Meeting Minutes

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Attending Board MembersBoard members: Sean Burke, Tish Barringer Paul Schler and Linda Workman.

  1. Meeting Called to Order: 7:00 PM
  2. Pledge of Allegiance.
  3. The June, 29 2020 minutes were approved as submitted.
  4. Public Input:  A question was asked about the large piles of gravel that can be found at Good Choice Rd. and Elbow. Sean responded that it’s for chip sealing the roads. 

Sean pointed out some flyers on the back table from animal control. They will be offering free micro-chipping for your cat or your dog. At Imlay on August 31st and at the Grass Valley Community Center, on September 14.  It will be free.  County has approved funding for a second animal control officer.  

Paul commented that the roads look good.   

  • 2020 upcoming Events – Recap events for 2020. At the last meeting we had discussed having the Town Hall Meeting/Candidates Meet and Greet on September 26th. At the last Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners did agree to be available on that date.  Need to contact candidates.  The fire department will provide food. 
  • Update from Paul Schlehr from discussion at the last County Commissioner meeting: Paul  listened by Zoom, didn’t hear any mention of Grass Valley, so nothing to report.
  • Update from County Commissioner:  Commissioner Shank – road crew working hard in Grass Valley. There are 13 COVID cases, county was at zero for a long time.  People are moving around a lot more and coming in contact more with people. Sean – 13 total positive tests in the county since the beginning.  There’s only one person with symptoms, so really only one person.  More discussion followed about the statistics and the real numbers of COVID cases. 
  • Sheriff’s Office – Report & update: Sherriff Allen didn’t have much other than if anyone knows of any good applicants, that want to be deputy sheriffs or dispatch, he has three deputy positions. By April will have 2 more dispatch positions and in December, will have an admin position open. Age requirement for deputy is at least 21, dispatch at least eighteen. Drug tested and finger printed.  All applicants, unless they are a lateral move, have to complete the academy within one year. Reserves have to complete a shortened version, but almost the same. 

Burning Man cancelled but there are still expected twenty to thirty thousand people out on the Playa. Social media indicates they may be racing up and down Mad Max style, shooting things and blowing things up, so Sheriff will have to have a presence out there anyway. BLM will be out there. 

  • Sean gave the update for the Fire Department – Sean reminded everyone that we are in a red flag warning. We’re at the height of danger for wildland fire season.  We’ve had a number of fires around.  Fire department also recruiting. 
  • Guest Speaker – Heidi Lusby w/Pershing County Economic Development Authority:  Executive Director. Within the last year and a half, they’ve been getting more people interested in Pershing County.  Got a $600,000 Brownsfield grant from the EPA for Phase and One and Phase Two assessments for property and the companies going in don’t have to pay for it. 

Build Nevada construction courses. Students will come out with OSHA ten card, will learn basic blueprint reading, basic construction, will see and use tools.  Set up in trailers so the instructor can take it out to different areas like Lovelock, the community center, McDermitt, and others. Students will get the training and be ready for work upon completion and it won’t cost them anything. 

Looking into high speed internet and working on applying for a grant.

  1. Public Input – Paul is a member of Big Meadows Conservation District. Considering setting a program where wells can be checked for the depth and be tracked for a period of time.  May also take a water sample and have it tested for contaminants.  Tish brought up the problem with the beer bottles all over the road. 
  2. Adjournment. 

Submitted by,

Tish Barringer