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Pahrump seniors upset over bylaws by Mary Ann McNeUl C, auneSU OLD FASHIO.NED FUN-PV Squares celebrate their 19th annual Hoedown last weekend with guests from Las ] Vegas, Arizona and California. The three day event was attended by 125 dancers. For more on the hoedown see page I AA10. ] ..... photo by Patti Babcock ] Nye public safety compromised? by Mary Ann McNeill GazeUe Staff NYE COUNTY--Will public safety be compromised in Nye county if the currently proposed budget is adopted. Many citizens seem to be asking that question lately. The county commissioners are still grappling with that question and didn't make much progress during the Monday, May 19 commission meeting in Amargosa Valley. There will be another budget meeting on May 29 in Tonopah to finalize the document. Undersheriff Bill Weldon and several other Nye county sheriff" s department personnel questioned the commissioners several times at the Amargosa meeting to clarify statements made about the sheriff's budget cuts. "If we accept a pay freeze, that means I will be making the same this time next year as now. Is that the issueT' Weldon asked at the meeting. Sergeant Ray East of the Round Mountain district asked, "If our union gives these concessions, you will agree that not one person in the sheriff" s office will be let goT' Commissioner Cameron McRae answered, "Yes. I meant we will not have a reduction in force due to the budget." Commissioner Bob Davis stated that each personnel question "will be dealt with on an individual basis," both commissioners leaving open the possibility of the sheriff's department losing personnel because of attrition or other personnel problems. Budget Director Geneva Neuhauser stated that the total Nye county budget will be $18,423,266 and that the sheriff's department will Continued on page 2 PAHRUMP---Some Pahnmap senior citizens are upset and it involves a question about their fundamental rights. They want to vote! As stated by Ruth Weidenheimer at the Nye County commission meeting in Amargosa Valley Monday, May 19, many of the Pahrump seniors fought in World War il to uphold this nation's freedoms and they feel that a new "operations manual" for the Pahrump Nutrition Advisory Project Council gives bylaws that will take away their fundamental right to vote. The new bylaws, as presented to the commissioners by Les Bradshaw, Nye County manager, and as adopted by the commissioners on May 6, allow for the appointment of project council representatives instead of holding an election to vote for them like the other nutrition centers in Amargosa Valley, Beatty and Tonopah do. The project council is the advisory body of the senior centers that raises funds and provides tertalnment and other functions and activities for the participants. There has been a question as to the legality of the bylaws that the project council has been working under for several years. The old bylaws provide for the election of 4 members and the appointment of 3 members. The 4 elected members were to be senior center participants and the 3 appointed members were to be "members of the community, broadly representative of major public and private ag, ar00orgmmiomrclatmg toads, in 00local business persons, or citizens who are knowledgeable orexperienced in the special needs of the elderly." The new bylaws state that all 7 members shall be appointed, presumably by the commissionersorcounty management. This point is what has upset many seniors. Tbere appear to be several "factions" or groups within the senior center community participants who are either happy with the management and services or are unhappy with them. If the council representatives are appointexl, this is another reason that one group or another may feel the appointees are wofldng against their goals and best interests. As Weidenheimer stated Monday, this one action of adopting these new bylaws by the commissioners "has made our groups more united" than any other action in the recent past. When Commission Chairman Dick Carver asked how many seniors traveled from Pahrmnp to voice their protest overthe bylaws action, approximately 50 seniors stood up. "All those old people, can't be here today because they have medical appointments and recent surgeries," Weidenheimer said. "Yon know that if all these seniors came here today there am many more who would have come ff they could. They chose me to represent them here." Weiaskedthecommissione toletthe seniorsthemselves write an operations manual and give them 3 months to dolt. "rhis is a sham " she said, talking ahout the already adopted operations manuat "Yon tried to shove it down our  in'96 and we rejected it then and we are rejecting it now. This council dnesn't even represent the participants anymore." 'qlle word participant is mentioned only one time and the word manager is mentioned 23 times," she said. "It's easier to manage people under this type of controL.it's a dictatorship," she said. I.es Bradshaw was new on the job as county manager and there Continued on page 21 Fri. & 8nt. 8p.m. -