Previous GAC Minutes
Government Affairs Committee
of the Elko Area Chamber
May 8, 2017
 
Meeting was called to order by George Kleeb at 12:03
 
Introductions
 
Reports:
I.    City/Community
       a.) City of Elko- Curtis Calder reported on a few of the Elko City Council 05/09/17 meeting agenda items, including the following:
      -Sanitary bid for the Elko Sports Complex.
      -Flag View/Ruby Vista sidewalk project is complete.
      -Possibility of selling the old communications tower on the old police station.
      -Centennial Tower project will be completed by late summer or early fall.
      -Upcoming Wine Walk street closure.
      -Demolition of the old police station, asking for reaffirmation.
 
       b.) City of Carlin- No report
 
c.) Spring Creek Association-Report was sent via e-mail
-Horse Palace design study follow up
-ATV issues
-Weed Management
II.    County
       a.) Elko County School District- No report
       b.) Elko County- No report
 
III.) Great Basin College- George Kleeb reported on the following item:
        -New GBC president was elected. She is very community minded and everyone is very excited for her to start.
 
IV.) Northeastern NV Regional Hospital- Steve Burrows reported that:
       -Dr. Pullins was going to be leaving Pinion Rd. Orthopedics and they were hoping to fill the new position quickly.
       -They would be using local resources to find new doctors, instead of corporate out of towners.
       -Hospital/Nurses week was approaching and they were going to be celebrating it.
       -They finally have a new HR director, which they are all very happy about.
       -Their centennial boot is complete. It had 265 baby photos on it, with the oldest dating back to 1889!
 
V.) NNRDA- Pam Borda reported that they co-hosted the Canadian delegation, and they had some great meetings. Economic Development Advisory’s contract with the state is due this week for the next two year’s funding.
VI.) Elko Area Chamber- Billie Crapo reported on the upcoming various chamber events.
 
VII.) Public Comment Period-
VIII.) Adjourned at 12:28 pm
 
Members in Attendance:
George Kleeb                                                                   Amber Fox
Melissa McJunkin                                                           Curtis Calder              
Pam Borda                                                                       Steve Burrows
Billie Crapo                                                                       Dennis Parker
               
Respectfully submitted by: Melissa McJunkin     

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​Government Affairs Committee
of the Elko Area Chamber
April 10, 2017
 
Meeting was called to order by George Kleeb at 12:05
 
Introductions
 
Reports:
I.    City/Community
       a.) City of Elko- Curtis Calder reported on a few of the Elko City Council 03/14/17 meeting agenda items, including the following:
      -Review, consideration, and possible approval of the Airport Manager position description, including the reclassification of Mr. Jim Foster as the Airport Manager, effective April 17, 2017, and matters related thereto.
      -Review, consideration, and possible authorization to fund the purchase of food for food service at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Chilton Centennial Tower on May 1, 2017, and matters related thereto.
      - Review, consideration, and possible approval of Resolution No. 13-17, a resolution amending the fee charged for parade permits, effective July 1, 2017, and matters related thereto.
      - Review, consideration, and possible approval of Resolution No. 9-17, a resolution of the Elko City Council adopting the 2012 International Fire Codes and adopting amendments pursuant to Elko City Code, Title 6, Chapter 1, Section 1 and matters related thereto.
 
       b.) City of Carlin- No report
 
c.) Spring Creek Association- No report
II.    County
a.)Elko County School District- Jeff Zander reported on the following agenda items coming up including making a decision if they are going to accept FEMA funding, the high rise of cost of rural health care, $3.5 million in budget cuts, and possible teacher buyouts will be discussed.
       b.) Elko County- No report
 
III.) Great Basin College- George Kleeb reported on the following item:
        - Presidential Search is going forward and the new president will be confirmed by April 27, 2017.
 
IV.) Northeastern NV Regional Hospital- Steve Burrows shared a handout with the group, the NNRH remarks to the County Health Board Meeting April 4, 2017 by presenter, Rick Palagi, CEO
 
V.) NNRDA- Pam Borda reported that NNRDA.com has a resource guide now available, includes all members, current and past. The Reverse Expo was totally sold out! It was a great success! Lastly, Jan Morrison has been hired and will be in charge of Lander and Humboldt Counties, and still looking for one more person for White Pine and Eureka counties.
VI.) Elko Area Chamber- Melissa McJunkin reported on the upcoming various chamber events.
 
VII.) Public Comment Period-
VIII.) Adjourned at 12:50 pm
 
Members in Attendance:
Dennis Parker
George Kleeb                                                                   Cathy McAdoo
Gary Klug                                                                          Jeff Zander
Melissa McJunkin                                                           Curtis Calder              
Pam Borda                                                                       Steve Burrows
Gwen King                                                                                                              
                              
Respectfully submitted by: Melissa McJunkin     

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​​Government Affairs Committee
of the Elko Area Chamber
March 13, 2017
 
Meeting was called to order by George Kleeb at 12:02
 
Introductions
 
Reports:
I.    City/Community
       a.) City of Elko- Curtis Calder reported on a few of the Elko City Council 03/14/17 meeting agenda items, including the following:
      -Possible final acceptance of the Boiler Replacement Project.
      -Action to conditionally approve Final Plat No. 2-17 for the Great Basin Estates Phase 1B subdivision, filed by Parrado Partners LP, for the proposed division of approx. 15.804 acres, of which 1.897 acres of property will be divided into 12 lots with a remainder of 13.097 acres for residential development within an R Zoning District, and matters related thereto.
     - Possible approval of an agreement between the Elko Park Foundation Inc. and the City of Elko for the purposes of managing private funding sources for the proposed sports complex. (Third time on the agenda, this time there will be a representative from the Park Foundation present.) Mr. Calder did comment that the City of Elko does in fact still find the rec/sports complex a viable project.
     - Possible approval of Revocable Permit 1-17, filed by McGinley & Associates on behalf of Hardy Enterprises, Inc., to occupy a portion of the Idaho Street Right-of-Way located adjacent to 1790 Idaho Street, to accommodate installation of three new monitoring wells.
 
       b.) City of Carlin- No report
 
c.) Spring Creek Association- Jesse Bahr reported that there will be a Q&A meeting for the Municipality Study on April 1st at 9am -12pm. The Spring Creek Community Center will have a grand opening celebration on April 8th from 11 am – 1 pm. A possible water meter readings issues meeting will be coming up in mid-April and Assembly Bill 109 is hoped to help with transparency and other minor issues that are all water related.
 
