuss the the issuance of a retail liquor and gaming license for the Road House Casino, formerly Mountain View Casino, at 1750 Pahrump Valley Boulevard. Applicants are Timothy P. and Jerry Herbst. The board will likewise consider the special club liquor license for Lenard H. Denney for the VFW Post 3677 located at 426 D Avenue in Gabbs.

A resolution will be introduced to allow the sale of county-owned property located at 1683 E. Calvada Blvd., in Pahrump. A minimum bid price on the parcel has been set at $229,950 and the property must be used for the purpose of an assisted living development project. The project must also provide employment opportunities for local and county residents. Sealed bids must be received by the county by Feb. 2. The bids will be opened and considered by the commission at their meeting scheduled for Feb. 3.

A resolution will also be introduced to expand District Court chambers to allow space to hold a 12-person jury and an additional office. The remodel, which includes new paint and flooring, will be paid for with court improvement funds.

A proposed memorandum of understanding will be considered for signature, to allow the Friends of the Belmont Courthouse to use space at the courthouse for administrative purposes as well as storage of artifacts and interpretive activities associated with the courthouse.

The commission will consider the applying for a grant with the Federal Aviation Administration for the replacement of the beacon and tower at the Beatty Airport and the reconstruction of runway 15-33 at Tonopah Airport. The board will also consider the approval of Airport Capital Improvement Program data sheets for the Tonopah, Gabbs and Beatty airports for submission to the FAA. Of the total cost of $93,750 for the beacon and tower, the county contribution is estimated to be $6,250. The reconstruction of the Tonopah runway will cost $2.4 million. Of that amount the county is expected to pay $157,776. The county contribution can be funded through the special capital projects budget.

The county will consider approval of a final subdivision map, as recommended by the county planning commission, by Hidden Gem Subdivision, Michael Lach, Lambertucci’s Roma Nevada LLC for a subdivision. The plan calls for division of 8.44 acres into 19 parcels, with special conditions. The property is located in the town of Tonopah.

The board will present certificates of appreciation to employees Patricia K. Glavin and Toni Ware. The board will also recognize Mark Henderson, an EMT with the Beatty Volunteer Ambulance Station for 35 years of service to the community.

The board will also consider changing the hours which the county assessor’s office is open.

The Nye County Commission will meet on Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. at 101 Radar Rd. in Tonopah.

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