Smooth night for council

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Tuesday’s meeting for the Mesquite City Council was one of the shortest ones for the record books, as it lasted less than 25 minutes from start to finish.

With Councilman Geno Withelder excused for the night, the rest of the council approved all resolutions and items on the agenda.

The first was a proclamation that is brought back each year, declaring March 22-29, 2015 as H.O.M.E. (Help Our Moral Environment) Week, which celebrates the community’s victory in 1996 when they drove out an adult store that was operating where the recent 19th Hole Bar & Grill now stands. According to the proclamation, the original organizers of H.O.M.E. gathered roughly 7,000 supporters and finally forced the business to close.

The next approved item was Resolution 860 which allowed the construction of Exit 118 to continue, designating which areas of the project’s design, specifications, construction, ownership, maintenance and cost participation fell under the responsibility of the City and which areas were for the Nevada Department of Transportation. The project is progressing well and should be complete by the summer of 2016.

The next item on the agenda was for Resolution 861 which brought Judge Ryan Toone before the council to explain the security situation at the Mesquite Township Justice Court. Last year, the court lost it’s part time bailiff due to health issues and has been filling the position with help from the Mesquite Police Department. This resolution signs the City into a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow the MPD to continue to assist the court while the city will be receiving $5,000 in compensation per year from Clark County for the services.

The final item on the agenda was for Resolution 862 that entered the City into an Interlocal Agreement for Animal Control Services between Mohave County, Ariz. and the City of Mesquite. According to Deputy Chief Scott Taylor, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office usually asks that the Animal Control officers respond to the Beaver Dam and Scenic areas to assist with related issues. This agreement would have allowed the City of Mesquite to receive some reimbursement for the housing and care of the animals transferred to them from Mohave County. But, as Taylor said, Mohave County did not have funding to set up such a procedure. So, for an estimated cost to the City of Mesquite of less than $10,000 per year, the Animal Control department will continue to work with Mohave County with these issues, without reimbursement. The council voted to continue the department’s current services for the foreseeable future.

On a final note for the short meeting, City Manager Andy Barton announced that he will be holding a Community Forum next Thursday, March 19 at 8 a.m. on the second floor of City Hall in the training room. The public is invited to attend and ask the manager any questions they may have.

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