Grass Valley Advisory Board
Monday, October 28th, 2019
Attending Board Members: Board members: Sean Burke, Linda Workman, Kim Klemish, Tish Barringer & Paul Schlehr.
- Meeting Called to Order: 7:00 PM
- Pledge of Allegiance.
- The September minutes were approved as submitted.
- Public Input: Roger asked about burning season and burn barrels. Please call dispatch if you are burning anything besides burn barrels. Roger also said that since we have not had the goats out for a while please make sure you are careful with the fire fuel we have here in the valley. Sean followed up that we do have a lot of fire fuel that is still flammable. Also if you have burn barrels please try to have 30’ of clear space and a metal grate over the barrel to keep the sparks in. The cattle guard and Grass Valley road is in bad condition as far as the road itself and the weeds along side of it. Sean said that the road has been brought to the Commissioners attention and is being discussed.
- Current upcoming Events – Turkey Bingo is Friday November 22nd at 7PM. Future Events – Town Hall Meeting with the County Commissioners will be in the Spring March/April 2020. Please let any of the Board Members know of any new ideas for events.
- Update from Paul Schlehr from discussion at the last County Commissioner meeting: Paul said there was discussion about the zip code that we are trying to get for our area as it’s a lengthy process. Roger asked about the zip code change and how it would affect the delivery of the mail. Sean stated that Commissioner Rackley has been working on getting a contractor for the cattle free fencing.
- Update from County Commissioner: Commissioner McDougal brought up that they are looking at the levels of the fines for littering in the area. He also said that citizens are not securing their loads as they are going to the dump and signage is being considered for this as well. Mr. McDougal also brought up how they publish the agenda for the Commissioner meetings. It does not go into the Review Miner for the following reasons: Cost & timeframe, as they have their agenda items open until the last day so they can accommodate as much on the agenda as possible. Mr. McDougal brought up the lighting for the Community Center is very dim in the night. He is going to see if they can put in brighter lighting. Sean stated that the existing lighting was installed by a volunteer. Mr. McDougal said that he is going to check on the budget for the Community Center and see where the building maintenance is at and if need be the lighting and signage can be included on the next budget. Paul brought up the posting of the meeting minutes being posted and when. Kim stated that they are online and Sean said that he gets a hard copy and will have them available.
- Sheriff’s Office – Report & update: Deputy Nicholson is present as the Sherriff is working the jail. Sean asked about the replacement for Deputy Reed and coverage for the area. Deputy Nicholson, not speaking for the Sherriff, said they are looking for more deputies. Mr. McDougal said that the shortage is Statewide, unfortunately. Sean updated that the fire dept is fully staffed and is doing well & the County is going to fund a new truck for the fire departments in Pershing County within the next few years.
- Guest Speaker – Tina Burke: Gave a presentation on pet care 101. Also spoke about a Veterinary Technician position and the classes involved. Also spoke about pet wellness exams and the importance of vaccinations for your pets. Tina spoke about micro chipping and spay/neutering as well. Tina also spoke about the diets for your pets and to look for the American Animal Food Control Officials (AAFCO) on the pet food bag, as they actually test the food. Also please don’t over feed your pet. Also, pay attention to your pet’s teeth & gums for the plaque and tartar build up. Tina had handouts for pets well being available. Deputy Nicholson asked that we keep track of our paperwork form the vet as that is super important if there is a problem.
- Public Input – A resident asked about the cost of the cattle free fencing and if it’s going to be a burden to the county he would like to fight that as he thought it was a responsibility by the BLM & also asked Deputy Nicholson about the Red Flag Law. He also asked about getting the prisoners out here to pick up the trash. Sean advised that we have looked into the NDF crew and its thousands of dollars. Sean also said that Judge Stevens does send detainees out in the area for work credits when possible. Deputy Nicholson said that he cannot speak on behalf of the Sherriff and did say that he was not coming door to door for any ones guns. It was stated that the Sheriff spoke about this at the last meeting which brought up that the minutes from the GVAB should be posted. Sean did state that the GVAB minutes are posted on the Grass Valley website and a hard copy is available at the meetings if needed. Roger spoke about the cattle free fencing and some of the history of the cattle and damages etc. Commissioner McDougal said that he cannot speak about the responsibility without seeking the advise form the legal council and that the County has taken on the responsibility to repair the fencing. Bryce Shields, our Pershing County DA, spoke about the cattle and the fencing and that the cattle owner is responsible for damages as they cannot let their cattle come in regardless of the fencing. There is a small assessment in place at this time. If residents want the assessment increased then that is something they would have to go to the Commissioners to have increased. Bryce also spoke about the comments about the fencing being BLM and that information is contrary to the information that he has and is willing to go through information if needed. There are sections that the BLM is responsible as well as areas that the county was gifted and is repairing. Our Sheriff does not have a way to pick up cattle in the cattle free area, so they call the owner and usually the owner comes out and gets the cattle. The County is in the process of repairing what needs to be done.
- Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM and please display your house numbers!
Secretary, Grass Valley Advisory Board