PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN, STATE OF NEVADA
May 18, 2009
#1-CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL/INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Board met in regular session with Chairman Paul Mathews calling the meeting to order at 9:04. Clerk Lisa Lloyd called the roll with Commissioners Tommy Rowe, Ronda Hornbeck, Paul Mathews, Ed Higbee and Bill Lloyd being present. There is a quorum present and the agenda was posted on 5-12-09 to comply with the open meeting law. The Invocation is offered by Greg and Ronda led the Pledge of Allegiance. County Manager John Lovelady is present.
#2 Approve/Deny minutes of May 4, 2009 regular Commission meeting.
#3 Approve/Deny contract with Mills Construction in the amount of $337,446.67 for the work on the Pioche Sewer Ponds.
#4 Approve/Deny Change Order in the amount of $15,262.20 for sod in the Pool Park (Super Park) Complex in Caliente.
#5 Approve/Deny Change Order in the amount of $23,231.56 for sod in the Dixon Park in Caliente.
#6 Approve/Deny work release with Sunrise Engineering for additional work on the Alamo Industrial Park.
Item #6 deals strictly with the end of the grant; no funds will be left after approval of the work release. Ronda made a motion to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Ed. All voted in favor.
Recorder/Auditor Leslie Boucher presented the vouchers. Tommy made a motion to approve the vouchers as presented; seconded by Ed. All voted in favor.
#10-OFFICER/DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
RECORDER/AUDITOR Leslie Boucher presented the cash balance reports. General County has a balance of $773,751.79 with estimated expenditures being $144,094.24. This leaves General County with a balance of $629,657.55. Transportation has a cash balance of $28,569.40 with estimated expenditures being $3,078.15. This will leave Transportation with a balance of $25,491.25. Nutrition has a cash balance of $31,283.58 with estimated expenditures being $8,306.41. This leaves Nutrition with a balance of $22,977.17. Detention Center has a cash balance of $225,446.44 with estimated expenditures being $68,783.55. Detention Center will have a balance of $156,662.89. Solid Waste has a balance of $66,167.65, with no expenditures this pay period.
This item is covered under separate agenda.
#13-QUAD STATE MEETING REFRESHMENTS
FFA will provide the dinner at $12.00 per plate. Doug Carriger has advised that Coyote Springs is interested in donating to this. The meeting is at Ronda’s ranch in Eagle Valley at 10:00 a.m. on June 5th. Lunch is at noon. Tommy made a motion to approve the purchase of food & drinks for Quad State Board meeting on 6-5-09, not to exceed $300.00 (payable to FFA) and to be paid from Commissioner’s Fund; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.
#11-LINCOLN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT
This item is covered under separate agenda.
#12-PANACA FIRE DISTRICT
This item is covered under separate agenda.
#14-PIOCHE RECREATIONAL PARKS
Keith Stever presented this item. Keith reviewed the history and formation of Pioche Recreational Parks (PRP). Keith advised that they would like to have the Road Department clean off an area for a driving range on the golf course. They would also like to build a facility that would include storage space, drinking water and restrooms. It’s estimated that it will cost about $10,000 to drop the power to the area that they’d like to build the facility. The estimate for running water lines will be $4,500-7,000. There is also a hookup fee for the water line to be considered. Keith wasn’t certain if the fee would apply as this is a county entity. Most of the trenching to run the water lines would be done themselves. Over $60,000 has been spent on the facilities at the golf course since its inception. Much of the work has been donated labor/funding. Phyllis Robistow, Grants Administrator, advised that SNPLMA frowns on golf courses and pretty much everything to do with them. Keith stated that they are more than willing to build the building, but they need help with the water lines/power. The Lincoln Lynx Golf Association has over 150 members, with memberships ranging from locals to Vegas residents. Shane Cheeney has advised that he’s willing to clear the brush and might be willing to donate his time to do it. Tommy made a motion to authorize the Road Department to clear an area for the driving range, at their convenience; seconded by Ed. Motion and second are retracted as this must be acted upon under the Highway Commission agenda. Full vote is not taken and this item will be on the next HC agenda for consideration. Keith hasn’t spoken with the Power District about whether or not they’re willing to donate anything. Bill asked if Keith has spoken to the Pioche Town Board concerning this. No. Septic tanks and leech fields will be put in, not sewer lines. Ronda suggested that Keith go to PPU to discuss this and what they’re willing to do. It’s believed that the power for this project will fall under PPU, not LC Power District. Keith will talk to Pioche Town Board to see what they can do and what they are willing to donate as well as Mick Lloyd of LCPD. Tommy commented that he didn’t believe there would be any issues in getting the driving range cleared. Bill cited that Keith will have to talk to the Pioche Town Board about the $2,500 hookup fee. Tommy was certain that PTB would waive the hookup fee. No action is taken.
