Daily Free Press Staff Writer
CARLIN -- The Carlin City Council Wednesday night approved an application from Mike Tangreen and Pam Montross to open the Dove Tail Ranch brothel within Carlin city limits along the Carlin-Eureka Highway.
This will be the second brothel in the city. The other one is Sharon's, also on the Carlin-Eureka Highway.
"We don't want hassles and arguments between the two," said Mayor Linda Bingaman, who added that she hoped any competition problems could be ironed out.
Councilman Ruth Hart said she checked on the difficulties that Wells had with its two brothels and understood it was a personality conflict between managers that led to the city revising its brothel ordinance and setting higher fees for the brothels.
Wells City Council raised the fees to cover the higher costs of police visits to the brothels.
"I don't like government dictating to business," Hart said.
Councilman Marie Bingham said one of the concerns raised about having two brothels in the city is over the use of CB radios, and she told Sharon's owner Charlie Kendrick she hoped he and Montross could work it out.
"We don't want to be in business without a CB. It's necessary for business," Kendrick said at the council meeting.
Brothel employees chat with truck drivers on the CB, enticing them to stop.
In other action, the council:
- Approved hiring Canyon Construction for $68,682.58 for paving, curb, gutter and sidewalk for Sixth Street in a joint venture with the Elko County School District.
City Engineer Tom Ballew estimated total cost of the project at $86,000 and said city crews will be doing some work.
- Tabled a decision on awarding a contract for a new city water tank and foundation because the city didn't budget enough. Morse Construction out of Washington bid $322,000, while High Mark Construction of Elko had the lowest bid of $241,500 and Canyon Construction of Elko bid $262,532.
City Clerk Cherie Aiazzi said only about $150,000 was budgeted for the project, although the city has enough money available for the total amount. She said the council would need to pass a resolution stating that the project exceeds the budgeted amount.
"We still need $91,000," Bingham said, referring to the difference between the budgeted amount and the lowest bid.
Ballew also said the bids didn't cover modifications of the pump station and 800 feet of pipe, which the city would cover.
Hart questioned whether the city needs the new water tank north of Interstate 80 in the industrial park for the proposed project to extend city water service to the University of Nevada, Reno, Fire Science Academy.
Ballew said the water service could be extended without the tank, but "it would be better with the tank," although he said the tank especially provides for extra fire protection for businesses north of freeway.
City Manager William Kohbarger today said the city is looking at extending the water service along old U.S. Highway 40 on the south of I-80 to reach the academy but is still awaiting word on possible federal grant money for the project.
The academy needs the water because the well water that was serving the academy is too high in barium.
The water problem is one of those that UNR, All Star Investments and Clark & Sullivan Constructors are addressing in their out-of-court settlement to repair the fire school and reopen it in May. UNR closed the $27 million academy last year because of groundwater contamination, the barium in the well water and a sewage system problem.
Industries along the highway also could tap into the pipeline, and Kohbarger said today he's already received one letter of interest for a tap-in.
- Appointed Charles and Wendy Rehdorf to the Carlin Planning Board and reappointed Marie Carpenter and Lavern Inzer to the Open Door Senior Center Advisory Council.
- Agreed Darrell Munson could name the road he lives on -- a spur of Tomera Ranch Road -- "Munson Street," but he should use a blue street sign rather than green since it is a private road.
- Heard from Kohbarger that the Nevada League of Cities has awarded the 2003 convention to Elko, and Wells, Carlin and Spring Creek will help host the event.
Carlin already plans to host a softball tournament at Carlin City Park for the convention-goers, who also will tour a gold mine on the Carlin Trend, he said.