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					STATE OF NEVADA, )
COUNTY OF ELKO. ) ss.                                           JUNE 7, 2006

The Board of Elko County Commissioners met on June 7, 2006, at 1:30 p.m., in
Room 105 of the Elko County Courthouse at 571 Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada.

There were present:   County Commissioners        Warren Russell, Chair
                                                  John Ellison
                                                  Mike Nannini
                                                  Charlie Myers
                                                  Sheri Eklund-Brown
                      County Manager              Robert Stokes
                      Deputy District Attorney    Kristin McQueary
                      Deputy County Clerk         Marilyn Tipton
                      Library Ast. Dir.           Laura Oki
                      Planning & Zoning Dir.      Randy Brown
                      Public Works Dir.           Lynn Forsberg
                      Undersheriff                Bernie Curtis
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      The proceedings were as follows:

CALL TO ORDER:
    Chairman Russell called the meeting to order at 1:31 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
      Commissioner Nannini led the meeting participants in the Pledge of
Allegiance.

COMMENTS BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC:
   No public comments were submitted at this time.

NEVADA FIRE SAFE COUNCIL:
      Mike McCarty, Northeastern Nevada Coordinator for the Nevada Fire Safe
Council, reported that the Fire Safe Chapter in Ryndon/Osino/White Rock/Elburz
(ROWE) had been awarded a $110,000 grant. Said grant was to be utilized to
help the community prepare for wildland fires through public awareness,
coordinating with BLM on fuel breaks and a portion of that funding would be
applied for dry hydrants. He asked that the Board consider approval for the Fire
Safe Council to place underground water tanks on County property in the Osino,
Ryndon and other possible locations to be used for fire suppression purposes.
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Mike McCarty stated they had planned on burying a tank for storage of water near
the bus stop at Osino between Sherman Creek and Jeff William’s property. He
explained it would be buried in the County’s right of way. Randy Brown reported
that he had been working with Mike McCarty and reviewed the placement of the
storage tank. Randy Brown stated it was in the flood plain but would not be used
for potable water and the water would only be used for fire suppression purposes.
       MOTION: Commissioner Ellison moved to approve for the Fire Safe
                    Council to place underground water tanks on County
                    property. The motion died due to a lack of a second.
       Kristin McQueary noted that tank would be a fixture on County property.
She asked who would maintain the tank, who would use it and who would refill it.
Mike McCarty replied the Fire District would keep the tank full, check on the
plumbing and fixtures and make sure everything worked properly. He commented
that they were also thinking of putting some of the tanks on private property and
having the private property owner relinquish availability to the Fire District to use
water for fire suppression. Mike McCarty noted they were looking at locating the
tanks strategically throughout the communities. He stated one tank may be
placed on the R&PP property in Ryndon and one was to be placed in the Elburz
area. He explained that the tenders would be able to draft from those tanks and
the dry hydrants would be self sufficient.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if the railport had a fire station would
this be accessory equipment to that facility. Mike McCarty replied they would be
available because there was a twenty year life expectancy on those tanks. He
commented that most fire stations had access to a water well or availability to fill
their own equipment. Robert Stokes noted that the Nevada Fire Safe Council had
a short time frame with which to install these tanks and requested that if the
Commission approved this planning that they authorize the Planning and Zoning
Director and the County Manager to approve other locations for the water tanks.
Commissioner Russell inquired if the Fire Safe Council would come back to the
Board to pursue more funding for completion of these projects during the process
of installing these tanks in the ground. Mike McCarty stated that the grant should
be sufficient enough to cover all these operations. Commissioner Nannini asked if
they would make an effort to collect rainwater to fill those tanks. Mike McCarty
stated there was the possibility of drafting from the creek, but it would take a huge
catch basin to fill the tanks.
       MOTION: Commissioner Ellison moved that they approve the Fire
                    Safe Council to place underground water tanks on County
                    property at Osino and Ryndon and give the County Manager
                    and Planning and Zoning authorization to help locate other
                    locations about the County and approve the placement of
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             those tanks. Commissioner Nannini seconded the motion.
             The motion was passed unanimously.
    Mike McCarty left several Fire Safe Council brochures with the Board
members.

