County leaders postponed a decision on a commercial fire inspection program until they have more information on the number of businesses in Pershing County that could be impacted by the program. A list of county-licensed businesses was requested from the Sheriff’s Department.

Lovelock Volunteer Fire Department member Mike Heidemann, a certified fire inspector, has advised county leaders that a fire inspection program could be educational for the public, increase public safety and reduce fire insurance rates for homeowners and business owners.

Regular fire inspections are a factor in a community’s ISO rating, Heidemann said. The ISO rating is one of the many factors considered as insurance companies set fire insurance rates.

The State Fire Marshal is responsible for fire safety at larger establishments such as hotels, daycare facilities, factories and prisons. NRS 477.030 lists the fire marshal’s areas of concern.

“The safety, access, means and adequacy of exit in case of fire from mental and penal institutions, facilities for the care of children, foster homes, residential facilities for groups, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, all buildings, except private residences, which are occupied for sleeping purposes, buildings used for public assembly and all other buildings where large numbers of persons work, live or congregate for any purpose.” 

At the moment, local business owners can request a fire inspection as a community service from the LVFD. Fire inspections include fire extinguishers, fire exits, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, combustible material storage and electrical-related issues such as extension cords.



SHERIFF’S REPORT

Sheriff Jerry Allen said staffing more jury trials for domestic violence suspects will be a challenge for the sheriff’s office. Three bailiffs are required to man each jury trial, he said.

The sheriff’s office has received six applications for three vacancies at the department. However, only one of the six candidates is willing to move to Pershing County, Allen said.

Squatters are an ongoing issue for the sheriff’s office although most of the illegal campers stay “out of sight behind the mountains,” Allen told county leaders. A tent camper below the 105 freeway bridge quickly moved on before sheriff’s deputies could respond to the report, he said.

The county commission approved a rental agreement with Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Nicholson for a county-owned house in Imlay.



DIESEL FUEL TAX

A special hearing could be scheduled to educate the public and hear concerns about a possible county tax increase by up to five cents per gallon on all diesel fuel sales in the county. Instead of going to the state, much of the revenues would stay in the county for road improvements.

The new tax could be enacted by the county commission or it could be put to a vote by county residents in the upcoming general election. The diesel fuel tax issue is expected to be on the next county commission agenda with more information on the potential tax revenues.

NACO estimated that in 2017/2018, a one cent tax on diesel could have generated about $120,769 while a five cent tax could have generated $603,844. NDOT could take a portion of the revenues for big-rig truck parking projects such as new or expanded freeway rest areas.



GHOST WALK

The county commission granted contingent approval for a new series of local events to be called “Ghost Walk/Hay Rides” scheduled for October 18, 19, 25, 26 and 31. The events are being organized by the Lovelock Revitalization Association but LRA Director Karen Lerner was not available to provide more information for county leaders.

The events will include guided tours of the round Pershing County Courthouse. County leaders would like more details such as how courthouse security will be maintained during the events.



LONE MOUNTAIN GRANGE

The first meeting of the Lone Mountain Grange is tonight, October 9, 7 p.m. at the Pershing County Community Center. The new group will complement the Pershing County 4-H Club according to Pershing County Economic Development Director Heidi Lusby-Angvick.