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New jail plans move forward

Christine Kuklica
NDOT informed the commissioners of its proposed projects for Churchill County; although the commissioners agreed with the projects, they stressed the importance for NDOT to look into the dangers of the intersection at Sheckler Cut Off and both U.S.Highways 50 and 95.
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The Churchill County Commissioners approved at their Thursday morning meeting on a Construction Manager at Risk company.

County Manager Eleanor Lockwood said the county received five applications for the position but only three companies stood out to the committee; Sletten Construction, Core Construction and Clark/Sullivan Construction.

She said at a previous meeting the commissioners created a panel to review and rank proposals submitted by construction companies who were seeking to be the county CMAR for the detention center project.

The criteria that was consider for the companies included: Company expertise, performance and safety records; key personnel, strength on project team, history on similar projects; managing CMAR projects, approach, planning, subcontractor bidding and selection, plan for managing and project closeout; bidder’s preference.

Lockwood said the committee used those criteria to narrow the selection to the three candidates. Interviews with the three companies were held on June 24 and allowed the companies to make a 20-minute presentation followed by a question and answer period. After the companies completed the interview, the committee weighed and ranked the firms in order to choose one for the project.

Sletten was ranked highest for the following reasons: The team for the project is designated for detention-type projects, has worked on a significant number of detention center projects in Nevada, has done significant number of CMAR projects, is a design specialist, provides feedback and ideas for the detention center, tries to recruit subcontractors from Fallon, etc.

Lockwood said based on the information brought from the committee it was clear that Sletten was the right company for the job.

Commissioner Bus Scharmann said he has worked with Core Construction in the past and has had a great experience with them. He said the one thing he wanted with finding a CMAR is that the process was fair and thorough and he believes the committee followed through.

“It’s an exciting moment moving forward with these plans,” Scharmann said. “It’s been something that we’ve discussed for many years and it’s great to see it happening.”

Other items the commissioners approved or discussed include the following:

Approved appointment Dr. Tedd McDonald as the Churchill County Health Officer for a two-year term, and approval of the contract with him.

Approved grant from the State of Nevada Division of Housing funds awarded to Churchill County for the provision of Tenant Based Rental Assistance.

Approved the Churchill County Debt Management Policy.

Approved funding for the Fallon Ranch Hand Rodeo in the amount of $1,000 for fiscal year 2016 for advertising expenses a presentation within four months following the event.

Approved resolution 19-2015 which recognizes the changes made by the Nevada Legislature to salaries of elected county officials through SB482 and adjusting the salaries of the justice of the peace and captains of the sheriff’s department to be commensurate with those legislative changes and approve the salary scale for the position of chief deputy district attorney.

Approved the 2016 work program provided by Nevada Department of Transportation.

Approved resolution 18-2015 the certification of the combined tax rate for the levy of taxes beginning July 1 as certified by the Nevada Tax Commission.

Approved the increase of NV Energy’s Franchise Fee to 3 percent in addition to the school fund deposit of 2 percent net profits.

Approved the budget transfer as submitted.

Approved the letter regarding the governor’s 60-Day Consistency Review of the Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and final environmental impact statement.

Approved appointment of Eric Clifford and Peggy Hughes for three-years on the Churchill County Advisory Board to manage wildlife, from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2018.

Approved re-appointment of Gwen Washburn to serve a three-year term on the Churchill County Sending Site Review Committee, from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2018.

Approved increase of petty cash from $60 to $77.90 for the Churchill County Library.

Approved transfers as approved by the Regional Transport Commission.

Approved proposed contract with architect Frank Woodliff III for design services in connection with the proposed Senior Center.

Approved fiscal year 2015 federal PILT and apportionment to the various funds.