Employee Assoc. suit over golf course dismissed. | NevadaAppeal.com

Employee Assoc. suit over golf course dismissed.

Rex Bovee

A court challenge to the city transfer of Eagle Valley Golf operations to a non-profit corporation died a quiet death last year.

The Carson City Employee Association had challenged the change, saying state laws prevented the city from transferring golf-course employees to other city positions and the golf-course operation to a private corporation.

The association took the case to First Judicial District Court, but Judge Michael Griffin said in September 1997 the challenge had to go to the state Employee Relations Management Board.

The board ruled the city had the discretion to decide what services to provide and how to provide them.

The seven golf-course employees were transferred to other city positions and retained their pay rates, seniority and benefits. The employee association had challenged the city’s moves because it represented a decrease in the number of city job positions.

The association challenged the state board’s ruling, filing a notice of appeal in Griffin’s court in April 1998. But the association did not follow up with the supporting documentation. The Nevada Attorney General’s Office, representing the relations board, asked the appeal be dismissed and Griffin did so in mid-September.

The employee association could have appealed that dismissal to the Nevada Supreme Court within 30 days, but no such appeal was filed, according to Carson City Deputy District Attorney Mark Forsberg.

Association attorney Michael Langton did not respond to a request for a comment.