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Salary hike for TownManager by Patti Babcock Gazette Staff PAHRUMP - The Town Board voted 3-2 to increase the Town Manager salary to grade 34, step 1. Board mem- bers Charlie Gronda, Gary Hollis and Steve Rainbolt voted for the increase with Bob Little and Board Chairman Char- lotte LeVar voting against. Board member Charlie Gronda who proposed the increase said the $50,627 salary increase from the current $46,800 will help offset the deletion of longevity pay for the Town Manager. Other town employ- ees do receive longevity increases. The salary will change with the annual cost-of-living increases received by all town employees. Gronda pointed out that since the salary is step 1, there is the possibility of a step increase each year for 10 years if the manager does a good job. The search committee for a new town manager, Gronda, " qis and Town Attorney Len Smith, narrowed the search t,.-two candidates. Acting Town Manager, Peggy Warner, said over 70 applications were mailed to prospective candi- dates, 32 were returned. The search committee said while many of the applicants were successful in their careers, only two had experience as town managers and in obtaining grants. Hollis said, "Man- aging a McDonald's or a Jack-In-the-Box does not qualify a person to manage the town of Pahrump." Civil engineers and planners lacking grant writing skills and town manage- ment expertise were likewise not qualified for the position. The search committee was ready to present their choice of the two finalists, Michael Cosgrove, former City Man- ager for Wells, Nevada and Brigham City, Utah. Hollis said Cosgrove is well qualified and in addition, currently serves on three powerful State committees: Community Block Grants, Rural Transportation Committee (RTC) and the Board for Low Income Housing. Gronda said Cosgrove indicated he could be available to start as early as September 29, 1997. Smith advised the Board to properly agendize the item before the vote since it does include spending money. The Board then instructed Warner to put hiring a town manager on the agenda for the September 23 meeting. Hollis sug- gested the delay prior to Smith's statement in order to give LeVar, who said she had not even seen the candidate's resume, a chance to familiarize herself with the candidate's qualifications. Smith said the second of the two top applicants was a financial administrator for Clark County. He said, though well qualified, the applicant wanted $60,000 per year and did not want to live in Pahrump. There will be light for town arena by Patti Babcock aaze00 Staff PAHRUMP- The Town Board has decreed the arena will have light. The Board, at their regular meeting Tuesday evening, voted unanimously to accept a bid for $18,516 to install new lights. The action was promised to the arena committee a long time ago. Scott Tibbits, arena committee chairman, when asked his opinion of the bids replied he had not seen them. He said, "This is the fourth time (the lights have gone to bid). The Town Board might as wall do it. We are (arena committee members) horse people not electricians." He reminded the board, they had promised new arena lights for Harvest Festi- val 1997. Chairman Charlotte LeVar laughed nervously as she alluded to Harvdst Festival 1998. Three bids were submitted. The bid from Nevada Light- ing was the only one meeting all the specification require- ments. In other business, the Board voted unanimously to in- crease Fair Board membership from five to seven members with two alternate members. Alternates will have limited voting powers, voting only in the absence of a regular anember. Another unanimous vote proclaimed September 17-23, 1997 "Constitution Week." In the same spirit of agreement the Board voted to begin public hearings to revoke Town Ordinance number 20, which deals with street naming and signs, a function handled entirely by the county. Another unanimous vote authorized the Acting Town Manager to request proposals for a structure to cover the town swimming pool. The first reading of the cemetery ordinance was post- poned to the next meeting as LeVar wanted the ordinance changed to include the amount of time that could elapse between the receipt and placement of a headstone on a grave. The Board finished agenda items with a discussion of the emergency response during the floods last week. Board member Charlie Gronda said one elderly man died of a heart attack when he left his stranded vehicle and tried to walk home. Six or seven people were injured. He said there was significant damage to the roads. Board member Gary Hollis said there weren't enough phones. The Board thanked a number of firms who helped includ- ing the Nevada Test Site contractors who donated an ambu- lance and four wheel drive vehicles at Hollis' request. Stewart Industries, Inc. was also thanked for their donation of bags for sand. Sally Devlin begged the board to take action now to save Pahrump. Devlin read a list of items she suggested be in- cluded in an emergency preparedness questionnaire to be mailed to all Pahrump Valley residents. Devlin pleaded with the board as she said, "El Nine is here, it will drown us in November." Want roads fixed, sign petition by Patti Babcock Gazette Staff PAHRUMP - Red Rock Road remains closed a week after a torrential rain storm flooded many areas of Pahxump late Tuesday, September 2, with rain continuing through :,ldnesday morning. Diana Stiles told Town Board members ;,,' closure has never been announced so people drive on the road only to be turned backby the wood barriers. She said water six feet deep on Wednesday, still stands two and a half to three feet deep in the former wash area. Stiles blamed the county for the problem, saying they allowed the developer to fill in the wash to sell more lots. Board member Bob Little agreed. He said the property was subdivided 27 years ago and the wash was an equestrian trail. He said, "They knew it was in a flood plain. It's always been a wash." "It's time the Town stood up to tlie County Commission- ers," Stiles said. "We have to stand up for ourselves. There's no one else to do it. We pay 84 percent of the taxes and get 22 percent back." Board Chairwoman Charlotte L, Var said there is the opportunity to have a voice on the County Commission by signing the petition to elect the Commissioners "at large." Board member Gary Hollis concurred. He said, "If you want a voice in (county) government, work hard on the Commis- sioners "at large" so Pahrump can get some of its representa- tion back." Little said another problem is with the State. He quoted population figures from the Nevada state Demographer show- ing Pahrump's population for 1997 as 13,761 people with a projection for 2001 at 17,091. We need to upgrade the figures, Little said. The Demographer's office is getting ready to forecast again in spring 1998. Little has a number for people to contact to be placed on the call list for the forecast. "Currently," he said, "the only people counted for Pahrump are registered voters and school children. 1'4o one else exists. If the true numbers are shown, maybe we co.rid get some clout." To contact Little for the number to get on the "call list," phone 72%7700. Ed Bishop and fellow volunteers will have the petition to elect County Commissioners "at lar" at tim Harvest Ftmival. Many w volunteers have tim peti- tions in front of Smith's Food and g, Terrible's Town and other local businesses. 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