II.    County
       a.) Elko County School District- No report
       b.) Elko County- No report
 
III.) Great Basin College- George Kleeb reported on the following items:
        - GBC Nursing Program is currently rated number one in the entire state.
        - The search for new administration is currently ongoing and the consultants that have been hired are in the process of recommending candidates and are on track for the current time line.
 
IV.) Northeastern NV Regional Hospital- Steve Burrows reported on the following items:
        -The Health Fair was a success and more than 3000 people attended.
        -Still working on physician recruitment.
        -Currently looking for baby pictures of anyone that was born at either hospital in Elko for the Centennial Boot Project.
 
V.) NNRDA- Pam Borda reported that the Reverse Mining Expo is sold out, there will be many local and a new companies attending. A Canadian delegation will be coming in April to talk to local companies about the possibilities of expanding into Canada. In May, many new companies will be arriving in Elko County to check it out. They are still working on being the regional authority and working with the other rural counties.
 
VI.) Elko Area Chamber- Melissa McJunkin reported that the next Business After Hours will take place on March 16th at the Ramada Hotel & Stockmen’s Casino and all are welcome.
 
VII.) Public Comment Period- Laura Oslund reported that the Clean-Up, Green-Up Committee is still looking for donations and volunteer teams. She also reported on the Longest Walk, a walk that is sponsored by Native Americans to bring attention to alcohol/drug abuse in tribal communities.
VIII.) Adjourned at 12:39 pm
 
Members in Attendance:
George Kleeb
Jessie Bahr
Amber Fox
Melissa McJunkin                                                   
Curtis Calder                   
Pam Borda        
Steve Burrows
Laura Oslund
Melissa Schultz
Dennis Parker
Gary Klug       
 
                              
Respectfully submitted by: Melissa McJunkin       

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Government Affairs Committee
of the Elko Area Chamber
February 13, 2017
 
Meeting was called to order by Matt McCarty at 12:04
 
Introductions
 
Reports:
I.    City/Community
     a.) City of Elko- Scott Wilkinson reported on a few of the Elko City Council 02/14/17 meeting agenda items, including the following:
      -Authorization to solicit bids for the abatement of asbestos found in the former Police Station located at 1401 College Ave.
      -Approval of an agreement between the Elko Park Foundation Inc. and the City of Elko for the purposes of managing private funding sources for the proposed sports complex.
      -Action to accept the 2016 Annual Report of Planning Commission Activities.
     - Action to accept the 2017 Planning Commission Work Program.
     - Approval of a request from KRJC-Holiday Broadcasting for the closure of Moren Way for the Elko Sportsman’s Expo to be held on March 4 & 5, 2017 from       10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Elko Conference Center.
     - Approval of Resolution No. 10-17, a resolution in support of amending the formula or the determination of the partial abatements on property tax, and matters related thereto.
 
    b.) City of Carlin- Dana Holbrook reported that there’s a new City Council member that was just appointed at the last City Council meeting. He also reported          that there was not currently any flooding problems in the City of Carlin.
 
    c.) Spring Creek Association- Jesse Bahr was absent, but sent the Spring Creek Assoc. Staff update from February 2017.
The following items were read from the report:
-The Horse Palace Design Study follow-up                                                             - Animal Control
- Shooting Range                                                                                                          - Water Issues
 
II.    County
   a.) Elko County School District- Jeff Zander reported on a few items:
        -The Board will review the districts long term guiding plan.
        - No flooding water in the actual school buildings at Southside Elem., only in exterior of the building and parking lot.
 
   b.) Elko County- Rob Stokes reported on the following items:
        - The next Elko County Commissioner’s meeting will take place in Carlin.
        - Approval of $625,000 grant for Spring Rehab in Montello, NV. The recent flooding has changed things and they will have to see if the grant is still viable.
        - Budget talk, state budget estimates are not available until next week.
        - Last year saw no salary increases, unsure about this year.
        - State wide effort to replace NV voting machines. The current voting machines in Elko are 13 years old.
        - Body cameras for all law enforcement.
        - Flooding in various locations around the county.
        - 911 Committee is still working on the 5 year plan which needs to be finished prior to its approval.
 
 
III.) Great Basin College- George Kleeb reported on the following items:
        - GBC is currently watching the legislative sessions.
        - The search for new administration is currently ongoing.
 
IV.) Northeastern NV Regional Hospital- Steve Burrows reported on the following items:
        -A new interventional cardiologist (ER Cardiologist) has been hired and will be joining the staff on March 15th, earlier than the previously reported date of          April 1, 2017.
        -NNRH and Ruby Radio will be combining their two health fairs into one. They will have a lab on site to offer a free comprehensive metabolic panel.                    This will take place on March 11, 2017.
 
V.) NNRDA- Reverse Mining Expo is coming up in March.
 
