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Q Four Nye County employees quit by Mary Ann McNeill Gazeue Stall TONOPAH--Four employees have quit or given their notice to leave the Nye County administration department within the past couple weeks. At first, rumors were fly!ng that the reasons for all these people leaving were intolerable work- ing conditions. When the PVG investigated, we found that the rumors were true for two workers involved, but were not or may not be true for the other two. The four employees are Charles Rodewald, Budget/Fiscal Analyst; Janice Williams, Repository Administrative Techni- cal Analyst; Mary Alice Gable, Secretary; and Geniel Shrum, Secretary. Gable and Shrum are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Nye County and their former boss, Bill Offutt, for sexual harrassment. They could not speak about their reasons for leaving, but the PVG was able to reach their attorney, John Keating, in Califor- nia. "They (Gable and Shrurn) wanted to stay there and try to work it out," Keafing said. 'It is my understanding in that community, working for the county government is a good job. We have two women who had to leave there to work in lesser paying jobs where they have some working conditions and benefits that axe less than they were getting. I believe that it is Gable that has a long commute and is on her feet all day. ; employees Wouldn't ordinarily want to take demotions, bat of tm-y k,t stay where they :, 'Tney didn't quit because of the lawsuit.  quit became working enditions there were intolerable," gearing said. In contrast to those statements, Janice Williams assured the PVG that she had no problems working for Nye County administration. "I resigned," she said, "I'm retiring and moving out of state. Further, I love my job. I have a wonderful job, a wonderful boss. They are fair, honorable and ethical. I Continued on page 16 Valley Electric Association planning for the future by Mary Lamar Gazette Stall PAHRUMP--Valley Electric Association at the July monthly Board Meeting presented a 10-year forecast that shows the possible growth in the areas of Pahrump, Sandy Valley, Lathrop Wells, Amargosa, Beatty and Fish Lake Valley. Board members were excited by the news of a six percent per year residential growth prediction, and a real- istic three percent growth for small business. Already this year VEA's own commercial business is up 54 percent in comparison to last year's figures, mainly due to the enormous usage by the Nevada Test Site. Residential business is also up 10 percent over last year's figures. "The growth here is mainly because people in Las Vegas want to get out of the smog, get into affordable housing, find good schools for their children, breathe some fresh air and see a blue sky." Joe McCauley, director of member services said. VEA, because of these projected increases, is faced with some major growth worries of their own. They will need to find additional sources of electricity, build new electrical substations, additional power lines and larger transformers. "We are growing and we will continue to grow," said Board Director Robert E. Hartman of District 4, Fish Lake Valley. With growth comes change. The completion of the new VEA building is just around the corner. It is scheduled to open the first part of October. The new building will have several new customer conveniences including a drive-up window for paying bills and a larger customer service area to accommodate more customers. The new building will have approximately 13,000 square feet providing the much needed room for VEA employees. McCauley said that VEA grew out of the present building on Highway 372 about two years ago.The building provides the necessary office space, lunchroom and a larger board- room. The best part of this $1.5 million project, is the cost will not affect current rates, according to Larry Ortman, office manager. "The funding for this project will be paid by operating revenue and borrowed monies." The old building that was originally occupied in April of 1981 will be renovated. A new sprinkler system will be installed, walls will be moved and some other minor changes will be needed before the Engineering Department will move into the building. The renovations will all take place after the new building is in full operation. The cost of this project will be approximately $150,000 to $200,000. "The funding for this project will be paid by operating revenue and borrowed monies," Orman stated.