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8 Thursday, September 25, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Progress and size differences fuel multipurpose building debate by Andy Holtmann "Where are we?" Those were Bob Little's words at Tuesday's Sep. 23, Pahrump Town Board meeting when the debate arose as to what progress was being made with a proposed multipurpose building at the Sportsplex. Little wanted to know what, if anything was being done with the project, which was intended to construct a roughly 6,000 square feet building for indoor activi- ties. He said the lack of information or progress on the project that was approved last year, prompted him to put it on the agenda again. "I was under the impression that when I voted for it and it was approved, that construction would start and progress would be made," he said. After the project was voted on, the town paid $8,000 to HSA Architects, Inc. to design the building. A design was created and HSA conducted a needs survey on their own without the Town Board asking them. Some mem- bers of the community have hinted their disapproval of the $8,000 sum in the past. Board member Steve Rainbolt said that he was tired of hearing that debate and stated that he felt the money was not wasted because the Bishop Veterinary Hospital  Tonopah Clinic L Dr. Linda will be in Tonopah October 3 Front downstairs office- 42 Belmont St. Appointments/Into, Call 482-6458 after 5 p.m. Dr. Linda will be in every_ other Wednesday II a,m,- 1 p.m.: Dogs, cats and other small animals, including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery, etc. 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.: Horses, cows, etc. I  l'ronop5:3Op.mto7:3Op.m.  lq| Round Mountain: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. [| I I S=n dat = ronop, h Ca.ic II II company was paid for what they were hired for. He did say that HSA's needs survey was sloppily conducted and gave the wrong impression about the need for the multipurpose building. "After the survey, an (HSA) representative said he had talked to the school board and that they had told him their facilities were under-utilized," Rainbolt said. "The school board however, officially told me at their meet- ing that they cannot do anything in their buildings. They have no room and there is the need for this building." But 6,000 square feet was quite a bit smaller than what Rainbolt wanted. While he agreed that the project should be making better progress, he was concerned that in the end, a 6,000 square foot building might short- change the community. "I am flat out opposed to the 6,000 foot idea," he said. "We need to have a building where we can do more than have a single basketball game in." Little said the reason for a 6,000 square foot building was that it was only intended to be an interim facility. He said there is $185,000 available to build it and that the time to build is now. "Why should we spend the time trying to build a large facility, when we're already going to see one that far exceeds it down at the fairground," Little said. "Bottom line, if we don't build it high enough and large enough to play basketball and volleyball in, I'm voting no," Rainbolt said. Lisa Mendel, chairwoman of the Parks and Recre- ation Advisory Board, agreed with Rainbolt. She wanted the Board to table the measure until further research could be conducted on her part. "6,000 square feet is out of the question," she said. "We sometimes have 75-80 kids in the No to Abuse building, which is about 6,000 square feet and that turns into a madhouse." Mendel said Parks and Recreation was strongly con- sidering the original design that HSA came up with. A building with between 17,000 and 18,000 square feet would be more along the lines of what is needed, she said. Mendel said this might cost as much as $1 million, but that one-third of the costs might possibly be covered through donations from the town and grants and loans. "Let's do it the right way rather than put up some- thing that is not feasible," she said. Little had problems with Mendel's idea. He ques- tioned whether Mendel could get volunteers and donator's commitments in writing and whether finan- cially, the town could rely on donations. This, he said would lead back to the town paying for the costs of a larger building. "I think we're going down the same old trail," Little said. "We' re back.to trying to spend an entire year of the town's revenue on one building." But Rainbolt wanted Parks and Recreation to look at the issue. The Board gave Mendel one month to re- search different designs and financial opportunities for the multipurpose building. Both Mendel and Town Board Chair Charlotte LeVar stressed that the multipurpose building would not be strictly a youth center, but a community center that provides for a variety of people. Resident Dan LeVar blasted Rainbolt for his in- volvement with promoting the Calvada Sports Com- plex idea which died due to a lack of a motion at a previous meeting. "You owe the citizens and the taxpayers of this town an apology for trying to get us involved in that deal and having people tour the land," he said. Rainbolt said he is proactive rather than reactive and that he tries to bring ideas before the Town Board. He said he didn't feel he had to offer an apology to anyone. "I've had some bad ideas, but I am bringing new ideas to the forefront all the time instead of sitting up here and when a crisis comes up not taking responsibil- ity. I'm doing the right thing and I'm going to continue doing that." 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