Dropped BLM suit on county agenda | RecordCourier.com

Dropped BLM suit on county agenda

by Joey Crandall, Staff Writer

The Douglas County Commission will review Thursday an agreement reached between Carson City and a pair of Carson auto dealers involving Bureau of Land Management land in northern Douglas County.

Carson City agreed to drop a law suit against BLM if auto dealers Michael Hohl and Dink Cryer would enter into negotiations for the development of an auto mall within city boundaries. Also, Cryer and Hohl must place a deed restriction on the Douglas County land prohibiting the development of an auto dealership for two years.

In order for the lawsuit to be dismissed, all of the parties — including Douglas County — must agree to any stipulation for dismissal. As such, any proposed stipulations will be provided to the board for review at Thursday’s meeting.

The commission will direct county staff on participation in the dismissal.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Administration Building, 175 Highway 50 East, Stateline.

In other business, the board will:

– Discuss county support for round five nominations of property acquisitions and easements under the Sierra Nevada Public Land Management Act.

The Nevada Land Conservancy proposed a series of properties for nomination known as the Genoa nomination. Combined, the properties comprise 134 acres located in the Sierra overlooking the town of Genoa. The nominated properties would consolidate Forest Service ownership and secure trailhead access to the Sierra. Included in the properties would be a foraging goshawk and habitat.

The American Land Conservancy plans to nominate 700 acres of property above Genoa running to the top of the Carson Range, 520 acres near the previous 700-acre parcel, 480 acres south of the Kingsbury Grade summit and 1,600 acres along both sides of the East Fork of the Carson River above Gardnerville.

– Discuss voting equipment upgrade to touch screen.

Last week, Nevada Secretary of State Dean Heller selected the Sequoia voting machines as the official voting machine. He also decertified punch-card machines, which were still used in seven Nevada counties, including Douglas and Carson City. This means that the county must upgrade to the electronic machines in order to comply with state voting procedures next year.

– Discuss authorization of an interfund loan from the General Fund to the Water Utility Fund.

The loan would be issued not to exceed $500,000 and would have to be repaid by Dec. 18, 2004. No interest would be charged on the loan.

Douglas County received a USDA grant for $500,000 for the new well at China Spring Youth Camp earlier this year. Because the funds are received on a reimbursement basis, there will be cash flow shortages during the project. The loan would serve to offset the costs of the project until funding is received, at which point the loan would be repaid.

– Discuss amending the Douglas County Code to abolish the requirement of alcohol related work cards. Also discussed will be the amendment of various provisions regarding the issuance of gaming work cards.

– Discuss liquor licenses for Sam’s Beach House Bar and Restaurant. The Water Wheel restaurant is also seeking a name change to Alex’s Steakhouse and Teppanyaki. Both establishments are located at Lake Tahoe.

– Discuss budget augmentations for Douglas County, Town of Gardnerville, Town of Genoa, Town of Minden, Douglas County Redevelopment Agency, East Fork Fire District and East Fork Paramedic District. Essentially, the augmentations would revise revenues or other elements of each organization’s 2003-04 budget.

– Discuss authorizing the chairman to sign the non-exclusive easement with the State of Nevada Division of State Lands for a Carson River sewer line crossing near South Sunridge Drive.

– Discuss approval of a contract with Lightgov, LLC for Internet auction services.

– Discuss approval of an agreement for all Medicaid transports to be dispatched through LogistiCare Inc.

– Discuss approval of transportation of human remains out-of-state to Louisiana State University for forensic examination and three-dimensional facial reconstruction to help identify the remains.

– Hear audit reports for the county and for the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts.

– Discuss an interlocal contract between the State Gaming Control board and Douglas County.

– Discuss a request that the county waive room tax and penalty on taxes not paid.

– Discuss an amendment to the interlocal contract between Douglas County the Tahoe-Douglas Transportation District and the Tahoe Transportation District for continuation of transit services at Lake Tahoe.

For more information on the agenda, call Linda Lynch at (775) 782-9012.

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