#19-ALAMO TRANSFER STATION
There is some discussion about whether or not the county wants to purchase or lease this. This is the transfer site in Alamo. Clint Wertz, Planning Director, was working on this. Ronda made a motion to approve the renewal of the lease with Bureau of Land Management for the Alamo transfer station in the amount of $40 per year; seconded by Tommy. All voted in favor. Clint will file the paperwork.
#21-PIOCHE PUBLIC UTILITY SEWER RATE INCREASE
Glenn Zelch advised that the last three months they’ve had net revenue of $1900., or average of $661 per month. This brings in only $3966 for every six months. Every 6 months a payment of $4,550 is required for sewer system. They are requesting a $1.00 per month increase. $.80 of which will go to capital improvement fund. Commercial increase will go to $1.25 per gallon for overage. $.25 will go to capital improvement fund. The Board asked if publication isn’t required for this rate increase. No, Glenn said, it’s never been advertised before. Pioche Town Board usually just approves the increase. According to USDA, PPU is still one of the lowest rates in the state. Tommy made a motion to authorize the rate increase for Pioche Public Utilities as presented; seconded by Bill. Clerk Lisa Lloyd advised that in the past rate changes were usually enacted by resolution. Greg agreed that this is the best way to handle the change. Tommy amended his motion to approve the rate increase, subject to the presentation of a resolution by Pioche Town Board; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.
#15-EMAIL FILE SERVER
Tracy Lee, IT Supervisor, advised that this is a previously budgeted for item. Ronda made a motion to approve the purchase of a file server, in the amount of $8,000, for the existing email system; seconded by Tommy. All voted in favor.
This is a budgeted item and is to replace the firewall at the Sheriff’s office. Tommy made a motion to approve the purchase of one Sonicwall NSA3500 and one Comp Security bundle, in the amount of $5,200; seconded by Ronda. All voted in favor.
Ronda made a motion to approve the purchase of various security subscriptions for existing firewall devices, in the amount of $6,000; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.
#18-ZIMBRA EMAIL SYSTEM
Tracy Lee, IT Supervisor, presented this item. Tracy would like to purchase the commercial system. This was part of the server item that was approved during budget hearings. Primary reason for moving from free email system to using a paid for system includes support. This will be a recurring expense and is a subscription. Tommy made a motion to approve the purchase of Zimbra Email System, in the amount of $2,000; seconded by Ed. All voted in favor.
#24-ALAMO INDUSTRIAL PARK
It’s estimated that it will cost about $17 million to complete the entire park. The core is estimated to be about $6 million. Once the engineering is received the requests can be amended. Verbiage needs to be included citing that this land must go to public auction. This doesn’t move the EDA grant forward, it just holds LC’s place. Ronda made a motion to approve the letter to Economic Development Administration (EDA) requesting that Invitation #78845 for Alamo Industrial Park infrastructure improvements be held while work on the project continues (approval is conditional upon suggested changes); seconded by Ed. All voted in favor.
