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Pahrump Valley lazeite, Thursday, May i, |997 7 Nye County needs better block layout, officials say Continued from front page the lights if approved. There was no word as to which stores would occupy the completed project, but the project is ex- pected to get underway soon. "We're very anxious to get started," said Garrison. "We have to get word back from NDOT and finalize our agree- ment. We estimate around 60-90 days." When the commission's budget came up, there were concerns about a request for a youth center at the April 22 Pahrump Town Board Meeting. The youth center would cost around $67,000 to construct, but that money would come from funds set aside for the planning commission. Williams said that the money was supposed to be used to construct offices for the planning commission. The project would build an addition to the town offices which would include an office for the director, a meeting room, reception area and space to house around three building inspectors. "I have nothing against the youth," said Commission Member Charlotte Levar, "But there is a need for some 'place of our own to work and have materials at hand." There were suggestions for an alternate to the requested youth center that the planning commission briefly discussed. No decisions have been made as of yet. Williams stated that he has been in contact with Bureau of Census representatives regarding Nye County's participation in the year 2000 census. He stated in a letter to Dennis Duffy of the Seattle office of the Bureau of Census that Nye County needs a better block layout. Williams requested that Nye County and census officials work together to solve the prob- lem. Duffy had also requested that Nye County participate in PALS (Program for Address List Supplementation). Will- iams explained that Nye County is around 18-24 months away from having a complete and digital street address Introduced into the meeting was a Draft Master Plan prepared by the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission that dictates where Pahrump is now and what the commission's goals are for the future. The draft explores topics like water use, community design, population and transportation. The debate of zoning over protective covenants was one issue that seemed to create some confusion. Zoning sets up certain areas such as commercial and residential that determine what you can and cannot do with the land. A hazardous chemical plant, for instance, could not operate next to someone's house. Williams said that already existing properties and buildings would be allowed to remain under what is called a Grandfather Clause. The clause allows for exemption from something that the county commission judges if it already exists. "The businesses or residences that are already there would be allowed to remain," said Williams. Most of the other topics discussed involved the approval or denial of street names and parcel maps. The biggest question that arose with parcel maps concerned the paving of streets. According to Nye County paved road standards, all new roads that are created .and all roads that accompany new parcels must be paved to meet current roadway standards. The board listened intently as Ron Murphy petitioned for a parcel map near Irene Street and Blagg Road and explained why he didn't feel it was necessary to pave the south half of Jodi Street which is adjacent to the land. "I'm planning to create a tree farm." said Murphy. "I don't see the need to pave a street I am never going to use." Ron Williams and the commission understood Murphy's complaint, but said that all private roads that lead into a major roadway must be paved to Nye County standards. According to Williams, they are just obeying the rules of the contract. Murphy was noticeably unhappy, but eventually com- plied. The Tonopall Arts Council IstAImual Beneflt DInner At the Tonopah Convention Center May 10, 1997 Cocktails 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Prime Rib Dinner Music No Host Bar Door Prizes Raffles Fun $20.00 per person Tickets can be purchased at ABar L Brown's Photo Western Auto Tonopah Middle School All proceeds go to the Tonopah Arts Council To  the arts to our commun/ty For more information Call 482-5095 Celebrate the Artsl system. Friends of the College formed BEATTY RAILROAD DAYS PAHRUMPmThe new group, Friends of the College, officially met on April 24 to form a fund raising effort to obtain revenue in sup- port of a Community College of Southern Nevada rural center to be built in Pahrump. The group is an Ad Hoe committee of the Pahrump LegislativeTask Force that has been charged with bringing the center to Pahrump. Many businesses and individuals have al- ready offered dollars and other means of sup- port for the many activities planned to bring the Center to fruition. The Pahrump Town Board has offered matching funds. The Nye County School District and the School to Work Project headed by Bob Dandy has offered money. Kiwanis, Rotary and other service groups have been contacted and offered their help. Initial funding for the construction of the center will come from the state general tax fund, but the group needs to raise funds imme- diately to send a contingent of Pahrump stu- dents and other citizens to Carson City to support passage of Assembly Bill 253, (As- semblyman Roy Neighbor's construction bill) when it comes before the Ways and Means Committee during this session. The bill asks for $3 million from the state general fund for the Public Works Board to zens there are in support of the center as class availability and programs will in- crease for those areas at present locations, as well as the Pahrump center. DeLee was elected temporary Chair- man of the group and Mary Ann McNeill was elected temporary Secretary to handle matters during the formation period. Oth- ers present and taking an active part in the group's activities were Sharon Kerr of B.O.S.S. in Pahrump, Karen Christiansen and Sally Devlin. Lending support and advice were Charlie Gronda, of the Pahr- ump Town Board, Dan Simmons, Coordi- nator of the Community College office in Pahrump, and Reggie Knight, President of the Legislative Task Force. Diana Stiles was not present but offered her help in organizing. The group emphasized that, ifPahrump is going to win the education center, citi- zens, schools and businesses from the whole area must put forth an organized effort. The next meeting of the Friends of the College will be held at 6 p.m., just before the Legislative Task Force meeting at 7 p.m., in the Pahrump High School Library on Friday, May 2. All meetings are open to the public and their involvement is wel- build the Center in cooperation with the Uni- come. versity and Community Col- lege System of Nevada. The bill will probably come be- fore the legislature, "late in the session," according to Neighbors. Michael DeLee, from Amargosa has been working with Amargosa and Beatty schools and individuals to drum up support and dollars for the education center. 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