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Letters to the Editor for July 24

Rider Aubrie Robards gives a thumbs-up to the Kids and Horses program and the Lion's Club. The club will be hosting a fundraiser for the Kids and Horses program on Aug. 1. Pictured are, from left, Lion's Club members Bill Pifer and David Caylor. Kids and Horses volunteer Megan Crandall, physical therapist Erin Vaillan, occupational therapist Amy Schelert and horse handler Dave Thomas.
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Pay plan’s impact on spending


At the July 1 Minden Town Board Meeting, the county presented the results of the Douglas County Employee Compensation Study as conducted by Pontifex Consulting Group, LLC.

Per the county manager the study was conducted to insure the county would be in a fairly competitive position when seeking new employees.

In perusing the Douglas County Pay Plan I noticed the town manager – Gardnerville and town manager – Minden were in Pay Grade D1 with an annual max of $119,758. I do not have a problem with this but also in this pay grade are the following positions:

Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Director Human Resources, Director Juvenile Services, Emergency Communications Director, Library Director, Court Administrator.

I wonder how many of these positions have similar financial and personnel responsibilities to that of the two town managers?

Just what does go into determining a position’s pay?

In the case of a library director one would think it might largely depend on the local population but a check of http://www.transparentnevada.com (an interesting website) provides the following:

Library Director

Location Population Base Pay (2014)

Washoe 421,407 $123,698.03

Carson 55,274 $81,137.11

Douglas 46,997 $96,499.68*

*now $119,758 max

This might help explain why there were candidates from Colorado, Ohio, Kansas and Wisconsin seeking the past vacancy of the Library Director Douglas County.

The monies being spent under the Douglas County Pay Plan are taxpayer’s monies and they make up a major portion of the county’s budget.

It is important that the taxpayers think about the impact the pay plan may have on other county spending (infrastructure, etc.) and possible future tax problems.

Sanford E. Deyo


Thanks for the support


On behalf of the 1-26 Association, I would like to thank “Team Minden” (Minden-Tahoe Airport, SoaringNV, Minden Soaring Club) for sponsoring and supporting our recent 1-26 Championships soaring event.

Special thanks to Alan Coombs for coordinating retrieves; Reba Coombs for managing the contest; Mike Harbison for supervising ground operations; Laurie Harden for sharing her hangar and providing an excellent barbecue; Mike Kuenzi for leading glider operations; Mike Moore for coordinating our tow pilots; Phil Plane for providing daily weather briefings and Bobbi Thompson (Airport Manager) for overall support including event T-shirts and trophies. Thanks to everyone who helped, including those not listed here.

Gary B. Swift

1-26 Association Western Division Vice President