#28-COUNTY MANAGER ITEMS
b) Laura Johnson, Juvenile Probation Officer, pay increase—Tommy made a motion to approve, retroactive to 2007; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.
Phyllis Robistow, Grants Administrator, presented this item.
a) Update—Toni Pinkham was audited by the Division of Aging; she passed with no findings. She was also audited by Homemaker, which was okay. There is some spare money, approximately $8,000, in the Homemaker grant. We have permission to use this money to pay Toni’s salary. Phyllis will present some options during the budget hearing to take Toni’s salary out of general county for next fiscal year. Extra money against the county match portion of long term care will be received through the stimulus package, but Phyllis doesn’t believe the county will receive much if anything. Phyllis will be discussing the indigent accident funds on a teleconference this Wednesday; said funds have been swept, which means that the funds are gone for the next two years. The county is responsible for paying the bills for any indigent person. This includes any accidents on LC highways and subsequent medical bills. Individuals must be indigent at the time of the accident. Pioche Sewer contract was approved two weeks ago, but there is a great deal of material that was purchased with CDBG funds. All material must be put into the ground. Phyllis is negotiating with USDA to get a grant to put the sewer pipe into the ground. USDA will be putting a package together to see what can be done. This project has a potential price tag of $1 million. USDA is willing to work with LC, but it could involve another USDA loan. Unemployment rates in the state are over 10%; LC’s is up to 7.6%.
Building Director, Cory Lytle, presented this item. a) Update—Bobby Tannehill will check the broken air conditioner in Alamo, but Cory doesn’t believe that it will be fixed prior to the ET conference. Tommy suggested that a portable unit be borrowed. There is some question as to why the conference must be held in the senior center. Ed will check on this and see if the conference can be moved. Last year the conference had too many people to use the ambulance barn. The LC Courthouse generator continues to be worked on. The Fair & Recreation building awaits a bid from Jim Wilkin to do the dirt work. Cory cited that the work will be more extensive than originally thought. Almost $1 million has been put into the state barn to repair the foundation. Extra work will be put into the F&R building to eliminate repairs to the foundation in the future due to settling.
b) Thompson Opera House, usage/rental fees—Cory met with Craig from POOL/PACT last week. Dolan & Edwards will be getting rates to Cory for private use. Cory averaged the costs over the last couple of years. It’s estimated that it will cost about $125 per month for power/water. Private party insurance isn’t assumed to be more than $75-125 per policy. Whoever uses the building for private purposes will insure their event. There is a
$100 refundable deposit. $75 for insurance, $50 day usage and $100 deposit, added together, will be the approximate costs for using the building for private events. Labor Day will fall under nonprofit. Nonprofit is a separate use classification. Classifications include: private, commercial and nonprofit. There is no way that this will pay for itself. Cory will bring updated information on this item once he hears back from the insurance company.
c) Resolution adopting updated Building Department fees, Grading Permit Fees, as appropriate, required and permitted by Nevada Revised Statutes and Title 11, Chapter 2 of the Lincoln County Code (Resolution #2009-16)—Cory reviewed the proposed resolution. Doug Carriger cited that Cory has been good to work with and the proposed resolution will be good for the county as well as the developers. In the area where there is an HCP these new fees will be over and above the required HCP fees. There will be a cost included for utility digs. Utility trenches down a private parcel are exempt, but once a county road is crossed fees will be applied. The Building Department prices haven’t changed, but the grading permit fees and plan check fees did. Ronda made a motion to approve the resolution adopting the updated building department fees and grading permit fees; seconded by Ed. All voted in favor.
d) Maintenance of Lincoln County Courthouse generator—There is no written contract for Gene Boren. Cory made an agreement with Gene to invoice for regular costs. Last bill was $601.00. Cory assumes that there will not be a contract put in place with Gene as Cory can monitor the generator himself, including servicing it. If there is an electrical problem Cory will contact the LC Power District. Gene’s verbal contract was $4,500 per year.