NORTHEASTERN NEVADA REGIONAL RAILPORT:
       Commissioner Ellison excused himself from the room because of a conflict
of interest.
       Chairman Russell reminded them of the upcoming groundbreaking
ceremony that was scheduled on June 23, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. on site at the
property in the Osino area for the Northeastern Nevada Regional Railport.
Commissioner Myers reported the subcommittee had held several meetings.
They had discussed timelines and zoning with Randy Brown giving them some
guidance. They had also talked about a fire station, water to the facilities, and
how to address the sewage. Randy Brown would like to see them establish the
type of uses in the industrial park, and felt there should be public involvement. He
noted the subcommittee had asked him to write the Statement of Qualifications for
the Master Plan. Randy Brown believed the Land Use Master Plan could be
initiated now but to draft a professional based Master Plan it would take over six
months in planning. He believed they would be starting the Master Planning
process in September continuing through November or December. Commissioner
Eklund-Brown inquired if there was a deadline on the State grant funding. Cash
Minor commented that June 21, 2006 would be the regulation hearing. He noted
they had expended two million dollars to qualify for the $500,000 grant funds and
assumed they would have to expend or be committed to two million dollars during
this fiscal year to obtain the other $500,000 as their next match. Commissioner
Russell noted that local businesses were expressing an interest in that particular
site. Commissioner Myers felt they wanted to keep County property for rail use or
for rail-types of businesses. Randy Brown cautioned that they should not sell all
the property before the County went through the planning process. Commissioner
Eklund-Brown commented that the County could do deed restrictions and zoning.
Randy Brown noted that technology changed daily and the zoning would have to
go through the Planning Commission. Commissioner Russell understood they
projected starting in September and that they were working on a Statement of
Qualification for the Master Plan for infrastructure. He inquired when they would
get an individual to start that infrastructure design. Randy Brown stated that they
had talked about going out with job specifications this month. Commissioner
Eklund-Brown reminded them they would have the Phase II and Phase III reports
from Railroad Industries Inc., by midmonth July.

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       Commissioner Nannini inquired if the County had fully purchased the
property. Cash Minor acknowledged that the County owned the property but the
previous owners had six months to remove their cattle and other personal
property. He believed that Commissioner Ellison no longer needed to leave the
meeting room while the Board was discussing this matter. Robert Stokes stated
the District Attorney’s Office was reviewing that. Commissioner Myers noted the
Board was talking about expending taxpayers’ money and felt Commissioner
Ellison should be present to represent his district. He asked that be reviewed
again by the District Attorney’s Office. He acknowledged that Commissioner
Ellison did have adjacent property but that was not why the County purchased that
property.
       The Board scheduled a special meeting on July 20, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. to
review and accept the second and third phase of the feasibility study.
       Randy Brown clarified that there were two Statements of Qualifications: 1)
Master Plan of the Industrial Park and 2) Master Plan for the transloading facility.
Kristin McQueary suggested that they get the zoning changed on those parcels
and felt they needed to follow that process. Randy Brown believed that the zoning
would automatically change from Open Space to public upon the purchase of the
property. Kristin McQueary felt that should be made clear in the Master Plan that
each individual who bought the property would have to come in and request a
zone change. Commissioner Russell asked that Randy Brown discuss this issue
with Kristin McQueary at another time. Commissioner Eklund-Brown suggested
that they contact the Attorney General’s Office regarding proceeding with the
railport. Kristin McQueary noted that there was case law that the County would
have to follow its’ own rules. She questioned if the Commission would establish a
governing body for this facility.        Robert Stokes recommended that the
subcommittee discuss the zoning issue.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown noted that since Commissioner Russell would
not be able to attend the groundbreaking ceremony she suggested that he submit
his comments to whoever would do the presentation.

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES/LAW LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
      Laura Oki, Acting Library Director, reported that there was no meeting held
last month. She thanked Kristin McQueary because the construction company
had come and worked on the roof. Laura Oki stated the contractor had given
them a list for Ron Eastwood to work on with regards to maintenance.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if that was still under warranty. Kristin
McQueary noted the warranty was only on material failure.
      Laura Oki reported that over 300 children had signed up for the Summer
Reading Program.
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      Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if they were holding interviews for the
Director’s position. Laura Oki replied that interviews would be held next week for
that position.

     Chairman Russell called the Town Board of Jackpot to order at 2:15
p.m. and adjourned the Jackpot Town Board at 2:27 p.m.

ELKO COUNTY HUMAN AND SOCIAL SERVICES:
      County Policy Revision - “Family Medical Leave Act”:
      The Board considered the approval of the revision of the County’s “Family
Medical Leave Act” Policy to bring the policy in compliance with current federal
law. Robert Stokes stated the major revision in the policy was to utilize the form
that the County sent to the physician to back up the request for the family leave
which was in compliance with federal law.
      MOTION: Commissioner Ellison moved to approve the revision of the
                 County’s “Family Medical Leave Act” Policy to bring the
                 policy in compliance with current federal law.
                 Commissioner Eklund-Brown seconded the motion.
      Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if this policy would be consistent
throughout all the departments and received an affirmative response. Robert
Stokes noted that information, according to HIPPA, would still be protected.
                 The motion was passed unanimously.

