On Jan. 7, the Panaca Farmstead held its monthly meeting.
The board reviewed the retirement of LaRene Rogers, a staple of the Farmstead and an employee for the past thirteen years. Even as Rogers retired, she stated that she will still come into the office to help when needed and to cover for her replacement, Amanda Goff.
The Farmstead’s office hours have changed. It will now be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. In case of an emergency, there will be a number posted on the office doors. There was discussion that the change in hours might invite some to excuse late payments or no payments by saying that there was no one there to accept the money; however, the office has a drop box that is available 24/7.
Next was Matt Wadsworth’s request to lease water rights for his property. He told the board the amount of water he needs and the board, in turn, did its own calculations and assessed comparative contracts to determine what payments should look like. In the end, Wadsworth and the board agreed to a set price and water amount, and Wadsworth was tasked with making sure that a contract was drawn up to reflect this agreement.
Next came the subject of comp time. According to some on the board, comp time isn’t necessarily legal in Nevada. At a previous meeting, the time off and benefits of those already working for the Farmstead were altered, igniting contention among employees. The final decision made was that comp time should be rolled over into vacation time, which seemed to go over well with the employees present at the meeting.
After tabling a discussion about a fire hydrant in front of the middle school until next month, the board set its sights on looking for legal counsel for meetings. The current counsel has been unable to attend for a significant amount of time, while still being paid to do so. The Farmstead expressed a desire to put an ad in the paper looking for someone qualified to fill the position, and the board moved to do so.
After this came a discussion as to the definition of premises. The Pine Tree Inn currently runs two meters while maintaining multiple living spaces (cottages) in the property along with the main building. A handful of solutions were proposed, including adding a larger meter to the property, changing the property to a commercial piece of land, or redefining premises. In the end, the board decided to wait until it receives legal counsel and the matter was tabled for a future meeting.