Government Affairs Committee
Of the Elko Area Chamber
August 8, 2016
Meeting was called to order by Gwen King at 12:09
Members in Attendance: Jay Duke, City of Carlin; Gwen King, Service First Insurance; Amber Fox, Nevada State Bank; Hannah Morrison, Marriott TownePlace Suites; Billie Crapo, Chamber; Paul Gardner, Elko Broadcasting; Jeff Zander, Elko County School District; Bill Applegate, Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital; Curtis Calder, City of Elko; Bailey Billington, DBA; Sharon Horn, RAM Enterprise; Matt McCarty, Marriott TownePlace Suites
Prior Minutes handed out
City of Elko-Curtis Calder
Joel Fairfield of the Elko Police Department is retiring after 10 years of service, and Fire Marshal, Josh Carson is resigning after 7 years with the Elko Fire Department.
A Master Plan for the airport is in the works, and the public is invited to attend all meetings and give input. Times will be made available to the public.
Exit 298 Water Line Project final acceptance on a change order for the project.
The Cedar Street Reconstruction Project ran into a few issues including a collapsed storm drain. It is estimated to increase the cost by $40-$50 thousand.
Bids will be awarded for the Flagview Sidewalk Project. This includes sidewalk, curb and gutter along Ruby Vista and Flagview Drive. This is a high pedestrian area.
Through the Annual Washoe County Criminal Justice Grant, safety equipment will be purchased for the SWAT team.
The City is looking to replace 3 patrol vehicles with over 100,000 miles. Being replaced are a SUV Tahoe and 2 unmarked sedans.
The Copper Trails-Copper St Subdivision is in its final approval phase.
The City is acquiring an acre of Federal lands on 5th Street under the freeway, it will be made into a parking lot next to the soccer fields.
The VFW is in the process of trying to acquire the old Police Station.
In Public Hearings a fee increase will be discussed for the landfill and for water connection fees. The water connection fees will affect new developments.
City of Carlin-Jay Duke
They have banked around 60% of the sales tax money from the Long Canyon Project.
Pam Borda of NNRDA will be giving a presentation on the Nevada Lands Council.
Carlin Crossing Project is still in the works.
Spring Creek Association- (reported by Gwen King for Jessie Bahr)
The Community Center is moving forward and framing is almost complete. Horse Palace Design Study-The RFQ’s will be presented by three firms at the July Board Meeting. From the firm selected, they will work on an agreement and move forward with an initial timeline for completion.
COA: The COA rules and Member procedures are being reviewed to see what changes may need to take place in regards to current rules and member requirements/policies. Some items for discussion in upcoming meetings include:
Feasibility of conducting pre/post inspections on SCA building permits
Door to Door Solicitation
Weed Height Limit/Larger Clearance Requirement Around Homes
Contractors Agreement and Contract
Construction Site Standard-Porta Toilets/Dumpsters
Reseeding After Construction
ATV Ticketing with Security
Dog/Cat Limit on Property
Chip Sealing will be completed in August on 32 miles of previously approved roadway.
There is an online survey available to members. This survey is another avenue for members to give their input and who have not been able to make the previous community forums or focus groups.
Elko County School District-Jeff Zander
The District has been dealing with a teacher shortage especially in Special Ed, Subs and Long Term. One hundred and five teachers are need to fill these positions. Young administrators were sent out to attend career fairs and they found this to be a successful venture. At this point they have filled 75 of the 105 positions.
Some text books that are over 17 years will be replaced this school year.
Elko County-No Report
Great Basin College- (Per Matt McCarty)
The Board of Regents meeting will be held on September 1st. The college semester starts in two weeks.
Northeastern NV Regional Hospital-Bill Applegate
The 30th Annual Health Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept 17th at 7:00am. This year the normal screenings are being done at no charge. In addition, there is going to be Children’s Bicycle Safety and NNRH is giving away free bike helmets.
Elko Area Chamber-Billie Crapo
Business After Hours is going to be on the GBC campus by the Clock Tower on August 18th. This month we focus on the non-profit and home-based member business. Elko Realty and Northern Nevada Equipment are hosting the event.
August 25th, David Gould from the Office of the Labor Commission is speaking at our Lunch and Learn held at the Chamber from 12-1:30. One of the topics he will be touching on is the changes to salary exempt over time laws. The second half of the meeting Steve Timmel, Human Resource Manager from Elko Motor is speaking on some HR topics important to businesses.
Public Comment Period
There are 100 days left until election day. A candidate forum will be held at the end of Sept or mid-October.
The Guinn Center would like to come to Elko on either Sept 12th or Oct 10th to do a presentation on:
Background Checks on Guns, Recreational Marijuana, Medical Patient Relief Act and Energy Choice. We will email you when a date is confirmed. They are also looking at doing a Public Forum for education candidates on October 3rd. Details to follow.
Adjourned at 1:07
Respectfully submitted: Billie Crapo
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