City of Elko~~ Scott Wilkinson~~ City of Elko is in their budget cycle still and they have proposed fee increases.
One will be a proposal of a 10% increase in the CONNECTING water fee across board without focusing on certain areas. This would not impact current accounts only NEW CONNECTIONS.Another is the solid waste fees. They are currently done on a tonnage basis. The fees would be raised from $31 to $34 per ton.There is a possible code change under Title 5- Public safety/ Law Enforcement concerning domestic animals.They are proposing a change in hours for Angel park. They have had some complaints lately due to noise too late in the evening. The current close time of the park is Midnight. The changing close hours would go to 8 or 9 pm depending on time of year.
City of Carlin~~ No Report
Spring Creek Association~~Gwen King~~ They have meetings coming up in in the next couple months in regards to the community planning, issues and concerns. The first meeting on May 24th is at 6:00pm in the multi-purpose room located inside Spring Creek Elementary. This meeting will be a Community forum regarding a general discussion of issues, plan development and address questions and concerns. Another meeting for June 21st is also planned, also at 6:00pm in the multi-purpose room of Spring Creek Elementary. This meeting will include small sessions on specific topics such as Youth/Family/Adult, Golf Course, Horse Palace, Policy Changes, Sports/Recreation and Facilities/Infrastructure.
Elko County School District~~ Jeff Zander~~ There are 3 items on the agenda for the next meeting of the ECSD.
They are looking to award the Jackpot School money for the HVAC system. The low bid was Charles Chester for $1.7 mil. The budgeted amount was $1.3 mil so they will be discussing the difference in bid and budget.There is a fresh produce program in Wells called, the Meat Lab. The state has said will invest $107,000 towards the $349,00 proposed low bid. They will need to discuss the difference of $178,00 that will need approval to move forward for the updates that the program needs. The students that participate receive certificates of completion that assist them in attaining positions just out of High School that normally require at least an Associates Degree to get.There is a request for funding to do an annual fire extinguisher testing/replacement in the schools.
Elko County~~ Rob Stokes~~ Just FYI, Elko County does not control the ECSD. They do however receive complaints from time to time. They are separate entities if anyone asks. The Commission met last week and their next meeting is May 18th.
The Resolution of support for GBC to be slated as a state college was attained during this meeting. There was unanimous support from Commission.There has been approval in changing the order of a couple road projects that include South Fork and Last Chance Rd. South Fork was scheduled to be finished this year but has run into permitting issues that can’t be fixed quickly. The decision was made to swap the two projects and take care of the Last Chance road project. This project is for first 1 mile of that road beyond City limits. They can attain engineering and bid in a timely manner so the project could be completed within 2016. The Last Chance project will cost about $1.2 mil.There is a Budget hearing on May 18th for the final budget. It is a flat budget with $6mil dollars in requests on be able to be approved and only about $.5mil will be finalized. AB191 regards Fuel Tax Indexing. All counties in NV except Clark and Washoe are required to put AB191 on their ballots. This is an Annual Index that would be added based upon producer price indexing. The concern with current wording is that it is very confusing. The commission is working to have a clear ballot question at the May 18th meeting. Elko County Clerk, Carol Fosmo, will have people on hand to explain the pros and cons for the issue. They want it to be clear that all NV counties are required by legislature to put this on the ballot it is not from the Elko County Commission.They have spent a lot of time on developer requests with the Big W/Ruby Vista project in Spring Creek. This project would bring in 3900 houses to the Spring Creek Area. They have asked the county to assist with infrastructure costs of about $3.5 mil. Bank loans are not being freely given for these types of projects and they are hoping if the county ties their name to it the funds would be more likely given as a governmental agency is a part of the project.To assist in project requests in the future, they are going to make a policy to deal with this type of discussion. June 10th is a workshop with NNRDA where they will learn more specifics regarding this issue and what it would entail.
