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									STATE OF NEVADA, )
COUNTY OF ELKO. ) ss.                                           MAY 4, 2006

The Board of Elko County Commissioners met on May 4, 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
                      CFO/Asst. Co. Mgr.          Cash Minor
                      Deputy District Attorney    Kristin McQueary
                      Deputy County Clerk         Marilyn Tipton
                      Sheriff’s Department:       Neil Harris
                      Road Supervisor             Otis Tipton
                      Juvenile Department         Pat Plaster
                      Clerk’s Department:         Win Smith
                      District Attorney           Gary Woodbury
                      Library Ast. Dir.           Laura Oki
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      The proceedings were as follows:

CALL TO ORDER:
    Chairman Russell called the meeting to order at 1:36 p.m.

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

COMMENTS BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC:
     Jill Derby, Nevada Board of Regents, announced she was a candidate for
the United States Congressional District 2 seat. She had sat eighteen years on
the Nevada Board of Regents. She noted the Derby Dam and the Derby Airport in
Lovelock was part of her heritage so she was familiar with ranching and mining.
She commented upon the upcoming events, the diversification and the railport
coming to Elko.

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       Pam Borda, Spring Creek Association President, noted that she and
Assemblyman John Carpenter attended the PUC hearing yesterday. She stated
the PUC decided at the hearing to proceed with the Show Cause Hearing. Pam
Borda noted the hearing was a result of not getting the water well on line within a
short time period. She stated that hearing would take place sometime in October.
She noted there were pending rate hearings and rate information to be held in
June. Pam Borda noted that the sale of the utilities was not mentioned in the PUC
meeting yesterday. Commissioner Nannini inquired what the effect of the sale
would do, and if it would allow them to skirt this issue. Pam Borda noted the PUC
did not acknowledge that sale at the hearing. She was concerned if the PUC
knew of the sale and if the new buyer knew of these circumstances.
Commissioner Nannini inquired who would approve the sale and Pam Borda felt
PUC would have to be involved. Pam Borda would call the staff at PUC to get
some answers. Commissioner Myers asked that Pam e-mail Robert Stokes any
information she was able to acquire. Pam Borda stated Assemblyman John
Carpenter had spoken on their behalf at that hearing.
       Commissioner Myers questioned whether the rate hike was part of the
catalyst for the sale. Commissioner Russell noted that newspaper mentioned they
would be look at operating in an economical and efficient manner. He noted there
had been no maintenance on the system for a number of years.
       Commissioner Ellison noted there was an accident on Licht Parkway and he
inquired how bad the injuries were. Pam Borda did not have any information on
that accident. She noted there were recent complaints and requests for a
stoplight in that region. Commissioner Ellison noted NDOT had just done another
traffic study on that intersection. Commissioner Myers had talked to Sandi Stanio
and they were completing another study in Spring Creek. He stated there was
some discussion about installation of a roundabout at that intersection.
Commissioner Myers voiced concern that people were not familiar with the
European type of travel. Pam Borda had came from Carson city and felt they
were great on regular city type streets but wondered how that roundabout would
work on a highway where people traveled at 55 miles per hour.

GUESTS PRESENT:
    Lyndsi Lynch was present for a school report.

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT:
       Sheriff Neil Harris submitted a written operational report. He reviewed the
daily inmate population from January through April. He stated the average was
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111 per day in jail population and there was a capacity of 120 beds inclusive of the
lockdown cells. Sheriff Harris noted the ones in custody were there on a daily
basis.
      Sheriff Harris stated there were two bids received for the roof repair.
      Regarding communications, the Sheriff had sent a letter to the Legislative
Council Bureau to gather support with regards to the coalition that they had set up.
He stated there was a meeting scheduled next week with the western group. If
they get on board then there would be 11 counties of the 17 counties in the State
that were trying to get the coalition to work for interoperability.
      Chairman Russell called the Liquor Board to order at 1:50 P.M. and
adjourned the meeting at 1:51 p.m.

