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Moratorium placed on Pahrump parcel maps by Andy Hoitmann PVG Stall Despite public outcry from developers and parcel map applicants, the Nye County Commissioners voted to approve Planning Director Ron William's request for a moratorium on parcel maps in the Pahrump Valley. The moratorium, labeled Resolution #97-45 will go into effect on December I of this year, giving applicants 45 days to submit their parcel maps to the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission (PRPC). Once the moratorium goes into effect, applications will no longer be accepted until August 1, 1998 or sooner if Williams and the PRPC can complete needed revisions to their Draft Master Plan and tackle key planning issues they feel are being put off. Williams explained that the moratorium is needed due to the tremendous amount of parcel maps that are eating up the time that should have been devoted to health and safety issues associated with planning. "We are going to have people caught in the crossfire here if we continue having applications come through our door," Williams said. "We have been working on this master plan, but haven't had adequate time to devote to the concerns involved." The Commissioners had given Williams and the PRPC a period of 18 months to complete their work and provide a finished product. Williams said more c0ficerii Were /u'ising and he needed the time to hear the public's input. Among Williams' concerns are dust problems, water rights, water safety, roads, recent flooding, and concerns that the PRPC was violating Nevada Revised Statutes with its current Interim Land Policy (ILP). The current ILP expires on January 17, 1998. Developers and parcel map holders said that placing a moratorium in effect now was unfair. "He is doing this simply because he is overworked," said Continued on page AA6- AA7 Alleged junkyard nuisance ruled invalid by commission by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff One man's junk is another man's treasure. For Amargosa Valley resident Rain Dosch, these words are easier said than felt. Dosch claims that her neighbor, Ervy Lee Lewis and his son Ervy Duane Lewis, who live at 282 West Weiss Street are the proud proprietors of ajunkyard. Dosch said she has been in contact with several state and county agencies and has filed a nuisance complaint, but that little action has been taken. On Tuesday Dosch's complaint was heard before the Nye County Commissioners. Dosch claimed thatthe Lewis family had a"complete disregard for safety and human welfare" and that the property was an eyesore. "Ever since he (Lewis) moved in there a year ago, his property has become a fire hazard and a danger to children and animals," she said. In a letter presented to the commissioners, Dosch also claimed that the water in the area was becoming contami- nated, hazardous chemicals were leaking into the ground, human waste and odor was evident, drunk and lewd behavior was displayed, unsafe, unregistered vehicles cluttered the property, trash was piling up, and crime was occurring since the Lewis's arrival. Dosch told the PV Gazette that threats had also been directed at her and others living in the community. She claims that the Lewis family brings home nearly $3,000 a month in social security checks, but that they spend it on gambling and alcohol consumption and "force themselves to live like gyp- sies." She said that many of the cars on his lot appeared to be stolen or illegal and that they were illegally hooked into water and phone connections. When addressing the commissioners, Dosch said that entities such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Health Department were waiting on their decision as to whether a nuisance existed before enforcing violations. "That really seems strange to me that these entities are waiting on us," Commissioner Bob Davis said. "If there is a violation, then generally they go out and enforce it them- selves." Commissioner Cameron McRae said he felt that the board should stick to the issue of defining whether a nuisance exists according to county statutes. The commissioners were shown Continued on page 12 Fx, i. 8-11t midnight 8-1B "