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: -,'4 Thtalsda' Ma. 22,' 1997  Pahrump,Valle,G a, zet te PEC, angry homeowners go head to head at planning commission meeting By Andy Holtmann Gazette Staff The May 14 meeting of the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission at Bob Ruud Community Center was the scene of both new ideas and conflicting interests. Although the developers had the floor, it was a large group of frustrated citizens who most wanted to be heard. The conflict arose when Fred Conte, vice president of Preferred Equities Corp., was suggesting possible revisions in the Planning Commission's zoning section of the Draft Master Plan. Conte was discussing the recent rise in the number of billboards placed around town without permission from the developers who have placed CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) on the lands in question. A few of the audience members stood up, prepared to counter Conte's statements. "Next door to where I live, a man has basically created a junkyard," said Pahrump resident Weldon Meredith. "He has accumulated all of these parts and garbage. It is a danger to the children of this community and an eyesore to all who look at it. This wouldn't have happened ifPEC had not allowed it to." Most of the complaints stemmed from accusations that ,11 IIIIII I I II | III NSURANC. 1 State Farm Sells I Life Insurance. JEFF BANSER Off751-1515 1311 S. llwy 160 Fax 751-1616 f:wmttn' Rcs 751-2474 Item Ot:Slmtm, mn b._ PEC has been too relaxed on its policies and restrictions, According to some upset citizens, mobile homes, billboards, and even some commercial businesses, have been erected in areas that are deemed by PEC as residential land only. Many homeowners who have invested in Cah'ada property say that they have been duped into believing that their neighborhood was protected from unwanted elements by CC&Rs that Preferred Equities created. However, Conte stated that he felt PEC should not be responsible for making sure all people abide by the rules of CC&Rs. "Some people comply with the rules and there are some who don't," said Conte. "Those who do not may not always get punished. I do not propose myself or my company to be the CC&R police of the Pahrump Valley." Those who are upset say that PEC is allowing CC&Rs to be violated solely for the purpose of making money This has apparently led to mobile and side-by-side homes to be built in areas where foundation-style homes are zoned to be. Resi- dents say that these types of homes bring down the property values of their own homes. "I used to trust PEC before their last president passed away," said Louis Sayne. "Now, I wouldn't trust Conte as far as I could throw my house. I invested over $100,000 in my home and there are currently three mobile homes on this street alone. All Conte cares about is making money, not serving the people." Conte responded by saying that concerned citizens have the legal right to pursue complaints in a court of law. PEC, he said, has asked for voluntary compliance with CC&Rs from the citizens. He added that the corporation has not had a large amount of success in this area. "For those people who have taken the time to contact me, I am more than happy to listen to their concerns," said Conte. "There are even times that I would suggest that PEC would join the citizen in their efforts to uphold CC&Rs." Despite the controversy,there are a number of people who support Conte's efforts in the Pahrump community. Those who praise him cite his involvement with donations such as the library and to programs like "No To Abuse." "We have had no problems whatsoever," said Bart Cal- low, a one-year resident of Pahrump. "Calvada has treated us well and provided us with everything we need." "People are unhappy with the mobile homes that are going up and I don't blame them," said Diana Stiles. "But PEC has always treated its customers well and we have had no com- plaints They even helped out by paying for our power. We are currently under a different CC&R than some of the newer residential areas." As for the lot across from Meredith' s property, PEC wrote a letter to the Merediths assuring them that the metal garage being constructed is not a business and will not be an eyesore to the area. Meredith stated that the owner, Cecil Clark, is not around and has been away from his lot for at least four months. PEC also said in the letter that the garage will be used as storage and that the building will be foundation-style in accordance with the rest of the homes in the area. EYESORE- Citizens who are upset with PEC say that it is scenes such as this lot on Huckleberry St. that violate instituted CC&Rs. "That's great," said Meredith. "But in the meantime, that lot is a hazard to children who I have to chase out of there. It is also currently an eyesore and when the wind blows, the metal sheets create a racket." Meredith and local resident Ron Summers have collected about 500 signatures on a petition against violations of CC&Rs. Summers has apparently also been in contact with the Gov. Bob Miller about the issue. During the Planning Commission meeting, Conte would not answer questions regarding the citizen complaints. Chair- man Ben DePue did not allow the audience members" who began questioning Conte to continue. According to DePue, Continued on page 8 A local full-time office offering over 50 years of experience in helping the hearing impaired of Nevada is here for you. ,-------------.------.--------------.---.--------- For your FREE heanng evaluation call 727-1665. 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