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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 30, 1997 15 Green light for recreation center, hitching posts and contest by Patti Babcock PVG Staff Three is a charm held true for the recommendations presented to the Pahrump Town Board on Tuesday night by Lisa Mendel, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (P&RAB). The first recommendation was for the Town to send out Request for Proposals (RFP) for Phase 1 of a recreational center build- ing to be located at the sports complex on Honeysuckle Street. The RFP would be for a 12,000 square foot structure configured to be easily ex- panded as future need is de- termined and money becomes available. Immediate use could be for a full size basket- ball court, meeting rooms, restrooms, lockers and other facilities. The P&RAB sug- gested money to help main- tain the building could be raised by selling advertising space on the walls. The second recommendation presented by Mendel was to have the town install a "hitching post" at each park in Pahrump and in all future town parks. The hitching post, it was sug- gested, could be a symbol of the town's rural heritage and could be decorated with a town logo, like a saddle, and thus become symbolic of Pahrump. The third recommendation from the P&RAB invites ev- eryone in town to participate. The proposal was to conduct a contest to name the new park located on Simpkin Road. The Town Board members liked the idea and decided to announce the win ner and award the prize (to be determined) at thepark's grand opening ceremony planned for spring 1998. The Town Board unani- mously passed motions to in- stall the hitching posts and to conduct the contest. The Board supported the recom- mendation for a recreation building but wanted the spe- cifics of the RFP to be re- viewed by a joint meeting of the P&RAB, the Fair Advi- sory Board, the Arena Com- mittee and the Pahrump Re- gional Planning Commission. Town Manager Mike Cosgrove has scheduled the joint meeting.for Thursday, November 6, 1997 at 7:30 p.m. at the town office. After the meeting, Mendel said she was pleased by the unanimous support of the Town Board. In reference to the recreation building she said, "The Board was really great about EMS, disasters coordinated by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff PAHRUMP- Lack of equipment and limited communica- tion during the September 2-4 flooding were pinpointed as the problem areas most in need of attention by town and county officials last Wednesday, October 22. During a joint meeting between the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) and Nye County Commis- sioners, both positive and negative aspects of the flooding were discussed. While the flooding made it necessary to declare a local emergency, many agree.d it could have been a lot worse. "This was the first time we've had an incident where a local emergency was declared," said Emergency Manage- ment Supervisor Bob Nelson. "I think through this we learned to be prepared and work together as a team." Nelson said that negotiations are continuing between the state and the federal government as to whether Pahrump will receive financial help. The amount of damage sustained to the town may not meet the minimum requirements for disaster relief aid. Concentration now appears to be aimed at preparing for the future. With El Nino's peak yet to come, town officials said more training, equipment and communication services are needed for emergency crews to remain in control. Shelter and organizational tactics were also of concern. Fire Chief Vern Long said the need for an EOC (Emergency Operations Command) was evident. "It was very confusing having everything running out of one small building," Long said. "We need a central place where we can all coordinate efforts." Undersheriff Bill Weldon called the storm a blessing in disguise because it made the town aware of what they needed to do to prepare in the long run. By taking the time to check what resources the town has and what is needed would save time, effort and money, he said. Nye County Public Works Director Bob Wickenden said that long and short term problems were evident with roads in the southern portion of the county. Currently there are flood channels in place designed to route water under roadways instead of over them. Many streets and new housing projects have been built in line with current flood routes and are subject to damage. "What we need to do with the valley growing at the rate it is, would be to figure out where to route the water to," he said. "The problem with that, though, is when you fix one area, the problem moves down the line to another area." Commissioner Bob Revert said that little more could actually be done to better prepare. He said that the real problem was the surrounding region. "These people live in a lake bed with mountains to the north, south, east and west," he said. "You cannot help these people in a heavy rain situation." National Weather Service Meteorologist Run McQueen reminded everyone that EL Nino was still on its way and that so far, its effects have not let up. He described in detail what El Nino was and how it affected the area. On graphs that were shown, this year's event has almost surpassed the severity of the 1982-83 El Nino that caused the most damage on record. McQueen said that there was a 45-48 percent possibility that Pahrump will see above normal rainfall conditions this winter. While many entities echoed the need for better communi- cation and equipment to handle an emergency, Wickenden and Nye County Planning Director Run Williams both agreed that a flood control plan or document was needed. This document would identify all resources the town had and what was needed. Topographic (aerial) maps of the valley would need to be taken to identify flood routes. Once prob- lems are identified, then work could begin to correct them. To pay for this, the commissioners suggested looking into increasing both the utility franchise fees and the gasoline tax. Commissioner Cameron McRae said that only four cents of a potential nine cents was currently collected through the Regional Transportation Commission. At the current level, the four cents generates roughly $812,000 per year. "I think we should move forward with surveying the land," said PRPC Chairman Ben Depue. "I don't really enjoy being taxed more, but I don't see any other way at this point." 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