Voters overwhelmingly choose Gardnerville Ranchos |

Voters overwhelmingly choose Gardnerville Ranchos

by Merrie Leininger

The voters have spoken.

An attempt to drop the Gardnerville from the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District name was met by general opposition Monday as 185 of the 358 people who voted cast their ballot for no change.

“I think the people have spoken and that’s the way its going to be. It’s pretty overwhelming when over half the voters say the same thing,” said board member Victor Hyden.

The numbers will have to be confirmed this week by district Manager Bob Spellberg, who will double check only those registered voters who live in the Ranchos cast ballots.

Other choices for the name, which were suggested by Ranchos residents, received the following votes:

Ranchos, 87

Sierra View, 46

Mountain View, 22

Sierra Vista, 18

Spellberg said the voters were steady Saturday and Monday, although he was hoping for a few more.

“I was hoping for a minimum of 500, but it’s still a pretty good (turnout). I’m not sure how many registered voters there are in the Ranchos. I still have to confirm the votes, but Gardnerville Ranchos would have to lose over 100 votes before it would lose,” he said.

After the votes are confirmed, the board of trustees will hear the results at the June 2 meeting.

Board president Bruce Nystrom said the outcome of the vote didn’t surprise him.

“The general pulse was, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So, it ends up as an exercise in futility. It really just began as one of the board members didn’t want to have Gardnerville in the name anymore and we said instead of dropping it arbitrarily without the constituents, to let them vote on what they want to do. And, I’m glad we did because they obviously didn’t want to change it,” Nystrom said. “I’m pleased with the outcome and glad we can put this to bed now.”