Humboldt County Commission in brief —

On July 8, 2019, the Humboldt County Commissioners approved the following agenda items: 

• Approved a Set to Public Hearing for RH 19-04, a rezone application submitted by Ross and Dorothy Zimmerman to change the C (Commercial) zoning designation to RR-2.5 (Rural Ranchette 2.5 acre minimum lot size) on property located at 4540 Debra Lane; Assessor's parcel number 13-0043-32.

• Approved a Set to Public Hearing regarding a nuisance complaint filed on May 1, 2019 against property owned by Elizabeth Fretwell and located at 5460 Weatherby Drive; Assessor’s Parcel Number06-0245-10.

• Approved a Request by the property owner for extension of time for nuisance abatement on property located at Grass Valley Ranchos #3, Assessor’s Parcel Number 14-0244-03: Said order of abatement was entered by the Board of Commissioners on Monday, May 6, 2019 based on an agreement from property owner Maria Lopez to complete the clean-up of the property by June 30th. The Commission agreed to extend the time until July 31, 2019.

• Approved a Letter of Support for Hycroft Phase II Expansion Project. The letter of support approves the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Hycroft Mines Phase II Mine Expansion. The expansion could triple the current workforce at the mine due to the successful heap leach oxidation process that has been refined.

• Approved a Request from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office to waiver the attrition policy for an Administrative Clerk I, II, III position to fill the recently vacated front office position. The Commission also approved a request to waiver the attrition policy for Deputy Sheriff position in the Patrol Division.

• Approved the extension of Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Maintenance and Support agreement with Idemia Identity & Security USA L.L.C. for the period 5/17/19 through 5/16/20 per the Terms and Conditions as stated in the policy.

• Approved the drafting of a resolution to address the County’s position regarding certain firearms bills passed during the Nevada State legislature’s 2019 session.

• Approved the Pleasant Senior Center’s request to provide a grant of $3,443.78 to be applied to the cost of fire code review fees for the Phase 3 Senior Center Expansion.

• Approved the Pleasant Senior Center’s request to draw-down funds totaling $18,090, a reduction of $4,000 due to additional funds that came available from NDOT.

• Adopted the Business Impact Statement for the 911 Surcharge increase with a finding, based on staff’s recommendation, that the proposed surcharge increase does not impose a significant economic burden on a business; nor does the proposed fee directly restrict the formation, operation or expansion of a business. 

As proposed, the 911 Surcharge would be increased by $0.75 to $1.00 per month for each customer access line to the local exchange of a telecommunications provider, increased by $0.75 to $1.00 per month for each telephone number assigned to a customer of mobile telephone service, and increased by $7.50 to $10 per month for each customer trunk line to the local exchange of a telecommunications provider.

• Approved the appointment of Don Kalkoskie as the new Public Works Director for Humboldt County.

• Approved a Resolution to modify the Television Tax or Service Charge for the Denio Service area.

• Approved a request from County Manager Dave Mendiola to consider a plan to provide equipment and software to provide off site disaster recovery system for the county Information Technology infrastructure to insure full redundancy in an amount not to exceed $99,000 in year one and $145,000 over 5-years depending on the vendor selected.

• Approved the City of Winnemucca’s request to amend the FY 2019-20 City/County Shared Cost Agreement Airport Expansion budget for this year’s Airport Capital Improvement Project from $60,017 to $72,873 local match for each entity as a result of a higher than anticipated lowest construction bid received.

• Approved a letter of support to the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners encouraging the Board to expedite the application for licensure of Dr. Gordon Graham, OB/GYN, to begin practicing in Winnemucca as soon as possible.

• Approved to accept a grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) for $13,750 to conduct a feasibility study for a hemp processing facility in Humboldt County as part of the ongoing economic development efforts.

• Approved to make a motion to adopt a resolution to place Suicide Prevention decals on all county vehicles as part of the community effort to prevent suicides in Humboldt County.

The Commission listened to the following presentations:

• Sheriff Mike Allen presented Humboldt County resident Brian Williams with a Recognition of Appreciation and Officials Medal for his actions in helping our deputies locate 3 young adults who were lost in Thomas Canyon during a snowstorm on January 20, 2019. Sheriff Allen presented Sergeant Dave Milton the Samaritan Medal for his humanitarian efforts to assist residents affected by hurricanes in Texas and wildland fires in California; Sheriff Allen also presented Deputy Angel Cardenas with the Samaritan Medal for his efforts in funding, purchasing, and delivering meals for more than 20 families in need during the holidays.

• Sheriff Mike Allen present the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office annual report. 

• First reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 8.44 of the Humboldt County Code by modifying the permissible maximum 911 telephone line surcharge from $0.25 to $1.00 per month for each access line and telephone number and from $2.50 to $10.00 per month for each customer trunk line, and other matters properly related to amending the ordinance.

• Jeff Knight, Nevada Department of Agriculture entomologist gave an update on Mormon Cricket issues.