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During their Tuesday meeting, commissioners:

• Unanimously passed a resolution about the Jarbidge community time capsule, which contains items from 1909-2009. The time capsule will be opened in 2109.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to write a letter to the Idaho Bureau of Land Management and other relevant agencies about the need for improved maintenance of the Jarbidge Canyon Road from the Idaho border to Murphy’s Hot Springs.

• Unanimously appointed Patrick Dolan to the Elko Senior Activity Inc. board. Dolan is the manager of Raley’s and is involved with other community boards, including Friends in Service Helping.

• Unanimously approved an agreement with the Nevada Department of Transportation to transfer 1.92 miles of frontage road adjacent to Northeastern Nevada Regional Railport.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a resolution for the road transfer. Elko County Manager Rob Stokes said the state transportation board, which is scheduled to meet in January, still needs to approve the resolution.

• Unanimously authorized a tax refund to Callan Payton due to a recent ruling by the State Board of Equalization about an agricultural deferment. Payton will be refunded $4,938.

• Heard an update on the hiring of a director for the Elko County Ambulance Service.

Stokes said the county received fewer than 10 applications and two candidates were interviewed. Members of the hiring committee couldn’t come to an agreement, so the county will readvertise the position.

• Presented plaques to the winners of the Veterans Day parade.

• Presented a certificate of remembrance honoring Bob Wright, who died Oct. 31. Wright’s family accepted the award on his behalf. Wright founded Wells Rural Electric and was a past president of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association.

• Awarded a certificate of appreciation to Bob Wines for his work for the Elko County Public Guardian’s Office and Keith Westengard for his work with the Elko County Fire Protection District and Nevada Division of Forestry.

The POW-MIA also presented a certificate of appreciation to Staff Sgt. Brian Olson, who is on a short break from serving in Afghanistan.

• Unanimously approved standards for the identification of Elko County fire vehicles.

Commission Vice Chairman Charlie Myers said the improved standards are meant to show pride in Elko County Fire, and particularly, volunteer fire departments.

Westengard said Elko County Fire staff designed a new red patch for uniforms. New red stripes and the emblem will be put on fire vehicles.

Commissioner Warren Russell said the hard reality is that taxpayers are footing the bill for the improved standards.

• Heard an update on Elko County’s application for a Veterans Affairs clinic.

Stokes said the county submitted a 122-page application, but hasn’t heard back from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

• Unanimously voted for the county to coordinate the Metropolis Irrigation Restoration Project. Commissioners also requested that an indemnification clause be placed in a written agreement.

Elko County Planner Randy Brown said he doesn’t know where the project currently stands.

“My opinion is that if no one steps in to coordinate the project, it won’t happen,” he said.

Russell said every time the commission supports a project, there’s a sense that the county is obliged to continue supporting the project.

Ellison said the county is losing money invested in the project as more time goes by without a coordinator.

Several commissioners said they were worried that Brown wouldn’t have enough time to serve as coordinator.

“The data is 95 percent complete,” Brown said. “It just needs to be put together.”

• Tabled an agenda item regarding the Natural Resources Advisory Committee. The county has received five applications and seven members are needed.

Myers said if there aren’t seven applicants by January, the county should proceed with appointing members to the committee.

By Julie Wootton

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