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I RUTH WEIDENHEIMER-- Represents Pahrump seniors. APPOINTMENTS WEEKLY PAULA KING-- Temporary nutrition project director. I Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July !7, 1997 27 Senior operation manual questioned Continued from front page Project Advisory Council Operations Manual was presented and approved at the commission meeting on May 6. At the May 19 commission meeting, a group of concerned seniors asked the commission if they would rescind the document and let the seniors draft their own bylaws document for approval. That was granted and the commission and county management have been studying the document. The seniors group also asked the commission for a policy state- ment for use of Nye County buildings, specifically, the Pahrump senior center. Tuesday, 12 seniors (among a packed audience that came for the animal ordinance and senior issues) carried petitions supporting the seniors' right to vote for their representatives and presented them to the commission. Weidenheimer, referring to the county's document, summed up the seniors' unanimous message by saying, "We lic meeting. The commission did vote to give the nutrition workers at the senior centers a 3.6% cost of living salary increase retroactive to July I, 1997. The workers did not get an increase in July of '96. In October, when the minimum wage increases to $5.25, the workers will be brought in line with that as well. They also voted to approve matching funds for a federal grant for the Congregate and Homebound Meal Programs for the centers. Steve Rainbolt, Pahrump town board member said Pahr- ump is looking into taking over the management of the Pahrump center from the commissioners, in an effort to better resolve the many problems. The issue will be on the agenda for the next town board meeting. usually work under the saying, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' Gentlemen, it IS broke and we want it fixed." Weidenheimer read a letter from Van Crawford, senior nutrition program director for the past 16 years, that stated several areas in which the county's operations manual was lacking: It has no input from the senior participants, it does not follow federal law, it is a sham document, it doesn't follow the Older Americans Act of 1965, the seniors lost the right to elect their own council members, it limits their amendment rights, and it is different than the rules under t which the other centers operate. No action was taken on approving the senior group's document until county staff can study it. In other senior issues, Van Crawford is facing retirement soon and the county had to approve filling her position. There was some confusion about a correct job description for the director' s position and as to whether the county had to advertise for the position, or whether they could just approve Paula King becoming the full time, permanent director. King has been temporary nutrition program director while Crawford recovered from a major illness. Gary Pulliam, deputy district attorney, is looking into the question of whether the county MUST advertise for all open positions, and will advise the commission at the next public meeting. "It' s our (the DA' s office) advice that they should advertise them," he said. Pulliam met with Weidenheimer Wednesday to briefly go over the senior center issues. They will meet at the Pahrump senior center during the next couple weeks to carefully go over both the county and the senior group's operation manual documents and dis- cuss the whole issue thor- oughly before the next pub- E. BASIN FROM THE 372/160 STOP LIGHT TIIke llwy I(d} NorffJ to E. Ihudn Turn rit on't'q ml,* TttPn left'op Smart Way NYE COUNTY'S FIRST PICK a PART BRING YOUR OWN TOOLS MUST BE 18 OIOLDER TO ENTER YARD $1.00 ADMISSION CHARGE' 727-1313 OPEN 7 DAYS 8am- 5pm 1 70 N, Smartway LICENSED It BONDED Jan McDonald, M.D. Dermatology Clinic of Nevada, Ltd. Harvard Medical School & Mayo Clinic Trained at Pohrump Medical Center 1501 E. Calvada Call: 727-6060 Summit Family Health Care 1151 S. Hwy 160 Pahrump Station Call: 727-5509 For Insurance/Billing Questions Call 1-800- 752-4338 • Diseases of Skin • Discoloration • Diseases of Hair • Psoriasis • Skin Cancer • Cosmetic Laser • Acne Surgery • Spider Veins • Chemical Peels • Wrinkles • Hair Restoration • Skin Surgery • Nail Disorders • Moles • Eczema PICK LA PART For NUDISTS & Prospective NUDISTS Las Vegas Sun Club affiliated with American Association for Nude Recreation & Western Sunbathing Association For Information Call: 1-702-723-5463 Personalized and Qualit Care of the 00kin