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November 13, 1997

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Pahrump considering Nye County lawsuit Dandelion 1. Convention Center & Multipurpose Bldg 2. Public Park & Soccer Complex 3. Driving Range 4. Fair Grounds & Horsemans Park 5. Nine Hole Public Golf Course 6. Softball Fields 7. R.V. Park & Rest Area 8. Fire Sub-Station o o Dalton "Gamebird by Mary Ann McNeiU PVG Staff PAHRUMPmThe Pahrump Town Board started off with the good, exciting news Monday but kept the real clincher until last. Ralph Purdy, with the help of Town Board Member Bob Little and Town Manager Mike Cosgrove, showed a simple artist's drawing of the proposed Nye County Fair Grounds to be built just west of Highway 160, roughly between Gamebird and Dandelion Roads. (See the PVGazette artist's rendition, at left). But the biggest news out of Monday's otherwise rather routine meeting was that the Town of Pahrump has had enough of what the hoard considers misrepresentation of Pahrump interests through the Nye County Commission and is considering filing a lawsuit for the commission to reap- portion the county and the school districts to give Pahrump more representation. They want to do it before the next general election in 1998. Town Attorney Len Smith said population figures show Pahrump has roughly 60 percent of the county population and it has only 40 percent of the representation. Cameron McRae and Red Copass represent Pahrump, Bobby Revert represents Beatty and Amargosa Valley, Bob Davis and Chairman Dick Carver represent the northern areas includ- ...... qng Round Mountain, Gaibs arid T0nopah. There was much discussion about the usual problem of, "what is the real population figure?" and "whose figures do Continued on page 4 Funds being sought for Highway 160 project by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff The future of the Highway 160 widening project remains up in the air as funding concerns are being looked into. A popular and convenient travel route between Pahrump and Las Vegas, Highway 160 has seen a steady increase in the amount of traffic over the last few years. Emergency Medical Service officials estimate that there is an average of one severe automobile accident per month on the route. To alleviate travel delays and safety concerns, state officials and the Nevada Department of Transportation agreed in 1995 that widening the roadway was the most viable option. This summer, the first stage of the project was completed, expanding the highway to two lanes in each direction between Mountain Springs Pass and the Sandy Valley turnoff. Lack of funding halted construction at that point. Now state officials are seeking federal aid to complete the project and tend to other needed roadwork throughout the state. "'It is important for the Legislature to plan ahead," said State Assemblyman Roy Neighbors (D-Tonopah). "We have to make sure that our transportation system is adequate to support Nevada's growing economy." Neighbors, who is chairman of a special legislative corn- mittee studying the construction and maintenance of roads in Nevada, has been fighting to secure more funding for road projects such as the Highway 160 expansion. The committee found that during the 1997 legislative session, revenues produced by the state's tax structure fell short of the money needed to complete the Highway 160 project. At the committee's first hearing in Las Vegas on Novem- ber 10, Neighbors said there still wasn't enough money available and that the future of highway projects for the state will most likely be determined by the Federal Government's appropriation of funds. Neighbors estimates that the comple- tion of the project could cost between $10-12 million. "Apparently, the money is there to cover the engineering costs, but it is the actual cost of construction that we fall short on," said Neighbor's assistant Sandy Harmon. Nevada Senator Harry Reid though, feels that Nevada has a good chance of securing the funds newssary to complete the Highway 160 projecL Last week's passage of a six month extension to the Inter-modal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in the Senate serves to ensure that ongoing road projects will continue to be funded, be said. "I was able to prevail upon my colleagues in the Senate to include funding for the Public Lands Highway Program in the six month extension to the highway bill that was passed by a unanimous voice vote," Reid said. "Once the House passes the final bill this week, I expect that Transportation Secretary Slater will live up to his personal commitment to me to provide funding for the Pahrump Highway." Reid said that under a new bi-partisan version of the ISTEA bill passed by the Senate Public Works Committee, Nevada would receive over $160 million in federal funding per year to be iased for roads and highways. He said the six month bill was passed because the six year bill had been stalled on the floor of the Senate. Reid, who sits on the Public Works Committee, was partly responsible for the new IS'lEA bill and feels optimistic that Nevada would receive its fair share. "Under this bill, Nevada would see increased federal fund- ing including money to maintain thousands of miles of high- ways which cross the Silver State," Reid said. "Our overall share of highway funds would also increase significantly under this bill from 0.632 to 0.730 percent of funds collected." Until such time though, the widening project will remain uncompleted. Both Reid and Neighbors said that despite delays they feel Nevada roadways will adequately be tended to. The special committee on Nevada roads will hold a hearing in Pahrump on February 13, 1998. Nov. 1400at & Nov. 8pro- Kid00t |