Commissioners approve election agreement with city

Churchill County commissioners approved community support funding for the Stillwater Community Center Association. From left are Commissioner Justin Heath; Courtney Dahl, president of the Stillwater Community Center Association; longtime Stillwater resident Ted de Braga; and commission Chairman Pete Olsen.

Churchill County commissioners approved community support funding for the Stillwater Community Center Association. From left are Commissioner Justin Heath; Courtney Dahl, president of the Stillwater Community Center Association; longtime Stillwater resident Ted de Braga; and commission Chairman Pete Olsen.

Churchill County commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with the city of Fallon at their March 3 meeting to enter into a cooperative agreement for elections services by holding joint elections cooperatively.
The Nevada Legislature in 2021 voted to have cities elect their representatives at the same time of county and statewide elections. According to the agreement, the city and county will hold a joint election for the convenience of local voters. The practice has been approved by the Nevada Secretary of State, and other city and county governments have conducted joint voting.
The agreement calls for the primary responsibility of conducting the election be held by the Churchill County clerk with the city assisting where possible. The city will perform its own duties as required by law.
Commissioners had a variety of agenda items to discuss and take action at their last meeting. They began the meeting by approving community support funding for $1,063 for the Stillwater Community Center Association.


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The Stillwater School was built in 1918, and the last class attended the school in 1956.

 


Courtney Dahl, president of the Stillwater Community Center Association, and Ted de Braga appeared before commissioners to seek the funding. According to de Braga, the school was built in 1918, and he graduated as an eight-grader from Stillwater in 1952; however, the school closed to students in the 1950s.
The Churchill County Museum described the school’s history as follows: “Stillwater School District was established as early as 1872, although the exact location of the first Stillwater Schoolhouse is unclear. The grammar school that is located at 11417 Stillwater Road was completed in February of 1918. It was designed by William Mallis with two classrooms, one for grades 1-4 and one for 5-8. This school is structurally similar to the one built in Hazen the same year. The Stillwater school held graduations until 1956.”
Commissioner Justin Heath visited the school and said the Stillwater association is maintaining the structure “very well.”
“This is something we can help with,” Commission Chairman Pete Olsen added.
Commissioners also took action on the following at their March 3 meeting:
• Approved a Parcel Map Application by Hiatt Land & Development Co., for property located at 2880 Enterprise Way, which is near the city’s transfer station east of Fallon.
• Approved PERS to renew the certification of the Emergency Manager position for Churchill County as a Critical Labor Shortage Position. Human Resources Director said the emergency manager works 19 hours a week, and he holds a critical needs position. Commissioners approved a request from Sue Sevon, District Court Administrator and Clerk of Court was granted to participate in the Churchill County’s Retirement Incentive Plan that resulted in $6,600 for PERS credit. Sevon will retire in June.
• Commissioners approved a number of items presented by Shannon Ernst, director of Churchill County Social Services.
Ratified the Notice of Subaward from the State of Nevada, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, to Churchill County Social Services for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023. The amount totals to more than $2 million.
Approved a Notice of Subaward from the State of Nevada, Aging and Disability Services Division for Fiscal Year 2022 for $19,176 for the provision of domestically produced food purchases per Title III-C provisions and $70,238.79 for capital improvements and equipment purchases.
Ratified contracts between Burney's Commercial Service to provide the William N. Pennington Life Center kitchen and dining room equipment maintenance biannually at a cost of $2,150 per year and with All Valley Home Care to provide Homemaker Program services for eligible participants at the Life Center for Fiscal Year 2022. Also approved were authorizations to apply for USDA Rural Development Grant funding to support the purchase of a Meals on Wheels vehicle with the necessary equipment and to support the purchase of two vehicles for outreach services.
• Commissioners also approved funding between the State of Nevada, Department of Public and Behavioral Health, and Churchill County Social Services for $266,923 for the implementation and certification of the satellite Nevada State Lab; adopted a resolution declaring certain equipment of the Fallon Churchill Fire Department as surplus property.
•The commissioner approved a construction contract to Rapid Construction, Inc. for $1.059 million for the installation of a water line from the redundant well to the Sand Creek Water Treatment Plant.
Chris Spross, Public Works director, said the county received three bids.
“I’m happy with the results we got,” he said.
• Commissioners discussed submitted budget requests from various county departments with direction being given to the Churchill County Comptroller on those budget requests for the fiscal year 2022-2023 tentative budget.

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