#22-FY 2009-2010 BUDGET/CERTIFICATION OF TAX RATE
Paul advised that Dan McArthur is unable to be here until later this afternoon. This item is continued to 3:00 p.m.
This is the time and place set for continued public hearing on an ordinance amending Title 4 of the Lincoln County Code relating to Business and License regulation. Paul read the ordinance by title and reviewed the history of this ordinance. The county will attempt to notify businesses annually concerning renewal. The Board cited that at this time it’s believed that the Building Department will be responsible for administering the business licenses. There is some discussion about enforcement. It is suggested that a letter be sent to each of the community committees that are responsible for large celebrations, including Labor Day and Fourth of July. Doug Carriger suggested that there could be a listing of the businesses on the county web page. Connie agreed that it would be beneficial to have the licenses and contact information on the county web page. Greg opined that if a business already has a license and wants to vend at an event there would be no need to secure an additional temporary license for selling at an event. A county business doing business within Caliente will have to get both county and city business license. Tommy made a motion to approve the ordinance; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.
Vaughn Higbee and Connie Simkins presented this item. An energy meeting with the Power Companies took place. These companies have tremendous needs and are working very hard to ensure that there is enough power to meet our needs. There is enough to meet short term needs. However, if there is growth in the future some major adjustments/upgrades will need to take place. This will cost at least $45 million. If the money can’t be raised then partnerships will be considered to keep the costs down to ratepayers. Connie Simkins advised that she is impressed with the efforts being made to keep the rates down for the existing citizens. They would like to stay out of as many partnerships as possible so that they may maintain their own destiny. There is very little surplus power. If a large project came in tomorrow power wouldn’t be available. Vaughn reviewed various articles concerning nuclear waste and a grazing lawsuit to bring the Board up to speed on current events. Connie advised that there are several saying that Yucca Mountain is no longer an option, yet the nuclear waste energy act hasn’t been changed. Ely BLM is being sued, which can have an impact on the granting of the RMP, right-of-way. Senator Reid wants the Blue Ribbon Panel to find another home for nuclear waste. Contentions were made public by NRC last week. There were 316 filed and NRC accepted 299. Staff is going through the contentions and will make a presentation on June 15 concerning those that LC will be interested in. JCCIAC is 6-2 at 6 p.m. at Agriculture Service Center in Caliente.
#28-COUNTY MANAGER ITEMS
a) Update—John stated that he has all of the information from Sunrise Engineering concerning the Alamo Industrial Park. The GID has been test pumping the well and the arsenic levels are right at the limit. The county will have to resolve to sell the land, which can be done by auction or sealed bids. This last round provided for land descriptions that can be used on a deed.
#20-TEAMSTERS BARGAINING AGREEMENT AMENDMENT/LC LAW ENFORCEMENT AGREEMENT
County Manager John Lovelady presented the memorandum of agreements between LC and LC Law Enforcement Association/Clerical/Roads/Dispatchers Bargaining Units. John reviewed the Law Enforcement MOU. There is no cost of living increase for the balance of their agreement, which expires 2010. Normal step/longevity increases will remain as were original to the budget. Bill stated that the step increases were to be for the newer employees only; he didn’t recall hearing anything about longevity. There is one person eligible for longevity and four people eligible for steps. Ronda reiterated that this unit agreed, when these discussions commenced, that they would not pursue step increases or longevity. The group is now saying that they will not take any extra time off, but they still want step and longevity. Ronda cited that the county didn’t gain anything with the proposed MOU. “No matter what other groups agree to” is the language included as their give and take. There is continued discussion about the fact that initially this group said they were willing to freeze everything. LEA is saying that they can’t do the additional leave. Savings for just LEA is about $30,000. By not agreeing to the accelerated rate, which will affect next year, the county will