The Virgin Valley Water District (VVWD) Board of Directors discussed the idea of changing how its members are selected, and now the Mesquite City Council will begin its own discussion of the idea at its Technical Review meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
A City Councilman has been appointed by the Mesquite Mayor to sit on the VVWD Board since its inception in 1993, representing City interests. Currently, Councilman Karl Gustaveson fills that appointment. Two other board members are elected at large by Mesquite voters.
One VVWD Board member is elected by voters in Bunkerville with another appointed by the Town Board.
The proposal calls for all five VVWD Board members to be elected; three from Mesquite, two from Bunkerville. Any changes must be approved by the Nevada State Legislature which convenes its next session in January 2013.
The issue was tabled at the Water District Board meeting, Aug 8, with Rich Bowler, the appointed Bunkerville representative, requesting he be given time to take the issue to the Town Board and seek their recommendation.
Gustaveson agreed, saying "We also need to have more public input before we do this." he added.
Warren Hardy, a legislative consultant for both the City of Mesquite and the Water Board will be tasked to work on the issue during the upcoming State Legislative Session. He asked the Water Board Directors to give him firmer direction by early September about what they wanted so he can have a bill scheduled through an elected representative.
The background material for the Technical Review agenda item says that "the City of Mesquite supports this request" and provides a draft resolution for the councilors to approve at its Council meeting on Aug. 28.
The Tech Review agenda also contains an amendment to City ordinances
requiring a delinquent minor, the child's parent or guardian, or both, to provide restitution to a victim of an unlawful act committed by the child. The proposed change updates the ordinance to reflect current state law.
Consideration for approval of an Interlocal contract with Clark County for Community Development Block Grant funds totaling $173,961 is also on the Technical Review agenda. The grant money will go towards improvements in the City's recreational parks.
Staff is asking the Council to approve a "Sidewalk Enhancement Project" at the Mesquite Sports and Event Center (MSEC) that will remove the decomposed granite on the south side of the upper west field and install pavers and concrete to match the existing stamped concrete design on the site. Since the MSEC was built in 2008, there have been numerous instances of rain and wind blowing the granite fill onto the nearby synthetic turf causing contamination and deterioration of the surface.
The councilors will review a bid from Las Vegas Paving worth $1.2 million for Phase I of an Arterial and Collector Street Reconstruction project. The company was the lowest bidder out of three companies for the project that will include the following streets: North and South Willow, North and South Yucca, E. Hafen Lane, Palm Street, First South Street, Thistle Street, Second South Street, Arrowhead Lane, Marilyn Parkway, Mesquite Heights Road, and Pioneer Boulevard.
The Regional Transportation Commission will reimburse the City $656,971 for the project.
The Technical Review meeting is an opportunity for the Councilmen and Mayor to ask City Staff questions about upcoming agenda items without deliberations or making decisions. The meeting begins at 1:30 pm in the second floor training room at City Hall and is open to the public.