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PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN, STATE OF NEVADA

October 5, 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 9:05. Clerk Lisa Lloyd called the roll with Commissioners Tommy Rowe, Ronda Hornbeck, Paul Mathews and Bill Lloyd being present. Ed Higbee is absent at this time. There is a quorum present and the agenda was posted on 9-29-09 to comply with the open meeting law. The Invocation is offered by John Martinez and Paul led the Pledge of Allegiance. District Attorney Greg Barlow is present as well.

CONSENT AGENDA

#2 Approve/Deny minutes of the September 21, 2009 Commission meeting.

#3 Approve/Deny Business Licenses with staff recommendations (an itemized list of business licenses is available for public review in the Building Department prior to the meeting).

Tommy made a motion to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.

#4-VOUCHERS

Recorder/Auditor Leslie Boucher presented the vouchers. There is a repair bill for the Transportation vehicle, payable to Bradley Pinkham; this is Toni Pinkham’s son and the Board feels it’s a conflict of interest for him to be hired. Toni advised that he isn’t being hired; he’s filling out the sole proprietorship papers. Transportation has poured thousands of dollars into these vehicles and they aren’t getting repaired. Bradley has been working on the vehicles, and so far the repairs have been successful. Greg advised that the hiring of this individual needs to come to the Board for approval due to the relationship that exists between mother and son. Bradley needs to get a business license, as well. Ronda questions if the Board can pay this voucher. Yes, Greg said. The work has been done and there’s no reason to “stick it to him”, but future work needs must come before the Board for consideration/approval prior to any actual repairs being done. Bradley is also being paid to help Toni with distribution of commodities; USDA has told Toni there is no problem with this. Greg reiterated the need to bring these issues before the Board for approval prior to hiring. Ronda made a motion to approve the vouchers as presented; seconded by Tommy. All voted in favor.

#13-OFFICER/DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS

RECORDER/AUDITOR Leslie Boucher presented the cash balance reports. General County has a balance of $657,902.80 with estimated expenditures being $175,303.83. This leaves General County with a balance of $482,598.97. Transportation has a cash balance of $14,589.82 with estimated expenditures being $4,269.01. This will leave Transportation with a balance of $10,320.81. Nutrition has a cash balance of $34,124.81 with estimated expenditures being $9,534.97. This leaves Nutrition with a balance of $24,589.84. Detention Center has a cash balance of $161,675.51 with estimated expenditures being $76,951.66. Detention Center will have a balance of $84,723.85. Solid Waste has a balance of $69,888.15 with estimated expenditures being $17,767.50. This leaves Solid Waste with a balance of $52,120.65. Airport has a cash balance of $87.47 with no expenditures this pay period. Wendy Rudder is working to collect the rent monies owed to the county.

#14-LINCOLN COUNTY/LINCOLN COUNTY WATER DISTRICT LEASE AGREEMENT

Wade Poulsen presented a contract for the lease of office space in the in the Lincoln County Courthouse. LCWD is willing to pay $450 per month for rent. The term of the agreement is for one year. Tommy made a motion to approve the lease agreement; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor. Tommy made a motion to make the rent date effective as of October 1, 2009; seconded by Ronda. All voted in favor.

#12-RESOLUTION #2009-34

This is a resolution increasing the sewer rate, reducing the maximum usage amount allowed before overage rates apply for water and sewer, and allocating a portion of power revenues for the Capital Improvements Accounts for the Town of Pioche. Paul read the resolution into the record. Bill stated that Pioche has a great deal of senior citizens who are on a fixed income. The sewer rate is currently $18.00 and this will be a nearly $8.00 increase. Pioche has been told by USDA that they have to raise their rates in order to get the money required to line the sewer ponds. The rates have to be raised in order for Pioche to afford the loan payment. Phyllis stated that the seniors in Pioche can apply to Toni Pinkham for aid with the payment of one utility payment per year. Bill said the senior citizens are extremely independent; they’ll pay this bill and subsequently go without food. Ronda said that the increase is necessary in order for PPU to help the citizens with the sewer improvements. Ronda made a motion to approve the resolution; seconded by Tommy. Bill is opposed. Motion carries 3-1. Nathan Adams stated that even though this is a huge increase for Pioche, Pioche is still below the average rate.

#25-PACIFIC EXPRESS PARADE CORPS.

