Pre-BOCC Update for August 5 Meeting

Most of the actions taken by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at its August 5th meeting were routine and not hotly contested. 
  • The Board approved an agreement with the State and the cities and counties of Nevada related to the allocation of any monetary recovery for the damages due to the opioid crisis.
  • The Board directed staff to prepare a re-organization and update of Title 20. The re-organization will include a comprehensive update of all sections of the Development Code.
  • The only hotly debated item was the proposed involuntary annexation of 29 acres of County land into the City of Gardnerville. Pursuant to state law, an involuntary annexation cannot be approved unless the proposed development would receive substantially all of its services from the city and Douglas County Code requires the proposed development to need these services. 
County staff determined minimal, if any services, would be provided by the City of Gardnerville to the development. When questioned, the City of Gardnerville could not provide any example of services provided to the development that any resident of Douglas County would also use, such as parks and roads. In addition, none of those services were “needed” by the development.

Nevertheless, the Board approved the involuntary annexation by a 3-2 vote. I voted no!
There were some interesting presentations made to the Board:
  • County Manager, Patrick Cates, Fire Marshall, Tod Carlini, and Sherriff, Dan Coverley provided the Board with the background of how the Tamarack fire started, how it spread and the courageous efforts by so many to get it contained. 
  • Update from the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") on a number of topics, including the Environmental Impact Study for the Painted Rock Mine. On a positive note, I was able to get assurances from the BLM that they will look for alternative routes for the trucks to use instead of traveling through neighborhoods located near Johnson Lane. 
  • Presentation from the Nevada State Treasurer, Zach Conine, regarding the State of Nevada's plans to utilize funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. I was very impressed by the willingness of the State Treasurer to work with each of Nevada’s Counties to identify and address their needs. There are billions of dollars to be spent, it is important for Douglas County to get its share of funds on projects important to us.  
Special Note I: Congratulations to Gardnerville native and 2010 Douglas High School graduate, KrystaPalmer, for winning the Bronze medal in the 3-meter springboard diving, the first medal in diving for the US since 2000. You have made Douglas County very proud!
Special Note II: Congratulations to Douglas County native, Macie Tuell, for being crowned Miss Nevada in the Miss America program. Good luck in the Miss America pageant. You have also made Douglas County very proud!


Small Business Saturday

This week, I invite you to take a look at the businesses featured in Small Business Saturday over the past few weeks. These local businesses need your support as the Nevada economy continues its comeback.

Please check out Bobby Page's Dry Cleaners, Cook'd, Bid Daddy's Bike and Brew, Sunsational Tanning and Apparel, and Rent A Nerd Computer Services. 
If your business, or the business of someone you know, would like to be featured on my Small Business Saturdays series, please email me at

All the best, 

Commissioner Danny Tarkanian

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