By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine County Commission voted four-to-one to approve the idea of the exchange of property with the City of Ely regarding the White Pine County Golf Course Well. Robinson Nevada Mine built a well on county property in 2009. The county will give the City of Ely the property and adjacent property for the golf course well. In return, the county will receive the parcel of land that contains the White Pine Administrative Building (old Ely Times building). Upon approval from the Ely City Council, the two sides will begin to negotiate legalities’ and be brought back before the respective governing bodies.
“It’s a mutual land transfer and two government entities finally working in cooperation with each other that came up with what I consider to be a very reasonable swap of parcels,” County Commissioner Richard Howe said. Howe served on the negotiating team for the county.
City Councilman Marty Westland spoke as a resident of the city on the item.
“I would like to endorse this plan fully,” Westland said. “This is the type of cooperation that we need to have more of.”
Westland requested the County Commission consider putting reversionary language in the agreement, which Howe said was not in the works. Councilman Mike Coster voted against the item, citing concerns over approving negotiations without knowing full details about what will be negotiated. Coster also questioned whether there would be a no charge agreement added to the final agreement.
The commission also voted on the following items:
• Approval for White Pine County to participate in the StormReady program.
• Approval of the Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Coalition Memorandum of Agreement between White Pine, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye Counties. Commissioner Coster voted against the item.
• Approval to cancel the Sept. 11 County Commission meeting.
• Tabling possible action regarding protest submitted by MGM Construction on the McGill Senior Front Porch bid awarded by the Commission on Aug. 14 until all documents are received. Commissioners John Lampros and Mike Lemich voted against tabling the item.
• Approval to allow the McGill Volunteer Fire Department to meet with the District Attorney to discuss arrangements for usage of the American Legion Fire Hall and options available. Commissioner Coster voted against the item, citing concerns whether it was in the commission’s authority to do so.
• Approval of 2013-14 JAG grant award in the amount of $103,000.
• Approval of planned expenditures for the Office of Traffic Safety grant received in November of 2012.
• Approval of communication site lease agreement between Barrick Gold and White Pine County.
• Approval to file with the State Water Engineer a proof of beneficial use for permit number 74450.
• Approval to accept FAA grant to update airport layout plan with narrative report in the amount of $92,509.
• Approval of specialized professional service contracts to be executed with D.O.E. grant funding at no cost to the county per Millennium Energy ($24,500) for solar, wind and micro-hydro resource assessment, per S&B Christ Consulting for $14,200 for transmission evaluation for feasibility study, per Resource Concepts for $23,000 for biomass resource assessment, per TerraSpectra Geomatics for $23,000 for renewable energy resource mapping and per NV Bureau of Mines and Geology for $15,000 for geothermal resource assessment.
• Approval to accept aging and disability services division NSIP grant supplement in the amount of $5,695.
• Approval of application to aging and disability services division for equipment request in the amount of $2,129.68.
• Approval to accept and authorize the chairman to sign aging and division title III grant for Homebound.
The next County Commission meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25.
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