BLM ELKO FIELD OFFICE:
     The Board considered submitting comments regarding the request for a
Temporary Non-renewable Use (TNR) above the permitted use on the Twin
Bridges and Ten Mile Creek Allotments for the 2006 grazing season.
     Blake O’Donnell stated this was his Brother-in-Law’s allotment, and he had
no concerns with it.
     MOTION: Commissioner Myers moved to send a letter of support for a
                 Temporary Non-renewable Use (TNR) above the permitted
                 use on the Twin Bridges and Ten Mile Creek Allotments for
                 the 2006 grazing season. Commissioner Nannini seconded
                 the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (NDOT):
      Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Annual Work Program
– Short and Long Range Elements for Elko County:
      Jeff Fontaine reviewed the proposed NDOT FY 2007 Transportation System
Projects (TSP) document. He introduced the NDOT personnel present at the
meeting as follows: Kevin Lee, Elko District Engineer; Michael Murphy, Elko
Assistant District Engineer; Dennis Taylor, Chief of the Program Development
Division; Sandi Stanio, Transportation Analyst of the Program Development
Division; and Charlie Cerocke, Head of the Planning Division.
      Jeff Fontaine stated NDOT wished to improve communications with the
counties, cities, tribal leaders, etc. He felt the working groups were making some
headway by doing corridor studies, access management plans, etc. Jeff Fontaine
reviewed several funding programs available through NDOT inclusive of the
Transportation Enhancement Program and the 2006 Landscape and Aesthetics
Community Match Program. Jeff Fontaine reported that the Federal Highway Bill
was approved. However, there was a lot of competition for that funding. He
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stated that there was safety money available for high priority safety areas for rural
areas. Jeff Fontaine commented that the first project under the Transportation
Enhancement Program was the addition of the lanes in Jackpot which would be
under construction soon.
       Jeff Fontaine noted the Federal Highway Administration recognized Nevada
as having the best condition of national and interstate highways in the nation in
terms of the smoothness and ride. He commented that 74% of their rural and
urban interstate were in good condition.             He stated Nevada was also
acknowledged for having the best bridges of any State in the Country.
       Jeff Fontaine commented that there were 600 million dollars worth of
projects underway within the State which included maintenance, preservation and
major construction projects. He reviewed several of their big projects including the
Hoover Dam By-Pass, US 95 Widening, I-15 widening in Las Vegas, and the
Reno-Carson freeway extension.
       Jeff Fontaine stated the Blue Ribbon Task Force was here in Elko last week.
He stated they would look at the funding short-falls into the future. He noted
Commissioner Ellison sat upon that Blue Ribbon Task Force. Jeff Fontaine
reviewed Chairman Russell’s comments at that meeting. He believed they all
recognize how important the issues were in Las Vegas and Reno regarding the
growth and the impact upon the transportation systems.                 Jeff Fontaine
acknowledged that the statewide system was important for commerce, for the
residents and for the tourists. He stated they were looking at a 3.5 to 4 billion
dollar shortfall over the next eight years to address all the issues including
maintaining the system, building super projects, etc.
       Jeff Fontaine believed the road transfer issue had been previously
discussed. He stated the Governor and the State Transportation Board had made
it clear that they needed to be looking at what roads should be maintained by the
State and what roads should be maintained by local entities. They were very
concerned about maintaining roads that the State should not maintain and those
additional costs. Jeff Fontaine stated they had identified 600 to 800 centerline
miles of roads that staff believed were not to the level of belonging to the State
Highway System. He stated some of those were higher volume roads that ran
parallel to the freeways. Jeff Fontaine stated on those roads they were not only
expending money on them but were getting into local control issues such as
driveway access. Jeff Fontaine stated NDOT was offering some money to the
local entities in exchange for the local entity taking over those roads. He stated in
addition to that they were offering some additional maintenance costs on those
roads. Jeff Fontaine noted Elko County had respectfully declined their offer. He
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stated NDOT was looking at options. Jeff Fontaine felt a drastic measure was
abandonment of any road. He stated they may reduce the maintenance on some
of those roads or not perform maintenance on some of those roads. Jeff Fontaine
stated that before they take any action they would consult with the County.
Commissioner Russell noted that if the State wished to abandon a road because it
was ¼ mile long with only three people living on it he could understand
abandonment. However if it was an eighty mile road with fifteen people living
upon it, then that was a different issue. Commissioner Russell felt there should be
some formula to consider rural residents. He noted the County could not abandon
a road without some sort of reaction. Commissioner Russell believed the State
should consider travel distances in their decisions. Jeff Fontaine stated they
would look at those factors before abandonment.
       Jeff Fontaine reported that 400 people lost their lives on streets and
highways in Nevada last year. He stated NDOT was working with law
enforcement, emergency responders, and educators. Jeff Fontaine stated their
goal in their Safety Plan was to reduce fatalities by 33% over the next year.
       Commissioner Ellison commended them on the ratings of Nevada highways
especially due to the size of the State. He inquired about the study in the Spring
Creek area. Commissioner Ellison noted they mentioned about roundabouts at
that intersection. He asked Mr. Fontaine to keep that intersection in mind.
       Commissioner Ellison inquired if NDOT was looking at the highway between
Wells and Jackpot with regards to making it four lane. He commented upon the
amount of traffic between Twin Falls and Wells inclusive of trucks and RVs.
       Jeff Fontaine thanked them for the compliments and noted their staff in the
lab that did the design down to the personnel in the local district should take the
credit because they did a tremendous job. He knew the intersection on the
Lamoille Highway was a real concern for them. He stated NDOT would do
another traffic study to see if it met warrants. Jeff Fontaine stated by State Law
NDOT could not put in a signal at a location that did not meet warrants and they
have to follow specific criteria. He stated they had a similar situation in Carson
City and soon they would be going out to bid to put in a roundabout at that
intersection. Jeff Fontaine stated the Lamoille Highway would be a unique
situation for a roundabout because of the high speeds. He stated there were no
roundabouts constructed on a rural highway of two lanes with 55 mph speeds. He
stated a roundabout was one possible solution. Commissioner Ellison inquired if
their warrant study took into consideration the peak times. Jeff Fontaine stated
there had to be fourteen warrants and a certain number of them related to peak
conditions.
       Jeff Fontaine stated with regards to US 93 between Wells and Jackpot the
District Office would initiate a traffic study. He noted the contractors were upset
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with the passing lane constructed four or five years ago because NDOT did most
of the work. Commissioner Ellison stated the area it was placed in worked great
and they did a great job.
        Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if the funding from the Federal
Highways Administration to Nevada was based on a formula based on mileage,
gas revenues, etc. Jeff Fontaine reviewed the federal funding formula which had
two dozen funding categories. He noted the funding for interstate maintenance
was based on the number of miles, the amount of traffic, etc. He stated service
transportation was based on a number of miles, traffic, and population. He
commented that they did factor in how much gas tax was collected and diesel tax
was sent back to Washington. Jeff Fontaine stated another funding category took
in the percentage of federal lands with the State. Commissioner Eklund-Brown
commented upon the better maintained roads in Nevada with a smaller
population. Jeff Fontaine stated the Department was committed to that level of
road conditions. He noted Nevada had very good engineers and people in their
Departments who were proactive. Jeff Fontaine stated they overlaid the highways
before they fell apart. Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if tourism brought in
more gas tax funding. Jeff Fontaine stated in looking at Las Vegas they had 40
million visitors and estimated half of them arrive by car. However, the majority of
them arrive along I-15 from California which was a short section so they probably
purchased their gas in California.
        Commissioner Eklund-Brown commented that they were interested in a
traffic signal at Licht Parkway. She stated they may partner with RTC to get that
light.
        Commissioner Eklund-Brown asked if NDOT had thought about the Set
Aside Grants with regards to the railport interchange was an appropriate project
based on economic development because it might increase more traffic in that
area. Jeff Fontaine stated any money approved for a program like that would
have to go toward highways. He stated the location must be in a rural area under
5,000 people to qualify. Jeff Fontaine reported some Set Aside Grants went
toward the Reno-Tahoe Industrial Park in Storey County and toward an
Interchange in Fernley for the development involving warehousing.
        Commissioner Nannini thanked Jeff Fontaine for the leadership he had
given to Elko County. He commended Kevin Lee and Mike Murphy on their
cooperation, attendance at their Commission meetings, and their availability.
Commissioner Nannini encouraged them to do more turnouts on Highway 93. He
had hoped that a couple of them would be included within the Jackpot project.

