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8 Thursday, June 19, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Auto Accidents Bankruptcy Criminal Defense Divorce Incorporation Wills & Trusts LAW OFFICES OF LOUIS M. MINICOZZI, Ill A Professional Corporation PAHRUMP 361 S. Frontage Rd.- Suite 2 Teleghone: (702)751-1200 LAS VEGAS 333 N Rancho Dr Suite 410 Telephone: (702) 648 4950 'Toll Free: !888) 246-1960' jobs cause heated meeting Continued from frontpage together....if they could all be in one place....then maybe it Several attempts at wording motions correctly were made mostly by Bob Davis and McRae, with all the commissioners trying to clarify them, to accept the elected officials' propos- als. Everyone was visibly confused as the presenters asked for clarifica- tion several times. A visibly tired and struggling com- mission and audience were relieved when, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Chairman Carver called for the vote to a motion to accept the proposals for employee-hour savings so that layoffs would be avoided. The motion passed 5-0. During the impassioned speeches by Bernie Merlino, assessor; Foster; Bob Beckett, district attorney; Arte Robb, Clerk, and Naoma Lydon, auditor/recorder, Sheriff Wade Lieseke kept pacing as if he were trying to.disperse his anger. He interjected and asked several times when the commission would address, the $500,000 cut in his budget.Carver at first said he didn't know if that issue would be decided Tuesday, then ended up tabling it until later. When Lieseke finally spoke, he talked about the county getting to- gether as a team to solve the budget problem without destroying the safety of Nye County citizens and his personnel. To illustrate, he told of a plot that happened in the Pahr- ump jail Sunday night. One of the prisoners came forward and warned the deputies that a man facing life imprisonment had planned to kill a deputy and escape because he knew that the deputy was the only one on duty. Lieseke spoke of distance being the enemy in Nye County. "One person cannot take care of all the services (for their office)," he said. "If we could squeeze all the towns Lieseke: "One person cannot take care of all the services" McRae: "I'm sorry that I had to make that motion" would be OK," he said. Beckett spoke about his huge case load. "On the subject of pedophiles alone, we're up to our eyeballs in them," he said. He spoke of having to take all day to prepare the case against Brian Lepley, a former substitute teacher accused of molesting young boys, because he had to get it absolutely correct. "On the Spangler case.., accused of 11 counts against young girls...I haven't had time to properly ad- dress that ye t. i had to take time to establish some rapport with them (the girls) before they would talk to me. The kids have to be very brave to talk to a stranger," he said. "And there's more coming down the road. Criminals know we're buffed. People can only work so many hours day. I've got a job to do and I can't do it without staff." For the second time during the session, McRae responded, obviously red-faced and upset. "My attempt has been to eliminate lay- offs, he said. "I suggested to the NCLEA to forego their COLA. The bottom line, this is a runaway train and we've got to get it down to reducing the cost ofservices...When it hits the brick wall, next year or the next!...I'm sorry that I had to make that motion," he said. (Nye County Law Enforcement Association and Cost Of Living Allowance). Earlier in the day, before the budget exchanges, Harley Kulkin led an emotional plea to the commissioners from several concerned citizens that live north of Roadrunner Road. They are asking for the area to be eliminated from the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission. The residents' concern is that they moved to the very rural area because they want to live that way. Many-are without electric service and other services that Pahrump residents take for granted, but that's how they want it, and they don't want to be governed by rules from a planning commission. Kulkin thanked Carver for placing the item on the agenda and accused McRae of refusing to do that and refusing to talk to the residents. A very heated exchange took place between the two, resulting in McRae getting up from his chair and storming off the podium. Susan McRae, Cameron's wife, was there "to set the record straight," she said. "I personally set up two meetings. To say that there was no discussion is ridiculous," she said. After the budget exchange, the commissioners quickly dispensed with several remaining agenda items and ad- journed about 7:30 pm. They set the second July commission meeting to be held in Pahrump. 1061 E. 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