VI.) Elko Area Chamber- Billie Crapo reported that the first Board meeting, will the newly elected board, will take place tomorrow. The RNDC will lead the next Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. April 22nd is Clean-Up, Green-Up Day and the Elks Club will be helping out at the Sherman Station.
 
VII.) Public Comment Period- Matt McCarty, GAC Committee member, reported on the State Legislation website and the list of Bill Draft Requests. He went over the list of who is watching what BDRs and scheduled a meeting for the following Monday at the Elko Area Chamber for those on that list.
 
VIII.) Adjourned at 1:15
 
Members in Attendance:
Paul Gardner
Billie Crapo
George Kleeb
Jeff Zander
Amber Fox
Melissa McJunkin                                                   
Scott Wilkinson              
Gary Klug
Rob Stokes
Matt McCarty
Hannah Morrison
Pam Borda        
Melissa Schultz
Rushele Melton
Dennis Parker
Steve Burrows
Kathy McAdoo
Dana Holbrook        
 
 
                              
Respectfully submitted by: Melissa McJunkin                                                

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Government Affairs Committee
of the Elko Area Chamber
January 9, 2017
 
Meeting was called to order by Gwen King at 12:05
 
Introductions
 
Reports:
I.    City/Community
       a.) City of Elko- Curtis Calder reported on a few of the Elko City Council 01/10/17 meeting agenda items, including the following:
      -Newmont Mining Corporation’s Long Canyon Phase II Project update will not be taking place due to the unavailability of the presenter.
     -Mayoral designation of City Council members to specific “Liaison” positions within the City of Elko. There are 19 “Liaison” positions.
      -Review, consideration, and possible approval to solicit bids for the WRF Potable Water Air Gap System, and matters related thereto.
     - Review, consideration, and possible approval of an agreement between the Elko Park Foundation Inc. and the City of Elko for the purposes of managing     private funding sources for the proposed sports complex, and matters related thereto.
 
       b.) City of Carlin- No report
 
c.) Spring Creek Association- Jesse Bahr reported on a few of the following key items:
-They have been dealing with clearing the roads due to weather issues.
-The Municipality Studies first draft will be available in a few weeks.
-The new golf course building will be opening later this month.
-Water Meter reading issues still continue.
 
II.    County
a.) Elko County School District- Jeff Zander reported on a few items:
        -Sage Elementary will be going out to bid soon for the addition of four classrooms to be added to the main building.
        -Elko County has seen a large growth in the primary grades.
        -The addition of another school for Elko or Spring Creek is going to be announced in the next few months.
b.) Elko County-No report
 
III.) Great Basin College- No report
 
IV.) Northeastern NV Regional Hospital- Steve Burrows reported on the following items:
        -A new interventional cardiologist (ER Cardiologist) has been hired and will be joining the staff on April 1, 2017.
        -NNRH and Ruby Radio will be combining their two health fairs into one. They will have a lab on site to offer a free comprehensive metabolic panel.                                                                   
 
V.) NNRDA- No report
 
VI.) Elko Area Chamber- Billie Crapo reported that there is a brand new board for 2017 and announced their names. Also reported was that the Chamber’s annual Installation Reception will take place on 01/14/17. Tickets are $25.
 
VII.) Public Comment Period- Laura Oslund, Executive Director of PACE Coalition, reported that there will be a “pre” Take Pride Clean Up Green Up Day meeting taking place on 01/27/17 at Elko City Hall. This year’s actual event will take place on April 22, 2017. All who would like to help are encouraged to participate in the meeting.
- Matt McCarty, GAC Committee member, reported on some information concerning the State Legislation website and the list of Bill Draft Requests. He reported on “Bill Tracker Updates” and how one goes about to use this tool to keep an eye on bills that could affect Chamber members and the community.
 
VIII.) Adjourned at 1:35
 
Members in Attendance:
Gwen King                                                                               Melissa McJunkin                                                    Billie Crapo
Steve Burrows (12:40)                                                           Laura Oslund                                                            Jeff Zander
Jessie Bahr                                                                               Curtis Calder                                                             Amber Fox
                                                                                                  Matt McCarty                                                            Lina Blohm         
Respectfully submitted by: Melissa McJunkin


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​Government Affairs Committee
Of the Elko Area Chamber
December 12, 2016
 
Meeting was called to order by Gwen King at 12:05
 
Introductions
 
Reports:
I.)    City/Community
       a.) City of Elko- Scott Wilkinson reported on a few of the Elko City Council 12/13/16 meeting agenda items, including the following:
      -Review, consideration, and possible approval of an agreement between the City of Elko, and the Elko Police Officers. Protective Nevada Association of Public Safety Officer Communications Workers of America AFL/CIO Local 9110, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, and matters related thereto.
      -Review, consideration, and possible approval to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with YESCO for the design of the Centennial Tower, and matters related thereto. Fundraising for the Centennial Tower has been successful to date and the committee is on target to having the tower funded in time for the spring construction season. Staff is requesting authorization to have the design plans for the tower completed.
       b.) City of Carlin- No report
       c.) Spring Creek Association- Jesse Bahr reported on a few of the following key items:
-Roads are a big issue in the association and a lot of money is allocated towards it.
-The Fairway community center is due to open in January.
-Municipality Study will come out in early 2017.
-Water Meter reading issues, an investigation will be opening soon.
 
II.)   County
     a.)Elko County School District- No Report
     b.)Elko County-No report
 
III.)   Great Basin College- George Kleeb
 - Consulting firm has been hired to find a new chancellor.
 - Reported that GBC is now #1 in the nation for online affordable education!
 
IV.)   Northeastern NV Regional Hospital- Steve Burrows reported on the new doctors that have joined the staff, and they are currently recruiting for an       additional cardiologist
 
V.) NNRDA- No report
 
VI.) Elko Area Chamber- Melissa McJunkin reported that Casino Night and the Installation variety show will be coming up soon.
 
