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4 Thursday, June 12, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Enough for new town manager? Continued from front page one additional week of paid vacation, three additional paid personal days and term life insurance at one and a half times the annual salary. Another stipulation is a vote of four of the five board members to terminate the manager. In the discussion that followed Smith's presentation of McDermott's proposal, Chairman of the Board Charlotte LeVar asked if the search committee had any indication the candidate was so unsure of himself that he needed this kind of contract. Smith said he thought the counterc0ntract indicated McDermott was unsure of the town rather than himself. LeVar said she thought this was a "heavy handed" response to the town's offer of employment. Smith said that it at first appears that way, but he thought probably this is what McDermott is use to in his major city on the east coast where it is not as relaxed as it is here. Residency was another concern of the board. McDermott' s wife has a gaming license and plans to work in the [,as Vegas gambling industry. Gronda said McDermott would initially stay with his daughter and son-in-law in Las Vegas while his wife remained in New Jersey to sell their house. The board did not object to a temporary arrangement, but said they wanted the contract to stipulate that the Town Manager is required to live in Pahrump. Following a lengthy discussion, in which Smith empha- sized McDermott has not been hired and his proposal is a response to the contract he received from the town, the board made several decisions. Salary at $50,600. Pahrump residency is a requirement of employment. Moving expense, with a cap on the amount, will be reimbursed after McDermott is actually residing in Pahrump and has been employed for six months. The amount will be determined after estimates are received from three moving companies. The three personal days will be added, but the additional week paid vacation will not. Severance pay with 30 days notice of termination will be paid, but a majority vote of three to two will suffice for termination. Life insur- ance will be the standard $10,000 provided to all town employee. Smith will present the counterproposal to McDermott's proposal to the candidate. At a special meeting scheduled at the town office Tuesday, June 17, 1997, Smith will present the result to the board for their decision. 'TI1 bring you something different," Smith said. "How different, I don't know." If an agreement is reached, McDermott has indicated he can be on the job July 1, 1997. Business License issues go on and on by Patti Babcock Like the energizer battery, business license issues at Town Board meetings, continue on and on. AI Pryor appears at most meetings to protest the legality of the license as he has since the issue first surfaced several years ago. He has met with former town managers, board members and the town attorney. Pryor says, no one has yet shown him a Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) legalizing business licenses, and he will continue to speak up until they do. 727-1807 1881 w, wn.on ,00ho01 00rtitid Pichp & Delivery ,go00Anim00 Discounts Available Hours: Mon-Fri - 8a.m. -5p.m. Two members of an exasperated Town Board reacted when Pryor again questioned the legality of the license during a separate action to establish a special fund for business license revenue and expenses. Charlie Gronda said he would not listen to any more of this from Pryor who refused to hear anything he did not want to accept. To prove his point he left the podium and stood by the door. Pryor said Gronda was the one who refused to hear. Gary Hollis, too, left the podium and sat in the back of the room until Pryor sat down. At issue was a request from board member Steve Rainbolt to establish a separate fund account for business license revenue and expenses. Rainbolt said the fund would keep business license monies from comingling with general fund money and provide a full accounting to the people who pay the fees. CPA Michael Cox said a special fund could be estab- lished under NRS 354.24 !. It would require a budget stating anticipated revenues and expenses. Four expense categories are required: salaries, employee benefits, services and sup- The 00szotte's E-Mail Address has been chan to: Communication is the Worldg Life Force KEEP OS plies, and capital outlay. A provision for utilizing prof- its, if any, for community development/tourism would be included. Board member Bob Little said he thought this was "bad legislation." He said if a special fund was made for business license revenue, they could go through the entire town struc- ture and create aspecial fund for each type of revenue. For example, the boardcould make a special fund for sales tax and say revenue could only be used for business purposes and so on and on. Little asked Cox, "How many cities and towns in Nevada have a special fund for business licenses?" Cox said, "None." 1 "Why does Pahrump always have to be the first one to be stupid?" Little asked. This brought an angry response fromRainbolt who said he didn't care much for Little's opinions. LeV .ar called for order. Rainbolt said, "He called my idea stupid." Little asked, "Why do we have to be the only one?" Rainbolt later apologized for his outburst. Cox said every town is unique and it is not unusual for them to have separate funds. He said if business license revenues are put in the general fund, they just disappear. With a special fund, any balance would be carried over from year to year. Rainbolt reiterated his purpose was to provide an ac- counting to the people who pay the fees. Gronda agreed with Rainbolt. LeVar asked how many people present paid the fee. Three board members and a number of people in the audience responded affirmatively. LeVar asked for license holders to give their opinion. Only general contractor Curtis Rudnik spoke. He said he is against the business license. "I don't see why you should have to pay for permission to work when it's life's duty," he said. If the money is just used to collect the fee he questioned why the business people couldn't just keep the money. However, since the license fee is required, Rudnik said he is in favor of a special fund. The board voted 3-2 to establish a special fund with Little and LeVar voting "No." Then, business license decisions continued on and on. Rainbolt said, 'Tin not sure I want to talk about this issue, but I've made my bed now I'll sleep in it." He then asked to have the names of business people who blatantly ignore license requests placed on the agenda and read at the Town Board meetings. Rainbolt said all but two or three percent of businesses comply with the business license ordinance. He said he wanted to give those who refuse a little "free publicity." Rainbolt said he wanted the board to publicly request noncomplying businesses be referred to the District Attor- ney to receive letters demanding compliance. And, for those who had received letters and still refused to obtain licenses, to publicly re, quest that they be prosecuted by the D.A. Lack of enforcement, which has to be done by the D.A., is a problem the town cannot control. Apparently, 12 offenders have been referred to the D.A., and only one has Indoor/Outdoor SWAP MEET Presents A Public Consignment Auction Additional Consignments Welcome June 13th "7:00pm Licensed Auctioneer Call Uncle Al's Oasis For Details received a letter. There have been no prosecutions. Smith said with county budget cuts, he doubted that en- forcement would improve. A solution, already pro- posed to the District Attor- ney would be to appoint the Town Attorney as a special District Attorney to handle the problem. The request was refused. Smith Said there was no problem with the Town Board making the names of noncomplying businesses and the subsequent referral to the D.A.'s office public. He did caution against pub- licly questioning the offend- ers. Rainbolt's "free public- ity" idea passed unani- mously. Four names will appear on the next agenda.