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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, Septcmbcr 18, 1997 17 Planning Commission discuss problems by Geoff greb "Let's discuss this in a nice manner." Those were the words Planning Director Ron Williams had to say at the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission (RPC), when some issues that have been hot items lately were discussed. The meeting was held at the Provenza Realty Building on September 10, due to the Harvest Festival preparations at the community center. Discussions on flooding problems in the area and talks on making new streets in the valley were some of the items mentioned. Pahrump resident Sally Devlin stood up in the public comment forum to discuss problems about flooding in the valley. She said Pahnmap needs to make new flood maps to control the concern. "Dudng the last storm it took me an hour just to drive down the street one day," said Devlin. "Due to the flooding I couldn't even make it to my house from a school a few blocks away." The last flood map was made back in 1990 and was approved in 1991. "I have lived in Pahrump through four major floods," Devlin said. "I'm not happy with the problems of flooding and I think that the commission needs to fix the problem right away." Williams mentioned that in some of the areas that were flooded, people didn't live there before, but now those areas have people and streets there, which change the flow of run- off water and are now subject to flooding. He said he would try to make flooding concerns a:future agenda item for the RPC. Another hot discussion involved parcel maps for an apart- ment complex built by Jerry Wang. One of the problems with the complex is that there are plans for a sewerplant in the area where Wang wants to build. People may not want to move into that area due to the smell or any other resources that the sewer plant might contain. "It's going to take nine more months to get the maps made and out," said Williams. "So until then, we are going to let this go through for now." Parcel maps for five new roads lined up near Simkins Road were also on the agenda. Four of the new roads are planned to be 50 feet wide and the other road is a 60 foot wide street that would loop around the four. Talk of making Simpkins wider was also brought up. The existing power poles lining Simpkins create a problem and have to be removed. The commission decided to leave Simpkins alone and to concentrate on building the five new roads. Commission members said they would like to see the Simpkins issue placed on the agenda i6 the future. Bryan meets with Pahrump officials to discuss flooding ... will ask Army Corps of Engineers for assistance WASHINGTON, D.C.- After attending a briefing in Pahrump this past weekend on the recent flood, United States Senator Richard Bryan (D-Nevada) said he would request that the Army Corps of Engineers help Pahrump plan for future floods. Bryan said he will send a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking them to help Pahrump prepare for future floods and to make this a high priority. "After experiencing a flood of this magnitude, the concerns of local residents are very real," Bryan said. "The expertise of the Corps of Engineers is needed to come up with a detailed plan on actions that can be taken to protect against floods in the future." Bryan met with Steve Maison, Assistant Fire Chief and safety officer in Pahrump; Charlie Gronda, Town Board clerk; Gary Hollis, Town Board mem- ber; and Geneva Newhauser, budget director for Nye County. Bryan was shown a 50 niinute video of the flood damage taken from helicopter shortly after the first storm. "Even after the immedi- ate needs of Pahrump resi- dents are met, it is impor- tant that the communities have the means to prevent future damage and injury," Bryan said. "The Army Corps of Engineers' assis- tance would mean Pahrump y be able to fu- prevent ture losses of lives and prop- erty due to natural disas- ters. Area residents need to know that every precaution has been taken to alleviate problems that future flood- ing could cause," Bryan said. "Having the Corps of Engineers look into the ac- tions Pahrump and Nye County could take to pre- pare for floods 'll help enormously in this regard. Given de severity of the recent i?ood, Pahrump de- serves to have the Corps take I t!ough look at the area r and provide needed technical assistance to local commu- nities. "We can't control the weather but we can control how we plan for weather that can cause tremendous amounts of harm," Bryan said. "I commend local leaders for already looking toward the future in determining what can be done to prevent damage should more flooding occur. 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