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Planning, 00ommission highlights ideas for the future I by Andy Holtmann There is no denying that Pahrump is a fast growing community. With the population pushing nearly 25,000, the need for planning and organization comes into play. With this in mind, the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission met at the Bob Ruud Community Center on April 23, to discuss its options: The commission, headed by chairman Ben De Pue and advised by Planning Director Ron Williams addressed con- cerns such as land parcels, zoning and plans for future developments. With the growth and expansion of the community, more commercial subdivisions are being looked into. Large-scale shopping centers are relatively new to the Pahrump Valley, but there may be more on the way. World Premier Investments is in the final stages of paper- work concerning the development of a proposed shopping center on the corner of Highway 160 and Basin Road, The company has been in liaison with Williams and the commis- sion concerning the project. The project has been split into two phases labeled One and Two. In the first phase, WPI will be responsible for providing dust abatement and pavement of half of Dahlia Street which serves as the western boundary for the property. Once this is completed, the board will allow WPI to continue as long as it paves the rest of Dahlia and Yellowhand Avenue, the south- ern boundary ............  ...... Traffic signals would also be installed on Basin Road and Highway 160 if NDOT(Nevada Department of Transporta- tion), which evaluates the needs for and installs traffic lights, approves the request. "NDOT will not throw up a traffic light at anyone's request," said Dave Garrison, spokesman for WPI. "The need has to be warranted. They have to look at all the reasons behind the request. This includes traffic flow, accident rates, etc... Right now we meet around 20% of what NDOT war- rants." WPI said it would contribute around 36.4% of the cost of Continued on page 7 '" The dust is noearable, put up some barricades and let it blow " by Patti Babcock Board members assured Bellemore that Simkins is a. gravel. Board Chairman Charlotte LeVar drew agreement The dust from Simkins P ","k is a problem say Bob and Sue Bellemore speaking for themselves and other homeowners of Allen Estates at the special meeting of the Pahrump Town board on Tuesday. Bob Bellemore said the dust relief the town is trying to provide by having water trucks douse the area is insufficient. Homeowners want the grass shown in the park design. Buildings and Grounds Director Gordon Scott told the Board the grass seed has been ordered and will be planted as soon as it arrives. It could not be purchased locally due to the large amount required. Planting could be as early as May 9, but will definitely be completed within 30 days. Bcllemore continued to talk about the dust problem.  Board Member Steve Rainbolt told him the town is doing the best it can. The homeowner then asked about the ball diamond on the plan. This was supposed to be a passive park he said. passive park. The change on the plan was made without direction from the Board and was a mistake. Bellemore said he wanted to be sure there were no more changes he didn't know about. He was told there were no changes. Well, maybe one. The road Scott referred to as a"blooper" graded on the north side of the park to provide access and parking for the ball diamond that isn't. Town and private vehicles are continually getting stuck in the loose dirt. Board members discussed putting gravel on the road to cut the dust and to provide an overflow parking area. Bellemore objected. He said he and other homeowners don't want the road graveled. They do not want traffic and/or parking on the north side of the park. When asked how the dust problem would be solved, Bellemore was firm, no gravel. Several Board members asked, "do you want the dirt just to blow.'?" Bellemore replied it would be better than when she said, "O.K. Put up some barricades, and let it blow." Rainbolt asked Scott if there was enough money for gravel in the park budget. Scott said, "Yes." Rainbolt made a motion to put Type II gravel on the road to control the dust and to put up a barriacade until such time as the Board decides it needs the road for extra parking. It was approved 5-0. In other park business, Scott said they might run out of money before the park is finished, but he wasn't sure. There were places he could save money like using toilets removed from Petrack Park during the restroom upgrade. LeVar said, "If a bolt will fix it, why buy a new item." The Board instructed Scott to continue progress on the park. If more money is necessary, he will need to come to the Board with an itemized list of what is required and the cost plus an accounting of funds expended.