      Tripartite Advisory Board:
      The Board discussed the appointment of three representatives to the
Tripartite Advisory Board as required by the Community Services Block Grant
(CSBG) program. The staff recommended appointment of Cash Minor, elected
designate, Kathy Jones, low income representative, and Michele Oke,
Community/Business Representative.
      MOTION: Commissioner Myers moved to appoint Cash Minor as the
                  elected designate to the Tripartite Advisory Board; Kathy
                  Jones, low     income representative; Michele Oke,
                  Community/Business Representative.          Commissioner
                  Eklund-Brown seconded the motion. The motion was
                  passed unanimously.

     Chairman Russell called a recess at 2:27 p.m. and reconvened the
meeting at 2:34 p.m. Commissioner Ellison was not present at this time.



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2006 COURTHOUSE PAINTING PROJECT:
      Pursuant to Notice No. 20-2006, INVITATION TO BID – Exterior Painting
of the Elko County Courthouse, the bids were received and opened on May 5,
2006. The Board considered awarding the bid to the lowest responsive-
responsible bidder. Cash Minor stated they had only received one quote of
$170,000. However, they did not budget that amount for this project. Kristin
McQueary recommended that they reject the bids, reduce the scope of the project
and rebid it because of the Local Government Purchasing Act.
      Commissioner Ellison returned to the meeting room at 2:36 p.m.
      MOTION: Commissioner Eklund-Brown moved to reject the bid
                  received on the exterior painting of the courthouse; reduce
                  the scope and rebid the project as such. Commissioner
                  Myers seconded the motion. The motion was passed
                  unanimously.
      Robert Stokes expressed appreciation for the cooperation they had received
from the one bidder.

NEVADA RURAL HOUSING AUTHORITY (NRHA):
       The Board considered giving authorization to transfer Elko County’s tax-
exempt private activity bond allocation to the NRHA to be used for financing of
residential housing for persons of low and moderate income in the form of
Resolution No. 11-2006, entitled:           RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF
COMMISSIONERS OF ELKO COUNTY, NEVADA PROVIDING FOR THE
TRANSFER OF THE COUNTY’S 2006 PRIVATE ACTIVITY BOND CAP TO THE
NEVADA RURAL HOUSING AUTHORITY.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown disclosed that in the Resolution and transfer it
did create a fund which grant fund would go to first-time home buyers. As a
Realtor, she may be involved with first-time home buyers but believed that she
could make an objective decision on this matter as she is in a general class of
Realtors.
       Cash Minor explained that the Nevada Rural Housing Authority was asking
for the bonding capacity to create programs for first-time home buyers. Cash
Minor noted that if the County did not use that funding, then it would revert back to
the state. He believed that Southwest Gas had been using some of that bonding
for their programs. Commissioner Myers noted they would still qualify for the use
of those funds. Commissioner Myers noted that several counties approved it and
utilized this program. Cash Minor reported that for 2005 all local governments had
a total allocation of 28 million dollars. He noted it was an annual allocation so they
would have to apply every year.

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           MOTION: Commissioner Myers moved to approve RESOLUTION
                   NO. 11-2006, entitled: RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD
                   OF COMMISSIONERS OF ELKO COUNTY, NEVADA
                   PROVIDING FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE COUNTY’S
                   2006 PRIVATE ACTIVITY BOND CAP TO THE NEVADA
                   RURAL HOUSING AUTHORITY.             Commissioner
                   Nannini seconded the motion. The motion was passed
                   unanimously.

CERTIFICATE OF CONGRATULATIONS:
    Spring Creek High School Girls’ Track Team:
         The Board considered approval of a Certificates of Congratulations to
         the Spring Creek High School Girls’ Track Team for their 7th
         Consecutive NIAA 3A State Championship.
    Spring Creek Future Farmers of America (FFA):
         The Board considered approval of Certificates of Congratulations to
         Spring Creek FFA members for their State Championships.
    Spring Creek Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA):
          The Board considered approval of Certificates of Congratulations to
          the Spring Creek FBLA for their First Place in the Chapter
          Sweepstakes.
    Carlin High School Girls’ Softball Team:
          The Board considered approval of Certificates of Congratulations to
          Carlin High School Girls’ Softball Team for their NIAA 1A State
          Championship.