Great Basin College~~ Matt McCarty(unofficial report)~~ Chancellor Klaich seems supportive of GBC becoming a State College. The Board of Regents is calling a special meeting to discuss questionable conduct in 2011-12 and again last year. There is no way of knowing if he leaves that position if it will cause issue with the GBC State classification. Graduation is May 21st.
Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital~~ No Report
NNRDA~~ Pam Borda~~
On June 10th there will be a ½ day workshop in morning. This workshop will be Economic Development Tools that are available to local government and also local/private partnerships. It was felt this presentation was needed for people that were not able to attend the first summit. Invites will come from Pam as soon as she has confirmation of time. City/county officials will be invited to attend.NNRDA also wrote a letter of support for GBC becoming a State College. The designation would be economic development friendly for Elko County.Pam has been asked by GOED to take on 2 other counties, Eureka and White Pine. Her position on the request up to this point has been to not take on any more duties as she doesn’t have enough time or resources to do the job efficiently. She feels that GOED will be willing to take on that extra expenditure. She is not sure at this point if they will make the SBD person, Mary Gilbertson, full time or how the funds would be used. NNRDA would include Elko, Eureka, Lander and White Pine Counties.There are grant opportunities available for a major economic development strategy they are looking into. The current plan is 4 years old and needs to be updated. They would have to have the funding to do the plan as it is expensive and extensive. Nevada Lands Council will be on the agenda for GAC next month.
Elko Area Chamber~~ BAH for May is on 19th at A+ Total Care. They will be presenting HDI to the community as they will be located inside their facility. They are an independent Radiology Facility that is new to Elko. Home Show was very good even with some less than desirable weather Sunday. We had 90+ vendors in attendance.
Public Comment Period: The Candidate forums are set for May 25th and 26th. The County Commission Forum will include the 3 candidates that are running for one open position. This will be held Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm in the Turquoise room of the Convention Center. Submittal of questions need to be received the week prior. The Elko Daily Free Press will be hosting a Meet and Greet on May 25th before the Commissioner Forum for all candidates. The newly created Justice of the Peace for District 2 forum will be May 26th at 6:00 pm also in the Turquoise Room at the Convention Center. There are 6 candidates for newly created position. Only 5 of the 6 plan to be in attendance. Also on May 25th is the Nevada Department of Taxation Informational Meeting. All businesses are required to fill out the new tax forms regardless of it they hit the $4 mil threshold or not. The meeting is planned to take about 1 ½ hr. We are hoping to move the slated time to 4:00 pm as the meetings are on the same day and both at the Convention Center. This will make it where people can attend both meetings. The forms are Due Aug 15 so it would be very beneficial for anyone needing assistance with the new form. The State Taxation Department will do an intermediate class that will include information for Businesses that are under the threshold of the $4mil and also for those that are over.Matt stated; Our current meetings for GAC are once a month, are they working? Do we need to do twice a month? General consensus of the committee members in attendance was that once a month is working well.
Voting issues within GAC~~ Are we doing OK? Does the way we currently handle votes during GAC work for everyone?
The Legislative session coming up quick. Matt would like to find a committee member to take over this process so he is able to step back a bit. It will be a matter of someone stepping up to organize the process and to be responsible of dividing up the bills for processing by the committee members.
We will be discussing both of these topics more at the June GAC meeting and Stacey will send a reminder that we plan to discuss this.
PACE is sponsoring a workshop with Joe McGuire tomorrow, May 10th on Marijuana in the Workplace. It will be held at the County Library from 11-2. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commerce Tax was heard by the Supreme Court and we are hoping for a decision soon as to the validity of the Ballot Question.
Frontier will be adding in another 20 gigs. They have raised from 5 gigs - 40 gigs in last couple of years. Due to their delayed budget they are just finding out they will have some money to play with. There will be $1.4 mil available for engineering in the Elko Area.
Adjourn: 1:22 p.m.
Respectfully submitted: S. DeFord