John Martinez presented a request for the Board to name the Pacific Express Parade Corps. As the Lincoln County Official Musical Ambassadors. They are playing at Red Rock’s Invitational and several other parades, including Frontier Days in Wyoming. Everyone who lives here should promote LC. John further advised that they win everywhere they go. Ronda asked why they need the title ambassador. It is for recognition and tells everyone that they are representing LC. Pacific Express goes to places in NV that no one else from LC ever goes to. Ronda asked, if they become the musical ambassadors, will they expect LC to fund this? John responded by saying they will not expect to be funded in any different manner than everyone else right now. Tommy said the term “ambassador” is for one year only. Ronda is worried that the county will be expected to fund this if they receive the title “ambassador”. John said no; they don’t expect anything. Tommy made a motion to approve and name the Pacific Express Parade Corps as ambassadors for LC; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.

#5-HIGHWAY COMMISSION

This item is handled under separate agenda.

#6-LIQUOR BOARD

This item is handled under separate agenda.

#16-AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT

Sheriff Kerry Lee presented this item, which includes a grant award. The grant is for Rural Drug Interdiction and will pay for two new drug dogs, two new vehicles, training of the officers, kennels at the officers’ homes, and upfitting of vehicles. The dogs will be located in Pioche and Alamo. The grant is for $127,000, with no match, and is a reimbursement grant. The grant will not be spent all at once, but it must be spent in its entirety before September 2010. Kerry has the money in his budget, narcotics enforcement, to purchase the dog food. There are continued costs, including yearly recertification of the dogs, veterinarian bills, and dog food. Kerry said that the vehicles have to be purchased first; other expenditures will not be made until the vehicles are in place. Kerry would like to start upfitting as soon as possible. Kerry estimates the dogs will cost about $15,000-20,000. Ronda made a motion to approve the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $50,000, to be paid for through Fund 87 (ARRA Rural Drug Interdiction monies are to be reimbursed to this fund prior to moving on with the rest of the grant); seconded by Tommy. All voted in favor.

#17-DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY GRANT

Sheriff Kerry Lee presented a grant award form Department of Public Safety, Office of Criminal Justice, in the amount of $1,500 for the purchase of a laptop that will be used for training. No match required on this grant. Ronda made a motion to approve; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.

#8-BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT UPDATE

Wells McGiffert, BLM, introduced the new district manager, Rosy Thomas. Wells discussed the Solar Programmatic EIS (PEIS). They’ve done public outreach and worked with some local ranchers. BLM has received a great deal of feedback. Some of the major concerns of the ranchers was the prime ground and water sources. Wells reviewed the acreage in the PEIS. There is an area in the East Mormons included in the proposals that was burned in the 2005 fires. This would be a study area with the least amount of impact and hasn’t been fully researched. The original proposal from LC included the east side of the Toquop wash. Putting
solar on the east side will be extremely difficult. This individual has requested that all of the Toquop area be removed from the PEIS so it can be taken forward at one time. BLM is willing to work with the county if there is a specific action the Board has in mind. Paul cited this isn’t on the agenda to take action today or to designate areas. If Mr. Johns and those ranchers who will be impacted have come to an agreement Paul will support it. Wells advised that BLM wants to make sure that what is proposed at the state/Washington level is something the county can live with. Wells committed to work with Board members over the next two weeks on this issue. To date, BLM has held two meetings, informational and not public. It has been brought to their attention that there are grazing concerns. The first meeting centered around the PEIS and how to comment. The second meeting included reviewing areas that would have less impact to the grazing allotments. BLM consolidated the information provided at these meetings into developable areas. There are 29 comments on the PEIS, 17 of which came from LC. Wells feels that the door has been opened for a partnership between BLM and LC. BLM
wants to look at both wind and solar areas, do public outreach, and take a proactive approach to finding areas that people can live with the development. The last letter the Board sent didn’t address the full 104,000 acres. If the Board is going to take action and support BLM in their endeavors, they want to make sure the support will not have a negative impact to the LC ranchers. Connie has worked with Mr. Bundy and Mr. Wade, who would like the entire thing to go away. They realize, based on the existing corridor, something is going to come in. Sithe Global has been working directly with the ranchers and it’s expected to continue. Mr. Wade asked, as these six sections are studied, the solar company be required to fence the area they’re using so the remaining area can still be used; this will make it almost palatable for the rancher. Most solar companies are insistent that their fields are fenced off, Victoria said. As the area moves toward the west, it gets closer and closer to Mr. Wade’s water sources. Mr. Johns has indicated they will walk the area with the rancher and when they actually build the plant it will be closer to 1,500 acres. The fence will be to keep both the public and livestock out of the area. The fence is a safety mechanism. It is an industry wide practice to eliminate livestock and public use in the solar areas. Connie advised that N4 Grazing Board sent a letter requesting to be a cooperating agent; has this letter been received? Wells wasn’t sure but replied that he will follow up on it. This item will be on the next agenda for discussion and possible action.

