Grass Valley Advisory Board

Meeting Minutes

Monday, January 27th, 2019

Attending Board MembersBoard members: Sean Burke, Kim Klemish, Tish Barringer and Paul Schlehr.

  1. Meeting Called to Order: 7:02 PM
  2. Pledge of Allegiance.
  3. The November minutes were approved as submitted.
  4. Public Input: Cletus Crawford raised the garbage on the highway again. Saw some guys with a big bag of garbage in the middle of the road. He said there were big boxes and rocks. He picked up what he could off of the road and tossed it over the fence into the neighbor’s yard. Sean said,” your neighbors thank you.” Cletus asked the Sheriff if they could watch out for people dumping their trash. Sheriff Allen responded positively. Cletus also said that he went up and down the road cleaning up trash a month ago. Sean thanked Cletus and mentioned that the church down on the corner is planning a road clean-up on March 7th. Sean asked Sheriff Allen if he could bring out some of the trustees to clean up the sides of the road. Sheriff Allen said he thought he could get a couple of the reserves to bring some out and go up and down the road picking up garbage. Paul Schlehr mentioned he too encountered on VanDiest just south of Youngberg at least 2 bags of garbage and large pieces of styrofoam in the middle of the road. Sheriff Allen said that if anyone comes upon bags of garbage, if they can call the Sheriff’s office right away and one of the deputies can come and pick it up and look for anything baring an address. Mark said he would sit by the cattle guard to call in people bring garbage over the county line. Sheriff Allen said Dan Hill is working on new littering signage. Carol Shank, not speaking for the DA, as he was not present at the meeting, said she was certain the DA would prosecute littering citations because they are having same problems in Lovelock as well as other parts of the county.
  5. Current upcoming Events –Sean brought up the 2002 events for the Community Center. 1) health fair and a voter registration drive from 9:00 a.m. to noon on April 25th, tentatively, depending on hospital’s availability. Pershing GH is going to send some people out to the Community Center to do vital sign checks, information on services they provide and maybe some basic blood draws for basic labs. Pershing General offers low cost labs. Paul said it occurs on the first Friday of the month. They do not accept any insurance.

The Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for June 27, and it starts at 10:00 a.m. Meeting usually runs a couple hours and then the Fire Department provides lunch. Sean said he is cooking this year. Sean said some people have suggested having a disaster drill. He asked Commissioner Shank to help get information on the County’s emergency plan. Commissioner Shank said she wrote it down. Sean mentioned Candidate’s Night in September. No set date yet. There was discussion about how many seats would be open and whether to do it before the primaries. Sean asked what day works best. Paul suggested Saturday the 19th of September for Candidate’s Day. Start time, 1:00 p.m. Tentatively.

Discussion moved to Turkey Bingo. The 20th of November. Sheriff Allen is good with the date as our caller. Kick off at 7:00 p.m. Cletus asked if there was going to be a caucus. There is no Republican caucus and not enough Democrats to have a caucus. Cletus said he had people come to his house to sign forms to recall Sisolak. Discussion on the recall.

  1. Update from Paul Schlehr from discussion at the last County Commissioner meeting: Paul was unable to attend.
  2. Update from County Commissioner: Commissioner Shank advised us that the cattle fence has been completed. They ended up replacing a lot of t-posts because they were rotted out. It was just under $22,000. Sean thanked Commissioner Shank from everybody for finally getting that accomplished after so many years.

The landfill is a big concern with people coming across from Humboldt. DA is aware of the issue and will likely do whatever he can to prosecute citations. Road department has been diligently checking the landfill. Fire department is great, helping with the burning. Road department has also been great keeping up on the roads. Sean said Dan Hill has done an outstanding job out in Grass Valley.

Commissioner Shank said they passed a $.05 diesel tax. That money goes strictly to the county for road repairs. Not a tax on farmers’ fuel. She also mentioned the condition of Grass Valley Road and estimates it will cost $2 million. Can’t promise anything but it is on their radar. Also, at last commissioner’s meeting they passed a resolution to move the business licensing under the purview of the planning and building department. Economic growth: solar farms in Oreana and in Cosgrave area, a huge salmon farm is going in. US Census is coming up it’s important for every single person to fill out.

  1. Sheriff’s Office – Report & update: Sherriff Allen putting up signs to close gates. Citable offense. Almost to full staff. Deputy Rogers living in Grass Valley. Commissioners approve a new 911 system. Text to 911. At next commissioners meeting Sheriff requesting resolution to join the law suit against red flag laws.
  2. Sean gave the update for the Fire Department– there was a small fire in GV, and a car rolled over on Van Deist. Sean gave a presentation about electrical safety.
  3. Guest Speaker – Lacey Donaldson – Clerk Treasurer:In her third term. In the office 18.5 years. Office is responsible for mailing the tax bills after properties have been assessed by the County Assessor. Receives and disburses and invests all county funds. Clerk to various county boards including county commission, regional transportation and the board of equalization. Office issues marriage licenses, minister authorizations and fictitious firm names. Limited indigent services. Voter registrar. Seats open. Early voting for the primary in her office May 23-June 5. Will be in GV May 30 from 10 to 2. Bringing more voting machines this year. Looking for volunteers. There will be absentee ballots. Legislation approving same day registration may make lines longer. Commissioner Shank asked about the new legislation that approves automatic voter registration. Paul asked how many years of non-payment of property taxes before the county can sell it. First year, they’ll put a lien on the property. 2 years after, they take a treasurers deed and can sell it 90 days after that. Had a tax sale last May and brought in $1 million. Split between the county, the school and the hospital. Sean asked how many properties. Lacey said around 150. Still have a lot of lots they couldn’t sell.
  4. Public Input – Shank announced on the 9th of February at Lovelock Community Center they were having the Lincoln Day Breakfast. Amodei-speaker. Hoping Adam Laxalt can come. Ira and Alexis Hanson will be there.

Paul found a free publication Soil health and other helpful articles. Recognized representative from the Silver Sage Grange. Meets every third Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

  1. Sean reiterated the importance of displaying your house numbers. The meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.

Submitted By:


Leticia Barringer