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24 Thursday, August 14, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Proposal on Youth Center building Continued front front page several sources: $8,000 from room tax; $18,000 from business license fees; $12,000 from income from the conces- sion stand and use fees at the youth center; and $22,000 from the $44,000 room tax fund designated for tourism for a total of $60,000. The remaining $5,439 short fall could be funded by an increase in room tax, or from money from the general fund. These are suggestions, he said, but the Board would have a year to decide funding sources. Board member Bob Little said the $65,439 operating costs did not include rent which the proposed lease document stated at $1,500 per month, not $1,000 as Rainbolt Stated. There was nothing for equipment, he said. He questioned the ability of one person to maintain the building. Town maintenance people have a hard time working so far out, he said, and gave Simkins Park as an example. Little also expressed concern about what the Town would have to sacrifice to fund the youth center, fire trucks, fair grounds and more. He said the rent versus own discussion happened when the board was talking about a Town office. He said the Town office building is not like the Clark County complex, but this isn't Clark County. The Town owned building meets Pahrump's needs. "We need something functional that works for Pahrump," Little said. Call Mrs, Clean Seal Grout Clean -up & cleaning itL1Jdl Carpet Cleaning Windows and moro .... Senior Discount i i i Town Board Chairman Charlotte LeVar said paying $1,500 a month for this "Cracker Jack" box would be one- half million in five years plus $70,000 to $80,000 in maintenance. "There goes the $67,000 and $18,000 and another $22,000 from room tax makes $107,000. For another $3,000, we could pay for a 6,000 square foot building on our own property." 'Board member Bob Little said the $65,439 operating costs did not include rent' LeVar presented an estimate from Floyd's Construc- tion, obtained at her request by Little, for a 6,000 square foot steel building for $110,000 excluding electrical, plumb- ing, interior finish work and concrete or paving other than the main slab. LeVar questioned the feasibility of putting money into someone else's building, especially this 11 to 12 year old one that might need considerable repair and maintenance. "I want the youth to have something just as much as anybody. But, not this building for the simple reason, I don't want it to be somebody else's. If it's going to be anybody's, it's going to be ours." Board Member Gary Hollis objected to LeVar intro- ducing a proposal the board had not had an opportunity to study prior to the meeting, a practice LeVar had previously emphasized was unacceptable. He said he wanted time to consider Rainbolt's proposal and possibly to present one of his own. Board Member Charlie Gronda supported leasing the Calvada building if through negotiation, the proposed lease could be lowered to $1,000 a month and a lease was if the Town was going to spend the money, it should be spent on a building the Town would own. Chairman of the new Parks and Recreation Committee Lisa Mendel said the committee had spent about three hours discussing Rainbolt' s proposal the previous evening. She asked LeVar why she hadn't submitted her proposal to them to study. She said the committee had decided to stand behind Rainbolt's proposal and continue to work with PEC to work out possibilities for the Calvada facility. She asked that the issue be tabled as there were too many things to give the proposal their full support. Mendel did give her full support to creating a perma- nent youth center. The temporary center run by No to Abuse filled up the first night, is continually full and is much too small; she said. People lined up to speak to the issue. They supportec a youth center, but not leasing the Calvada building. There was a consensus that the location was bad and transporta- tion would be a burden, that maintenance and repairs would be costly with one person saying it could bankrupt the Town, that the youth would not use the building which has had little use from members of the community, and finally that the Town should own their own building rather than spend $400,000 to rent a building for five years. One person questioned why the Town should be in the entertainment business and suggested youth activities be left to the Y.M.C.A. and the Y.W.C.A. Dan LeVar said he took the day off work to take a poll of the public. He made 130 telephone calls. The upside was that only one person was against the town providing a youth center. The downside was 129 people did not want the Town to lease the Calvada building. Primary objec- tions were the location and many did not want the town to have anything to do with PEC. After Rainbolt asked to table the proposal, although he said he had prepared an operating plan that would work, the Board voted unanimously to have Town Attorney Len Smith send a letter to PEC saying the town has no interest in the Calvada Sports Complex. Rainbolt emphasized that he had contacted PEC through town attorney Len Smith and PEC had not approached him. Hollis said, "If this issue did nothing but bring people to the Town Board it is worth it." SUBSCRIPTION FORM yes! Iwant to subscribe to The Pahrump Valley Gazette My payment is enclosed. $25 for 52 weeks (mail deliveries West of Mississippi) $30 for 52 weeks (mail deliveries East of Mississippi) $35 for 52 weeks (outside of continental USA) Name Address city zip Phone State Clip and mail this to: PahrumpValley Gaz00.e P.O. Box 97795, Las Vegas, NV 89193 option could be added. The audience was nearly unanimous in oppo- sition to leasing the Calvada building. The consensus Rainbolt concurred. 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