#9-CHIEF MOUNTAIN RECREATION MANAGEMENT PLAN

Chris Linehan advised the public scoping opens today for thirty days. A public meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night, 6-8 p.m., in Caliente. BLM’s plan for the area includes motorized and non-motorized trails. Ronda asked that BLM include somewhere for camping. There are currently two trailheads in this area. Both of these trailheads have restrooms, fire pits and are set up for camping. If comments are received stating that additional trail heads are needed BLM will address this.

#10-MOUNT GRAFTON AND MORMON MOUNTAIN MANAGEMENT PLANS

Dave Jacobson presented an update on the Mount Grafton and Mormon Mountain Management Plans (MP). MP has gone completely through the public process. It is anticipated this plan will be completed and finalized in November. Dave cited they are beginning the process for creation of the management plan for Mount Grafton and the far south Egans. Scoping meetings have been planned for Lund, Caliente, and Ely in November. A separate meeting will be held for the ranchers. BLM anticipates the plan will take 1 ½ years to 2 years to complete. After the draft comes out a second round of scoping meetings will be held. BLM anticipates this plan will be completed some time in 2011. Ronda advised that the ranchers handed in maps outlining the roads they would need to use for maintenance of livestock in a previous management plan; pretty much none of these roads were included. Bill said Mount Grafton started out at 7,000 feet but it’s now down by the highway. No one can go to North Creek and fish or camp anymore. Bill agreed with the wilderness area as first outlined at the 7,000 feet. Bill disagrees with the wiping out of North Springs Road and going to Camel Springs. The boundaries agreed upon weren’t necessarily approved by BLM. Ronda said the lines for the wilderness area at Grafton are a great deal larger than actually approved by LC. The area they are starting with in White Pine is the most used area. It closed the majority of the roads used in this area. Dave commented that some of the issues can’t be resolved at the BLM level; they were decisions made by Congress. Tommy cited that Congress shouldn’t have closed any of the roads there. Louis Benezet agreed with the need to establish a good cherry stem road up to North Creek. Dave cited that management plans don’t establish boundaries. Dave said the management plan will not make the cherry stem road longer or shorter. Louis responded that the road should at least go up to the creek crossing. Bill said the cherry stem road requires a three mile walk to get to North Creek. Dave responded that the plan can’t address this. In order to change these roads it will have to go back through Legislation. BLM can maintain the cherry stem roads but not make them longer or shorter. Tommy asked BLM to aid the county in providing recommendations from the District Office so the county can take issues to Legislation; if BLM sees things that have been done in error, they should support the county and advise of these things. There are two Hackberry Springs and one has been completely closed off. If there was a letter from BLM citing this is a mistake the county would have something to take to Washington. If BLM can see a mistake has been made, and issue a letter to the county advising of such, the county could take this forward.

#11-BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT LAND SALES

Victoria Barr reminded the Board that the county was going to advise BLM of the areas LC would like to see put up for sale. Medlins and Pearson’s trespass issues have been addressed. LC feels the remaining trespass issues need to be addressed. Paul feels that if property continues to be sold in the Alamo Industrial Park area it is detrimental to the county based on everything that’s happened with the economy. Paul doesn’t feel this is the time to release more acreage in this area. Victoria recommended Paul contact Carol Bass. Carol has advised that there are approximately 36 acres that will be sold in the Alamo Industrial Park area. Ronda said that, as badly as things are going now, the BLM wouldn’t have a very successful sale. The Board members will contact Carol. There is a parcel of land in Panaca that was left out of the R&PP as well as a piece by the airport. There is a piece by the Turner Farm/Love Farm that needs to be released as it was supposed to have been included in the legal description but somehow got left out. Paul commented the citizens would prefer the land be released in smaller amounts (5-20 acre parcels) so they have the opportunity to buy/build. It is more work for the BLM to release in smaller parcels, but it is possible to go down to 2.5 acre parcels. Paul suggested that acreage around the communities be designated for smaller parcels. Victoria suggested another meeting be scheduled with the county’s proposed plan for disposal, which should include what parcels and what size parcels the county would like released as well as a time frame for such. Ronda commented they don’t have a problem with the Pearson/Medlin area disposals, but in relation to the 90,000 acres, the county isn’t ready for further disposals in the Alamo areas. Dawne Combs cited they’ve received phone calls from an attorney’s office inquiring as to when parcels in the Alamo area will be sold. The county will have to address the Pearson/Medlin disposals.
Victoria will contact Carol and subsequently contact Ronda. A letter addressing the Pearson/Medlin acres will be addressed on the next agenda.

