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Letters to the Editor Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 17, 1997 13 FREE Continued from previous page McDermott rebuttal require a vote of no less than 4 of the 5 Town Board members." I did not propose this language, I accepted the language proposed by the town board! Section Five of the same draft reads in part, "It is recognized that Employee must devote a great deal of time outside the normal office hours to business of the em- ployer, and to that end employee will be allowed to take compensatory time off." Understanding that there are twenty four Town Board Meetings per year and being advised that sub committee meetings occur at least twice per month, I calculated the following: 24 Town Meetings @ 3 hrs. ech. 72 hours. 24 sub committee meetings @ 2 hours each 48 hours. (The number and duration of meetings are minimums based on estimates provided by members of the commit- tee.) Without consideration for any meeting(s) other than the above, the amount of compensatory time offered is equal to fifteen working days. I believed this to be excessive and offered language which would have, in lieu of compensa- tory time, amounted to eight days; thereby providing, at a minimum, seven additional days of work. It is my belief that meetings of this type, 'go with the job?I was a[tempt- ing to offer language which would have recognized the additional time, while at the same time reducing the offer made by the Board. Put another way, I never asked for more time off, I proposed to reduce the amount of time offered to me. On several occasions during the interview process and town tour, I was advised that the board was anxious to hire a manager who would 'commit to stay.' I considered this when preparing my response to Attorney Smith and I chose to offer a three year commitment. I returned my proposal by overnight Federal Express on Monday, June 2, 1997. It was received by Mr. Smith's office on Tuesday, June 3, 1997. Five days, not two weeks as the newspaper article contended. I received a second fax from Mr. Smith's office on Friday evening June 13, 1997, outlining the board's response. I subsequently con- tacted Messrs. Gronda and Smith on Sunday, June 15, 1997, and advised them that, based on the bizarre response from the Town Board, I was no longer interested. Nothing contained in my proposal represented anything unique. Not even life insurance or moving expenses. I sincerely hope that your board will consider these facts when attempting to recruit a new manager. If so, perhaps any bad taste in Ms. LeVar's mouth will not be from her foot. In my opinion it is always a good idea for public officials to verify the facts, prior to speaking in a public forum. In the process they just might avoid unnecessary litigation. Sincerely George McDermott Home Health Service of Nevada to celebrate 35th year Did you know: In 1975, Highway 160, then Highway 16, could be traveled all the way to Las Vegas from Pahrump without encountering another vehicle. Highway 160, through what we now call downtown, housed Charlotta Inn Motel, the "li'l ole white farmhouse" Saddle West, Mankin's Texaco gas station, the Calvada fountain and the cotton gin at Highway 372, then Highway 52, and Highway 160. We shopped at Helen's Trading Post, Wilson and West Streets, did our laundry at Bleven's Trailer Park, now Pahrump Mobile Park at East and 2nd, picked up our mail at the Post Office, adjacent to the Cotton Pickin Saloon. Phone service was usually an eight-party line. With no cen- sus to refer to, it was estimated there were 800 souls here at that time. In August 1975, Home Health Service of Nevada Inc., formerly Nevada Home Health, opened an office at Mankin's Texaco, in the building that now housed Allstate Insurance, to serve this community. Now, almost 22 years later, having grown with the community, we are still here serving Pahrump, Beatty, Amargosa and Crystal. The staff consists of seven Registered Nurses, one Licensed Practical Nurse, five Certi- fied Nursing Assistants, two Homemakers, a Social Worker and two skilled nursing secretaries. Of the 17 empoyees, one lives in Amargosa and one in Beatty. All together, the staff represents approximately 195 years of skilled nursing and 150 years of residency. We are celebrating this year with an open house, set for Tuesday, July 22, from 4-7 p.m. We invite any former pa- tients, families of patients and employees to attend. We'd love to meet and spend time with you. To your good health! Pam Hall Pahrump Ask for Crooked Eagle 00xoorco veh: Custom Home g. Design Center N 6471 S. Homestead (Across from Sod Farm) Contractors Lic. #38250 Lic.# P- 115-SS Lic. # P-450-CS Inspection on A/C R 12 or 134A 10% discount on A/C reon & Repairs Value jobs, Motors, & Transmissions New & Used Tires Available Honest I.nln Automotive 4481 S. Money 727- 4626 Sign of an Expert Tile - Hardwood - Carpet- Vinyl / / Sales Professionals