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"SUPER" MARKET CENTER--For the full story on the new Lucky/Savon shopping plaza in Pahrump, see pages AA8 and AA9. Youth Center building proposals get a "No" and a "Go" by Patti Babcock The room was packed with people at the Town Board meeting on Tuesday evening held at the Calvada Sports Com- plex on the corner of North Highway 160 and Leslie. Attendees formed a long line waiting for a turn at the podium to give their views on the proposed youth center. In what appeared to be a successful "bait and switch" tactic, board member Steve Rainbolt drew fire when he made a motion for the Town to lease the Calvada Sports Complex. Following intense opposition to the motio he asked to table the motion as it lacked support. He then made a new motion to go out for a Request For Proposal (RFP) for a minimum 6,000 square foot building. After a second by Board Member Bob Little, the motion passed unanimously. The proposed building w'ould be built on Town owned property between the two ball parks centrally located at Dandelion and Honeysuckle Streets. In the initial motion, Rainbolt proposed the Town enter into a five year lease with Preferred Equities Corporation (PEC) for the Calvada Sports Complex with a five year option to renew if both parties agree. Monthly rent would be $1,000 Rainbolt said. In addition, the Town would assume full responsibility for all operating costs to include utilities, maintenance and repairs to both the building and equipment. All im- provements, including equipment replace- ment, would be owned by PEC. Operating costs would include a salary tor a full time project manager, Rainbolt said. Although the budget for the current 1997-98 fiscal year has been set, Rainbolt outlined how the town could fund the $65,439 annual operating cost. He said $67,000 in the capital improvement fund designated for a youth center could be used. The projected $18,000 excess in the busi- ness license fund, already approved by the Board to help fund a youth center, would make a total of $85,000 available for the project. Rainbolt said funding for the 1998-99 fiscal year could be derived from Continued on page 24 Animal Control concerns aired at Town Board by Patti Babcock People attending the Pahrump Town Board meeting on Tuesday evening were eager to air their concerns about the proposed Nye County Animal Control Ordinance. Board Chairman Charlotte LeVar said she placed the item on the agenda because she had received at least three dozen tele- phone calls from citizens requesting the Board to send a letter to the County Commissioners about the ordinance. LeVar suggested a citizens group be formed with people from Pahrump, Amargosa and Beatty to look deeper into the ordinance. She said callers expressed concern that the ordi- nance had been submitted by one person, Clark Wheeler. LeVar said she didn't know the man or his background if he had a legal background, or veterinary training. She said .people as well as animals need to be protected. gw- Board member Bob Little said people were upset about parts of the ordinance that addressed right of entry, segrega- tion of the sexes, community kennels, and restricting the number of dogs and cats a person can own. "I object to any officer entering private property with- out a warrant," board member Gary Hollis said. "Bradshaw (County Manager) and Rachel (Nicholson, special assistant to Bradshaw) don't understand you can't violate the Consti- tution with an ordinance." Amargosa Valley Advisory Board Chairman James Quirk said he hopes the ordinance gets the attention it deserves. June Frye of the Humane Society says the ordinance was put together to generate money. She is opposed to licensing cats. Many owners would not claim lost cats if licensing was required, she said. "We don't need a new ordinance," she said. "Each community has its own prob- lems, and we already pay taxes for animal control." The high cost of animal control is caused by people who do not spay or neuter their animals, who just "throw away their pets." Frye said, the existing ordinance (PTO-18) has good things and does the job, it just needs to be enforced. Groomer Peggy Johnson, in Pahrump since 1992, said she requires rabies shots before she will groom an animal. She said the ordinance would allow her to groom only licensed animals and would make her lose customers. Many people were opposed to an animal control officer coming on their property, losing their rights to keep animals and increased controls and fees. Patricia Goldstein expressed what many said, "Animal people moved here for animals." LeVar made a motion to send a letter to the County Commissioners before their next meeting, August 19, 1997 in Pahrump, to address citizens' concerns about the pro- posed ordinance. The Board passed the motion unani- mously. LeVar asked June Frye to help draft the letter. She asked people with suggestions to contact Frye. She can be reached at the Humane Society on Highway 372, or by calling the thrift shop at 727-8609.