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Mirror - Thursday, October 20, 2016 13 Continued from front page Other concerns were addressed during the conten- tious discussion as well. Several local residents were frustrated over the lack of backup information on the item, with each supporting exhibit in the backup left blank. Carbone also expressed l/is belief that the complete backup should have been made available. "If it was available, some of the questions might have been answered. The backup, in my mind, could have been there," Carbone asserted. Lacy fired back at the commission's chair, calling the public's concerns "red herrings" and further stating that residents should have asked their questions at the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission meeting on October 12. Another issue raised was traffic concerns with Beazer representative Jeff Lesnick stating that Beaz- er would be willing to work with the county on tum lanes and street lights to minimize traffic impact in the area. Along those lines, Nye County Sheriff Sha- ron Wehrly explained that with the new development of 586 homes, the county would need one more Nye County Sheriff's Office deputy and an extra animal control officer. Pahrump Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Lewis added an additional firefighter to the list, with the cost for all three of those future positions fall- ing on the county and Town of Pahrump. Schinhofen dismissed those concerns however, stating that the increase in property taxes would cover the costs for those additional employees. Schinhofen motioned to re-approve the develop- ment agreement as well as the Subdivision Improve- ment Agreement (SIA) with commissioner Lorinda Wichman quickly seconding which sparked anger from Carbone. "I'm not done. You guys can try to bully me but I am not going to let you," Carbone said. Wichman seemed offended, remarking that she was only trying to point out that with a motion on the floor, the item could not move forward without a second or a declaration that the motion was dead. Commissioner Donna Cox bided her time as the arguments ensued, ohly c mmenting toward the end of the item. She then brought water issues to the ta- ble. "At the time all this was planned we thought we had plenty of water because the real estate companies were selling the idea that we had the largest aquifer in the world... I really would have liked to have the wa- ter end of this looked at a little closer because things have changed. This is not 2005 anymore," Cox said. "I don't have a problem with you developing... But I do have a problem with the density." Cox said that at 8,000 square feet per lot, approximately five homes could be placed on an acre. "You're going to have five families per acre versus one family on an acre so you could be Using five times more water," she said. Lesnick responded that each acre of land had more than four acre feet of water dedicated to it. "Yes and that's what I am saying, you will be using much more water per acre..." Cox maintained. Lesnick also noted, "We've had all those acre feet of water basi- cally sitting there for 10 years, not being used." Schinhofen's motion to re-approve the develop- ment agreement and SIA was voted down 2-3 with Cox, Carbone and Borasky voting against. A new public hearing on the Beazer development agree- ment was scheduled for the commission's November 14 meeting. Contact author Robin Hebrock by emailing mirrok.rhebrock@gmail.com DEVELOPMENT DEBACLE - The debate regarding the renewal of a development agreement between NyeCountyandBeazer Homes Holding Corp. brought out tempers during the Nye County Commission's Tuesday, October 18 meeting. Beazer representatives Tony Celeste, middle and Jeff Lesnick, .right, are shown with Nye County Planning Director Darrell Lacy As of Monday, more than 11,750 votes had been cast by Valley Electric Association member-owners to sell its 230 kilovolt transmission system. More than 94 percent of those members who have voted in the special election favor the sale of the transmission system. Approval to sell a major asset requires a two-thirds affirmative vote from the membership. More than 11,000 members have voted "yes," which represents approximately 63 percent of the membership. As a result, at a membership meeting Friday, those present voted to extend the time period to allow more members to vote. Per the bylaws and Nevada state law, Friday's action would keep voting open for several more weeks. In September, VEA's Board of Directors approved the sale of VEA's 230 kV high voltage transmission system to GridLiance. The Board has heard from thousands of members during the past 45 days. These interactions have come face to face, through phone calls, letters, e-mails and social media. Many members have expressed concern with being unable to cast their votes clue to loss of ballots, unfamiliarity with computerized voting, inconvenience and the lack of time to consider the complexities of the issue. In order to assure that members do not feel disenfranchised and have every opportunity to vote, they can cast ballots through Nov. 14. Also, members can vote Online at www.vea.eoop, in person at Valley Electric Association, by phone (775) 727-5312 or by mail. At Friday's meeting, the names of three members were drawn for prizes totaling $5,000. The winning members were: $2,500: Patrick and Mary Morgan of Pahrump. o $1,500: Brooke C. Baker of Pahrump. $1,000: Josepl-t S. Dorey of Pahrump. A similar drawing will be conducted at the Nov. 14 meeting at the Valley Conference Center. All members who voted in the election were eligible for Friday's drawing. All members who voted (except Friday's winners) will be eligible for the Nov. 14 drawing. Together, we're doing powerful things. I LEARN MORE AT VEA.COOP I O O'Q Valley Electric Association, Inc. A Toocl~o~ Eacrgy'~