TRE residents go to Nevada Commission on ethics for opinion |

TRE residents go to Nevada Commission on ethics for opinion

by Sharon Carter

Claiming the chairwoman of their general improvement district has used her office for personal gain, two dozen residents of Topaz Ranch Estates in southern Douglas County have petitioned the Nevada Commission on Ethics for an opinion.

The group, characterizing itself as “Concerned Citizens of TRE,” alleged in a July 1 complaint filed by TRE resident Richard L. Crick that TREGID Chairwoman Kay Dupuis altered a road improvement contract so that a road adjacent to property she owns would have a higher paving priority.

The group also claimed that both the GID’s treasurer and its watermaster resigned because Dupuis directed them to take various actions which were not approved by the board of directors. The group asserted that Dupuis purposely scheduled emergency GID board meetings at least twice a month for times when citizens would find it difficult to attend, and that the GID, which has owned the TRE water company since December of last year, does not have an approved budget.

Designed to separate the wheat from the chaff in the complaint, the Ethics Commission held a probable cause hearing two weeks ago in Reno. That hearing resulted in the dismissal of all but one of the group’s allegations against Dupuis.

A hearing on the merits of the remaining charge – that Dupuis improperly directed a paving contractor to improve her road before others – is scheduled for Sept. 17.

Dupuis said Friday she is strictly limited in what she can say publicly until the commission finishes its review of the complaint.

“There’s so much gossip about this, it’s terrible,” Dupuis said. “When it’s over, I’ll go over what led up to this.”

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