Mike Sullivan, Eureka County EMS Coordinator reported since last report Eureka had 15 calls for service with 1 call not crewed by 2 people being a refusal; and Crescent Valley had 5 calls; bringing Eureka’s year-round-total to 105 and Crescent Valley’s to 44, which is a total 23 below last year. The Eureka EMS team currently has 18 members while Crescent Valley is “stable” at 4 with 2 applicant Drivers. On Oct. 26, Sullivan and Cathy Wolf met with the Klondex Mine Safety Manager, Steve Crommelin, and was given a tour of the mine site west of Crescent Valley to talk about medical response issues and found Crommelin “proactive.”
On the weekend of Oct. 4, two workers were injured in a utility accident, and a hunter was injured up at Prospect Peak. The off-road rescue vehicle couldn’t get to the hunter’s side due to the steep terrain so a helicopter was called in and got to within 100 yards of the patient. Sullivan characterized it as a “great response” and thanked the Eureka Volunteer Fire Department. “We literally couldn’t have done it without them. It was a large mammal.”
Sullivan is being asked regularly by the public for information regarding Ebola and while there is a low risk, he has directed a department self assessment, with all personnel being refreshed on use of personal protection gear. Sullivan noted the Governor has appointed an Ebola Task Force and Sullivan has been contacted by the State Division of Health to determine Eureka’s ability to transport isolation patients.
Public Works Director, Ron Damele, reported work is finishing this week and next on the fiber optic connections on Robin Street, with the fiber optic been pulled and another week involved getting everything connected. Starting Wednesday the 22nd, work on sprinkler system winterization began. In Fire Department work, Damele reported extrication training will take place in Crescent Valley on November 1st and in Eureka on November 6th. On the 6th there also will be a ‘fit test’ for Beowawe and Crescent Valley in Beowawe. An entry level fire fighter class for Crescent Valley/Beowawe will be held three Saturdays in January, with Carlin VFD assistance being solicited to help put that on. The Eureka Airport lighting project will begin on the 27th and the contractor will come in and do some excavating and bury some cable; then will leave, and come back and do the lights in about two weeks since the lights and ballast are long-lead items. While the project has a 60 day window, Damele doesn’t expect it to take that long. Excavation work will only take place on the north end of the airport where real lights will be installed. “They assist you in the GPS approach,” Damele explained.
Regarding the Eureka Court-house HVAC project, the plans have been received back from the designer and are being reviewed by staff after which they will go to a third party reviewer to make sure there are no problems. Once completed, there will be a full set of plans. Damele said the estimated cost has “gone up significantly” since the original estimates. Finally, Damele reported that the Pool Project is completed and has been tested for five days with the pool expected open for business on Oct. 21.
Ken Jones honored
At their Oct. 23 meeting, the Economic Development Program board honored Sheriff Ken Jones with a plaque for his years of service both on the board and with the Car Show & Drag Race. Commissioner Ithurralde was in attendance representing the Commission in expressing their appreciation for Sheriff Jones’ dedication to this county.
Special cupcakes, with a theme of drag racing, were designed and made by Brenda Overholser and served along with coffee to all in attendance.
Money returned to general fund
Clerk/Treasurer, Bev Conley reported the County began the month with a balance of $52,317,609; saw $3,259,280 in revenue which included the return of $1.2 million in Community Development Corporation monies currently placed in the General Fund, and real property taxes. With $4,369,040 in disbursements, the County ended the month with a $51,207,849 balance.
The Eureka County Commissioners approved:
Expenditures of $1,706,549.91 including Payroll of $292,504.15 and a pass-through to the School District $1,171563 and $2,031.48 in Yucca Mountain expenditures;
Adopting a resolution confirming existence of the Eureka County Recreation Board;
Signing an application for an EMS Grant to the Nevada State Division of Public & Behavioral Health in the amount of $10,000.00 with an in-kind County contribution;
Giving the Public Works Director the authority to appoint Christine Smith, Winona Eversgaard, Shawn Smith, Dr. Dan Morris and Kim Russell as alternate, with J.J. Goicoechea as the Commission liaison, and Damele as a board member to the SLAG Working Group.