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Pahrump Valley Gazette will close doors soon   Page and senior center on commission agenda Copeland appointed to AV board by Mary Ann McNeill Gazette Staff AMARGOSA VALLEY--Pat Copeland has accepted the appointment of the Amargosa Town Advisory Board member posltion vacated by Brent Mathewson in May. Saying that she "needed fhe year to adjust to Bill's death," she is now ready to tackle important issues regarding Amargosa. Copeland is the widow of Bill Copeland, former Nye County commissioner who died last year of cancer. Pat was instrumental in helping Bill handle many issues involving county business during the time of his illness and therefore served a unique apprenticeship for her new role. Copeland received 85 votes at the AV board meeting June 26. It was one of the most highly attended meetings the town has recently experienced. Ted Archuleta also ran and got 55 votes, and Russel Mourton received 21 votes. A town advisory board can hold an informal election to find a member and send the recommendation to the Nye County commissioners who then vote to appoint the member. The commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Copeland at the July 1 meeting held in Tonopah. "Therare many issues that are so important to Amargosa that I wa0ted to make sure there was someone on the board who had experience," Copeland said. "I have to present the issues to the people...give them the pros and cons...and let them decide." One of the biggest issues for her is Amargosa changing from a town advisory board to a town board form of government. "We need to have a more direct involvement in what's going on," she said. In an advisory form, AV can only meet, vote on issues and recommend to the Nye County commissioners action that they would like to take. A town board form would let an AV elected board directly decide on issues. A town would have more direct involvement in financial matters, as well. As it is now, more tax money goes to the county to use. Amargosa is proposing a room tax as one of the methods to raise funds to run a new government. A town can own property directly and decide how to use it. "We need to have several in-depth meetings to determine what is involved in this change..,then present a plan to the commissioners," Copeland said. The rapid growth of the area is a main contributor to her concern and reasons for being involved on the board. Another big concern is the situation with the Pahrump Senior Center. "I told the commissioners that they must have direct contact with the senior problem down there," Copeland said. "It by Mary Ann McNeill Gazette Staff TONOPAH--Personnel,jobs and the senior center were on the minds of the Nye County commissioners Tuesday in Tonopah. A total of 31 vacant positions were listed on the agenda for approval to fill. Why are the commissioners trying to hire for vacant posi- tions when, at the last meeting on June 17th, the Nye County elected officials offered to give up personnel hours to save some staff in their departments from being laid off?. The decision was to bring personnel levels back to the July '96 level and pay for the positions with PETT money (Payments Equal To Taxes). Commissioner Red Copass, when asked to make some sense of this, said "maybe we're just hiring them for a year or so." Or, at least until the money runs out, or pending the outcome of the lawsuit between Nye County and the federal government over the Dossessory use taxes for the Nevada Test Site. Copass said he's not in favor of the whole thing since the last PETT payment is supposed to be in October, but didn't see any other way around the situation. Copass promised to meet with Les Bradshaw, county manager, "to see if the county can get more PET'I" funds." One observer stated that the PET'F funding is being changed f?om an interfund loan situation to a grant program so that the money doesn't have to be paid back. As for the Pahmmp Senior Center issue, Ruth Weidenheimer, has organized about 30 senior citizens and drafted their version of a bylaws mamml and a building use manual for the center. In co il.ght" t o vote f" their proj:t council members and amendment rights to the bylaws were aken away by the operations manual proposed by Nye County administration staff. Who has rights to use the building Continued on page 3 was a big issue with Bill," she said, explaining that no commis- sioner seems to have spearheaded the issue since his death, and that it has been turned over to county staff to deal with. Copeland will serve a 2-year term through 1998. i