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       Commissioner Nannini asked if they had received information upon the
Bishop Creek Grant. He noted the federal grant would pass through the State.
Commissioner Nannini stated the application went through the City of Wells under
economic development. Jeff Fontaine believed that grant application was
evaluated and that project ranked in the medium category. He stated the only
projects they looked at funding under short term were the high ranking category
projects.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown commented that she had involved Kevin Lee
in a number of projects. She complimented Kevin Lee on his cooperation.
       Commissioner Ellison stated he had talked to a Carlin person yesterday and
he was happy with the State’s cooperation.
       Commissioner Russell commented upon the high quality of personnel in the
local office and noted they worked very hard. He noted the Commissioners never
had any trouble contacting them. Commissioner Russell stated the State
Highways provided access to recreation areas which contributed to their economy.
He commented that most of the County roads were gravel so the State Highways
were very important.
       Jeff Fontaine explained their program which contained three elements: 1)
Annual Work Program which was for FY 2007 consisting of funded projects either
for design or construction; 2) The Three Year Plan went from FY 2007-08-09
which were fiscally restrained; 3) The 10 year Long Range Element projects which
were not fully funded projects.
       Commissioner Russell noted the RTC had reviewed some of the work
program already.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired about Harrison Pass. Jeff Fontaine
stated that project was run by the Federal Highway Administration. He stated
NDOT were partners because the money comes to Nevada. He understood that
project was something Federal Highways, the Forest Service and the County
wanted. Therefore, NDOT agreed to allow some of the Forest Highway money
which was allocated to Nevada on this project. Jeff Fontaine stated it was up to
the Federal Highway Administration to manage the project. He stated NDOT’s
position was that the Federal Highway Administration needed to take care of that
problem on their project. He stated NDOT was unwilling to commit anymore
funding on that project until the problem was straightened out. Jeff Fontaine noted
the County had also taken a similar position. Commissioner Russell agreed the
County was in a similar relationship with some of the activities on that project.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if it was a State Highway into the
Lamoille Canyon. Jeff Fontaine stated it was a State Highway to a certain point
but in the Canyon it was a Forest Service Highway. Kevin Lee noted it was a
Forest Service highway from the turn off to the Canyon. Jeff Fontaine stated the
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Forest funding could be used for the Lamoille Canyon and also the Scenic By-
ways funding was available. Commissioner Eklund-Brown felt that they should
improve that highway because of the drop offs. Commissioner Eklund-Brown
commented upon the condition of that road.
      MOTION: Commissioner Myers moved to approve the Statewide
                Transportation Improvement Program Annual Work
                Program – Short and Long Range Elements for Elko County.
                Commissioner Ellison seconded the motion. The motion
                was passed unanimously.

