The Caliente City Council met on March 15.

Meadow Valley Wildlife Unlimited requested and was granted a temporary liquor license for their annual banquet on March 17 so they can sell their beverages during dinner at the Fire Hall, a change in venue from the usual Knotty Pine Bar.

Councilman John Ahlstrom made a motion to purchase 100 chairs to be used for public events at the City Depot, paying up to $3,000 from the room tax fund. The chairs come on a rack of 50 with straps so they can be stored in the Community Room when not in use.

Councilman Cody Christensen said, “I think it’s a good idea for the city to buy the chairs and retain ownership.”

The motion was approved.

The Amended Lease Agreement with Creative Artists was also approved. The group cannot charge for use of Community Room but can request a cleaning deposit up to $200. It can also request, but not require, donations.

Meadow Valley Ambulance (MVA) and State Parks (Beaver Dam and Kershaw) requested that late fees be permanently waived given that the MVA sends payments out on the third Monday of the month and these are often received after the due date.

The parks fees come from trash pick-up. They submit the bill to the state, which then submits a direct deposit to the city around the 23rd of each month.

The council agreed to waive late fees, due to the end of month payment schedule.

Renewal of the Mull’s Midway Motel business licence was back on the agenda. The Mulls are up to date on their room tax but have not gotten their state business license. They have the option of paying the state and getting the licence or getting a license under a different business name and then renewing their city license. The city gave them until the 20th to get things squared away.

The county has two motels that they are having trouble collecting taxes from and is looking at ways to improve methods of collection, as is the city.

A public hearing was held on amending Bill No. 2018-01, Ordinance #185, because the annexation petition cannot be signed, or concurrence given by the Caliente field manager, until such requests are reviewed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada State office. It is a matter not delegated to local management for action.

Attorney Dylan Frehner suggested taking out the 40 acres owned by the BLM. The council voted to approve the amended bill.

A parcel map change was proposed for Rainbow Land & Cattle Company LLC and J&J Trust affecting APN #013-14-018 and #013-14-019. This proposal to create three parcels was moved to the budget meeting on the 30th, along with the recommendation to issue a Conditional Use Permit for cultivation and production of cannabis to MJ Distributing, Inc.

Councilman Victor Jones was approved as mayor pro tempore.

An Open Meeting Law training was suggested by Attorney Dylan Frehner, who would like to have 10 -15 minutes at a future meeting to inform everyone of the rules.

Ahlstrom brought up some safety issues that need to be looked at regarding the Mountain Bike Trail.

An approval letter for the waterline project was received.

There will be a Depot Grant meeting in April and the results of who received grants will be announced in June.

Frehner got notice to reopen a contract with the teamsters, a meeting that will happen on March 29.

There will be a budget meeting on March 30 at 2 p.m. and the regularly scheduled meeting will be on April 5 at 6 p.m

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