     MOTION:    Commissioner Myers moved to approve Certificates of
                Congratulations to the Spring Creek High School Girls’
                Track Team; Certificates of Congratulations to Spring Creek
                FFA members for their State Championship; Certificates of
                Congratulations to the Spring Creek FBLA members; and
                Certificates of Congratulations to the Carlin High School
                Girls’ Softball Team for their NIAA 1A State Championship.
                Commissioner Nannini seconded the motion. The motion
                was passed unanimously.
      Bryan West, of the Spring Creek FBLA Chapter, gave a short presentation of
“Serious Business” to the Commissioner members.
      The Board presented Certificates of Congratulations to the members of the
Spring Creek Future Farmers of America and Spring Creek Future Business
Leaders of America that were present at the meeting. Commissioner Eklund-
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Brown noted that the Spring Creek High School Girls’ Track Team and the Carlin
High School Girls’ Softball Team were not present to accept their certificates at
this time so they would be presented later during the meeting.

SNOBOWL – BLM R&PP LAND LEASE REQUEST:
      The Board considered a request for the County to sponsor a BLM
Recreation and Public Purpose (R&PP) Land Lease on behalf of the SnoBowl for
land adjacent to the facility north of Elko. Robert Stokes noted that there was an
agreement drafted several years ago but this would allow the County to sponsor
the SnoBowl and formalize the use of that property. Commissioner Russell noted
Randy Brown would assist in proposing this lease. Robert Stokes noted that the
County had previously purchased property from the BLM for that facility.
      MOTION: Commissioner Eklund-Brown moved to sponsor a BLM
                  Recreation and Public Purpose (R&PP) Land Lease on
                  behalf of the SnoBowl. Commissioner Myers seconded the
                  motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

ELKO COUNTY WATER RESOURCE ISSUES:
      Commissioner Russell commented that the Central Nevada Regional Water
Authority held a meeting and those minutes would be available soon.
      Commissioner Russell reported it was recommended that Dr. Jon Hutchings
be the Director of CNRWA and that it be a contracted position with an average of
20 hours per month for a year (FY 2006-07). Commissioner Ellison inquired if the
budgeted amount established in February would be applied to this contract.
Commissioner Russell replied a portion of the $7,500 budgeted would be applied.
      Kristin McQueary had distributed a draft of the Memorandum of
Understanding between the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the County of
Elko. She asked that if they had any additional comments that they be submitted
to her in writing as soon as possible.
      Commissioner Eklund-Brown would be attending the BLM-RAC meeting in
Ely next week. She stated that Robert Stokes had put together a letter requesting
cooperative agency status on the SNWRA groundwater pipeline project and she
would hand deliver that letter to Penny Woods, the Program Director.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown reported that Hugh Ricci would be giving them
updates on that and the timeline. She noted that Mr. Ricci would address his
opinions on the BLM water application filings for wildlife, wild horse and burro.
She noted that those applications had been protested Statewide but without
success. Commissioner Russell anticipated a more favorable response from the
BLM on the cooperating agency status. Commissioner Eklund-Brown noted the
former BLM Project Director and Ely Field Manager had encouraged Elko County
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to re-apply for that status after reviewing all the overlapping of the basins and flow
systems.

ELKO COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING DIVISION:
       Public Hearing - Midas, Nevada 6th Street Vacation Request – Patrick
       Miller:
       The Board considered a street vacation request by Patrick Miller to vacate a
portion of 6th Street in Midas, Nevada, further described as follows: Town of
Midas (Gold Circle) as filed AOfficial Plat of Midas (Gold Circle)@ in the office of
the Elko County Recorder. Said portion of the Right of Way being located
between Lot 17 (Parcel 12) of Block W and Lots 1 & 2 (Parcel 5) of Block Y of
Gold Circle. Said strip of land contained an area of approximately 6,750 square
feet. The owner of said property was Elko County. Randy Brown reported that
this went to the Planning Commission last month and they denied the vacation
request. He stated there were extenuating circumstances and the Planning
Commission was unsure of the impacts from said vacation. He reported that they
had received one letter of opposition but their property was not adjacent to the
right of way proposed for vacation. Randy Brown stated the road went straight up
the hillside and there was encroachment into the right of way by a building. He
stated that the applicant had applied for a proper septic permit. Randy Brown
stated the staff recommended approval but the Planning Commission had
requested a site visit. Randy Brown commented that this person owned property
on both sides of the street and displayed a map of the road.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown disclosed that Randy Brown was her husband,
and that he was the Director of Planning and Zoning. She stated that there was
no pecuniary interest so she felt that she could make an objective decision on this.
       Chairman Russell asked if there were other comments from the staff. Randy
Brown reminded them that there was a letter of opposition. However, that party
did not live there but they did own property in Midas.
       Chairman Russell asked for comments from the general public. There were
no comments from the public.
       MOTION: Commissioner Ellison moved to overturn the Planning
                   Commission’s decision and approve the request by Patrick
                   Miller to vacate a portion of 6th Street in Midas, Nevada,
                   further described as follows: Town of Midas (Gold Circle) as
                   filed AOfficial Plat of Midas (Gold Circle)@ in the office of the
                   Elko County Recorder. A portion of the Right of Way
                   between Lot 17 (Parcel 12) of Block W and Lots 1 & 2 (Parcel
                   5) of Block Y of Gold Circle.

