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June 19, 1997

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Commission has very hot meeting by Mary Ann McNeiU Gazette Staff PAHRUMP--The weather suddenly turned very hot just after several days of being stormy and downright cold. But the weather inside the Pahrump Community Center was hotter than it ever got outside on Tuesday during the Nye County Commission meeting. The Pahrump Town Board has the business license and incorporation, but the commission has regional planning and the budget and jobs. Lost jobs to be exact. Good jobs are at such a premium in Nye County that there is a major controversy whenever the budget issue comes up. Pat Foster, Nye County treasurer, led a group of elected officials who were complaining about how unfair Commis- sioner Cameron McRae's motion of June 3 was. They claim the motion, that passed 3-2, mandated the elected officials "must" lay off one person from each of their departments. The elected officials offered to give up a portion of several of their existing employee's hours to ensure that no one employee would have to suffer by being laid off. The DA offered a total hours amounting to $27,000; the clerk offered $40,000; the treasurer, $40,000; and the assessor offered $28,700. Continued on page 8 b ?00ye County burial costs increase by Patti Babcock Gazette Staff The cost of dying gets higher in Nye County July 1, 1997, under a new fee structure passed unanimously by the county commissioners at their Tuesday meeting in Pahrurnp. The amendment to the existing ordinance will equalize fees at all cemeteries operated by Nye County. The new fee structure is intended to make the cemeteries self sustaining. The fee for opening and closing a standard or infant grave, which also includes a required concrete liner, will be $650. This is the current fee paid in Pahrump, while the remainder of the county pays less. A fee of $150 will be charged for opening and closing a cremation plot. An additional fee of$150 will be charged for burials on weekends and holidays. Burials on these days require 48 hours notice and will be done then 0niy if county personnel are available. All burials must take place during normal working hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except the special provisions for weekends and holidays. An occupancy fee of $250 will be charged for each plot used. This will increase the basic burial cost to $900. There is a fee of $100 to set headstones, plaques or other markers. The existing provision to allow the spouse of an interred person to reserve a plot free will remain. Others may reserve a plot for $250 to be credited against the occupancy fee at the time of burial. The amendment contains a provision to allow towns to assume responsibility for management and maintenance of their local cemeteries. Pahrump, represented by Town Board members Steve Rainbolt and Gary Hollis, asked to have the local cemetery returned to the town. Rainbolt reminded commissioners the town had given them the land and asked that full title to the cemetery area be returned to Pahrump. Commissioner Cameron McRae amended the amend- ment to include the provision to allow towns to take title to local cemeteries where it is lawful for them to do so. Rainbolt asked for a delay in adoption to consider Pahrump's request. Carver concurred, but McRae pointed out there would be no revenue to operate the cemeteries unless the ordinance was in place by July 1, 1997. He said, it could be amended, as necessary, at a future date. County staff was instructed to meet with Rainbolt and Holllis to discuss details of the cemetery transfer to be presented to the Pahrump Town Board at their next meeting. The amendment passed unanimously.