#15-PERSONNEL POLICY

Paul has worked with Dawne Combs and Recorder/Auditor Leslie Boucher concerning the draft personnel policy left by the former county manager. Paul proposed continued review of this policy. If the state is tough on the county as anticipated in the December session it will be good for the county to have an established policy outlining the handling of personnel issues. Paul suggested a committee be formed and volunteered to be on it. Paul would like to address the structuring; there isn’t a pyramid of management. For management to be effective, the policy must be organized as far as responsibilities. Dawne suggested the following people be on the committee: Paul, Daniel Hooge, Leslie Boucher, Melanie McBride, Toni Pinkham, and Dawne. Dawne said if there are too many people on the committee this policy will never get done. The purpose of the committee is to meet with all elected officials/department heads/employees. This will allow for the setting up of small meetings. Paul feels that teams of people should address certain sections of the policy. The committee can do the initial review and then approach all of the other offices that should have input. Paul would like to have the policy in place prior to addressing next year’s budget. Leslie has made arrangements to have Bill Zalinsky of POOL/PACT meet with everyone on the committee. Ronda made a motion to move forward with the committee and appoint the following members: Paul Mathews, Daniel Hooge, Leslie Boucher, Melanie McBride, Toni Pinkham, and Dawne Combs; seconded by Tommy. Vaughn commented that the Board is going to have to decide whether or not they’re going to be involved in the management. Paul feels that some of the management needs to be pushed off onto the elected officials. All voted in favor.

#27-LETTER TO BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT RE: RMP/TRUCK & BUGGY RACES

In the Resource Management Plan it is designated that only two truck and buggy races are allowed. However, right now there are three applications, two of which are historical. This letter is requesting a change to the RMP. The request includes an amendment which states that the maximum number of competitive truck events per calendar year be increased to 4. This number matches the number of approved truck routes, (REC 15) that can be utilized. If this is increased to 4 will it cut down on the motorcycle races? Yes. Paul asked if the Board wants to do this without consulting the N4 Grazing Board and other ranchers. Paul said there is a balance between the business people and the rest of those who are affected. The races will be handled through a draw, which means the county could lose 250 races compared to gaining 20 races. Tommy feels the request for the amendment needs to be made prior to addressing the other interested parties. Paul said the race that took place a couple of weeks ago was a menace to society. The racers need to respect the residents of the county. Nathan Adams said in places that he’s raced in if the pit crew gets a ticket there they are disqualified. Greg commented that these are concerns that should’ve been addressed by the race committee prior to coming before the Board for approval. Greg counseled the Commission to pay attention to the race route, impacts of the race, and insist that controlled speed be enforced. Connie Simkins advised she is certain the N4 Grazing Board would like to have the number remain as small as possible. Bill said the LC Power District was upset as the power line roads were torn up to the point they couldn’t be used. It is the race company’s responsibility to mitigate the impacts. There has been some discussion about requiring a performance bond. If BLM sticks to the 12 races and the county requests 4 truck/buggy races, it will eliminate two motorcycle races. Tommy made a motion to send the letter as drafted outlining a request for 4 races; seconded by Ronda and amended to 3 races. Paul seconds the amendment. Ronda, Bill and Paul vote in favor of sending the letter to include an increase to 3 races. Motion carries.

Lunch break 12:13-1:00

#18-RESOLUTION #2009-35

Sheriff Kerry Lee presented the resolution authorizing a Medium-Term Obligation Installment Purchase Agreement for new vehicles for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. This has been advertised prior to the meeting and all statutory obligations have been met. Paul read the resolution into the record. Tommy made a motion to approve the amended resolution; seconded by Ronda. All voted in favor.

