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26 Thursday, August 21, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Road causes big concern Continued from front page crews to get in and out of there?" Commissioner Cameron McRae said that nothing would happen to the road until Wang completed the conditions involved in the original parcel map and any additional conditions the planning commission would suggest to the county as terms of the abandonment agreement. Those conditions include paving both sides of Woodchips Road between Flamingo Road and Schifrin Street and the paving of one side of Schifrin. "The paved road you people have there today will have nothing happen to it until the developer paves the other roads," McRae said. Corey Hogan, speaking on behalf of Wang, said that the reason they want to abandon the road is that they predict there will be more traffic created in the area after the subdivisions and RV park are opened. "That road cannot support the amount of traffic that it will see," he said. "Why not divert the road to Woodchips, a road that can more efficiently handle it?" Hogan said another purpose of winding the road from Highway 372 to Woodchips instead of continuing it north as it currently does, was that it would serve to keep the residents of Wang&apos; s property from having to travel through other residents' neighborhoods to get to major arterioles. A letter by Forum was sent out to homeowners in the area, allegedly asking for resident's opinions on the road abandonment. Hogan said they received 10 positive re- I. Carousel Tack, Bosll and UJlk 2. PahnJmp Valle V 11. Sporkletts of NVe County 41. C)di_se v  and Greek Decor S. Provenza Realty 6. RBI Services 7. Cellular One. fald and Sue Hughes 8. Tlaquepaque 9. Water Well bottled water lO. Crewel World 11. Magoritas Nxlcon Restumunt 12. mp Leather WoJs, Brenda Bruce 13, Hollywood So,.ml 14. Grandma and Grandpa Ledbetter, Thanks for sewing my costume and the outfits 1 5. Grandma and Grandpa Jones,Thanks for the beautiful necklace and for making the long trip, 16, Runt Chorln and Lie Bob Dewltt, You really made bhis a n special time. 17. flur Nlorianne Stmll. Thank" for mv plxo outfit. IIIk iittan, Cl'ro and Tcrjen Janes, than for Vo port 19. Shadow Pk laxxnch. Dustv ond JOt Ri99s, Thanks for Vour positive R & R I',,<h, Kevln onO Cossldy I;' for being there and being ffleno Ill. Sam, Sandy. Sara and 5en A, Thant for the great Invitation you made. I I I IIIIII sponses out of around 60 letters sent out. Commissioner Donna Lamm said that the number of letters returned was "pretty good in the real estate business." Tina Staley said the letter she received was written so that it should only be returned if the resident approved of the abandonment. That, she said is why more people did not send their negative responses. Christine Jones supported the road abandonment. She said that from her home on the corner of Schifrin and Happy Lane, she constantly sees cars making turns down the road and getting lost. They then make U-turns and endanger the people living in the area. "In one hour I counted 25 vehicles," she said. "If Happy Lane is not abandoned, there will be more traffic, all having to back track, all becoming a danger." McRae, after talking to Wang and Hogan, threw a new proposal in the audience's direction. In it he asked if residents would feel better about Wang abandoning Happy Lane where he proposed, if he agreed to pave the portion of Happy Lane that lies to the north between Schifrin and Charleston Park Avenue. The audience responded with a unanimous "yes." Residents asked if Woodchips and Schifrin would still be paved. McRae said that Woodchips would because it was a condition of the original parcel map, but that Schifrin would probably remain as is. Hogan interjected, by saying that he thought that the Woodchips condition was actually a part of the abandon- ment issue. Both McRae and Williams agreed that the pavement of Woodchips was "a done deal" and could not be negotiated. Planning Commission Chairman Ben DePue made a motion to accept McRae's proposal, which passed 4-0. McRae abstained due to it being his proposal and Lamm abstained due to her connections with Wang in the real estate business. Outside the building, Staley and a small group con- fronted Wang and voiced their concerns over the project. Staley wanted to know how long it would take before the subdivision and new road I Congratulations Sarah, Katie and Jenni! The Miss Pahrump Pageant was ven special to me. I made new friends, that means a great deal to me. LUe were all winners and te made some great memories together Thanks flndreo, Tolisa, Trade, Flrdrenna, Hovlev, Jenni, Hatte and Sarah. Let's do this again next Veod Our directors were great. Thanks to Julianna Bowman, Tern/LUutfenstein, Flenee Bell. I would like to say that I could not have this without all the support I received from family, friends and local businesses Fit this time I would like to sav a special than to mv fomih/. Morn thanks for driving back and forth from rehearsols and helping me get ready. I know it was frustrating at times. Dad - thanks for all your hard wod to make sum we am taken care of. Out most of all, tho for teaching me that I should treat others as I would want to be treated and to accept others and chonges in life with o positive atUtt:.  