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Douglas officials seek new notification rules

by Susie Vasquez

The notice times for additional public meetings in Douglas County could be shortened, from three weeks to two. The provision that requires a majority vote by the planning commission to schedule those meetings could also be changed, the revisions coming on the heels of challenges by Douglas County resident Jeanne Shizuru.

Shizuru has no objection to reducing the noticing time from three weeks to two weeks because that is in accordance with Nevada law. The latter change, removing the requirement for a majority vote for additional meetings, is distressing, Shizuru said.

A vote of the planning commission should have been scheduled Nov. 9 to call a special meeting later in November, but that was not the case. Special meetings scheduled for Nov. 22 and 23 proceeded, despite challenges initiated by Shizuru.

“A rule Douglas County officials didn’t follow last month, they now want to delete,” she said. “They have a rule, they break it, then they don’t like the challenge so they delete the rule.”

Shizuru has called other noticing errors to the attention of Douglas officials in recent months.

A meeting of the Douglas County Planning Commission was cancelled in September because one of the topics, a master plan amendment concerning realignment of Muller Parkway, had not been properly noticed.

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Another meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners was cancelled in early November because notifications to certain Douglas County residents were not mailed three days before the meeting, as required by Nevada law.

This will be the first reading concerning this issue, which will be heard at Thursday’s meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

In other business:

— Douglas County officials are considering the elimination of their community development director’s position.

The position requires qualified engineer who is hired to direct the activities of building inspectors, the the road and bridge department, the county engineering department and all public works engineering, as well as inspections of public improvements.

Engineer Bob Nunes held the position until November, when he retired.

— Commissioners could schedule a special meeting for Jan. 3. No further information was available at press time.

— Susie Vasquez can be reached at svasquez@recordcourier.com or 782-5121, ext. 211.

BREAKOUT

What: Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Douglas County Administration Building, 175 Highway 50, Stateline