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Parcel map applh:ants still unhappy Continued from frontpage moratorium. They called for a repeal and urged that the issue be placed on the November 4 agenda. The agenda item however, only called for an exemption of subdivision parcel maps from the original moratorium. Mendel said that she and many others still felt that repealing it was the only true way to go. In dealing with the agenda item, she said that neither large subdivisions nor commercial parcels had anything to do with health and safety concerns. "I had talked to developers about their companies putting in their own parks, streets, and other things that would benefit the town," Mendel said. "After this moratorium was passed, the developers didn't want to do anything for the town. It threw Parks and Rec. out the window." Mendel said that if a moratorium was to be in effect at all, then it shouldn't start until January 17, 1998. That is the date that the current Interim Land Policy (ILP) that parcel map applicants follow, runs out. Opponents say that the morato- rium was put into effect too soon and with little thought. "It is all about money, but there is nothing wrong with that," Murphy said. "You should have allowed the PRPC more input. The members I spoke with said they felt uncom- fortable and awkward about being interrupted and that a decision was reached so quickly." Murphy wanted to reaffirm that subsequent parceling was a legal and legitimate means of separating land according to NRS 278.42. Williams had thought that the PRPC and his office was approving illegal parcel maps because of the way the subsequent parceling allowed for some regulations to be and in Washington about the allocation Of PE'] tatives and the other in the Senate. Tran between the bills as the House 95 south through Ton',  t the Test Site using trJ and L a  avoided. "The commissioners should not stop the county from growing," Pahrump parceler Ron Taylor said. "This is ex- actly what will happen if this moratorium is upheld. If 18 months wasn't long enough for Williams, then extend the ILP. If you deny the moratorium, it might light a fire under- neath Williams and his staff to get things done." Williams said he was tired of hearing attacks on him. He said that he was indeed busy, but not so busy that he couldn't get things done. He also maintained that he was not hiding : behind the terms of "health" and "safety" as a shield for being overworked. To him these were serious issues that needed immediate attention. "It appears that a lot of folks would rather wait until there is a problem until they decide that action needs to be taken," he said. "That doesn't sound like planning to me." Commissioner Cameron McRae concurred with Williams and cited reports from the State Engineers Office and the State Bureau of Water Pollution that listed concerns and called for the moratorium. He also stated he had over 1,100 signatures of residents asking that the dust problem in the valley be tended to. "We need to allow for future planning by tending to the problems we have now," McRae said. With Commissioner Red Copass not in attendance and Commissioner Bob Davi leaving the room to run an apparent errand, Commissioners McRae, Richard Carver, and Bob Revert voted to uphold the moratorium with exemptions given to subdivision and commercial parcel maps. When Mendel asked why the date couldn' t be extended to Janu- ary 17, McRae responded by saying, "Because I don't agree that there was an actual date set." "This is simply govern- ment inaction," Murphy said after the decision. "I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Carver, who carries the constitution in his front pocket and professes prop- erty rights, would be so quick to take property away from US." :  Mtaphy said his opinion On the issue hasn't changed and that if the moratorium is put into place, he will con- tinue with a lawsuit against the County Commissioners he talked about two weeks ago. Both Mendel and Murphy said that they will once again have the item placed on the next agenda calling for the moratorium to be repealed entirely. Tuesday ". L_ i LITA'8 . "m,m,, ' MF_,XICAN CUISINE rp.m.-12a.m The Very Finest In Mexican OPEN Homestyle Cooking w so srv 24 HRS JAM Ith the BAND eAN  Fri & Sat S aclay 3El ,' 8F.M. "NIW rmzs - Inu|  I11 [ "-- s. mm..2s...  s,, 2s, v.. p. 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