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       Commissioner Myers inquired why there was a tied vote at the Planning
Commission. Randy Brown felt that some of the members wanted to view this
property prior to voting upon it. Kristin McQueary recommended that there be a
deadline placed on this matter.
                  Commissioner Ellison amended his motion that this action
                  be done within a twelve month period. Commissioner Myers
                  seconded the motion.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown noted that there were staff recommendations
listed A thru F, and inquired if those were covered by their motion. Randy Brown
stated the easements would be coordinated with the power company because
they did not want anything built under their power lines.
                  The motion was passed unanimously.

CERTIFICATES OF CONGRATULATIONS:
     The Board members presented certificates to the members of the Spring
Creek High School Girls’ Track Team for their seventh consecutive NIAA 3A State
Championship and a plaque to their coaches.

4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY FIREWORKS DISPLAY:
      The Board considered a request for funding assistance for the fireworks
display program planned for the 4th of July in Elko, Nevada.
      Commissioner Ellison had requested this be on the agenda and submitted
copies of letters they had received from people out-of-state. He noted that the
City cut some of the funding from the room tax. He requested a donation to keep
the event alive. Commissioner Nannini felt that the County should fund it and
move it from incorporated city to city each year. Commissioner Ellison requested
at least $5,000 from the Recreation Fund. Commissioner Russell felt it should be
a budgeted item and agreed they could rotate the show to the different cities.
Commissioner Ellison commented that Elko booked so far in advance for the Elko
show in order to get things compensated such as wood for framing, and several
hotels compensated food for the pyrotechnicians. Commissioner Eklund-Brown
inquired about participation through ECVA. Commissioner Myers noted they
would do marketing but there could be no cash donation. Commissioner Nannini
noted that every town and city did their own show and felt funding should be fair to
everybody. He agreed with Commissioner Russell that it should be placed in the
budget. Commissioner Nannini suggested they help Elko this year with their show
but next year they draw from a hat to give the show to the other cities on an equal
basis. Commissioner Eklund-Brown commented that the City of Elko had cut back
each year toward fireworks but the City benefited from this production.
Commissioner Russell pointed out the population in the Spring Creek area was
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roughly 15,000 and the population in the City of Elko was approximately 18,000.
Commissioner Ellison noted it was estimated that over 30,000 viewed the Elko
show. Commissioner Myers noted every year they get to the same point where
they have to raise the money. Now, it had gotten to the point where the City of
Elko had reduced their participation but it benefited the majority of the Elko
residents. Commissioner Myers felt they should look at County participation at
this event and during the next year they should gather more information.
Commissioner Myers acknowledged that the casinos get involved through food
donations. He commented about having the proper location to host the fireworks.
Commissioner Myers agreed that if they were going to use County taxpayers’
money and the City of Elko did not participate then it should go on a rotational
basis.
        As an alternative, Commissioner Nannini suggested that it could be based
on a percentage to each incorporated city.           Commissioner Eklund-Brown
suggested a percentage by population. Commissioner Ellison noted people came
from other States to view these fireworks in Elko because the Basque Festival
was going on at the same time also. He expressed his disappointment upon the
lack of support from the City of Elko on the fireworks. Commissioner Eklund-
Brown inquired if there was a presentation given to the Elko City Council for
funding. Commissioner Ellison noted that Bob Morley did that presentation to the
City Council. He explained that the funding went into the Recreation Board and
the City divided that up. Commissioner Russell felt they could schedule a meeting
to determine a formula process.
        Jerry Parker suggested that they set an amount they wanted to spend on
fireworks next year. They could then make a percentage available to each of their
cities on the basis of what they could raise. He stated then every city/town would
make funding available. He stated they could establish a cutoff date such as the
first of June and then the County could distribute that amount proportionately.
        Commissioner Eklund-Brown noted that Commissioner Ellison was directly
involved and inquired if he should abstain from voting because of the conflict of
interest. Kristin McQueary noted that if the County gave money to a non
government entity they had to pass a Resolution and explain the benefit to the
residents of the County. Kristin McQueary stated it would have to be placed upon
the agenda again. She did not believe the fireworks’ committee was directly
affiliated with any government agency. She noted Commissioner Ellison would be
representing the private capacity interests or others and would have to disclose
and abstain from voting if his organization received the funding. Commissioner
Ellison commented that the Lions’ Club handled the funding of the fireworks with
their non profit status. Commissioner Russell commented that the County had
donated to the event last year. Commissioner Ellison stated he did go out and
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solicit funding and he volunteered to abstain from voting. Commissioner Myers
noted that he helped put on the program also. Commissioner Nannini noted that
they were leaders in the communities and commented that neither Commissioner
Ellison nor Commissioner Myers received any of that funding. Cash Minor noted
the funding would have to come from contingency since it was to be paid this
fiscal year. Commissioner Nannini inquired about last year’s contribution. Kristin
McQueary suggested that they buy the bleacher seats and that Commissioner
Ellison should abstain from voting because he was the primary fund raiser.
Commissioner Myers recommended that they buy bleachers for the County
employees, their families, and for any County residents.
       MOTION: Commissioner Eklund-Brown moved to fund $5,000 through
                  acquisition of seating and candles for the ceremony
                  towards the 4th of July holiday fireworks from Contingency
                  transferred to the Recreation Fund. Seating would be for
                  County employees, their families and any additional seating
                  could be given to the County residents as they apply.
                  Commissioner Nannini seconded the motion.
       Chairman Russell suggested they budget for patriotic celebrations next year
and discuss a formula that was appropriate for the County during the budget
process next year.
                  Commissioners Eklund-Brown, Nannini, Myers and Russell
                  voted aye. Commissioner Ellison abstained from voting.
                  The motion was passed by majority vote.

