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Commission to give first reading on holiday booze ban

by Sharon Carter

An ordinance to ban alcohol from Lake Tahoe’s Nevada Beach over the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays will have its first formal reading Thursday before Douglas County commissioners.

The new regulation has been in the works since last summer, when more than two dozen juveniles were arrested for disorderly conduct in a July 4th bottle-throwing free-for-all at Nevada Beach.

The incident, which occurred at the U.S. Forest Service-managed public beach near Round Hill at Lake Tahoe, involved young people from the Carson City-Carson Valley area. One person, an on-duty Douglas County deputy, was hit in the cheek by a flying bottle and slightly injured in the fracas.

The ordinance must then have two more formal readings before it becomes a part of the county code.

n Traffic controls. In other business, the commissioners are scheduled to discuss and possibly act upon resolutions regarding traffic control devices at Buckeye Road/Sixth Street and Highway 395 in Minden, at Downs Drive and Fuller Avenue in the Johnson Lane area and at Rubio Way (No. 2) and Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

n County Budgets. Commissioners will also review tentative budgets brought forward for the county, the water and transportation districts, the East Fork Fire District, the East Fork Paramedic District, the Sierra Forest Fire Protection District and the county redevelopment agency.

They will also be presented with an alternative budget from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Scott Doyle’s tentative budget for the 1999/2000 fiscal year was approved in March and submitted to the state Board of Taxation.

But, Doyle said Monday, things could change.

n A county without NOMADS? The alternative budget Doyle will present assumes a scenario in which Douglas County officials decide to handle enforcement of court-ordered child support without state reimbursements and incentive payments.

Such a possibility exists if the county cancels its inter-local agreement with the state of Nevada.

At issue is the state’s new NOMADS program, which Douglas, Clark and Washoe counties have been testing since last fall.

NOMADS, an acronym for Nevada Operations of Multi-Automated Data Systems, is a new computer system designed to track the state’s welfare and child support enforcement programs. It has been tested in Douglas, Washoe and Clark counties since last fall.

It works, but those who must use it say the $95 million, IBM-developed system is too complicated and ponderous for fewer than about eight case workers to use efficiently. That would make it nearly impossible for Douglas, which has four case workers and other, even smaller, jurisdictions to implement.

n Proposal to share resources. Doyle said he has submitted a proposal to state officials which, by regionalizing operations and sharing resources, could make the program functional for the rural counties.

“This would also be the budget if the state would deny our request to regionalize,” Doyle said.

And, with state time regulations for county budgets ticking away, the county needs to be prepared for several contingencies, Doyle said.

Nevada and half a dozen other states, including California, are lagging behind in complying with a 1988 federal mandate which requires them to develop computer networks to store information on child support cases and which can interface with the federal government.

In Nevada, missed deadlines in 1995 and 1997 because of problems with NOMADS could result in fines. If more deadlines are missed, the potential for more fines is increased. And, if the state can’t meet federal standards, it could be fined millions of dollars, which would be passed along to the counties.

Gov. Kenny Guinn is seeking federal money and other assistance to help with the program.

“But, we’re not likely to hear anything about any forthcoming federal funding until at least Friday, when representatives from Douglas, Clark and Washoe counties have their monthly meeting,” Doyle said.