VII.) Public Comment Period
VIII.) Adjourned at 12:46
 
Members in Attendance:
Gwen King                                                                               Melissa McJunkin                                                    George Kleeb
Gary Klug                                                                                 Steve Burrows                                                         Cathy McAdoo
Jessie Bahr                                                                               Scott Wilkinson
                                                                                                                                                                               
Respectfully submitted by: Melissa McJunkin


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​Government Affairs Committee
Of the Elko Area Chamber
November 7, 2016
 
Meeting was called to order by Gwen King at 12:05
 
Introductions
 
Reports
 
I.    City/Community
       a.) City of Elko- No report
       b.) City of Carlin- Dana Holbrook reported that Scotts, the only grocery store in Carlin, had closed down. Many people are worried about those who do not have transportation to travel to Elko to do their grocery shopping. Carlin is looking for a replacement, and they are hopeful that one will come soon.
c.) Spring Creek Association- A report was sent via email from Jesse Bahr with information including that the Community Center is nearing completion with paving completed and that the Horse Palace study will be presented at their next meeting.
 
II.    County
a.)Elko County School District-Jeff Zander
- The new school in Wendover is almost completed and is absolutely beautiful.
- Incentive Grant applications will be due soon with the first on December 1st and the second on February 1st, 2017.
- They have been looking at demographic studies as well as positive migration (growth) to figure out the new school’s location.
-Spring Creek has been looking at the K – 6 model and Elko has been looking at the K – 5 model and what would it take in both circumstances.
b.)Elko County-No report
 
III.) Great Basin College- George Kleeb
 - Chancellor’s meeting in Berg Hall will be coming up. They are looking for a new replacement, as the current president is resigning.
- Reported that GBC is #2 in the nation for online affordable education.
 
       IV.) Northeastern NV Regional Hospital- No report
 
        V.) NNRDA- No report
 
       VI.) Elko Area Chamber-Billie Crapo
- Board Elections are complete and will be announced soon, with board retreats and planning to follow.
- BBH is on Nov. 10th at Oak Tree Inn at 8am and BAH is on Nov. 17th at RAM Enterprises from 5:30 – 7pm, and all are invited.
- The Chamber and NNRDA will be doing a “Centennial Boot” together.
 
    VII.) Public Comment Period
- Amber Fox with Nevada State Bank reported that they are moving their bank’s corporate offices out to the Mountain City Hwy. branch.
 
    VIII.) Adjourned at 12:30
 
Members in Attendance:
Gwen King                                                                               Melissa McJunkin                                                    George Kleeb
Billie Crapo                                                                              Jeff Zander                                                                Amber Fox
                                                                                                                                                                                      Dana Holbrook
Respectfully submitted by: Melissa McJunkin


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​Government Affairs Committee
Of the Elko Area Chamber
October 10, 2016
 
Meeting was called to order by Gwen King at 12:05
 
Introductions
 
Reports
 
I.    City/Community
 
       a.) City of Elko- No report
       b.) City of Carlin- No report
       c.) Spring Creek Association- No report
 
II.    County
a.) Elko County School District-Jeff Zander
- Next district meeting will be in West Wendover.
- Elko County High Schools will be getting two new trip busses and ten route busses each.
-  The seat for District 2 only had 1 app and she will be introduced.
- Spring Creek Elementary Site Evaluation Report has been completed. Four new sites have been chosen as possibilities. They are: an area off Parkchester, area near the SC Sports Facility, area near the Horse Palace, and lastly some private land off of Lamoille Hwy.
 
b.) Elko County-No report
 
III.) Great Basin College- No report
 
       IV.) Northeastern NV Regional Hospital- No report
 
        V.) NNRDA- Pam Borda
- The NNRDA were the recipients of an award for their marketing video at last month’s Economic Development Conference.
- Had a jammed packed weekend, at the Las Vegas Mine Expo, with 16 meetings in two days. Very happy with the five new serious leads from the expo.
 
       VI.) Elko Area Chamber-Billie Crapo
- BBH is on Oct. 13th and will be hosted by Cool Beans located at 673 Cimarron Way in Elko
- BAH is on Oct. 20th and will be at Rehab Services of Elko located at 2207 N. 5th Street in Elko
- Lunch & Learn on 10/27
- GAC’s 2016 Elko Candidate Forums will be on 10/18
 
    VII.) Public Comment Period
 
    VIII.) Adjourned at 1:00
 
Members in Attendance:
Gwen King                                                                               Pam Borda                                                                Hannah Morrison
Billie Crapo                                                                              Jeff Zander
Melissa McJunkin                                                                  Cathy McAdoo                                                         
 
Respectfully submitted by: Melissa McJunkin


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​Government Affairs Committee
Of the Elko Area Chamber
September 12, 2016
 
Meeting was called to order by Gwen King at 12:05
 
Introductions
 
Reports
 
I.    City/Community
 
a.)City of Elko-Curtis Calder
City Council Meeting agenda items:
- MIA recognition day
- Brian Burgess is retiring and will receive a plaque.
- Wes Henderson director of League of Cities; league happenings and legislative update
- Radio upgrade within the Police Dept.
- Badge pinning for new firefighter.
- Annual evaluation for Curtis Calder
- Summertime projects finishing up
- Airport snow removal has had final acceptance as well as micro slurry project
- Pool boiler project for the Elko City pool had bids come in, they were all a bit over, but not enough to stop project.
- Airport food & beverage concessions are currently still out to bid
 
