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BLM auction up for discussion at commissioner’s meeting

by Regina Purcell, Staff Writer

The petition by Carson City to stop the Bureau of Land Management’s sale of 146 acres in north Douglas County will be discussed Thursday at the first monthly meeting of the Douglas County Commissioners.

The meeting will be held at noon, Thursday, Dec. 5, at the courtroom of the Douglas County Administration Building, 1616 Eighth St. in Minden.

A public auction of BLM land is scheduled Dec. 10, but may be postponed due to the appeal by Carson City. The appeal is based on numerous discrepancies: failure to prepare an Environmental Impact Study, failure to assess the economic, fiscal, air quality, traffic, housing, public service, solid waste disposal and infrastructure impacts to the city, failure to consider open space benefits, and failure to consider cumulative impacts in association with other developments in the North Douglas County and south Carson City areas.

According to Douglas County Manager Dan Holler, commissioners could take action to bring the issue to a conclusion D either by agreeing to postpone the sale until the Legislature addresses solutions to the tax questions raised by the sale, or until the appeal is heard in court.

The opening bid set for the 146 acres between Jacks Valley and Carson City is $6.5 million.

In other business, the commissioners will consider:

n A proclamation to recognize Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen and Betty Jacobsen for their service to the Carson Valley communities. Refreshments will be served at noon.

n Increased rental rates at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, including a 1.3 percent increase for hangars and a 2-cent increase per square foot at airport facilities.

n A request from the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts to purchase an aerial ladder to fight fires on large commercial structures.

n A certificate of appreciation for East Fork Justice Court Judge Jim EnEarl for 25 years of service in Douglas County.

n Supporting Carson-Tahoe Hospital’s relocation to a new 50-acre site in Carson City.

n Recognition of the Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley for its 75th anniversary.

n A zoning map amendment for the Sky Ridge Subdivision, brought to the commission by Ranchos LLC, represented by Rob Anderson of Anderson Engineering.

The planned development overlay is for 33 acres to be developed into 95 single-family residential lots at Dresslerville Road and Long Valley Road.

n A planned development overlay for 75 acres at the west side of the Winhaven development, east of Highway 395, south of Muller Lane and north of Lucerne Drive, brought by Nevada Northwest LLC. It is the first phase of the proposed Minden hotel-casino, shopping plaza, RV park and recreation complex.

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What: Douglas County Comission meeting

When: Noon, Thursday, Dec. 5

Where: Courtroom of the Douglas County Administration Building, 1616 Eighth St. in Minden.