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County to consider harnessing wind power

by Joey Crandall, Staff Writer

A Bureau of Land Management request to place up to three meteorological towers in the Pine Nut Mountains is on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners agenda for Thursday’s meeting.

SeaWest WindPower, Inc., of San Diego, has applied to erect three towers in the Pine Nuts to collect and analyze wind speed data to determine if the area is economically feasible for a wind energy facility.

Two of the proposed towers would be in Douglas County, with the third in Lyon County.

The proposed towers are 50 meters tall and 6 inches in diameter. Construction on the first two towers would begin in Spring 2004, with the third erected 12-to-18 months later if initial results are encouraging. Right-of-way on the project is for three years, with an option for renewal if further data collection is necessary.

BLM is not looking for specific approval or denial of the proposed project. Instead, it has asked for the county’s official position on the project in order to process the case and issue a formal decision to SeaWest.

The commission meets at 1 p.m., Thursday in the courtroom of the Douglas County Administration Building at 1616 Eighth Street.

In other business, the board will:

– Discuss acceptance of a resignation letter from commissioner Steve Weissinger and review the procedures to fill the vacancy of a commissioner seat.

Weissinger’s resignation would go into effect at 5 p.m., Dec. 31, at which point county clerk Barbara Reed must certify the fact of the vacancy to the secretary of state.

The vacancy must be filled by appointment of the governor to an individual of the same party affiliation as the most recent holder of the seat. The appointee must also be a resident of the same district, which in this case is the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Prospective appointees can be communicated to the governor through a variety of means, including candidates communicating directly with the governor or recommendations made by board or staff members.

– Present employee service awards.

– Issue a proclamation recognizing Dec. 17, 2003, as the 100th anniversary of powered flight.

– Review the status of treasury funds through Dec. 4, 2003.

– Approve amendments for ground leases between Minden-Tahoe Airport and Cedar Assets LLP.

– Approve a request to remove several unsecured taxes.

– Approve two outdoor festival permits, one for the Renaissance Faire on July 24 and 25, 2004, and one for the Peddlers Fair, scheduled for Sept. 25 and 26, 2004.

– Authorize the county manager to sign the contract with Edward L. Basham for sampling and analysis of the groundwater at the Douglas County Landfill.

– Authorize the county manager to sign a professional services contract with ECO:LOGIC in an amount not to exceed $25,000 — for design construction administration and reporting for the Canyon Creek test well.

– Approve a one-year extension of time to record the next phased final map for the Grandview Estates Subdivision.

– Approve a bid award to the most responsive bidder for the purchase of one Hazardous Materials Response Apparatus.

– Approve and send a letter to the Nevada State Labor Commissioner objecting to certain changes to NAC 338 that are detrimental to Douglas County.

– Accept several treasurer’s Oct. 2003 reports along with reports from the civil clerks, court clerks, Tahoe Township Justice Courts and County Recorder.

– Discuss a proposed resolution on Airport fees.

– Discuss accepting a modular building from Western Nevada Properties.

– Discuss releasing county interest in a 0.47-acre parcel wholly within the banks of the East Fork Carson River to the State of Nevada.

– Discuss an amendment to the Retail and Personal Service Uses code, which would allow for restaurants and combination restaurant/bars to have pool tables, video games and other coin-operated amusement devices when the gross floor area of the items does not take up more than five percent of the total gross floor area of the unit.

– Discuss an amendment of county code that would allow dogs at undeveloped park sites.

– Hear an update from Doug Maurer on the United States Geological Survey Douglas County Water Study.

– Hear a presentation regarding nitrate levels in the Carson Valley.

– Discuss possible defaults of ground leases with the Alpine Development Group and Skyline Hangars at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.

– Discuss an upgrade of voting equipment to touch screen.

– Discuss approval of interlocal government agreement with Nevada Gaming Control regarding the issuance of work cards.

– Discuss a water right application and select a consultant for capital improvement plans.

– Discuss consolidation of current and future services in the Sierra Forest Fire Protection District and a request of the Nevada Division of Forestry to enter into an interlocal agreement with the East Fork Fire Protection District.

n Hear a presentation on the fire risk/hazard assessment and mitigation plan for the State of Nevada.

– Joey Crandall can be reached at or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.