CERTIFICATES OF CONGRATULATIONS:
    The Board presented certificates to the Carlin High School Girls’ Softball
Team for their NIAA IA State Championship.

COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE REPORTS:
      Commissioner Myers:
      Elko County Economic Diversification Authority (ECEDA) Board – He noted
June 23rd would be the railport groundbreaking and the ribbon cutting would be
held later on.
      City of Elko Liaison – No report was submitted.
      Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) – No report was submitted.
      Auditorium Authority Board (ECVA) – He reported there were over 312
booths for the Mining Expo this week.
      Wildlife Advisory Board - No report was submitted.
      Wildlife Arbitration Board – No report was submitted.
      Nevada Division of Wildlife Liaison - No report was submitted.
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       Commissioner Eklund-Brown:
       City of Carlin – They held their clean up day and were working on the arena
and the Mining Interpretive Center.
       Recreation Board – They went through the audit and allocations.
       Nevada State Land Use Planning Advisory Commission (SLUPAC) - No
report was submitted.
       Public Lands Use Advisory Commission (PLUAC) – Fire updates were given
by the Nevada Fire Safe Council and from the federal agencies. They were still
working on the Federal Land Use Plan.
       Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group – They were assisting the Nevada
Natural Resource Education Council (NNREC) in August with one day of their
Lamoille Institute for Educators Summer Program. There would be two sessions:
History/Community, and Ranching/Land Use. There had been annual newsletters
sent out. They were looking at the Tuscarora area for Question 1 grant funding for
watershed analysis, weed control and grazing analysis.
       Mining Sustainability - No report was submitted.
       China Spring / Aurora Pines Advisory Committee – There was a meeting on
May 10th and they have new administration displaying a more collaborative effort
toward billing on a bed-per-day basis. She noted that all counties were charged
on school district allocations rather than on participation. She stated they were
looking at legislative recommendations. Commissioner Ellison suggested they
draft their own bill to be introduced with regards to China Springs. Commissioner
Eklund-Brown commented that Jim Watson left and Michael Pederson was now
working on having a facility here with programs. She noted their programs were
not fully developed at this point. Commissioner Eklund-Brown commented that
they were utilizing this facility more in the Courts. However, it was to be family
based programs which that facility was not advantageous to children from Elko
because the facility was so far away.
       Central Nevada Regional Water Authority (CNRWA) - No report was
submitted.
       Water Planning (Alternate) - No report was submitted.
       BLM Liaison, BLM – RAC - She reported they would have a joint meeting
with the Mohave Southern Great Basin RAC.                They would discuss the
groundwater project with Penny Woods, and Hugh Ricci. They would also discuss
OHV use on BLM lands and receive a mining update.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if Commissioner Russell planned on
going to the Water Planning Commission next Wednesday. She noted they had
difficulty getting information from Converse Consultants. Commissioner Russell
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noted at the direction of the Water Planning Commission they had sent a letter to
Converse and Associates asking them to produce the documents to complete the
report. Commissioner Russell commented that Randy Brown had received a
phone call from Converse Consultants after they received that letter and stated
they would try to get that information to them.
       ECCWMA - Noxious Weed Liaison – There was a meeting held last Monday
and they would contract an employee with the $2,500 that the County funded to
that organization. She stated they were looking at other organizations and
agencies to contribute to that. She reported upon the attendance at the Home &
Garden Show and the interest that the community had expressed to become more
educated on noxious weeds. She noted they participated in the clean up day and
they had received a Goat Grazing Grant for $10,000. Commissioner Eklund-
Brown reported they were looking at becoming a 501c3 rather than going through
the Conservation Districts. She questioned if they wanted them as an advisory
board because there was public/private participation. She stated they had
discussed the type of administration, getting POOL insurance, and having a
Natural Resource Department in the County.            She stated it could be a
clearinghouse for grants Countywide.
       USFS Liaison – Mt. City Ranger District Grazing EIS - Commissioner
Eklund-Brown reported that she, Commissioner Nannini, Robert Stokes, and Otis
Tipton had a meeting on Monday with the Forest Service to discuss the bridge in
Jarbidge.     Commissioner Nannini noted it was on the agenda tomorrow.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown stated they had discussed the EIS on the Mountain