     Chairman Russell called a recess at 2:43 p.m. and the meeting was
reconvened at 2:50 p.m.

      Highway Chairman Myers called the Board of Elko County Highway
Commissioners to order at 2:50 p.m. and adjourned the Highway Board at
3:14 p.m.
      Chairman Russell called a recess at 3:14 p.m. and Vice Chairman
Ellison reconvened the meeting at 3:21 p.m.

ANNUAL AUDIT FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2005:
      Cash Minor reviewed and the Board considered approval of a corrective
action plan for the Elko County Independent Audit as noted in footnote number
three (3) for the period ending June 30, 2005.
      Cash Minor noted that when they receive an over expenditure they had to
reply with a corrective action to the Department of Taxation and this was the letter.
      MOTION: Commissioner Nannini moved to approve a corrective
                   action plan for the Elko County Independent Audit pursuant
                   to footnote number three for the period ending June 30,
                   2005. Commissioner Myers seconded the motion. The
                   motion was passed by majority vote. Commissioner Russell
                   was absent during the vote.

FISCAL YEAR 2006/2007 BUDGET:
      Elko County Fairgrounds Restroom Facility:
      The Board discussed the Elko County Fair Board’s efforts to acquire a new
restroom facility at the Elko County Fairgrounds including a request for financial
assistance from the County.

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       Commissioner Myers noted that they had received an itemized list from the
Fair Board but there was no total for everything needed at the Fairgrounds. He
questioned if they could do a short term bond for the total costs.
       Commissioner Russell assumed control of the meeting.
       Walter Winchell, Chairman of the Elko County Fair Board, stated they did
not have any cost estimates but their future need was an additional horse barn.
He noted they had not even come close in their budget for the restrooms. He did
not know how they could estimate for the additional electrical work or the horse
barn. Commissioner Nannini felt they could get those figures for them next year.
Walter Winchell noted the improvements listed at the top were completed in 2005
and in addition to those the $6,319.04 on the sound system had been completed.
He stated the Fair Board had accepted a bid on the phone paging system. Walter
Winchell stated the cost estimates on the restrooms were based upon J.D. Long’s
base bid price. He stated when they bid the restrooms they received two bids and
the lowest bid was $277,044.48. He reported the second bid was in the amount of
$315,000.00.
       Commissioner Myers inquired if the guardrail was taken care of. Walt
Winchell stated that was estimated at $23,000 but to put in the replacement rail for
the straightaway on both sides it would be $33,000. He believed they would look
at bidding the 5/8 oval with aluminum next year. He stated the freight and
installation would be in addition to the $33,000. Commissioner Eklund-Brown
inquired about the distance on the straightaway and Walter Winchell replied 1400
feet went out to bid. Commissioner Eklund-Brown noted they had sand applied
last year to the track and that should be on their list. Walter Winchell commented
that was listed under track improvements. He noted they were having electrical
problems and outages. He stated Sierra wanted to put in a meter pole and then
they would have to trench and take it across the arena which would cost several
thousands of dollars.
       Commissioner Myers noted to finish out the sound system, the bathrooms,
the paging and phone, and rail it would came to about $300,000. Commissioner
Nannini commented that they had half of the money for the rest rooms. He stated
their original commitment was $75,000. Commissioner Nannini stated when the
estimate was given at $110,000 for the project the County dropped the
commitment to $30,000. Walter Winchell reported that they had looked at the
possibility of bring in modular restrooms in. There was a preliminary bid for a 430
square feet modular (832 square feet was the older building) with no dressing
area included in module. He stated J. D. Long’s estimate was $34,000 but it was
up at $190,000 to put in a modular that was only half the size of the original.
Commissioner Nannini noted it would be of less quality. Commissioner Ellison
commented upon the increased cost of building materials. Commissioner Russell
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clarified that the County had budgeted $30,000 for this project. Cash Minor noted
they needed an additional $105,000 for the project. Cash Minor reviewed the
proposal that they take the additional $45,000 from this year’s contingency. He
stated the $60,000 would be in a loan format from the Budget Incentive Fund.
Cash Minor understood that $20,000 would be returned after this Labor Day.
Commissioner Nannini asked Commissioner Myers to help reestablish the City’s
commitment. Commissioner Myers believed that the City wanted to reduce their
commitments to what the County had done. He noted after speaking with Otis
Tipton they had not taken into consideration all the things the Road Department
and County staff did in relation to support of the fairgrounds. He stated the City
had not considered those costs in the approximate amount of $20,000.
       MOTION: Commissioner Nannini moved that the County Commission
                    commit a donation of $75,000 to the Fair Board and a loan of
                    $60,000. Commissioner Ellison seconded the motion.
Commissioner Myers suggested that he confirm where that funding would be
applied within his Motion.
                     Commissioner Nannini amended his motion to include the
                    verbiage “to build new restrooms for the 4H kids. He stated
                    $45,000 would come from this year’s contingency fund and
                    the $60,000 would come from the Budget Incentive Fund.
                    Commissioner Ellison seconded the amendment to the
                    motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
       Walter Winchell commented that the lowest bid was from a local contractor.
       Commissioner Myers felt they needed a long term solution to support the
Fairgrounds, Fair Board and the taxpayers.
       Kelly Buckner stated with the things that need to be done other than the
restroom facility, the major improvements would be between $250,000 and
$450,000. He inquired if they proposed the Fair Board to come up with a
scheduled program of improvements that needed to be done and then the Board
would be willing to consider bonding those improvements. Commissioner Myers
inquired if that would be acceptable to the Fair Board. Walter Winchell felt that
may be agreeable with the Fair Board.
       Commissioner Ellison departed the meeting room at 3:37 p.m. due to a
conflict of interest.

