Just one death warrants an additional mandate that all new homes constructed in Mesquite be outfitted with a combination of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, so said the Mesquite City Council at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Councilman George Rapson clarified that the measure is not retroactive to homes already built. Richard Secrist, Development Services Director, pointed out that vehicles with keyless engine starters were becoming more common. An individual died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Mesquite earlier this year when a vehicle parked in a closed garage was accidentally started with a remote starter and left running.
“A $30 or $40 fix is well worth the cost of the savings to life and property,” Secrist wrote in the agenda item’s background material.
During the meeting, Secrist said that the combination detectors have been required in International Building Codes since 2009. However, the City has not adopted the updated codes which is why it hasn’t been required for new home construction within Mesquite city limits. “Most builders are doing this already,” Secrist remarked.
The Council voted 4-0 to pass the ordinance. Councilwoman Cindi Delaney was excused from the meeting.
An Interlocal Agreement between Clark County and the city that will provide $9,000 in grant funding for police body cameras was also unanimously approved. MPD Lieutenant McQuade Chesney said the grant will allow the Mesquite Police Department to purchase nine more body cameras. Patrol officers and school resource officers already have 16 cameras among them, also purchased through grant funding.
“I would like to commend the Police Department on this great thing,” Mayor Al Litman remarked.
In the opening public comment period Chris Carlton, Field Manager for the BLM Caliente Field Office provided an update on the potential sale of oil and gas leases in nearby counties. Some available parcels were located just north of Mesquite in Lincoln County that caused a stir in July among local residents.
“We heard a lot of concern and a lot of comments from this community in particular,” Carlton said about the leases. “Today, the lease sale happened in Reno. The sale generated $6,676 during the competitive sale.”
Carlton explained that three parcels were offered for sale totaling 3,640 acres. The leases will last 10 years at a cost of $1.50 per acre for the first five years and $2 an acre after that. Once the lease is producing the lessee pays a 12.5 percent royalty.
Originally 94 parcels were on the list of potential sales totaling140,380 acres. “The BLM deferred 91 parcels containing 135,647 acres where there were unresolved resource issues.”
Carlton said the next oil and gas sale is scheduled for March 2016 for parcels located within the Elko area.
“The bottom line is the BLM heard and understood your concerns and reflected those to our state office. As a result, only three parcels were offered for sale. We will continue to work with the community to address your concerns,” Carlton said as he concluded his remarks.