City Allotments that Western Watersheds had disputed. She stated they received
the Tom Harris report from the University of Nevada regarding the socioeconomic
impacts of grazing/ranching on Elko County economy. Dan Dallas asked that they
refine that so they could use it in their EIS. Specifically as to what impacts the
public land management agencies have upon the County economy when they
reduce the AUMs and the allotments. Commissioner Eklund-Brown stated the
Forest Service was asking Dr. Harris to refine the model to incorporate that into
their report. She noted the past Elko County General Plan had rated grazing very
low. However, the new study showed that grazing did affect the local economy.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown commented that grazing was the fourth or fifth
largest contributor to the economy and was a stable contributor. She stated the
Forest Service Engineer would look at the Jack Creek bridges, road easements
and would also look at Gance Creek. Commissioner Nannini noted they were
having problems on the Charleston Road. They were supposed to take a
helicopter to view that road. Commissioner Nannini reported that the road was not
passable because of the snow pack and the stream was running down the middle
of the road in places.
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      Commissioner Ellison:
      Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) Board – He reported that the
President of NACO would be in attendance at tomorrow’s meeting. He stated that
last Friday the general meeting was held and Bob Hatfield was filling in as the
Director of NACO. He stated Andrew List had submitted a Letter of Resignation.
      Governor’s Transportation Blue Ribbon Task Force – He stated they looked
at State Highway disposals and Elko County had several submitted for
abandonment such as Angel Lake and Starr Valley. Commissioner Myers noted
this would bankrupt the County. Commissioner Ellison felt there would be a major
impact. Commissioner Ellison stated he had met with the Speaker of the House in
Las Vegas and Myrna Williams of Clark County yesterday. He noted that Barbara
Buckley would be the new Speaker of the House. He stated they had discussed
unfunded mandates.
      Debt Management Committee – No report was submitted.
      Nevadaworks – There would be a meeting held on Friday and if they go
forward there would be layoffs. He inquired if Elko County wanted to participate in
the funding of Nevadaworks.
      Senior Citizens – He reported there was a meeting held two weeks ago.
Cash Minor noted the meeting to be held yesterday was rescheduled to the 20th of
June.      Cash Minor had spoken to Dick Harris and he had a list of
recommendations which totaled approximately $45,000.              However, they
questioned if those were immediate needs so they would review the list with
Chuck Knight.
      Commissioner Ellison reported there would be a Western Alliance telephone
conference held on Friday.
      Commissioner Ellison felt the Senate had enough people sign on to walk the
PILT bill through legislation at the proposed funding level.
      Humboldt River Basin Water Authority - No report was submitted.
      BLM Liaison – He commented that there had been no meetings held.
      Nevada Fire Safe Council - No report was submitted.
      Nevada Division of Forestry Liaison - No report was submitted.
      Water Planning (Alternate) – No report was submitted.
      Commissioner Nannini:
      City of Wells – No report was submitted.
      Heart Project - Wells Tire Recycling Plant – He stated they were under
construction, and hiring a management team.
      City of West Wendover - No report was submitted.
      Hospital Board – He stated they would meet tonight.
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        Fair Board – He stated they voted to spend their money on the restrooms.
        Juvenile Committee - No report was submitted.
        Central Dispatch Administrative Authority – He stated they approved the
budget. Robert Stokes noted they had also approved the contract.
        USFS Liaison - He stated they would discuss a lot of issues with the Forest
Service tomorrow.
        Commissioner Russell:
        Museum Board – He noted there was a thermometer displaying the fund
raising activity to support the Museum outside of the Courthouse.
        Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) – No report was submitted.
        Central Nevada Regional Water Authority (CNRWA) – He previously
reported on this item.
        Humboldt River Basin Water Authority – He stated they would meet on June
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16 and Jerry Parker would represent the County. Commissioner Eklund-Brown
asked if the other members had been notified of the meeting.
        Library Board of Trustees Liaison – A report was previously submitted.
        Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) Board - A report was previously
submitted.
        Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Liaison - No report was
submitted. He commented that he had attended a Blue Ribbon meeting for
Commissioner Ellison earlier but had submitted a report.
