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16 Thursday, July 31, 1997 Pahrtmap Valley Gazette Road constructfign targeted by RPC by Andy Holtmann The fate of road construction requirements as part of the Interim Land Division Policy (IDLP) hung in the balance Wednesday night as the Pahrump Regional Planning Com- mission and residents argued their ideas. Currently under the ILDP, all parcel map applicants have to pave any roads leading into or bordering their property to Nye County standards. The county will not accept responsi- bility for gravel roads. Inequities have arisen with some developers being required to pave both their half and the county's half of the roads. This has a lot of applicants upset because they do not feel the need for paving of all roads exists. The paving means extra time and money must be spent before their maps would be approved. "The county doesn't maintain half of the roads anyway," said resident John Bartlett. "Is making people pave roads really beneficial, or is it simply oppressing people of their property rights?" Nye County Planning Director Ron Williams said that all roads associated with parcel maps had to be both accessible and properly maintained. He had asked the Nye County Commissioners for advice and direction with the road situa- tion. Their answer, he said, was Resolution #96-31, which made all roads be paved with asphalt and maintained to Nye County standards. This has been the law of sorts for nearly half a year. "Besides water rights, roads are this valley's most impor- tant issue," Williams said. "We have had people who have experienced problems with the resolution. Some have had to do more than they felt was necessary and some have seemed to have gotten offeasy. A lot of those with inequities are here tonight." It was the opinion of the planning commission that Pahr- ump possibly had been violating Nevada Revised Statutes regarding roads in some of their decisions regarding paving and construction requirements in the past. They were seeking some sort of solid ground as to what exactly their require- ments should be. "We're here tonight to decide whether or not to require paving on subsequent parcel maps," Williams said. "All of the parcel map action occurs down here. We know we have to have roads, the question is, what do we build them out of?." Complaints over the paving standards by parcel applicants has prompted the Planning Commission to look for alterna- tive solutions. Williams said that recent efforts at construct- ing gravel roads and maintaining them with dust abatement just doesn't work. The dust abatement wears off and adds to the dust problem and weather conditions severely affect the stability of gravel roads. "You have to dust abate every four to six months and if it isn't applied correctly the first time, you have a bad road," Williams said. "The county also does not have the resources to maintain these sort of roads." One alternative that Williams did support was a liquid applicant called chip seal. This paving alternative works roughly the same as asphalt, but can cost as little as half the amount. A base must be laid as in asphalt and chip seal can be done in layers. While many seemed to like the idea, some still thought it could pose problems. "Chip seal doesn't hold up in the heat," said resident Harley Kulkin. "It ends up getting ruts and potholes, cracks develop. The town I was in before stopped using it." According to members of the commission and audience, roads such as Barney Street, Irene Street, and Shady Lane are all examples of chip seal roads. Ron Murphy attested to the applicant's reliability by saying that Barney Street has been there for years and he felt that it has held up well. Williams said that he, and planning commission members Ben DePue and Donna Lamm had spoken to Nye County Roads Commission Director Bob Wickendon about dust abatement and chip seal. Wickendon, he said, supported the idea and that the county would be more than willing to take over maintenance of a chip sealed road as opposed to a dust abated one. What Williams suggested was to convince the county to allow chip seal as an alternate. He wants developers on the land to pay the up-front production costs of the roads con- struction. Fifteen percent of that would be put into a bond that the county holds for two years. If any problems arise in the road during that time, the bond would be used toward the repair process. Developers would get the bond refunded to them after their two year period if no problems arose. For many though, the chip seal debate was only part of a bigger problem. A range of ideas popped up about who should be responsible for road construction and how they should be controlled and maintained. "I think that all of the developers should pay fees and these fees should be turned over to the roads department so that they can develop sensible, paved roads," Kulkin said. Steve Rainbolt said that before construction of new roads and parcels are considered, existing roads should be looked at and treated. "The real problem is all of the existing dirt roads," Rainbolt said. "These are starting to get more and more heavy traffic and this is what is creating our dust problem. If you want to start somewhere, start there." Bartlett had a problem with the requirement that access roads to property be paved. He said this was a waste of time and had no real value to anyone. "What is the point of paving something that only has access for ;i few people?" he asked. "If it is going to serve ten people, put in a gravel road. If it is going to serve 100, pave it." Murphy said that according to state law, parcel map applicants do not have to do anything with roads above what already exists if the road is not within 60 feet of the property. He said that some applicants have been getting suckered into improving roads that have nothing to do with their property in the past. His solution was to follow existing state guidelines regarding road construction. "Any person responsible for a division of land must be responsible for paving the roads," said Tim Hafen. "If Nye County did not require paving, then we should all just quit right" now." Commission member Ed Bishop made a motion after heating all of the debate. "We should recommend to the County Commissioners to approach the Attorney General's Office to get their opinion of the Nevada Revised Statutes regarding paving requirements and the interim land policy," he said. "If the State Attorney General' s Office finds that we have been in violation, then we should make the appropriate changes and make them retroac- tive." Bishop's motion was approved, ending a lengthy debate on the issue. Time will tell as to what changes may come. Suspect in burglaries Nye Co. Employees quit Continued from front page PAHRUMP - Close to press time, the Pahrump Valley Gazette received the following release from the Nye Co. Sheriffs office: Jody Thompson is a suspect in approximately 15 burglar- ies and grand larcenies. These thefts range from residential to commercial buildings and also include several thefts in the Las Vegas and Jean, Nev. area. As of this date, Jody Thomp- son is also suspected of a felony hit and run in the North Los Vegas area. Detectives have several witnesses to some of the thefts and numerous latent prints which will be matched to him upon his capture. As of this time Jody Thompson is showing as wanted on an escape charge along with a 15 year NOTICE NYE WILDLIFE MEETING, PUBLIC INPUT SOLICITED JULY 29, 1997, 7 P.M. NYE COMMISSIONERS CHAMBERS TONOPAH, NV TOPIC: MULE DEER HUNT ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES n I I I 00eptune 00ociet00 Call 24 hours 727-1888 "p Cremation 00irect Burial Includes: Removal from Place of death, preparation ot' Death Certifw.a and Pem. Oemation,  Um, FuUy Ugemed P.O. Box 6000 • Suite 96 • 1161 Loop Rd. #2 PYump.  S904 O00000000000000000QOIO00000 • N.q'le: • • Address: • • -- • • Cily: State: Zip: __.___ • • Phone:_ Free Membership • ! I:e,e rua ne vthct c*ion tcur sl:,,dal  fcx: • O []Cremation if]Burial []Scattering • OOO000000000000000@OOOOOOOQ old female juvenile with whom he is believed to be with. This female is also entered as a runaway in N.C.I.C. (Na- tionalCrime Information Cen- te0 out of Churchill County. Our office will be circulating fliers depicting Jody Thomp- son at the local businesses. Jody Thompson is de- scribed as being a white male, five feet, 10 inches, 135 lbs., blond hair, blue eyes, DOB 9/ 9/80. Jody's known M.O. is to steal vehicles from various places, cold plate the vehicle with other plates that he has acquired. Jody normally only uses the vehicle for a day or two and then leaves it at the scene of his next burglary. SheriffWade Lieseke cau- tioned that people should not try to have contact with the suspect. He used force in his last contact on July 25. Lieseke asks that people call 911 if they see Thompson. work with good people. I extended to the end of August to help them out. I have worked kith Les for about five years now," she said. "He expects you to work hard. For the amount of money they are paying us, he expects a lot from the employees." It is reported that Rodewald went back to California and was not available for comment at PVG press time. 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