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4 Thursday, October 9, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette S @ Forum Po Pmcm Sd.g00 "' 1370 E. Mmew L, ID pnp, NV -,, , ,t,, Whirlpool .048 IJ. e,'r.,*s,;d Auto Accidents Bankmpt Criminal Defense Divorce Incorporation Wills lk Trusts Law Offices of Louis M. Mlnicozzi,lll A Professional Corporation Pahrump ]61  Froma Rd. - S,dCe Z Telephone (702) 751-1200 Las Vegas 333N.  Dr. -  410 Telephnme (702) 648-4950 Toll Freez (888)246-1960 Commission spends PETT funds Continued from front page school district)just want to do it and be done with it," McRae said. "If you don't get past the first hurdle, you can' t get to the second." While the school district has been relying on PETT funds, there is not enough money to cover the concerns of the entire district and still tend to other projects. McRae said that PETT funds are used on projects that better serve the county. Six of these issues came before the commissioners on Tuesday. One of the first involved a request for authorization of a Judicial Secretary for the Nye County District Court. The full time job has been vacant since January of 1995 and Executive Secretary Brenda Valdez said the court's workload is becom- ing too much to handle. With little or no money being available in the county's general fund, the commission asked Budget Officer Geneva Neuhauser if money was available elsewhere. Neuhauser said that unless PETT or contingency funds were utilized, she didn't see where the funding for the position would come from. The commission denied Valdez' s request due to lack of funding. "I was disappointed," Valdez said. "It was badly needed. I understand where the commissioners are coming from, but Yikes! The workload here is constantly increasing and I don't know how we're going to keep up." McRae explained that PETT funds are not intended to be used for operational projects such as running a hospital or paying someone's salary. He said that generally the funds are used for construction or equipment needs and, although in the past year some PETT funds have been used f'or operational procedures, it is something the commission tries to avoid. "t have voted in protest of operational use in the past," he said. "It is something that we need to address." PETI" funds are generated from a provision in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. Since Yucca Mountain and other areas of the test site are government owned and tax exempt, an allowance was made to give portions of surcharge rates from nuclear power users back to the county for their use. Five other projects on Tuesday received aid in the form of PETr grants from the County Commissioners. An appropria- tion of $22,000 was made to County Assessor Bernie Merlino for the purchase of a new car. A grant of up to $100,000 was provided for the rebuilding of the ambulanceffiredcommunity center along with possible purchase of property and drilling of Currant Creek in the Smoky Valley area. An appropriation of $7,500 was also given to Nye County for the purchase of three new computers. Despite concerns from Public Works Director Bo Wickenden that $23,000 was too much to be spending, the .'U" commissioners voted to approve that sum for the purchase of two pieces of confined space extrication equipment. Wickenden said he felt the same equipment could be pur- chased for around $15,000 and that the county should go no higher than $20,000. McRae also made a motion to set aside $10,000 from PETI' funds to create a budget for OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) mandated ex- penditures. The commission accepted this motion. McRae said that currently there is between $1.3 and $2.1 million of unappropriated money left in the PETT account. "The fund should be at zero dollars with all of the projects out there," he said. "We need to be sure we spend that money on what the county needs though." Get ready for the Holidays Canteen Bakery & Party Shop Lace 10% Ready Made [ ' '11061F.': SecorKI St. q," ' cuaTQ00s00,00i _., Coupon piros 10-1 9TIi (702) 727-7447 /rNFF VALANCES, i mmmm|  mmm mmmm m mm m m mm m m mm .,m--m mmmm mmmmmmm Sugar Free y-Specialty Cakes Pies & Pastry  Pie, & Bread __Ptl!UJllp P;orted  & Goodl 'S Largest Hrs- 4:30 am - 1:30 pm Tua- Sat VALLEY emHs _ Parts * Ikceneriu Service 751-2453 ST I Dimudbm (. ,..d ..,i m.) Sartkq ot $tlt.Pt Gift Ideu, Skateboaxds Spotthqi  & Games 60-Day CIn'lBtmu LaTaWa 7 141 B. Impressions "Window Treatments" Mon - Sat 9:30 - 6 Closed Sun. ShOw Room Inside the Gallery of Home Furnishings We Guarantee The Lowest Prices Anywhere For your personal showing of our wide selection * of styles and colors call Patricia Cox at 727-1966 Locally Owned and Operated Let The Professionals Help You Decorate Verticals Mini Blinds Wood Blinds Pleated Shades Duettes Arches Fabric Valance Draperies Cornice Box Hardware Solar Screens And More Design Service *  Consultation * FREE. Installation * All Work Guaranteed * Quality You Can Count On 921 S. Hwy 160 - Wheeler Springs Plaza