New business:
- Limited sewer connectivity on Royal Crest Drive. A waiver has been asked for.
- Request for Green Belt Park closure for a Halloween “Trunk & Treat.”
- Arts & Culture Board still has a vacancy
- California Trail Interpretive Center Advisory Board has an open position
- City needs to decide if they are going to appeal a matter that they previously petitioned to the district court about, concerning an airport tenant and tax issues, and was dismissed by the district court.
- Looking for a 2nd contract with a local vet for spay & neuter needs with LASSO.
- Two public hearings coming up on raising fees. The first, is a resolution for landfill tipping fee, and the second is for water connection fees for new development. Effective October 1st if resolution passes.
 
       b.) City of Carlin- No report
c.) Spring Creek Association- Jessie Bahr
-The Community Center is almost complete.                                            
- Horse Palace- contracted with LCA, still trying to figure out the understanding of the basics of fixing the building, then they will move onto planning and budgets.
- The COA rules and Member procedures are being reviewed to see what changes may need to take place in regards to current rules and member requirements/policies. Some items for discussion in upcoming meetings include:
Door to Door Solicitation
Noxious Weeds
Nuisance of dogs
Construction Site Standards
New system software
-Chip Sealing has been completed, as well as the building of new road shoulders.
-Planning- The community survey has brought about a lot of new ideas. On September 21st at 6pm there will be a results meeting, then the board will prioritize the needs of the community.
- Water issues- met with John Ellison to discuss legislative possibilities. A draft with the policy changes will be worked on in the next few months.
 
II.    County
a.)Elko County School District-Jeff Zander
- Remington Construction was awarded the bid for the Spring Creek HS leach field problem.
- Geothermal repair work throughout the Main City Park has been contracted with Snyder Mechanical
- 2% raise increase in staff pay in ECSD
- new schools are needed and are coming soon.
 
b.)Elko County-No Report
 
III.) Great Basin College- (Per Cathy McAdoo)
- She attended her first Board of Regents meeting and enjoyed it very much.
- Matt McCarty was appointed to the Chancellor’s Committee
- The decision on GBC and if it will become a four year school is not on the next agenda.
 
       IV.) Northeastern NV Regional Hospital-Bill Applegate
-The 30th Annual Health Fair is this weekend. This year the normal screenings are being done at no charge, except for PSA testing. This is due to the changing of governmental testing guidelines.
- NNRH will host their annual drive by flu clinic on October 8th and they are expecting a large turnout.
 
        V.) NNRDA- Pam Borda
- Currently working on a major lead that could bring in a 135 million dollar investment to the Wells area, as well as other leads that involve recruiting in Canada and Australia.
- She has twelve meetings set up for prospective companies during the Las Vegas Mine Expo.
- Will be attending the annual Economic Development Conference in Reno soon.
- Several new members including, Eureka Co., White Pine Co., City of Ely. The City of Winnemucca and Humboldt County are interested in joining the NNRDA. Because of the new memberships, they will be hiring new full time staff member.
- CDGB planning grant will be applied for.
 
       VI.) Elko Area Chamber-Billie Crapo
- The deadline for the seven open Board of Director’s seats is today. Elections for the open seats will start this Thursday and end on October 14th, the new members will be announced that day as well.
- BAH is on Sept. 15th and will be hosted by Greater NV Mortgage and take place at the Ledgestone Hotel
- Lunch & Learn on 9/29 is sponsored by NV State Bank. They will be providing the lunch and James Glennon CPA, with Glennon & Sandoval Co., will be talking about the importance of budgeting.
- October 3rd the Gwinn Center for Policy Priorities will partner with the Elko Chamber and host a luncheon to present the Gwinn’s Center fact sheet on the four statewide questions on Nevada’s 2016 general election ballot. The luncheon will take place at the Convention Center from noon-2pm.
 
    VII.) Public Comment Period
 
    VIII.) Adjourned at 1:07
 
Members in Attendance:
Gwen King                                                                               Pam Borda                                                                Curtis Calder                            
Amber Fox                                                                               Jessie Bahr                                                                Bill Applegate
Billie Crapo                                                                              David Roberts                                                           Jeff Zander
Melissa McJunkin                                                                   Cathy McAdoo                                                         Scott Tuck
Paul Gardner                                                                           Steve Mimms                                                          
 
 
Respectfully submitted by: Melissa McJunkin
 

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​Government Affairs Committee
Of the Elko Area Chamber
August 8, 2016
 
Meeting was called to order by Gwen King at 12:09
 
Introductions
 
Members in Attendance: Jay Duke, City of Carlin; Gwen King, Service First Insurance; Amber Fox, Nevada State Bank; Hannah Morrison, Marriott TownePlace Suites; Billie Crapo, Chamber; Paul Gardner, Elko Broadcasting; Jeff Zander, Elko County School District; Bill Applegate, Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital; Curtis Calder, City of Elko; Bailey Billington, DBA; Sharon Horn, RAM Enterprise; Matt McCarty, Marriott TownePlace Suites
 