ELKO COUNTY TAXABLE GENERAL OBLIGATION (LIMITED TAX) MEDIUM –
TERM NOTE, SERIES 2006A:
    The Board reviewed the record from the Department of Taxation approving
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Elko County’s request to enter into a medium term obligation to fund the cost of
acquiring and improving real property in an amount not to exceed $2,250,000 and
for purchasing patrol & motor pool vehicles in an amount not to exceed $250,000.
      Cash Minor, Chief Financial Officer, explained to them that this financing
was for the railport as well as for the vehicles.
      Commissioner Russell read the Department of Taxation letter dated April 26,
2006 from Dino DiCianno into the record.
      MOTION: Commissioner Nannini moved to acknowledge the receipt of
                  a letter from the Department of Taxation approving Elko
                  County’s request to enter into a medium term obligation to
                  fund the cost of acquiring & improving real property in an
                  amount not to exceed $2,250,000 and for purchasing patrol
                  & motor pool vehicles in an amount not to exceed $250,000.
                  Commissioner Myers seconded the motion. The motion
                  was passed by majority vote. Commissioner Ellison was
                  absent during the vote.

      Town of Jackpot:
      Gene Frank discussed and the Board consideration of approval of
recruitment expenses for a new Jackpot Clinic Doctor. He stated the Advisory
Board had approved a $20,000 fee to find a qualified doctor for their clinic with
$10,000 from this year’s budget and $10,000 from next year’s budget.
      Commissioner Ellison returned to the meeting room at 3:41 p.m.
      MOTION: Commissioner Nannini moved to approve the recruitment
                  expenses for a new Jackpot Clinic Doctor. Commissioner
                  Myers seconded the motion.
      Commissioner Myers inquired about the impact to their budget. Debbie
stated this was previously budgeted. Cash Minor noted it would only be used if
they actually use a recruitment firm. Commissioner Nannini noted the Jackpot
doctor gave them notice he was leaving thirty days ago. He stated the Nevada
Rural Health Centers had requested this money to help find a replacement doctor.
                  The motion was passed unanimously.
      Debbie Armuth reviewed and the Board considered approval of the
Unincorporated Town of Jackpot budget which included all Town Funds.
      Gene Frank thanked Debbie Armuth for coming up to their last meeting. He
stated they asked to revisit the cost allocation in Jackpot and reviewed the
minutes from the May 15, 2003 meeting. He commented that from 2004, 2005,
and 2006 Jackpot had contributed $350,000 to the County of Elko. Gene Frank
stated the Jackpot Advisory Board hoped to have this cost allocation reduced. He
stated that there were a lot of water and sewer issues coming up within the next
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two or three years and that $200,000 to $350,000 would help their projects. He
suggested $100,000 go to the County to help with their budget.
      Gene Frank asked that they consider the three year program for cost
allocation. He noted during the next budget year the Commission would decide
what amount those allocations costs would be.
      Commissioner Russell inquired if this cost allocation was applied against all
incorporated and unincorporated communities. Cash Minor stated they did cost
allocations everywhere possible inclusive of the smaller water funds. He
understood that with the three year plan there would be no adjustments in the
rates for those three years and that the costs allocation would not go away.
Commissioner Russell inquired if other departments within the County were
subject to cost allocation. Cash Minor replied not if they were within the general
fund. He stated the separate funds were addressed. Commissioner Russell
inquired what the total budget was for Jackpot being administered by the County
and received the reply of 1.3 million. Debbie Armuth stated the Cost Allocation
Plan brought in $110,000 from Jackpot. She clarified that the total budget for
Jackpot was 4.2 million dollars per year. Commissioner Ellison noted that when
this was discussed they talked to the business leaders. He stated the agreement
was there would be no increases for the next three years. Gene Frank inquired if
there could be a decrease in the cost allocation in the next budget year.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown commented that more than half of their budget went
toward employees. She stated that when they did the comparison with Carlin and
Wells it was well over a million dollars for each of them. She stated that for
Jackpot to incorporate they would have at least that much in government costs
and noted the County provided infrastructure for them at $110,000. Gene Frank
inquired what came about to have them impose the cost allocation.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown stated the County was subsidizing the
unincorporated towns. She explained the County had also increased their
planning and building permit fees because over the last three years it was to a
point wherein the County was subsidizing sub-dividers coming in. She stated in
looking at the costs for administration it would be over $110,000 per year and
commented upon the staff involvement. Gene Frank commented upon the
amount of gaming tax Jackpot paid that came to the County. Cash Minor noted
gaming tax did not come to the County. He stated it went to the law enforcement
and EMS. Commissioner Nannini explained previously they were sending County
staff out to the outlying communities on issues regarding water and sewer
systems, swimming pools, etc. He stated the County was paying for services
