We learned that Board Treasurer Peter Morris is not fulfilling his statutory duties as required by Nevada Revised Statutes. Instead, according to Chair Wong, all of the Treasurer’s statutory and fiduciary duties and responsibilities have been delegated to the Director of Finance. This statement came as a surprise to many of our citizens attending the meeting as well as other Trustees. Trustees Callicrate and Dent suggested a future Board agenda item to discuss and define the Board’s statutory roles.
Indra Winquist, interim General Manager, clarified that Tri-Strategies, our Nevada legislative lobbyist, was retained by former GM Pinkerton to perform public relations communications. Mr. Pinkerton retained Tri-Strategies without Board approval or knowledge. The amount of this contract and the scope of services are unknown.
The Mountain Course Clubhouse is moving forward with a more than $1M rehabilitation. Trustees Wong, Morris, and Horan voted in favor of the remodel instead of a new building as recommended by two independent consultants. Trustee Horan stated the sport is declining and spending money on a new building may be unwise. Trustee Dent stated he visited the facility and it appeared in good working operation and perhaps funds would be better spent on maintaining the cart paths and other basic needs.
Trustees unanimously approved moving forward with the design for the updated Tennis Center. The design work is to include options for the size of the new facilities. Removed from the scope of work were the bocce courts. The Board asked staff to identify other potential locations for the bocce courts to provide space for more than two courts.
In another unanimous vote, the Board approved the purchase of four new snowmaking fan guns. They increased the order from three to four and remained within the budgeted funds for purchasing the equipment.
The Board seemed confused with the agenda item on the approval of the Community Services Master plan and the prioritization list. The prioritization list included projects not contained on any master plan. Examples include the Burnt Cedar pool replacement and the ice skating rink. The list also included the Incline Beach house which was part of another master plan. Nevertheless, four Trustees approved the agenda item after Trustee Dent removed the ice rink from the list of the top priorities and added bocce instead. There were no estimated costs provided for the list of priorities. Trustee Wong stated this was done so as to not scare the public. Trustee Callicrate did not vote in favor since all Master Plans were not integrated; costs and funding sources were omitted; and the agenda item was confusing for the public. As part of this agenda item, the Trustees recommended the Incline Ice Foundation work with Incline Tahoe Foundation and bring forth a proposal for the location, capital improvement and operational costs, and funding sources for the Board’s consideration.
The top 5 identified priorities:
- Work to obtain a special use permit from the US Forest Service for the 12-acres across from the High School for a dog park
- Finalize a design for the Incline Beach house
- Finalize the concept plan for the renovation of the Tennis Center (minus bocce)
- Provide a timeline for the renovation/reconstruction of the Burnt Cedar pool
- Identify areas for the development of bocce courts