The Sept. 20 meeting of the Caliente City Council started off with public comment referring to the park not having the restrooms open. Councilman John Ahlstrom said that the reason the restrooms are kept locked is due to vandalism and the cost to the city. Comments were made by the public about paying monthly fees for the parks so, at the very least, a Porta Potty would be nice.
There was no action taken on the yearly review of the conditional-use permit for the vacation rental house on 290 Main, owned by Rhea Roberts. They have been consistent in paying their utility and room taxes.
The employee handbook was tabled again as more questions were brought up; it will be back on the agenda for the next meeting.
The professional service agreement for Katschke Law, LLC ( Franklin Katschke ) to provide legal services as city attorney for Caliente was approved for one year, starting October 1, 2018. There were three applicants interviewed. The committee looked at who would be best suited for the city in terms of availability, time, and budget.
Katschke has a law office located in Caliente.The other applicants had hourly fees while Katschke offered a flat fee. Fees to pay the city attorney are split between the general fund and the utility fund.
Back in July 2007, the city of Caliente and Lincoln County entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the management, maintenance, ownership, and other related items regarding the Caliente Communication Tower (CCT), which is owned jointly by both parties and located adjacent to the city. Both parties want to revoke the 2007 MOU and set up a new MOU for the management of the CCT moving forward. The main purpose of the CCT is for public safety and emergency response.
The council voted to accept this new MOU and it will be presented to the county commissioners at their next meeting.
Resolution 2018-11 was discussed, establishing a yearly review and renewal by the city council of all appointed boards and their members in the city of Caliente. The review would be done starting January 2019, encouraging more participation from city residents.
Ahlstrom, of the beautification committee, said that the Christmas tree lighting is set for December 1 and requested use of the community room.
Councilman Regen Gubler said the planning board is working on a report about the lack of growth in Caliente. Per a comment made in a previous meeting by Ken Dixon, suggesting that the lack of growth is due to the city’s bad reputation, Sheriff Kerry Lee has been asked for reports on statistic of arrests and any calls.
Gubler and Mayor Victor Jones attended the League of Cities in Winnemucca. Jones said they used Caliente as an example of camaraderie between little cities and big cities.
The League provided a list of bill draft requests that will soon be coming up before the assembly and legislature. One of the bills, Bill # 444, is an attempt to open a full-service DMV in the Depot, which the city would provide space for.
Donna Jones commented that, “Every year, the League of Cities do a silent auction; every city brings a basket and the proceeds go to the League. Our basket brought in second or third highest.Thanks to the donations of the businesses here.”
The next meeting will be October 4, 6 p.m., at the Depot.
Senior center meeting
The Caliente Olsen Senior Center held its monthly board meeting on Sept. 18.
Charon Samson let the board know that the grant for the handicap doors was approved and Imperial Glass is in the process of ordering the needed parts. Also included are new exit signs and security lights outside. This has been in the works for two years, with the center holding fundraisers. The center will match 25 percent of the grant.
Activities at the center are:
Knitting ’n Crafts, Friday evenings from 5-7 p.m.
Bingo every Thursday at 1 p.m.