By MAGGIE MCMURRAY
Moapa Valley Progress
The Moapa Valley Town Advisory Board (MVTAB) met on Wednesday to discuss this year’s additions to the road paving and maintenance list.
Houston began by pointing out that, although there are many local roads on the list, some of those roads have been on the list without being paved for many years. “We are here to take requests for roads to go on the list,” he said. “But please remember that there is no guarantee they will be paved anytime soon. The best we can hope for is that they’ll be paved sometime during our lifetime.”
Houston then reviewed the roads on the list that were paved during the last year. These included Deer from Lewis to Overton park, a distance of 2100 feet; Lewis from MV Blvd to Deer, a distance of 1800 feet; Rice Rd. from Brothers to Wittwer, a distance of 1,000 feet; Wittwer from Yamashita to Ash, about 660 feet; and St. Joseph from Cram to Bunnell, a distance of 600 feet.
Houston then listed the roads still left on the paving list.
The first two roads on the list were Mills St. from Liston to the railroad tracks and Pioneer from the railroad crossing extending 600 feet north. On these two projects, the county is hoping to get paved under a Federal Loans Access Program (FLAP) grant, Houston said.
The purpose of the FLAP grant is to help pave roads accessing recreation areas. Both of these routes provide access to Logandale Trails.
Houston then read he other streets on the paving list, as well as the roads on the immediate maintenance list.
There are currently eleven roads on the paving list. They include Paiute from Jensen to 840 N, 840 feet; Perkins from Whitmore to 1000 W, 1,000 feet; Cameron from St. Joseph to Palo Verde, 643 feet; Ingram from Whitmore to Yamashita, 1,344 feet; Skyline from Pearl to Dunn, 660 feet; Dunn from Skyline to Pinwheel, 1,330 feet; Pirate from Yamashita to Ash, 660 feet; Paul from Ash to Anderson, 2,026 feet; Gann from St. Joseph to Yamashita, 1,360 feet; Pearl from Lyman to Skyline, 585 feet; and St. Joseph from Cottonwood to Carol, 660 feet.
In addition there are seven gravel roads on the immediate maintenance list and thirteen gravel roads on the list for future maintenance, Houston said.
During public comment, Lorelei Tuitasi said that N Ash off Cram was a major ATV trail and should be paved because the ATV’s are tearing up the gravel on their way to public lands. Since FLAP grants cover public access roads to recreational areas, she proposed it go on the FLAP list.
Ridondo explained that FLAP only covered access points to designated recreational areas that were a defined space and improved with restrooms and other required improvements. So this situation wouldn’t qualify.
Norma Bishop proposed Paul Street go on the list, along with Lou and the remaining portion of Pirate. Ridondo pointed out that all the portions of those streets to which the county owned the right-of-way, were either paved or already on the list. Roads to which the county has not been granted a right-of-way cannot be paved, she said.
Bryant Robison proposed that a portion of Lou street to Yamashita be paved. He said that it currently does not exist as a road. But he suggested that it has the potential to be a major thoroughfare and a safer route for heavy trucks and equipment through the area. Houston pointed out that the county does not currently have a right-of-way for that parcel and it is not currently a designated road.
Dorene Starita proposed that partially paved roads Liston and Ash be completely paved.
Blake Monk proposed that Gann street from Lou to Whitmore be placed on the maintenance list.
Megan Porter proposed that Gubler from St. Joseph to Whitmore be placed on the maintenance list as well.
Trent Leavitt requested that St. Joseph from Cottonwood to Carol be moved up in paving priority. He said that this section currently serves several families with almost 20 children under the age of 12. It is currently on the list to be paved but is sitting in the #11 position, where it has been for the past twenty years.
Houston said that Leavitt’s request would be noted and recorded. But he explained that the county does not necessarily go down the list in order. Rather county staff use information such as traffic, length of road, number of people served and cost when deciding where to pave next.
Boy Scout Nick Leavitt proposed that Bunnell from Heyer to St. Joseph be paved. Houston pointed out that if that section was approved, then St. Joseph from Cram to Bunnell should also be added to the list.
Boy Scout Myles Mortensen proposed that Brothers Street be put on the paving list as it is currently the only road in the area not paved and serves 8 homes. Ridondo said that Brothers cannot be paved because of right-of-way issues.
Motions were made that Gann from Lou to Whitmore, Gubler from St. Joseph to Whitmore, St. Joseph from Cottonwood to Willow be added to the maintenance list.
It was then motioned that Gann from St. Joseph to Ash, Liston from Yamashita to Ash, Bunnell from Heyer to St. Joseph, St. Joseph from Cram to Bunnel be added to the paving list.
All motions carried with a unanimous vote.
During the final public comment period, Bruce Cameron asked that the ATV trail along Whipple from Moapa Valley Blvd to Paiute be paved. He said that the entire dedicated ATV trail is paved except for that short section. Ridondo said that the county was aware of this, but the problem exists because they do not have the right-of-way for that section . The current owners are unwilling to relinquish it, she said.
Houston said that because it is a designated ATV route built according to the master plan, the county should be maintaining the route, but they are not currently. Ridondo replied that she would bring it to the attention of the commissioner.