realize a $93,000 savings, John said. The amount that the county would save has been cut back as there are four people who will get step increases. Ronda reminded everyone of the original direction the Board was heading in with this idea. Now, we are talking about a $36,000 savings as opposed to the much larger savings anticipated by the offer from LCLEA to freeze everything. The county will not lay off any employees during this year due to budgetary reasons. Ronda said that this locks the county in and it means that no one in the LEA can be laid off for budgetary reasons. Bill asked if the budget is shot how will employees be maintained. Ronda said that it is fiscally irresponsible to say that no one will be laid off due to budgets. No action is taken on LCLEA MOU. John now reviews Clerical/Roads/Dispatchers MOU. Item 3 of the MOU says that LC will not, if the membership of Teamsters falls below 51%, seek to withdraw recognition of Teamsters for a five year period. Paul cited that as soon as Teamsters gets the county locked in they will be able to increase premiums. John cited that there is an agreement with Teamsters that says that they won’t raise the premiums for at least two years. Ronda suggested that Teamsters needs to match Item 3 to the current agreement. No premiums raised for however many years the county is required to not withdraw recognition. Annual leave will accrue at two times the current rate and will be taken in 2009-2010. The savings will accrue this year and the employees will take it next year. The Board isn’t comfortable with this as the county could be in worse shape next year. All employees are entitled to 8 days furlough. Ronda addressed the issue that the RD will be able to use furlough and only work 3 days per week. This will result in higher expenses as those that need to plow snow will have to be called back in, thus being paid at a higher rate. Ronda believes that this MOU compounds the issues further. Ed cited that Steve Chouquer, RD Supervisor, will have to maintain control of when leave can be taken. Controls can be set, to some extent. Ronda reiterated that this is still being pushed off to next year, when it is not certain that next year will be better. The interest of the Union is that they don’t want to give anything up. The proposal has shifted things while not giving anything up. Greg advised the Commission that they need to give direction: do they roll the dice or do costs really need to be reduced. The Board needs to make the decision, not be locked in by this type of deal. There are several counties that have gone to shorter work weeks; some include ten hour work days. The question of pulling money out of the budget shouldn’t be a shell game that just moves things around with an unknown hit to be taken at some point in the future. Right now, the county continues to be nearly $300,000 upside down. If this is deferred to next year the problem hasn’t been taken care of. Wade
Poulsen advised that the RD agreement from last summer included language that covered what shifts would be scheduled. The Supervisor could rearrange the schedule so that people could be working the hours that Steve decides; this would be done to eliminate overtime costs. The way that this is currently written will require the county to pay the raises and whatever else was pushed off/postponed. Paul said that the more this is reviewed he can’t see the benefits of doing this. Ronda reviewed Item 7. All county employees agree to defer COLA for 09-10, yet the Sheriff’s office isn’t agreeing to do that. Ronda disagreed with the difference between the two MOUs. Ronda discussed the clerical. Clerical is only giving up step raises under the current proposed MOU, not COLA, since last year’s clerical agreement gave the unit an eight hour day with no payment of COLA for three years. Ronda chastised John and stated that he should’ve had all of these numbers crunched to present to the Board. John is over the budget and should have had this done. All projections show that next year will be much, much worse than this year. Revenues are anticipated to decrease even more. If the county is locked into not laying off employees the county then be stuck declaring bankruptcy. This will result in the state taking over the county. The state will have no qualms about laying off employees. Instead of having an increase, revenues have flat lined. If the county spends what they did last year and this year, they will be broke next year. The county simply doesn’t have enough revenue to cover the expenditures. At best, all the state is doing is making projects. These numbers are completely unreal. If projections are too high, things will be drastically worse.
