New town board chooses Jerry Smith as member |

New town board chooses Jerry Smith as member

by Sharon Carter

After swearing in newly elected member Joe Delorey and reelected member Tom Cook, the Gardnerville Town Board last week selected Jerry Lee Smith, 1324 Toiyabe Ave., as its fifth member.

The Gardnerville-based outside sales representative for Meeks Building Center, Smith has been a Carson Valley resident for 31 years. He was chosen from a field of five residents who applied for the position. In recent months, Smith actively participated in the discussions between town officials, Elges Lane-area residents and developers of an affordable housing project slated for that south Gardnerville neighborhood.

When asked why he did not run for the post in the November elections, Smith said he was then heavily involved in Boy Scouting and had been unsure that he could commit time board membership required. Smith said his son has since finished Scouting and he has handed off his Scoutmaster position of more than eight years to a successor.

The board’s selection of Smith, as well as many of its other actions, will be forwarded as a recommendation to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners for final approval.

In other business, the Gardnerville Town Board:

n Selected members Randy Slater as this year’s chairman and Loren Orr as vice chairman.

n Approved, with conditions, a light industrial building to be constructed at 1224 Pep Circle.

n Added discussion of TCI Cablevision’s service levels as an on-going agenda item throughout the official 18-month comment period that precedes renewal of that company’s franchise agreement with Douglas County. The town board will pass along public comments regarding TCI to county officials. Discussions Thursday were very critical of TCI’s responsiveness to customer needs.

n Refused to accept Chichester Estates Phase 5 improvements until nine items – including storm drains, street signage, manhole covers, asphalt sealing and general clean up – are completed.

n Postponed discussions of a proposed masonry, wood and iron boundary wall around Chichester Estates Phases 1 and 2 until the plan is more defined.

n Approved recommending that stop signs at the intersection of Hussman Avenue and Mill Street be removed.

n Approved advertising for bids to purchase a street sweeper and scheduled a special board meeting for Jan. 21, the day bids will close, to open bids received and make a decision.

n Renewed a contract with attorney Michael Rowe, who is the town’s legal counsel.

n Hired the Northern Nevada engineering firm of Lumos and Associates to succeed the town’s former consulting engineering firm of Berryman and Henigar, which closed its Minden office in December. Local engineers Robert Fellows and Larry Werner (both now employed by Lumos) and and consulting engineer Andy Burnham will see to the town’s engineering needs.

n Voted to allow Lumos to continue providing engineering services to Mike Hickey Construction, which is developing a commercial project in town, and to St. Gall Catholic Church, which is planning a community center. Fellows told the board that both Hickey and the church are clients of long-standing. Because of the town’ s recent adoption of design standards, he said he did not believe his firm would have conflicts of interest, but said they would disclose any potential conflicts.

n Accepted the town’s public works program for the coming year. Included in the program is a request for the county to assist in the construction of the High School Street (aka Maple Street) extension.

n Directed staff to prioritize a tentative list of intersections to be sanded when icy conditions exist.

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