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14 Thursday, May 15, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette KHWK Radio From Pahrump to Bishop has you covered For the latest news, information and the finest music programming be sure to tune to KHWK, broadcasting from Tonopah. If you're traveling the vast distances of Central Nevada's desert terrain you still can't miss us! Member. Associated Press Great Basin Radio Network 92.7 - Tonopah 93.5 - Beatty 94.3 - Lida and Scotty's Junction 94.3 - Gold Point 95.9 - Pahrump 103.9 - Bishop, Mammoth and Big Pine 104.9 - Round Mountain 105.5 - Hawthorne Budget process frustrating Continued from front page Sheriff's department is overstaffed There may not be enough personnel in Pahrump with the burgeoning population, but some people are asking "why do we have so many in Tonopah," with the dwindling population, "If the Sheriff is doing his homework, he wilt have all the answers to these questions, (at the budget hearings)," he said. Weldon thinks that the commissioners are trying to force the NCSO into a bargaining situation with the Nye County Law Enforce- ment Association (NCLEA). The NCLEA is the union group that covers the sergeant level and below. "The NCSO has already met 4 times and slashed the operating budget every where we could," Weldon said. "We need $650,000 just for operating the offices in Pahrump, Beatty, Tonopah, Gabbs, Smoky Valley, Amargosa and Mercury." "We cut all capital out. We lost 10 posi- tions last year. $1.4 million is 23 positions." "The only place we have left to cut is in personnel," he said. In explaining Sheriff Wade Lieseke's statement of last week that the NCSO is understaffed in detention facilities at Pahr- ump and Tonopah, with both facilities being well above capacity, and that could lead to a large summary judgment, he recalled the Sessions court case of a few years ago. The case was decided against the county in that it was found there was not adequate supervision and the facilities were over- crowded. "It (the Sessions case) motivated the Sher- iff to limit arrests in certain misdemeanors, so that doesn't happen again. And that's not a good situation for the county to he in," Weldon said. (The budget process) is very frustrating," he added. "Who's leading the parade here?" he asked. "You can't expect the people following you (to follow) if you don't lead them in a certain direction. We took a survival posture and the lowest figure we could go with to survive. It basically decimates our department. Ac- tually, it decimates YOUR department," he said. "Realistically what's the most impor- tant to you? Education and public safety are the two most important to me as a father and a citizen. Don't build the Pahr- ump building. Don't build the Beatty building (the proposed county complexes in both areas). And use that money for operations." "This takes us back to '88 staffing lev- els," and Pahrump has grown tremen- dously since then, Weldon added. When asked if the budget process was always handled like this, Rodewald said, "No, in '94 it was handled differently. We went first to the department heads for their input." But costs have gone up so much, and with the borrowing of the Payments Equal To Taxes (PETr) funds, the county administrators have taken this different approach. "It's been a difficult time," Rodewald said. "Cutting back on county services is difficult." The county commissioners meeting scheduled in the Amargosa Valley Com- munity Center on Farm Road for Monday, May 19, promises to he a lively one. Se- nior citizens in Pahrump are concerned over procedure changes regarding their operating bylaws and are organizing bus loads of seniors to attend the meeting. The budget questions are another area that will garner a lot of attention. Y ROCK & 127-1490 FRESH FOP. SPRING 1 Gal. Washed Sand - Top Soil - Cactus - Planting Mix - Garden Blend - Pool Sands - Type 2 - 3/4 & Pea Gravel - Leach Rock #Hi - Grade & Az Plaster Sands Stucco sand - Pit Run - Masonary NATURAL COLOR DECORATIVE ROCKS * GRAVELS * BOULDERS SANDS Tree sale INOVER IOOD1FFERENTCOLORSANDSiZES! $250 ca. ou00r00s LAW00 o00_00Nrs. -- sm00as, nroceeds to concrete edging - step stones, brick- block r" or...save money... Let us show you how to do it yourself ANY SIZE LOADS benefit No To Abuse We also design & place landscaping OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Men - Fri 6 aan. - 6 p.m. Sat & Sun 7 a.m. - 4 p.m J 727.1490