Philosopher Camus wrote “Always go too far, because that’s where you will find the truth.”
County Commission Meeting And Fire Commission Meeting April 13, 2016
Fire commission –
Dissection of Fire Budget-
Last year Estimated this year
Salaries&Wages $ 155,002. $ 204,005.
Benefits $ 166,538. $ 161,858.
Services&Supplies $ 380,895. $ 452,052.
Capital Layout $ 338,591. $ 98,150.
Totals $1,041,026. $ 916,065.
Chief Waters explained all the on going classes. All classes seemed to be full. Hazmat training was a great success. (On a personal note, after talking to some volunteers, they are learning a lot and excited about the classes.)
March 2016 Stats:
Structure Fire – 1,
Vehicle Fire – 1,
Medical Aid – 50,
Motor Vehicle Crash – 6,
Wildland Fire – 1,
Agency Assists – 24, City response to county – 1,
County response to city – 2.
Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement and Annual Operating Plan with White Pine County Fire District and USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management.
This is a 4 year agreement and more expenses will be reimbursed to the county than they were in the passed years. The agreement is discussed every year and does not expire.
Mike Coster “Mr. Howe as per your phrasing of the motion suggests we want to work on this before the final budget”
Richard Howe “yes”
FY2017 Budget Proposal for the Agricultural Extension.
Juan Carlos will become the new director for the White Pine County agricultural extension.
Proposal includes the elimination of one employee and the State office will pay all bills and will collect from the county with an itemized list of bills.
Update of Ambulance Standby Fees.
Fees changed to a flat fee, not a per ambulance fees.
The fee will be $100.00 an hour for up to 4 ambulances.
Bunny Hill “I just don’t want you to charge us out of business. I am with the Horse Races and Silver State car races and we bring people into Ely.”
Howe “We have to be consistent because we have an investment in this too”
Coster “Are we ruling out waivers of the fees?”
McKenzie “We don’t know what will come up, there could be extenuating circumstances that we don’t know about.”
(This leaves the door open for waivers, but not for a per ambulance charge. The ball game will pay the same as the car race and horse race.)
Elizabeth Frances was awarded Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
(This is well deserved.)
A 30 day extension due to weather for the extension was approved.
Coster – no
Mike Coster “I see no reason for this and will abstain. It is up to the contractor to provided written evidence as to why the delay”
Coster “Moved to table this until this until we have an application or any other documentation to support this” Motion dies due to no second.
Mike Wheable – To direct all Advisory Boards to provide the County Clerk with timely copies of audio recordings, minutes, and agenda of all public meetings. Agenda minutes should be public with in 30 days of a meeting.
Perea “Do we have to approve minutes before they are made public or can we put they on line and mark them drafts?”
Carson “The District Attorney should come up with verbiage as to the policy for public meetings and the liaisons should report this to the boards and councils.”
(This is so important, if you don’t know when there is a meeting – how can you attend and if you want to know about the meeting – you should get the minutes in a timely fashion. The Clerks can not provide the information, if they receive late or incomplete information.)
Need a formal request form for the public and employees to receive documents with in 5 days or given an answer as to why the request can not be filled.
Burton Hilton, County Assessor
Refund taxpayer of Unsecured Account in the amount of $15,598.33 for over assessment of Mining Property Tax.
The Mine was taxed for 2 pieces of equipment not in White Pine County. This was not a mistake of our Assessor.
Judge Steven Bishop, Justice of the Peace
To pay Justice of the Peace as previously approved and budgeted with raise and longevity.
The raise was put in to the budget, but not paid. There was a motion to set the Justice salary at $63,403 at that time. We are talking a $2,500 raise.
Bishop “July 11, 2012 the motion was to pay, it was budgeted for.”
Frances “Yes it was in the budget.”
Carson “Do we have to retro pay?”
Clerks office is to be closed 2 days prior to closure of registration (May 23 and 24) for June 14th.
Approved, Perea- no
Aquatics Center to offer Jr. Lifeguard program.
1/2 % hotel/motel tax for outdoor recreation, going to golf course, for this coming year.
The discussion was interesting and they agreed there should be an ordinance drafted to cover this fee.
Coster asked to have this tabled and was approved.
(Note. It appears Assemblyman Ellison, Commissioner Coster and I are in agreement on the fuel tax. This is not good for rural counties. More attention needs to be paid to the 40 page Bill, before we know exactly what it says.)
Once again I encourage you to call the commissioners and give them your thoughts, they need it.
Laurie Carson 293-3134
Mike Coster 293-2933
Richard Howe 287-2851
Carol McKenzie 238-5384
Gary Perea 293-7356
Monday’s – Celebrate Recovery, 16 Shoshone Circle – 7pm (775-410-1341)
April 26 – 28 – Native American Conference. Convention Center 289-8877
May – 6 – PEO Art Auction
May 13 – NORC 1/2 & 1 Mile Shootouts SR 490
May 13 – Nevada Open Road Parade of cars
May 14 – NORC Car Show Broadbent Park
May 14 – Little League Pancake Breakfast. 7-11 am Broadbent Park
May 15 – NRCO Race Day!!
May 23 – USDA Food Distribution.