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RTC approves plan but votes down adding personnel

Lorna McDaniel

The Regional Transportation Commission approved the Transportation Improvement Plan Thursday, but voted down adding personnel in accordance with the county-wide hiring freeze.

Changes to the TIP include:

n Move the requested improvements at the Highway 50-Kingsbury Grade intersection to fiscal year 1998-99 budget with funding coming from the Nevada Department of Transportation.

n Bicycle facilities identified in the master plan have been added.

The long-term plan includes adding 39 bike lanes along roadways throughout the county.

n Ditch construction along Penrod Lane in the Topaz Lake area and improvement to Penrod Lane are recommended to be set for construction by the fiscal year 1997-98.

Jeff Foltz, associate civil engineer for the regional transportation, said a program assistant was needed because of the increasing amount of time he is spending performing administrative functions, taking him away from time spent on the implementation of the five-year transportation plan.

“Several projects in the five-year plan have already slipped one year,” he said. “Without additional staffing, it is unlikely that staff will be able to fully implement the five-year plan without again delaying some projects.”

Commissioner Bernie Curtis said that with the county’s tight budget and the hiring freeze, the county could not afford the new position, which would draw $20,000 to $30,000 a year.

“(We could) do without hiring additional personnel and more with putting things on the ground,” he said. “I am sympathetic to your problem, but it is not going to fly.

“We have a severe problem (with the budget).”

To compensate Foltz’s time on administrative duties, the commission relieved him of attending some transportation related board meeting.

The commission also directed staff to unify road projects at the Lake and in the Valley and make priorities county-wide based on the combined list.

The TIP will go before the county commissioners for final approval March 20 at the Administration Building in Stateline.