provided to the unincorporated towns. Commissioner Nannini stated the budget
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got tight and they had to revive the budget so they started doing the cost
allocation program. He explained that Jackpot was paying for the services the
County provided and he felt that it was not a bad price for the services that they do
receive. Gene Frank inquired if cost allocation would continue. Commissioner
Nannini stated the cost allocation would continue because the County could not
subsidize the communities. Commissioner Ellison commented gaming tax did not
come back to the general operations of the fund because those monies went to
the State and the school system. Debbie Armuth stated if they reviewed the
salaries, services and supplies Jackpot paid 7% for cost allocation. She stated
that did not include the capital or the water and sewer. Debbie Armuth noted
Child Support paid 10% to the County for their cost allocation contribution. Gene
Frank inquired what they would do after three years. Commissioner Eklund-
Brown felt that amount may go up for the cost allocation. Cash Minor stated there
would have to be a subjective analysis of each fund to determine the cost
allocation. He noted the County could not charge cost allocations against the
medical indigent fund, the School District, etc.
      Commissioner Myers inquired if the incorporated cities paid for their own
indigent fund. Cash Minor stated the County government had the responsibility for
all welfare and indigent costs for incorporated and unincorporated cities.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown noted all the service, supplies and indigent
agreements had increased over the last three years. Commissioner Russell noted
there would be no cost allocation increase this year for Jackpot but it would be
discussed next year. Commissioner Myers asked them to look at their 2007-2008
budget and suggested they speak with the Commission prior to that budget
process for changes to the cost allocation. Commissioner Russell recommended
they come in around January of 2007 to submit their suggestions.
      MOTION: Commissioner             Ellison    moved       to    approve       the
                   Unincorporated Town of Jackpot’s budget inclusive of all
                   Town funds.
      Debbie Armuth stated the information on the Jackpot Capital Improvement
Fund was presented to the Board previously. She commented that the Public
Works’ building and the NDOT Highway Widening Project was split over two
years. She stated if necessary they could do short term financing for $600,000 if
both projects were completed within the same year. Debbie Armuth stated the
short term financing could be over a three to five year period but they wanted to
submit that at this time rather than to come back after the fact. She stated in the
Recreational Fund they did approve to put the part-time lifeguard into a full-time
position and have the supervisor perform the general maintenance. They would
hire a helper for the lifeguard to cover the pool hours. Debbie Armuth stated the
Jackpot Board agreed to fund ½ of the ambulance out of the Public Safety
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Reserve Fund and to purchase a fire truck. She reported that the Jackpot
Advisory Board would like to give the golf course $38,000 to get some small items
purchased. Debbie Armuth stated historically the County had funded $20,000 in
equipment for the golf course. Debbie Armuth stated they were continuing with
Phase II of their Jackpot Park’s project and they had funding for their grant
matches. Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired about the completion of their park
project. Gene Frank replied that Phase 1 would be completed this year and the
soccer fields were under construction through CDBG grants. Commissioner
Eklund-Brown inquired about their trails’ grant. Debbie Armuth replied they had
received a $50,000 Conservation Grant, and CDBG Grant which their match was
$140,000. Gene Frank noted they would get rid of one of the older fire trucks.
Commissioner Russell noted that in the General County Funds they anticipated oil
and gas increases and asked if they had also considered that in the Jackpot
Funds. Gene Frank stated that was considered and Debbie Armuth stated they
had raised it up by 25% for the oil and gas.
      Gene Frank stated Brent Fleshman was doing great at the golf course.
                   Commissioner Eklund-Brown seconded the motion. The
                   motion was passed unanimously.
      Debbie Armuth reviewed and the Board considered approval of the
Unincorporated Town of Montello budget.
      MOTION: Commissioner            Nannini    moved      to    approve      the
                   Unincorporated Town of Montello Budget. Commissioner
                   Ellison seconded the motion.
      Debbie Armuth reported that Montello had $18,000 in ad valorem capital
projects fund for their projects.
                   The motion was passed unanimously.
      Debbie Armuth reviewed and the Board considered approval of the
Unincorporated Town of Mountain City budget which included all Town Funds.
      MOTION: Commissioner            Nannini    moved      to    approve      the
                   Unincorporated      Town    of   Mountain      City  Budget.
                   Commissioner Myers seconded the motion. The motion
                   was passed unanimously.
      Debbie Armuth reviewed and the Board considered approval of the
Unincorporated Town of Jarbidge budget.
      MOTION: Commissioner            Nannini    moved      to    approve      the
                   unincorporated Town of Jarbidge budget. Commissioner
                   Myers seconded the motion.