thonks to mv broom Joseph and Ton V for their encouragement UJe hove o great town with vet V soecJol people that had foith in me. I believe the V de recognition and mv thanks because b"m V reall V made this pot a vet V special time in m V life. Thanks to the Pahrump Chamber of Commerce for putting on the pageant. Fllso. a huge thanks to the Gazette for their great coverage. was completed. Wang esti- mated that it would take seven to 10 years. Hogan also fielded ques- tions. When asked how they felt about McRae's pro- posal, he said he wasn't sure yet and that they would have to review the area more care- fully to determine how much paving Forum would be looking at on the north por- tion of Happy Lane. "We are content to enter- tain new ideas that will keep the project moving for- ward," he said. "Paving isn't cheap though and it looks like we may be doing more of it." School tax Continued from front page First time home buyers and older people on fixed incomes might be eliminated from the housing market. Growth is not all bad, Hafen said. Using his Cot- tonwoods development as an example, he said, school taxes on a lot are $62.42 per year. With the addition of a $110,000 house the school taxes increase to $582.40, and about 90 percent of the people in Cottonwoods have no children in school. Scanlon said the ad valorem tax cannot be used for construction. Only for teachers and student needs. McRae asked why the request was limited to Pahr- ump. Scanlon said, "Because this is where the need is." Finally, the Commissioners voted to instruct staff to draw up a .county wide ordinance imposing the $1,600 tax on all new construction with the money to be used for schools in the area where it is generated. Superintendent Harge agreed to be present for the public hearings to address citizen questions. A date for the hearings will be set at the next meeting of the Commissioners. Planning Commission thinking roads by GeoffKreis Gazette Staff To pave or not to pave, that was the question brought up at the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission meeting August 13. The cost of paving is quite expensive. The County Commis- sioners and the planning Commission though, say the costs of maintaining gravel and dirt roads can, in the long run, be higher. "I don't really like gravel roads with dust abatement," said commissioner Charlotte LeVar. "It does its job for what it's supposed to do, but we need better." Under the current Interim Land Division Policy (ILDP), conditions are placed on most parcel maps so that applicants have to pave roads adjacent to and near their property. The county has expressed its dislike of gravel and dirt roads and will no longer maintain them. Their answer? Resolution #96-31, a law of sorts that forces all roads to be paved to Nye County standards. Planning Director Ron Williams made a recommendation of the plannin commission to discuss the resolution and determine whether they wished to request the county to remove the paving requirements under certain circumstances. Many parcel map applicants have been upset over recent decisions by the planning commission in which they felt the resolution was violated in certain instances. An alternative paving called chip seal has been discussed lately. The liquid application works like asphalt but the base is much cheaper. While many liked the idea, some people said it could pose problems in the heat and would not last as long. Commission Chairman Ben DePue took a moment and explained why paving was not as bad as it's cracked up to be. He said that 120 acres of land would cost approximently $120,000. If one was to divide that land into 32 lots and sell each one for $150,000, that would net $480,000. If they were to subtract the cost of the land and the average costs of paving, there would still be a nearly $300,000 profit. Town Board Member Gary Hollis said DePue was off on his estimation of land prices, but he agrees all roads should be paved. "I agree it should be done," Hollis said. "You are never going to get it done unless you do it now." Commissioner Ed Bishop made the same motion as the last time the issue was discussed. He said that they should follow the Interim Land Division Policy and continue to pave the roads. The motion unanimously passed. 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