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Ron Williams, Nye County Preparing For 2000 Census by Andy Holtmann Nye County is on a quest. Their goal; to be better prepared for the year 2000 census. Under the leadership of Ron Williams, Acting Director of the Nye County Planning Department, plans arc in the works for a better block lay- out and street address sys- tem. Under current stan- dards, it is relatively diffi- cult for census officials to gather accurate information about the county. The smallest unit of in- formation that the census bu- reau deals with is the block. A block consists of a rela- tively square area that is sur- rounded on its four sides by definable boundaries. The most common blocks are those within a town or city that have streets as their boundaries. According to Williams, the blocks in Nye County are nearly undefinable due to their varying size and shape. Nye County has asked the Census Bureau for permission to update the block system and is requesting help and advice from bureau officials. "We need to all sit down and go over county maps," said Williams. "After taking into consideration our current sys- tem, we need to carefully plan out new blocks that fit the standards." Street addresses in Nye County have also been a recent concern. Williams stated that even though there is an ordi- nance in the Pahrump Valley that says residences and businesses must have street addresses visible on them, there are still many buildings in the area that have no address at all. The only accurate record of street names in Nye County is kept at Williams' s office and he said that even that data is not perfect. "We need to all sit down and go over county maps," said Williams. "After taking into consideration our current system, we need to carefully plan out new blocks that fit the standards." "Street names change all the time and many roadway signs don't seem to last in Nye County," said Williams. "No database exists as of yet to enter the names into and we are short of manpower to handle the street address problem." In 1996, Bureau of Census Representative Dennis Duffy requested that Nye County participate in PALS, (Pro- gram for Address List Supplementation) which would provide a database for accurate street addresses within the area. Williams said that the county is still a long way away from having their system in a complete and digital format. The Census Bureau has used different techniques to try and gather information about Nye County in the past. One such system involved satellite imagery identification, where roadways were pho- tographed from space. Williams stated that this system had flaws due to the fact that many roadways are not heavily used anymore and they do not reflect the actual growth of the area. A system called GIS (Geographic Information System) Mapping has been used to help prepare for the upcoming census. In this program, a team of individuals counts each residence within the Nye County limits. When the actual census is taken in 2000, the results of the GIS findings will be compared with the results of Census officials to see how close their findings are. Williams hopes to have all of the problems sorted out before the 2000 census takes place. The Nye County Plan- ning Commission is faced with a small staff and lack of office space to tackle these nagging issues head on. "It seems like we were more ahead of the gun before the 1990 census took place," said Williams. "Hopefully we will be ready in time." Field narrowed to three for Town Manager Three finalists, one from Nevada and two from out Salary for the position is in the mid $40,000 range of state, have been selected for interviews from a field depending on experience according to Gronda. I II of 23 applicants. Town Board member Charlie Gronda said he and fellow board member Gary Hoilis with town attorney Len Smith hope to conduct in- terviews in the next two weeks. The three members of the search committee will conduct the inter- views at Smith's office in Las Vegas. "We're going to be looking for an experienced Town Manager who will stay," Gronda said. Scott Nielsen resigned recently, citing personal reasons, after serving less than a year. His predecessor, Roger Baltz served less than two years. -Shop Early for Memorial Day! Not because of selection--We just want you to take the weekend off and relax! 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