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       Debbie Armuth stated they were not funding depreciation on their water
system and they may have to do a rate increase. She suggested that they wait
until after the completion of the work. Debbie Armuth stated that there was an
increase in the costs of the filters.
                        The motion was passed unanimously.
       Debbie Armuth reviewed and the Board considered approval of the
Tuscarora Water District budget.
       MOTION: Commissioner Nannini moved to approve the Tuscarora
                  Water District Budget. Commissioner Myers seconded the
                  motion.
       Debbie Armuth stated they were starting to fund depreciation in Tuscarora.
She stated they would continue to monitor that and make adjustments if
necessary.
                  The motion was passed unanimously.
       Debbie Armuth reviewed and the Board considered approval of Elko
County Child Support Fund Budget with changes pursuant to Board direction
on April 19, 2006.
       MOTION: Commissioner Nannini moved to approve the Elko County
                  Child Support Fund Budget with changes. Commissioner
                  Myers seconded the motion.
       Debbie Armuth noted there was a 25% increase on the receptionist position
and Child Support would like to use their incentive money to fund the position that
the Commission granted them effective July 1st rather than January 1, 2007.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired when the County added a new staff
member did it require State approval since the State paid 66% of those positions.
Debbie Armuth stated Carolyn would send in her budget reflecting that position for
a full year. She stated the State had the option to deny it. Debbie Armuth stated
Carolyn should know if the State approved before final approval of the budget.
                  The motion was passed unanimously.
       Debbie Armuth reviewed and the Board considered approval of the Elko
County Clerk’s Election Fund budget.
       MOTION: Commissioner Nannini moved to approve the Elko County
                  Clerk’s Election Fund Budget.            Commissioner Myers
                  seconded the motion.
       Debbie Armuth stated they had estimated $125,000 on election
expenditures for the upcoming election year. She stated potentially if the costs of
elections continue to go up with the software and maintenance agreements they
might have to look at increasing that fund from the $70,000 annual contribution.
                  The motion was passed unanimously.

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       Debbie Armuth reviewed and the Board considered approval of the Elko
County Ambulance Enterprise Budget.
       MOTION: Commissioner Ellison moved to approve the Elko County
                   Ambulance Enterprise Budget.           Commissioner Myers
                   seconded the motion.
       Debbie Armuth noted they were doing well and were able to purchase their
new ambulances. She reported that Bill Webb would like to purchase three new
ambulances and Jackpot would fund ½ of one of the ambulances. Debbie Armuth
stated that Bill Webb had the match for the CDBG ambulance barn in Wells.
                   The motion was passed unanimously.
       Debbie Armuth gave an overview and the Board considered approval of all
other Elko County Special Revenue Funds, Trust and Agency Funds, and
Enterprise Funds.
       MOTION: Commissioner Nannini moved to approve all other Elko
                   County Special Revenue Funds, Trust and Agency Funds
                   and Enterprise Funds. Commissioner Myers seconded the
                   motion.
       Debbie Armuth noted they would transfer $100,000 into the Recreational
Fund for overages. She reported that would pay for the $50,000 in contributions
they had given, inclusive of the Fair Grounds, the Shooting Range and Igloo.
Debbie Armuth noted with the changes in AB 489, on the Medical Assistance to
Indigents Fund she was calculating an amount based on what was necessary to
fund between the 6 cents to 10 cents. She stated the tax rate was only showing
05.80. However, they have more than that available for expenditures so they
were meeting their commitment. Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if that
came from ending fund balance and received an affirmative response.
       Debbie Armuth stated she did not have time to make the changes to the
Capital Projects Fund and the Advalorem Projects Fund but she would have those
updated by their next meeting. Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired why the
Sheriff’s Grant Fund was always off. Debbie Armuth believed that was due to the
grant revenue wherein they always show a deficit. She stated they were going to
try and fund that through a contingency transfer and asked for Board direction.
Commissioner Myers inquired if they could go into it with a deficit and subtract it
off of one of the other grants. Debbie Armuth stated that next year they would not
be able to show a deficit. Commissioner Eklund-Brown clarified that it would still
be deficit situation created years ago. She noted to rectify it they would have to
transfer in funds. Debbie Armuth stated they would have to transfer in to meet
their expenditures.
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                 The motion was passed unanimously.