#19-RESOLUTION #2009-36

There is a typo on the agenda that shows the amount for this loan being $44,000. The actual amount is $440,000 and this was noticed in the newspaper correctly. DA Greg Barlow advised that this matter may go forward as it was published with the correct amount. Phyllis Robistow, Grants Administrator, read the resolution into the record. Final payment is due November 2019. $280,000 has been paid towards the purchase of the land. It was a grant from NV Commission for Economic Development for the purchase of the land and the county doesn’t have to repay it. Tommy made a motion to approve the resolution to authorize a Medium-Term Obligation in the amount of $440,000 to enable Lincoln County to continue to finance the purchase of land from the Bureau of Land Management for the Establishment of the Alamo Industrial Park; seconded by Ronda. All voted in favor. Ronda asked what the monthly payments will be. At this time it is unknown. Most likely it will be set up on a yearly basis.

#20-COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT 2010 PROJECTS

Denice Brown presented this item. This year only one application from LC will be allowed. There are three project applications at this time and proposals will be heard at the October 19th Commission meeting; rankings will be determined on November 2nd. Expansion of Panaca Senior Center, Coyote Springs Communications Facility, and a Pinion/Juniper Biomass for Energy project are the projects received to date.

#21-ORDINANCE #2009-06

DA Greg Barlow presented this item. This ordinance imposes a franchise fee of 2% of gross revenues equally and uniformly on all video service providers operating within the jurisdiction of Lincoln County for the privilege of providing video service through a video service network that occupies or uses, in whole or in part, any public right-of-way or highway within the jurisdiction of Lincoln County. John Christian raised a couple of questions and cited there are two ways to handle this. You can file with the state or the county can impose a franchise fee. This ordinance is for an analog system they want to continue using. John advised there isn’t anything in the proposed ordinance that covers a telephone company. John asked if LC Turbonet would be dragged into this as a video provider. John asked if the county wants to define what each video provider is or make it broader. John doesn’t want this to cover ISP. Is LC Telephone System excluded under F? No; Greg said this will include the telephone company. John commented that they are moving towards a product that will compete with the newer companies; he’s trying to keep the old system up and running until he can get the newer product in place. Paul read the ordinance by title. Ronda made a motion to propose the ordinance and set it for public hearing on November 2 at 1:00 p.m.; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.

#24-ORDINANCE #2009-07

This is an ordinance renewing for the benefit of Christian Enterprises, Inc., D/B/A Rainbow Cable, a Nevada Corporation, its successors an assigns, a franchise for the right and privilege to construct, maintain, and operate a cable communications system within the County of Lincoln, State of Nevada, and to use property of the County of Lincoln, or that portion of the County’s property dedicated to public use for the maintenance of cables or wires underground, on the surface, or on poles for the provision of cable communications service. Ronda made a motion to propose the ordinance and set it for public hearing on November 2 at 1:00 p.m.; seconded by Tommy. All voted in favor.

#23-TEAMSTERS LOCAL 14 LABOR AGREEMENTS

DA Greg Barlow presented to the Board a written copy of an agreement that has been signed by Gary Mauger. Tommy made a motion to approve the Memorandum of Agreement between LC and Teamsters Local 14; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.

#22-LAW ENFORCEMENT LABOR AGREEMENT

DA Greg Barlow advised that a Memorandum of Agreement is needed for this item; Greg will work with Derek Foremaster to draft one for approval at the next meeting. Ronda asked if these people can be paid before the agreement is signed. Greg recommended that payment wait until signatures are in place; this MOA is retroactive to July. Paul has provided the necessary documentation to the Recorder/Auditor and payment has already been addressed.

#26-INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES COMMITTEE

This item concerns the possible appointment of an IT committee and creation of a work order system. Paul spoke with Tracy Lee this morning concerning this issue. Tracy is in favor of the committee. The Board agreed there should not be more than 7 individuals on this committee. John Christian suggested it might provide a different view to have an individual on the committee that doesn’t work for the county. Dawne Wood agreed with John and said the county needs someone from the outside that has good IT experience to help. Ken Dixon cited one of the things the committee will be looking at is the phone system in the courthouse; there isn’t anyone more qualified than someone who works for the telephone company. Ronda volunteered to sit on the committee and represent the Board. The Board assigned Ronda to research this and determine the individuals that will make up the committee. There is some discussion about the creation of a work order system. No action is taken at this time and this issue will be addressed on the next agenda.

