Storey to hear draft of toll road ordinance today
Appeal Staff Writer
A draft ordinance creating a toll road for Six Mile Canyon Road will be debated today by Storey County commissioners.
The road itself is still closed following damage from the New Year’s weekend flood.
“We’re not finished with it yet,” said Richard Bacus, Storey County Public Works director. “They’ve got the ordinance coming up tomorrow. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the commissioners’ office.”
In May, the county commissioners approved a resolution directing District Attorney Harold Swafford to write an ordinance creating a pass system for those using the road.
The two-lane street between Dayton and Virginia City through Six Mile Canyon is heavily used by Lyon County residents commuting to Reno.
According to the original plan put forward by county officials, drivers caught on the road without the proper permit would be subject to a fine, and anyone caught committing a moving violation on the road could lose their sticker.
The May action also allowed for $150,000 from the county’s general fund to be spent on road repair.
Storey County Commissioner Greg “Bum” Hess, said he hasn’t seen the draft ordinance yet, but he has long supported a toll for Six Mile Canyon Road.
Some in Dayton think if there is a toll, the road won’t be used much.
“I don’t think anyone will use it if it’s a toll road,” said Bob Wall, owner of the East 50 Bar in Dayton. “I think they’ll spend money paying someone to take tolls. The county won’t make any money.
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If you go
WHAT: Storey County Commission meeting
WHEN: 2 p.m. today
WHERE: Storey County Courthouse, B Street, Virginia City