Prior Minutes handed out
 
Reports
 
City/Community
 
City of Elko-Curtis Calder
Joel Fairfield of the Elko Police Department is retiring after 10 years of service, and Fire Marshal, Josh Carson is resigning after 7 years with the Elko Fire Department.
A Master Plan for the airport is in the works, and the public is invited to attend all meetings and give input. Times will be made available to the public.
Exit 298 Water Line Project final acceptance on a change order for the project.
The Cedar Street Reconstruction Project ran into a few issues including a collapsed storm drain.  It is estimated to increase the cost by $40-$50 thousand.
Bids will be awarded for the Flagview Sidewalk Project. This includes sidewalk, curb and gutter along Ruby Vista and Flagview Drive. This is a high pedestrian area.
Through the Annual Washoe County Criminal Justice Grant, safety equipment will be purchased for the SWAT team.
The City is looking to replace 3 patrol vehicles with over 100,000 miles. Being replaced are a SUV Tahoe and 2 unmarked sedans.
The Copper Trails-Copper St Subdivision is in its final approval phase.
The City is acquiring an acre of Federal lands on 5th Street under the freeway, it will be made into a parking lot next to the soccer fields.
The VFW is in the process of trying to acquire the old Police Station.
In Public Hearings a fee increase will be discussed for the landfill and for water connection fees. The water connection fees will affect new developments.
City of Carlin-Jay Duke
They have banked around 60% of the sales tax money from the Long Canyon Project.
Pam Borda of NNRDA will be giving a presentation on the Nevada Lands Council.
Carlin Crossing Project is still in the works.
Spring Creek Association- (reported by Gwen King for Jessie Bahr)
The Community Center is moving forward and framing is almost complete.                                             Horse Palace Design Study-The RFQ’s will be presented by three firms at the July Board Meeting. From the firm selected, they will work on an agreement and move forward with an initial timeline for completion.
COA: The COA rules and Member procedures are being reviewed to see what changes may need to take place in regards to current rules and member requirements/policies. Some items for discussion in upcoming meetings include:
Feasibility of conducting pre/post inspections on SCA building permits
Door to Door Solicitation
Modular Homes
Noxious Weeds
Weed Height Limit/Larger Clearance Requirement Around Homes
Contractors Agreement and Contract
Construction Site Standard-Porta Toilets/Dumpsters
Reseeding After Construction
ATV Ticketing with Security
Dog/Cat Limit on Property
 
Chip Sealing will be completed in August on 32 miles of previously approved roadway.
There is an online survey available to members. This survey is another avenue for members to give their input and who have not been able to make the previous community forums or focus groups.
 
County
Elko County School District-Jeff Zander
The District has been dealing with a teacher shortage especially in Special Ed, Subs and Long Term. One hundred and five teachers are need to fill these positions. Young administrators were sent out to attend career fairs and they found this to be a successful venture. At this point they have filled 75 of the 105 positions.
Some text books that are over 17 years will be replaced this school year.
Elko County-No Report
Great Basin College- (Per Matt McCarty)
The Board of Regents meeting will be held on September 1st. The college semester starts in two weeks.
Northeastern NV Regional Hospital-Bill Applegate
The 30th Annual Health Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept 17th at 7:00am. This year the normal screenings are being done at no charge. In addition, there is going to be Children’s Bicycle Safety and NNRH is giving away free bike helmets.
Elko Area Chamber-Billie Crapo
Business After Hours is going to be on the GBC campus by the Clock Tower on August 18th. This month we focus on the non-profit and home-based member business. Elko Realty and Northern Nevada Equipment are hosting the event.
August 25th, David Gould from the Office of the Labor Commission is speaking at our Lunch and Learn held at the Chamber from 12-1:30. One of the topics he will be touching on is the changes to salary exempt over time laws. The second half of the meeting Steve Timmel, Human Resource Manager from Elko Motor is speaking on some HR topics important to businesses.
Public Comment Period
There are 100 days left until election day. A candidate forum will be held at the end of Sept or mid-October.
The Guinn Center would like to come to Elko on either Sept 12th or Oct 10th to do a presentation on:
Background Checks on Guns, Recreational Marijuana, Medical Patient Relief Act and Energy Choice. We will email you when a date is confirmed. They are also looking at doing a Public Forum for education candidates on October 3rd. Details to follow.
 
Adjourned at 1:07
 
Respectfully submitted: Billie Crapo

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​Government Affairs Committee
of the Elko Area Chamber
07/11/2016
 
Call to Order: Gwen King at 12:05pm
 
Introductions-
 
Reports:
I.) City/Community-
         a.) City of Elko: Curtis Calder reported about upcoming agenda items for the 07/12/16 City Council meeting. For example, seven new staff inductions to take place, civil air patrol lease, economic development statue, public hearings for zone changes, and sales tax revenues, etc.
 
         b.) City of Carlin: Jay Duke reported on a few items. For example, ESCO is leaving the industrial park, they are reviewing presentation for ground field’s grant, and the city is preparing for its audit.
 
         c.) Spring Creek Assoc: Jessie Bahr reported on a few items. For example, upcoming board retreat, focus groups with community forums, new community center opening in November at the golf course, water issues, etc.
II.) County-
         a.) ECSD- No report
         b.) Elko County- Matt McCarty reported that the 2016 June voting primaries saw 20.19% registered      voter participation.
III.) GBC- Matt McCarty reported that the State College Plan will be brought back up in November.
IV.) NNRH- Bill Applegate reported that three new ob/gyn doctors will be coming to Elko in October and new services are coming soon!
V.) NNRDA- Pam Borda reported on a few items. For example, Project Diamond Star, Nevada Land’s Council, Government’s Office of Economic Development, and the joining of Eureka & White Pine counties to the NNRDA, etc.
VI.) Elko Area Chamber- Melissa McJunkin reported on behalf of Billie Crapo on a few items. For example, BAH at Cunningham Carpets on 07/21 at 5:30-7pm, and the Sherman Dinner & Auction will be taking place on July 30th at 6pm cocktails and 7pm dinner. Tickets are $50.
VII.) Public Comment Period
 
Meeting Adjourned at 1:14pm
 
Members in Attendance:
Jay Duke
Pam Borda
Gwen King
Bill Applegate
Laura Oslund
Jessie Bahr
Curtis Calder
Dave Roberts
Bailey Billington
Sharon Horn
Matt McCarty
Melissa McJunkin
 
 
 
Respectively Submitted by: Melissa McJunkin



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​Government Affairs Committee
of the Elko Area Chamber
06/13/2016
 
Call to Order: Matt McCarty at 12:10pm
 
Introductions-
 
Reports:
I.City/Community-
 
City of Elko: No report, but it was mentioned that elections are tomorrow.
 
