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Minden to NDOT: Show us the money

by Sheila Gardner

Minden officials are prepared to go to Gov. Brian Sandoval in their efforts to get the state transportation department to release a $220,000 grant earmarked for landscaping the town’s gateway at highways 88 and 395.

Board members discussed their frustration Wednesday at how long it’s taking for the Nevada Department of Transportation to allocate the money for site improvements first committed in August 2011.

The town was to come up with a $100,000 match, which it has through a $40,000 donation from the Maverik gas station, and $75,000 from Douglas County economic development funds.

“This is just ridiculous,” said town board member John Stephans. “This money has been available to us for more than a year.”

The board designated Roxanne Stangle to speak with NDOT officials, with a letter ready for the governor and Douglas County’s legislative representatives if necessary.

“I’m feeling similar with John,” member Matt Bernard said. “It was kind of funny joking about it, but I am losing my sense of humor.”

The board also wanted feedback from a citizens’ advisory committee on the proposed plans for the site.

Town engineer Bruce Scott offered three design concepts for the 1.4-acre parcel on Wednesday: civic pride, traditional and heritage.

Board members liked aspects of all three, and Scott said he would produce a fourth plan incorporating their comments.

Certain factors must be addressed in each design including the fact that the project area will be viewed most often from passing vehicles, the area is an important crossroads for the entire Valley, not just Minden, and the design must meet NDOT gateway development criteria and build on other town visual assets to create a consistent, identifiable character, according to the plans.

Board members hope to be ready with an approved design and have the funding issues worked out by the Aug. 7 town board meeting.