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March 12, 2004


Board adjusts to life without Rick Ewing


The Pahrump Town Board started Tuesday's meeting by shifting seats to fill a void created from the sudden resignation of former Chairman Rick Ewing March 5.

Vice Chairwoman Paula Glidden announced Ewing's departure to the audience and stated that she would be replacing him.

During the brief meeting it was decided Larry Beller and Ann Silver of Beller and Associates would soon offer their management expertise to town staff.

There are a series of services that Beller and Silver could provide the town without an extra cost added to the firm's current professional services contract with the town.

Part of the services offered involves activity training. Staff would be able to take management and supervisor courses to enhance their training.

Glidden agreed the issues Beller and Associates could offer aid in "are needed in our town."

Problem-solving courses are also available. The session would deal with ways to solve questions that can occur in the workplace, such as inappropriate behavior. "The questions run the full gamut."

This type of service would be a long-term program. According to Beller, reviewing each issue "would take place over a period of several months."

Beller suggested the board members meet with Town Manager Dave Richards and other town administrators for evaluations. Although it would be time consuming, it was also suggested by Beller to hold a public session for the community, as "it would tend to bring cohesiveness." Silver would be the consultant for evaluation.

Beller made it clear that his business doesn't have authority in Pahrump, but is merely a tool for development. "As a charm service, we do not substitute for human resources."

Board members appeared willing to commit to the training. "I certainly don't mind giving a couple more hours and having things set in an atmosphere," board member Charlotte LeVar said.

Beller and Associates started business in July 1997 with 45 agencies and have branched out to more than double the firm's original size. Payment for the firm's services is covered under the town's insurance plan.

In other town board news:

• The board made a motion to approve giving the remaining fairgrounds money, $255,000, that came out of the room tax fund for phase one of the fairground development. The funding will cover the basic development of setting up and grating the roads.

The board requested that they receive quarterly reports regarding the development process before unanimously passing the motion.

"We can't get anything done if something isn't started," Glidden said.

• Sunny Vasquez, chairman of the social powwow committee, presented the town of Pahrump with a plaque and a check for $255. The plaque was to honor the town for its support and contribution.

• The board approved two members to join the Nye County Impact Advisory Board and county commissioners' trip to Carlsbad, N.M., June 25 - 27.

In last month's meeting, the board had approved to become Carlsbad's sister city in connection with the Yucca Mountain Project.

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