One applies for Ranchos GID seat |

One applies for Ranchos GID seat

by Scott Murphy, Staff Writer

Trustees of the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District could choose the lone applicant to be the successor to outgoing board member J. Dennis LeDrew during their Wednesday meeting.

Bill Barnum, a Ranchos resident for the past eight years, is the only person to submit a letter of interest seeking an appointment to the GID board.

However, GID Manager Bob Spellberg said trustees could refuse to appoint Barnum because LeDrew’s resignation, effective Oct. 3, gives the GID 30 days to name a new member.

Spellberg said that means trustees could re-advertise the position and seek additional applicants.

Barnum said he wants the appearance of the Ranchos improved.

Barnum is also concerned whether a new post office under construction in the Ranchos will increase traffic in the county’s most densely populated subdivision.

Barnum, a former investigator at Harveys Casino for 21 years, said he would like to get involved with various issues in the Ranchos.

In other business Wednesday, trustees will consider a request to abandon a lot located near a 7-Eleven convenience store on Tillman Lane.

The request to abandon the property was made by GKM Enterprises, which intends to build a coffee shop called Pony Espresso. It will be located south of 7-Eleven on Tillman.

Also, trustees will examine the GID’s policy concerning maintenance of curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

And trustees will consider a request to alter a policy allowing dismissal of GID employees for “egregious offenses.”

The public meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the GID’s office, located at 931 Mitch Dr.