#10-OFFICER/DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
COMMISSIONER TOMMY ROWE advised that the state, in order to save money, will officially close the NV State office in Washington, D.C. COMMISSIONER RONDA HORNBECK attended various meetings regarding HCP. The HCP has been put out for public review and this is the last opportunity for changes. They continue to work towards securing the Section 10 by the end of July. A committee will have to be formed at the completion of the HCP. F&W is being asked to sit ad hoc on the board. Ronda met with BLM in reference to the proposed solar projects and designation of areas in LC. BLM is working towards energy designations for LC. Two areas that LC voted on were presented as well as another that BLM proposed, which is by Toquop. Ronda received a call from Mr. Winker stating that all three of these areas were incorporated in a map that was sent by BLM. All three areas stay out of critical habitat. Application for wind generation were filed for various areas in LC. Ronda met with the Governor’s office in Carson City on 5-14 regarding water issues, which will involve the Land Act area. The water granted to the LCWD was extremely short of what was expected. Nothing evolved from the meeting but they were put on notice as to LC’s concerns. Quad State meeting will be 6-5 at Ronda’s ranch; this is a public meeting. Ronda attended a meeting with BLM concerning the ranking of archaeological resources. COMMISSIONER PAUL MATHEWS discussed the Virgin Valley Water District meeting. Most everything that occurred relates to LCWD issues. Paul continues to have dialogue with Paul Yamamoto of Norcal. Paul has advised Mr. Yamamoto to draft the amendments and submit them to the Board for consideration. Paul asked that a Norcal item be on the June 1 Commission agenda in order for the Board to take action. COMMISSIONER ED HIGBEE advised that the Norcal meeting went well. Norcal is very concerned about how the public views them.
#8-FY 2009-2010 BUDGET
Dan McArthur made presentation to the Board and employees concerning the current standings of the budget, revenues and how they can be spent. The Commissioners are dealing with 3% of the $25 million; this is the amount that they have to make the budgets work, based on statutory allocations. Dan centered the majority of his discussion on the general fund, where the Commissioners have the most leeway. Dan reviewed the LC general fund revenue and expense trends. Dan discussed expenses within the general fund. 48% of the LC general fund expenditures can be attributed to salaries, benefits are 24% and services/supplies are 28%. 72% of expenses are salaries and benefits; this doesn’t include any increases. The only place to go to cover additional salaries is to reduce other portions; capital outlay has already been eliminated for the upcoming budget year. Services and supplies is actually $1,200,000. If all departments reduced their expenses by 10% this would provide almost enough to cover cost of living. The county receives its revenue from property taxes and sales tax. Property tax law changed in 2004, which means that NV is now a revenue-driven property tax state versus valuation-driven state. Property tax on a house can’t increase more than 3% per year. This change has created a situation where property taxes aren’t climbing as rapidly as they have in the past. Nothing is selling in Coyote Springs or Toquop. The state continues to advise that revenues are decreasing. State projects that revenues will be about 10% than originally estimated. $340,000 more will be spent than is brought it, without increases figured in. Health insurance, workers comp are fixed in the budget. The only area with “wiggle” room is services/supplies. If the current spending trend continues, and revenues into 2011 don’t increase, the only other area to target will be salaries. Dan outlined revenue sources. 81% comes from property and sales tax. Dan believes that these will stay the same over the next two years. Centrally assessed has increased as is our assessed valuation, according to Assessor Melanie McBride. The county will continue to get 8%. 42% comes from property taxes, 39% from sales tax, and 19% comes from fines, interest, penalties. Dan advised that the 19% items have remained consistent and haven’t changed much from year to year. If the trend continues as it is, there is enough money in the budget for FY 2010 to go with the budget as is. If continues the same in 2011, the county will move to a negative balance. Ideally, the county needs to get to the point where revenues match expenses. Over a ten year period there has been a gradual eroding of funds. The numbers that Dan presented don’t include steps, longevity. The renewing money for the county isn’t as high as daily operating expenses. The county has “one-time” money. Once it is spent it will not be replenished. This money has been set aside by ordinance for future capital expenditure. This money, if the law were changed,