City of Carlin: Jay Duke reported that Carlin had a mayor change. The new mayor is Dana Holbrook. Carlin Springs has had no activity with Mr. Hose, but he will be coming to Carlin. The bond issue is still alive, but not moving.
 
Spring Creek Assoc: No report, but it was mentioned that they had one meeting already and one more is coming up concerning the recreation areas. There will also be a Homeowner’s BBQ at noon and a meeting at 1pm on 6/18/16. On Tuesday, 6/21/16 will be the next SCA forum.
 
II.County-
 
ECSD: School’s out for summer!
 
Elko County:
-Rob Stokes reported that elections are taking place tomorrow. Carol Fosmo had reported that there was approximately 1500 early voters and her feeling was that it was a low turnout thus far. The parts of the county that are not ballot locations, but are only mail in, have not yet been counted. Therefore, they are unsure of those numbers.
-On 6/20/16 at 1:30 MST there will be a County Commissioners meeting in West Wendover.
-On 6/15/16 at 10am MST there will be a “Two cities-One Community” event at the ball fields. This event encourages teenagers to not drink alcohol etc.
-The Elko City Librarian, Janette Hammond, will be retiring and she will be receiving a plaque of appreciation. The library board will be hiring the new librarian and they are very early in that process. 
 
Great Basin College:
-Matt McCarty reported about the Board of Regents meeting that took place concerning trying to change GBC’s status from a two year college to a four year college. Any decisions concerning the matter have yet to place and three of the Regents do not feel like they have enough info on the matter.
-GBC commencement had record high numbers.
 
NNRH: No report
NNRDA: No report
EAC:
-Billie Crapo reported that BAH will take place on 6/16/16 at Paradise Spas who will be teaming up with the Salvation Army in an effort to “Fill the Tub.” They are trying to replenish their food pantry. Also, Office Max will be there to sign up members for their chamber to chamber discounts. On 6/24/16 we will be having our annual Beer Festival with 45 beers to sample, dinner, live music, and a corn hole tournament.
-Matt McCarty reported that the Commerce Tax training went well and that there is a link on the Chamber website with tax info.
 
Public Comment Period:
-Cathy McAdoo is having a retirement party at the museum on July 7th with an open house from 3-5pm.
-Boy Scouts of America is having a one club golf tournament at Ruby View Golf course on 9/10/16. They are also having a trail run at road’s end in Lamoille Canyon up to Liberty Lake.
 
Meeting adjourned: 12:50pm
 
Members in Attendance:
Billie Crapo
Gwen King
Matt McCarty
Rob Stokes
Jay Duke
Bailey Billington
Melissa McJunkin
 
 
 
Respectively submitted by Melissa McJunkin 



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​Government Affairs Committee
Of the
Elko Area Chamber
May 9, 2016
Introductions
Meeting was called to order by Matt McCarty at 12:13.
Attending: ~Pam Borda, NNRDA; Billie Crapo, Chamber; Paula Olsen, Galaxy Hospitality Group; Hannah Morrison, Hilton; Gwen King, Service First Insurance; Stacey DeFord, Chamber; Matt McCarty, Marriott TownePlace Suites; Delmo Andreozzi, Elko County; Jeff Zander, ECSD; Shawn Odell, Eagle Home Mortgage; Rob Stokes, Elko County; David Roberts, Frontier Communications; Scott Wilkinson, City of Elko
Prior Minutes handed out

Reports

City/Community

City of Elko~~ Scott Wilkinson~~ City of Elko is in their budget cycle still and they have proposed fee increases.
One will be a proposal of a 10% increase in the CONNECTING water fee across board without focusing on certain areas. This would not impact current accounts only NEW CONNECTIONS.Another is the solid waste fees. They are currently done on a tonnage basis. The fees would be raised from $31 to $34 per ton.There is a possible code change under Title 5- Public safety/ Law Enforcement concerning domestic animals.They are proposing a change in hours for Angel park. They have had some complaints lately due to noise too late in the evening. The current close time of the park is Midnight. The changing close hours would go to 8 or 9 pm depending on time of year.
City of Carlin~~ No Report
Spring Creek Association~~Gwen King~~ They have meetings coming up in in the next couple months in regards to the community planning, issues and concerns. The first meeting on May 24th is at 6:00pm in the multi-purpose room located inside Spring Creek Elementary. This meeting will be a Community forum regarding a general discussion of issues, plan development and address questions and concerns. Another meeting for June 21st is also planned, also at 6:00pm in the multi-purpose room of Spring Creek Elementary. This meeting will include small sessions on specific topics such as Youth/Family/Adult, Golf Course, Horse Palace, Policy Changes, Sports/Recreation and Facilities/Infrastructure.

