Churchill County Commissioners designated at their last meeting their top priority for development to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Two projects and one sponsorship were presented at the commission’s last meeting earlier this month. The board was required to review, rank and determine which projects to submit. After a short discussion, the commissioners will submit the Churchill County Civic Center Recreational Complex that comes with a $1.61 million price tag.
Commissioners unanimously selected the recreational complex.
The other project was for the Cottage School renovation project for $98,400 and the sponsorship for a Central Nevada Health District equipment purchase for $375,760.
The submission of the recreational complex comes a little more than four months after the completion of the Rafter 3C Complex at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.
In addition to the 75,000 square-foot complex, other amenities include a 35,000 square-foot concourse for event use and 700 parking spaces.
Since late May, the Rafter 3C arena has hosted a number of rodeo events and concerts. Recently, The Fastest Gun Alive – World Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw conducted its annual event at the facility.
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Temporary horse stalls have been constructed at the eastern edge of an RV park being constructed by Churchill County.
The county said providing 300 additional recreational vehicle (RV) spaces will support tourism and also will help address the need for additional hotel space in the Fallon area.
County Manager Jim Barbee said funding has already been procured for 60 spaces, and it’s hope that the complex will ready for use in early 2023. He said the completion would coincide with the annual Fallon All-Breeds Bull Sale which will be held during the second weekend in February at the Rafter 3C.
Furthermore, contestants, entertainers, audiences, tourists and other visitors to Churchill County will be able to use their RVs for temporary housing.
Barbee said temporary horse stalls have been constructed at the eastern perimeter of the RV park.
The project overview also calls for the following:
“The RV parking spaces will be built adjacent to the 3C Complex, which include the fairgrounds and serve as the recreational focal point of the county. In addition to the newly-developed 3C Complex, Churchill County also provides a great diversity of recreational opportunities available in the immediate area for both residents and visitors. These include sight-seeing, swimming, boating, birding, bicycling, picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, rockhounding, organized sports, as well as many other options.”
Furthermore, the county said the 300-space RV park will be located near the Trails Across Churchill County bicycle route and south of the Rafter 3C arena. According to the background information, “each RV space will have access to potable water and 50 amp electrical service through individual pedestal connections and each RV space will be accessible through a delineated gravel road network as shown on the attached plan.”
In other action, commissioners approved the following:
• An award between Churchill County Social Services and the State of Nevada, Department of Public and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Program for $280,831 to provide COVID response to schools.
• A funding agreement between Churchill County Social Services and Nevada Arts Council for $7,000 to provide an art project to participants at the William N. Pennington Life Center.
• A funding agreement between Churchill County Social Services and the State of Nevada, Housing Division, for Welfare Set-Aside funding for Fiscal Year 2023 for $8,551.22.
• A funding agreement between Churchill County Social Services and the State of Nevada, Aging and Disabilities Services Division, for Fiscal Year 2023 for $119,600 to support the Homemaker Program.
• A funding agreement between Churchill County Social Services and the State of Nevada, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, for Fiscal Year 2023 for $25,000 to support the jail diversion program, Forensic Assessment Services Triage Team (FASTT).
• A lease agreement between Churchill County and Sandra Burrell, an independent hairdresser, at the William N. Pennington Life Center for Fiscal Year 2023.
• A funding agreement between Churchill County Social Services and State of Nevada, Grants Management Unit, for Family Resource Center funding for Fiscal Year 2023 for $26,442.