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Gold Butte Festival Funding on Tech Review Agenda
Posting Date: 08/06/2012

By Barbara Ellestad

At its Technical Review meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Mesquite City Council will review a request for funding submitted by the Chamber of Commerce for its Gold Butte Festival slated for Oct. 12-13.

The Chamber wants the City to kick in $1,600 to help pay for the Festival, Half Marathon and a 5K race. The funding is not included in the current City budget. The Festival is taking the place of the Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation annual fall festival and will be held on Yucca Street and the adjacent City Hall parking lot. The Festival is being sponsored by the Chamber, the Friends of Gold Butte, and the Virgin Valley Artists Association.

The Council will also review a request from the Virgin Valley Family Services (VVFS), who sponsors the Mesquite Boxing Club, to renovate and occupy additional space at the Historic Gymnasium and to enter into a new lease agreement for 2012-13.

The VVFS wants to renovate two rooms at the old gym and then consolidate its office from its current location on Mesquite Blvd and its after school programs from the room it currently uses in the Mesquite Campus. If the Council ultimately approves the request, the remodeling would bring the total usable space to 6,277 square feet.

VVFS will be responsible for all remodeling costs and for obtaining proper permitting before construction begins.

An amended contract from Forsgren Associates, Inc, for design and bidding service on the Pioneer Shared Use Path project is also on the Technical Review agenda. The Council approved an alternate plan for the path project earlier in the Spring. The contract costs rose from $58,785 to $66,334 because of the alterations requiring Forsgren to redesign the Path's specifications.

Public hearings will continue on two Bills regarding community

event signs and billboards introduced at the Council's July 24 meeting. The first one will allow the City to install community event signs at various locations. The second one will allow the Eureka Casino to replace two billboards it has along I-15 on the east side of the City. The signs will be powered by LED lights that are currently restricted in the City's sign ordinance.

Three resolutions are under review by the Council. One will approve a second Interlocal Contract between the City and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) for the Lower Flat Top Drive project and increase the amount of money the City receives for the project by $361,264. That brings the total amount of money received so far for the new road to just over $1.4 million.

The second resolution between the City and the BLM Fire Management Division calls for a long term use agreement up to 10 years for future expansion of the BLM's Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) base to be located at the Mesquite Municipal Airport. The improvements worth $150,000 will provide an asphalt taxiway to a filling site, provide permanent containment for fire retardant tanks, and provide power and septic tank for office space.

The BLM is funding the improvements and wants to have the work completed before the start of the 2013 fire season.

The third resolution calls for an Interlocal contract between the City and RTC that will add $117,000 to the City's Maintenance Fund for maintenance and reconstruction of streets.

The Council will also review a 2012 Flood Control Master Plan update from the Regional Flood Control District Board.

The Technical Review meeting begins at 1:30 pm in the City Hall second floor training room and is open to the public.


  • Posted Date: 08/06/2012
    I think it is imperative that the city stay out of the CofC business. Not only that, stay out of the Gold Butte events. The chamber has done NOTHING for the city or the people so the chamber should get the money from its members. That's what members are for.
    By: Brent
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