could be used to pay salaries/wages; once it’s gone, it’s gone. Renewing money will never reach the amount of expense. Law requires that the county have a 4% ending fund balance; this would only operate the county for two weeks. If everyone gave up cost of living the county would save $36,000. Leslie advised that there are non-contract people who receive cost of living, too; the COLA freeze will need to take place across the board. Melanie suggested that the Board look at travel. Dawne suggested that all employees take a furlough day per month. Dawne suggested that the Board close the courthouse down one day per month. Dan stated that the county could cut one hour out of everyone’s workday. Leslie cited that if this is going to be done, then it must apply to everyone, even non-contract employees. This is fair as long as everyone gets cut back. Brenda Mason stated that her office has been actively recouping money on old bench warrants. Jail client responsibilities have been taken over from the SO as well as the institution of chasing down past accounts. Brenda cited that if office hours are cut for MVJC they will not be able to do this. Paul cited that many of the things being discussed are temporary solutions. The Board is trying to find a two year solution, at least. In 2003 the discussion was the same; let’s take a temporary fix. Somewhere along the road responsibility must be taken and expenditures must be put in check. Permanent cuts must be made to maintain a long term remedy. Sithe Global isn’t even thinking about coming online for 2-3 years. Melanie cited that as soon as the county gets a little bit of extra money the Commissioners spend it. The Commissioners continue to create full time positions. Melanie stated that the Board is asking the employees that have been here for a very long time to accept responsibility for the expense of the new employees. Paul cited that there are still projections for large growth in the county. If all of this fails, then the county has grown beyond the projected increase. The Board has to balance the entire budget. Treasurer Kathy Hiatt stated that what is being asked of the Board is that they balance the budget fairly. Melanie asked how many counties of our population have five commissioners and a county manager, too. Toni Lytle said that she has no problem giving up COLA, but she’s looking at retirement in four years and giving up her step increase will result in her having to work an additional two years. Sheriff Kerry Lee said that if all wages are frozen employees aren’t giving anything up, they remain where they are. If employees give up one hour per day it results in a hit to their paycheck. Why wouldn’t everyone be willing to just be frozen? No one is losing anything by doing that. Kerry cited that the only fair thing to do is to freeze. Melanie asked if the Board has considered early retirement buyouts. Leslie cited that buyouts only save the county money if the position isn’t refilled. Riannan stated that, if the freeze occurs, then no additional employees should be allowed to be hired. If the salary freeze occurs, it will apply to all departments whether they affect the general fund or not. Melanie asked what the savings would be if all personnel who drive company vehicles home and to work weren’t allowed to do that anymore. The Board will meet with the Union reps again to establish the freeze (sans strings), all departments are directed to look at their budgets (in services/supplies) to see where 10% cuts can be made, and will hold another budget workshop on 5-26 at 8:00 a.m.
#20-TEAMSTERS BARGAINING AGREEMENT AMENDMENT/LC LAW ENFORCEMENT AGREEMENT
Pursuant to discussions under Item #8, Ronda made a motion to return to negotiations; seconded by Tommy. All voted in favor.
#22-FY 2009-2010 BUDGET/CERTIFICATION OF TAX RATE
This is the time and place set for public hearing. Dan advised the Board that they shouldn’t act on this issue today as the school district hasn’t adopted their budgets yet. Treasurer Kathy Hiatt advised that she has to publish the tax rates in order for people to have the opportunity to come in and discuss their rates. Alamo is the only rate that was raised. Alamo Town Board raised it. There is no one in the public present to discuss the published tax rates or proposed budget. No action is taken.
Ronda stated that White Pine County has asked that LC support the Silver State race. WP feels that NDOT isn’t being supportive of the race based on the placement of the rumble strip. Ronda asked that the Commissioner write, individually, to NDOT in support of the race. Cory Lytle advised that a grazing permittee approached him concerning the burro/wild horse bill. N-4 Grazing stands in opposition of this and is asking that the Commission oppose it as well. Phyllis provided copies of the Sunrise Engineering master copy for the Alamo Industrial Park.
There being no further business for the Board to attend to, Ronda made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:52; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.