 County               
Elko County School District~~ Jeff Zander~~ There are 3 items on the agenda for the next meeting of the ECSD.
They are looking to award the Jackpot School money for the HVAC system. The low bid was Charles Chester for $1.7 mil. The budgeted amount was $1.3 mil so they will be discussing the difference in bid and budget.There is a fresh produce program in Wells called, the Meat Lab. The state has said will invest $107,000 towards the $349,00 proposed low bid. They will need to discuss the difference of $178,00 that will need approval to move forward for the updates that the program needs. The students that participate receive certificates of completion that assist them in attaining positions just out of High School that normally require at least an Associates Degree to get.There is a request for funding to do an annual fire extinguisher testing/replacement in the schools.
Elko County~~ Rob Stokes~~ Just FYI, Elko County does not control the ECSD. They do however receive complaints from time to time. They are separate entities if anyone asks. The Commission met last week and their next meeting is May 18th.
The Resolution of support for GBC to be slated as a state college was attained during this meeting. There was unanimous support from Commission.There has been approval in changing the order of a couple road projects that include South Fork and Last Chance Rd. South Fork was scheduled to be finished this year but has run into permitting issues that can’t be fixed quickly. The decision was made to swap the two projects and take care of the Last Chance road project. This project is for first 1 mile of that road beyond City limits. They can attain engineering and bid in a timely manner so the project could be completed within 2016. The Last Chance project will cost about $1.2 mil.There is a Budget hearing on May 18th for the final budget. It is a flat budget with $6mil dollars in requests on be able to be approved and only about $.5mil will be finalized. AB191 regards Fuel Tax Indexing. All counties in NV except Clark and Washoe are required to put AB191 on their ballots. This is an Annual Index that would be added based upon producer price indexing. The concern with current wording is that it is very confusing. The commission is working to have a clear ballot question at the May 18th meeting. Elko County Clerk, Carol Fosmo, will have people on hand to explain the pros and cons for the issue. They want it to be clear that all NV counties are required by legislature to put this on the ballot it is not from the Elko County Commission.They have spent a lot of time on developer requests with the Big W/Ruby Vista project in Spring Creek. This project would bring in 3900 houses to the Spring Creek Area. They have asked the county to assist with infrastructure costs of about $3.5 mil. Bank loans are not being freely given for these types of projects and they are hoping if the county ties their name to it the funds would be more likely given as a governmental agency is a part of the project.To assist in project requests in the future, they are going to make a policy to deal with this type of discussion. June 10th is a workshop with NNRDA where they will learn more specifics regarding this issue and what it would entail.

 Great Basin College~~ Matt McCarty(unofficial report)~~ Chancellor Klaich seems supportive of GBC becoming a State College. The Board of Regents is calling a special meeting to discuss questionable conduct in 2011-12 and again last year. There is no way of knowing if he leaves that position if it will cause issue with the GBC State classification. Graduation is May 21st.
Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital~~ No Report
NNRDA~~ Pam Borda~~
On June 10th there will be a ½ day workshop in morning. This workshop will be Economic Development Tools that are available to local government and also local/private partnerships. It was felt this presentation was needed for people that were not able to attend the first summit. Invites will come from Pam as soon as she has confirmation of time. City/county officials will be invited to attend.NNRDA also wrote a letter of support for GBC becoming a State College. The designation would be economic development friendly for Elko County.Pam has been asked by GOED to take on 2 other counties, Eureka and White Pine. Her position on the request up to this point has been to not take on any more duties as she doesn’t have enough time or resources to do the job efficiently. She feels that GOED will be willing to take on that extra expenditure. She is not sure at this point if they will make the SBD person, Mary Gilbertson, full time or how the funds would be used.  NNRDA would include Elko, Eureka, Lander and White Pine Counties.There are grant opportunities available for a major economic development strategy they are looking into. The current plan is 4 years old and needs to be updated. They would have to have the funding to do the plan as it is expensive and extensive. Nevada Lands Council will be on the agenda for GAC next month. 
Elko Area Chamber~~ BAH for May is on 19th at A+ Total Care. They will be presenting HDI to the community as they will be located inside their facility. They are an independent Radiology Facility that is new to Elko. Home Show was very good even with some less than desirable weather Sunday. We had 90+ vendors in attendance.
Public Comment Period: The Candidate forums are set for May 25th and 26th. The County Commission Forum will include the 3 candidates that are running for one open position. This will be held Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm in the Turquoise room of the Convention Center. Submittal of questions need to be received the week prior. The Elko Daily Free Press will be hosting a Meet and Greet on May 25th before the Commissioner Forum for all candidates. The newly created Justice of the Peace for District 2 forum will be May 26th at 6:00 pm also in the Turquoise Room at the Convention Center. There are 6 candidates for newly created position. Only 5 of the 6 plan to be in attendance. Also on May 25th is the Nevada Department of Taxation Informational Meeting. All businesses are required to fill out the new tax forms regardless of it they hit the $4 mil threshold or not. The meeting is planned to take about 1 ½ hr. We are hoping to move the slated time to 4:00 pm as the meetings are on the same day and both at the Convention Center. This will make it where people can attend both meetings. The forms are Due Aug 15 so it would be very beneficial for anyone needing assistance with the new form. The State Taxation Department will do an intermediate class that will include information for Businesses that are under the threshold of the $4mil and also for those that are over.Matt stated; Our current meetings for GAC are once a month, are they working? Do we need to do twice a month? General consensus of the committee members in attendance was that once a month is working well.
Voting issues within GAC~~ Are we doing OK? Does the way we currently handle votes during GAC work for everyone?
The Legislative session coming up quick. Matt would like to find a committee member to take over this process so he is able to step back a bit. It will be a matter of someone stepping up to organize the process and to be responsible of dividing up the bills for processing by the committee members.
We will be discussing both of these topics more at the June GAC meeting and Stacey will send a reminder that we plan to discuss this.
 
PACE is sponsoring a workshop with Joe McGuire tomorrow, May 10th on Marijuana in the Workplace. It will be held at the County Library from 11-2. Please RSVP to laura@pacecoalition.org.
 
Commerce Tax was heard by the Supreme Court and we are hoping for a decision soon as to the validity of the Ballot Question.
Frontier will be adding in another 20 gigs. They have raised from 5 gigs - 40 gigs in last couple of years. Due to their delayed budget they are just finding out they will have some money to play with. There will be $1.4 mil available for engineering in the Elko Area.

Adjourn: 1:22 p.m.
Respectfully submitted: S. DeFord