        Northern Nevada Regional Transit Coalition - No report was submitted.
        Water Planning – A report was previously submitted.
        Nevadaworks - No report was submitted.
        Spring Creek Association – Commissioner Russell stated the PUC would
hold a meeting to make a decision about rate increase proposals. He stated there
was no testimony allowed. Commissioner Russell stated he would go to Carson
City on the 13th of June and let them know Elko County was being represented.
        Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) – No report was submitted.
        Commissioner Eklund-Brown reported upon a client who had accepted an
offer and would be tying into the Spring Creek sewer system. She had called
Utilities Inc. to find out what the rate increases were. Utilities Inc had told her it
would be 85% or 83% but when looking back on her notes it was a 4200% on the
sewer system.
        Commissioner Ellison noted he and Robert Stokes had met with the
Department of Agriculture on the Mormon Crickets by Wildhorse and Mountain
City. He stated the spraying proposals were light but they were checking the
baiting. Commissioner Russell noted that Eureka had problems with crickets.
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Carlin/Eureka road toward the Cortez Mining area for approximately fifteen to
twenty miles.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND COUNTY STAFF COMMENTS:
        Commissioner Myers noted that Lori Gilbert had read the wire brief with
reference to Governor Guinn asking the State Departments what they would do
with the budget surplus. He would like to see an agenda item on the next meeting
agenda. He would recommend to the Governor that if that overage did not go
back to the taxpayers then it should go to the interoperability communication
issues throughout the entire State. He felt that they should also look at giving
NDOT some funding so they would not have to abandon asphalt highways roads
which would bankrupt the counties trying to keep care of the asphalt.
Commissioner Ellison noted they had discussed that in Las Vegas yesterday. He
reported there was a 3.6 million dollars deficit in the State Highway Fund.
Commissioner Ellison felt it should go toward infrastructure rather than become a
tax rebate. Commissioner Myers felt that everyone got a rebate this year and last
year; then the taxes were too high. Commissioner Myers noted the bigger budget
the more they would spend. Commissioner Nannini asked that this be brought
back for discussion. Commissioner Myers asked for an action item because he
felt a letter should be sent.
        Commissioner Russell asked that Commissioner Ellison bring in a formal
report on the Blue Ribbon Committee meeting.
        Robert Stokes noted Cash Minor attended the Multi Agencies’ Committee
meeting at 7 a.m., regarding fire suppression efforts. He noted the fire season
came in thirty days ahead of the normal schedule. Commissioner Myers noted
there were fires still burning. He asked for notification on the progress of the fire
suppression because of the numerous public inquiries he received. Robert Stokes
noted Commissioner Eklund-Brown and Commissioner Ellison had attended some
of those MAC meetings. Robert Stokes noted they would try to keep the
Commissioners updated on the information from the MAC meetings. He stated
the eastern side of the State was under a red flag warning for thunderstorms.
        Commissioner Nannini left the meeting room at 4:24 p.m.
        Commissioner Eklund-Brown stated that at the PLUAC meeting they had
heard some of the counties in the West had gone to a self-funded fire department
agency within their counties and were no longer under the Nevada Division of
Forestry Agency. Commissioner Eklund-Brown commented that there was still a
national agency where counties had a base so that their equipment needs were
being met. Commissioner Eklund-Brown questioned if it would be as smooth to
get equipment here as when NDF was running the fire protection in the west.
Robert Stokes stated that there was a high level of cooperation between the
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Forest Service, the BLM and the NDF. Commissioner Eklund-Brown noted that
on the Chance Fire there was fire response from Idaho and Wendover, Utah
through the national response system. Cash Minor commented that there were
two different teams of smokejumpers on fires, aerial tankers and the Ely heli-tech
in the region this morning fighting fires. He reported that they were responding to
the fires rapidly for fast containment.
       Kristin McQueary stated she would be on vacation next week and Jennifer
Spencer would handle the Planning Commission on Thursday night.
       Commissioner Nannini returned to the meeting room.
ADJOURNMENT:

     MOTION: Commissioner Ellison moved to adjourn the meeting.
                Commissioner Myers seconded the motion. The motion
                was passed unanimously.
     There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was
adjourned.
                                 APPROVED,

                                        WARREN RUSSELL, Chairman

ATTEST:
    MARILYN TIPTON, Deputy Clerk




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