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Eight apply for GRGID board seat

by Merrie Leininger

The Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District has a good selection of potential board members to choose from when it appoints a new member Monday.

The position is vacant following the Nov. 8 death of Chairman Bruce Nystrom.

Eight people had submitted letters of interest to the GID as of Wednesday. The district offices were closed Thursday and Friday, but anyone can submit a letter until 4 p.m. Monday, two hours before the meeting.

n The candidates include Richard Bonebrake, who has run for a seat on the board twice before. He said he has a leg up on the competition because he regularly attends the meetings.

“I’ve been going to the board meetings for four years, and I’ve got an interest in it. I think I am more aware than someone who is just walking in off the street. I’m aware of what is happening and the minuses and the pluses,” he said.

Bonebrake said he is interested in helping transform the green belts into public-use lands and in “utilizing all the empty buildings to get businesses in to get people to shop out here,” he said.

Bonebrake was in the Navy for 30 years and now is active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

n Roger Paul said he also attends the meetings as often as he can and has liked the direction the board has been taking the district.

“I have been favorably impressed with the policy and decision-making of the board and I’d like to see a continuation of that. I have no agenda,” he said.

Paul, who has been retired since 1991 from civil service with various defense agencies, said his experience there provided him a good foundation for working with the board. He has also volunteered with the Carson Valley Historical Society.

n Jim Caughron said he would like to be on the board of the community he has been a member of for 23 years.

“I hope to bring some experience to the board and help make the community a better place to live in,” he said.

Caughron has been the engineering and facilities maintenance director of many area casinos and now is the mechanic/safety coordinator for Aervoe-Pacific. He also was a Washoe Tribal police officer and is a member of the VFW and the Douglas County Local Emergency Planning Commission.

n Jaynese Knight said she will be retiring soon from her job as a local government budget analyst for the Nevada Department of Taxation and wants to become more involved with the community she moved to five years ago.

“This is the first time in a long time I will have time to get involved in the community, and I look forward to the opportunity to get involved. We live in a great community. I’m anxious to be able to do what I can to keep it that way and maybe move it up a little,” she said.

Knight said she will bring knowledge of taxation and tax laws to the table.

“GID taxation laws are different, and the potential is that they could find revenue generating difficult in the future. I want to make sure the district has the ability to continue to provide services and keep tax rates steady,” she said.

Knight said she has been a member of the Municipal Finance Officers Association and in the Lake Tahoe Council for Logic, which was formed to protect property owners rights.

n Stacey Erven-Smalley’s degree is in political science and he has worked in public relations. He and his wife are now the owners of ClubSpa in Minden, and he said he thinks he can help the community.

“I have a background in mediation, and I have the knowledge, know-how and desire to have something better for our community,” he said. “I’m interested in everything and want to learn more and be able to help folks out there.”

Erven-Smalley is a member of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and various professional fitness associations.

n Deane Swanton has worked as an engineer and has been involved with many community organizations and committees.

“(The GID board) needs help. They need people that want to efficiently represent the community,” Swanton said.

Swanton said he is interested in upgrading the water system in the district. He is a member of the Minden-Tahoe Airport Advisory Committee, Kiwanis International and several professional engineering societies.

n Yvonne Cinciala works at her husband’s business, Jethro’s Oven and Grill in the Tillman Center, but said she wants to get more involved in the community.

Cinciala said she understands what GIDs do because she worked for the Kingsbury GID as an accounts clerk.

“I’ve lived in the Ranchos since ’91, and I worked at Kingsbury GID for six years, so I have a working knowledge of what is involved in the GID. And I’m concerned with the future of the area and would like be more involved,” she said.

n The final applicant, Jimmie Fields, could not be reached by press time.

n GRGID attorney Michael Rowe said the four current board members are charged under the Nevada statutes to fill a vacancy within 30 days or the job will fall to the county commission. He said the commission does not have to ratify the board’s decision, and the chosen applicant will sit on the board for the Dec. 1 regular meeting. Rowe said the appointed person will have to run in the next election, in November 2000, to remain in the seat.

The board will interview all the candidates and make a decision in a public meeting Monday night.

All letters of interest must be submitted to the board in care of the district manager, Bob Spellberg. Any qualified elector residing within the district may apply in writing.

The board will interview candidates and make an appointment Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the district office at 931 Mitch Drive.

For more information, call Spellberg at 265-2048.