#28-RESOLUTION #2009-

This item concerns a resolution in the matter of Federal Fiscal Year 2009 Elections for National Forest related Safety-Net Payments. This is a two year resolution. Ronda reviewed the SRS. The monies come into the county and a small percentage of the funds go to the Road Department to maintain the roads that take the children to school. The rest of the funding goes to the schools and it isn’t known at this time what the money is used for. Paul advised that he already signed the resolution and it’s been sent to the State. This item is to ratify the action. Tommy made a motion to approve the resolution and ratify the signature and document sent to the State Controller’s office; seconded by Ronda. All voted in favor.

#29-GRANTS

Phyllis Robistow, Grants Administrator, presented this item.

a) Update—ARRA projects reimbursement should be paid in the normal time frame. $1.454 billion in stimulus funds has been received by NV and is being divided up by the various departments. Reporting is required for these funds. The website was opened at 8:00 a.m. and by 8:01 a.m. Washington was already making changes. Since the money is already here, it should be received in a normal fashion. NV Energy received a total of $34 million in funding for energy projects. The county applied to redo the building in the amount of $315,000; it will cost about $330,000. Phyllis found out the application has to be started over and the county will have to reapply. There is a 90% guarantee that we’ll get the funding. Phyllis will apply for the full $330,000. This will be handled through State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The county will be subject to spot checks by both State and Federal persons. All contractors have to be on the state purchasing list. State Energy wants State Purchasing to handle the purchasing of any materials, but we should be able to go out locally to bid; this is Davis-Bacon. There will be a NV preference so that NV contractors will be hired; they are thinking about adding a county/city preference. This will provide for the hiring of local contractors. If the county is only awarded $300,000 and the project estimate is higher, USDA is willing to work with the county to do USDA grant funding and loans. In Pioche, USDA is only willing to give a 35% grant. Application with CDBG will be made for the communications tower; Phyllis has also sent this to USDA. The communications tower is a LC project but takes place in Clark County. $200,000 was awarded for the Million Dollar Courthouse roof and structure repairs. LC received a Cultural Affairs Grant for $125,000 that can be added to the $200,000. There are 1,526 confirmed H1N1 Virus cases within the State; the majority of these are in the northern part of the state. The contract between the State and LC for the public health nurse was signed in July. A couple of counties within the State have fought as they were unhappy with the contract. The increase will be 8.6% and another contract will be coming before the Board for approval.

#30-BUILDING DEPARTMENT

Cory Lytle presented this item.

a) Update—Cory gave a quarterly review of Building Department activities. Upcoming projects include the Rachel DC Day Park, AC in Recorder’s Office, and the Alamo Annex men’s restroom remodel. Cory has an upfront bid for the Alamo Annex remodel. Cory advised they are tracking everything, including vehicles. Cory addressed the LC Water District rental fees. Cory suggested that an item be put on the agenda to designate a certain portion to go into buildings and grounds for maintenance. The original idea was to split the money between the Building Department and Buildings and Grounds. Nadja from LS Power called and has advised they are working swiftly. This week they are doing soil samples. Their start goal for road construction is December. Cory’s secretary Sequoyah Shoars is back today and has informed Cory that her husband has been transferred to Elko; he doesn’t take his position until after the first of the year. Cory suggested the Board follow through with the Special Events Policy; it will allow for holding permittees accountable. The public safety hazards of various events need to be addressed. Mitigation will fall on the event holder, not the residents of the county. The Board agreed this policy needs to move forward. A workshop to define the Special Events Policy will be held November 12th at 8:30 a.m.

#7-EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

This item is tabled.

#13-OFFICER/DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS

SHERIFF Kerry Lee advised that he’s decided to forgo the seizing of a drug forfeiture vehicle; it’s junk and not worth going after. The SO is working with the Road Department on a sale for old vehicles, including some seized vehicles. The sale will be held in November. Cory Lytle commented that there are four generators to be added to the sale list. The items will be transported to Caliente so the public can view them. NUCLEAR OVERSIGHT PROGRAM COORDINATOR Connie Simkins advised that Congress has acted on the budget; it is nearly flat funding. October 26 is an AULG meeting. The next JCCIAC meeting is 10-12 in Caliente. CLERK Lisa Lloyd advised that she will be out of the office for the remainder of the week. Lisa is attending elections meetings with the Secretary of State in Reno. COMMISSIONER TOMMY ROWE discussed the donation of money for the NACO gift.

#31-PUBLIC COMMENT

Dawne Wood addressed the need for anyone attending the Commission meetings to turn off their cell phones.

#32-ADJOURN

There being no further business for the Board to attend to, Ronda made a motion to adjourn the meetings at 2:41 p.m.; seconded by Bill. All voted in favor.

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