       Debbie Armuth reviewed and the Board considered approval of the Elko
County Road Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2006/2007.
       MOTION: Commissioner Nannini moved to approve the Elko County
                   Road Improvement Plan for Fiscal year 2006/2007.
                   Commissioner Ellison seconded the motion.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown stated that she just received these today.
Debbie Armuth stated this was part of the road budget. Commissioner Myers
inquired if there were any changes and Debbie replied there were no changes;
this was just to codify that plan. Commissioner Eklund-Brown commented that
they had a lot of issues that come up each year and inquired if they could
establish a Contingency Fund in Roads. Debbie Armuth stated they do not have a
contingency fund. She stated every dime in those funds was allocated to a
project. Commissioner Russell noted the only place there was any flexibility was
within RTC. Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if they wished to establish a
Contingency Fund would those monies have to come from General Fund monies.
Debbie Armuth stated at this point they do not have any additional funds in Roads
to do that with. Debbie Armuth noted the bond payment would be freed up next
year but that was paid out of RTC for the Spring Creek Association.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired about California Trails funding. Debbie
Armuth stated that was already paid out. Commissioner Russell noted that they
should give serious consideration to continue that funding to the Spring Creek
Association. Debbie Armuth stated they had been putting funding into the Jiggs’
overlay project and hoped they had that funded. Commissioner Eklund-Brown
inquired if they set aside some for capital improvements and Debbie replied they
tried to do that each year. Commissioner Nannini stated next year they may want
to establish an emergency fund but did not have the funding. Commissioner
Russell stated Otis Tipton allocated every dime and sometimes he had to come up
with money from other projects. Commissioner Eklund-Brown inquired if the
$40,000 was going to the Conservation District and asked why it came from the
Road Funds. Debbie Armuth understood that they were to abate the weeds along
the roads. Otis Tipton stated that money was only supposed to be used along the
roads.     He stated the previous County Commissioners had asked for
accountability reports. Commissioner Russell noted they asked for accountability
reports four years ago. Commissioner Ellison noted that funding was used
throughout the district. Otis Tipton stated that they used the County’s funding to
get a match from the State. Commissioner Eklund-Brown felt this should be
moved out of Roads to free up that $40,000. She stated that spray was not all
going along the roads. Commissioner Russell suggested that next January she
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could give direction to Cash Minor and Debbie Armuth to take the $40,000 from
another fund.
                  The motion was passed unanimously.

ELKO ATV JAMBOREE VOLUNTEER:
      Pam Borda, Elko ATV Jamboree Volunteer, requested that the Resolution
be kept secret until the opening ceremonies on May 16th and invited them to
attend that Jamboree. She noted that David Tilger had been the visionary and
instigator behind a lot of those events in Elko. She noted most of the snowmobile
events had been started by David Tilger. She commented that David also had the
vision for the ATV Jamboree. Pam Borda commented upon his involvement with
the trails committee. She felt that David Tilger should be acknowledged.
Commissioner Eklund-Brown noted David had taken numerous visitors up on
Spruce Mountain and Merritt Mountain. Pam Borda invited them to the May 16th
opening ceremonies which would feature a taco buffet at 6:30 p.m. Commissioner
Myers asked that a quorum setting be noticed. Commissioner Russell suggested
that Commissioner Myers present the award to David Tilger.
      MOTION: Commissioner Myers moved to approve the ATV Resolution.
                  Commissioner Ellison seconded the motion. The motion
                  was passed unanimously.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND COUNTY STAFF COMMENTS:
      Commissioner Russell noted May 4, 2006 would be Bill Watrous Day. He
read into record the proposed Proclamation for Bill Watrous Day that would be
voted upon at their next meeting. He stated Mr. Watrous would be at the Great
Basin College tonight at 7:00 p.m. and the donations would be used by the Spring
Creek Jazz Band.
      Commissioner Myers noted yesterday there was a funeral for a long time
rancher, Bill Van Norman. He felt that the Board should recognize him.
Commissioner Myers asked that the family be contacted to see if they could
attend the next meeting for a presentation.
      Joe Aguirre, Elko County Assessor, informed them that 15,360 owner
occupancy cards had been sent out. He stated the property owners could not
get that property cap unless the card was sent back. Joe Aguirre stated he had
gone on the radio program with Charlie Myers informing the citizens of the mailing.
He requested to go on the next radio program also. Joe Aguirre stressed that the
tax payers could not get the 3% cap if the card was not returned. Commissioner
Myers suggested whoever was on the radio program for the next two week they
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need to allow Joe Aguirre five minutes of that radio program. Joe Aguirre stated
after these cards were returned they would mailing out the renter’s cards because
in some instances they can qualify for the 3% tax. Commissioner Myers asked
that the media address this item in the paper to make people aware of the mailing.
       Commissioner Eklund-Brown stated in reviewing the minutes she suggested
that the Jiggs Fire Station be included in the LEPC grants. She commented to
Mike Riordan that the Carlin Honor Crew may be available to help them on their
project.
       Commissioner Ellison noted NACO prescription cards were available to any
County resident and they should be given to the constituents. Cash Minor clarified
that they were 15% discount cards. He stated that they would have to make a
Resolution and then the cards would be made available for them to hand them
out. Commissioner Ellison noted that every resident within the County could get
discounts on their prescriptions. Commissioner Nannini inquired if Commissioner
Ellison could make a presentation to the Senior Citizens’ Center. Commissioner
Russell suggested it be placed on an agenda.

ADJOURNMENT:
     MOTION: Commissioner Nannini 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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