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Nicole Barde reports on the latest Storey County Commissioners Meeting.

Read her assessment of the meeting here.

Her Preamble is noteworthy and reprinted here with permission:

 

PLEASE VOTE IN THE RECALL ELECTION…….WHETHER YOU VOTE TO RECALL, NOT TO RECALL, OR TO KEEP 3 PEOPLE (REALLY JUST ONE) FROM APPOINTING A COMPLIANT BUDDY….YOU NEED TO VOTE.

By Nicole Barde

You can find the agenda packet HERE and County Manager Pat Whitten’s summary HERE. If you want to listen to the meeting you can find the recording HERE.

Pat Whitten’s summary is pretty complete and I just have a few comments.

FIRST THINGS FIRST. Below is the information on the special election on the question of whether to recall Sheriff Antinoro. Please go out and vote either in person or thru absentee ballot.

SIDENOTE: This whole thing has been a very divisive process in our small county. I keep hearing directly and thru third parties that more than a few people felt COMPELLED to sign the petition because they were pressured overtly or implicitly by the person asking for their signature. Imagine…………..saying no Bum Hess, Jim Miller , your boss or any of the other key players who can affect your livelihood and quality of life. This is small town politics at its worst from the standpoint of not having the personal freedom to disagree publically out of fear. I don’t care if it’s one person or a thousand……IT IS WRONG AND IT HAPPENED HERE.

Additionally, since the signers of the petition are public there is pressure there as well for both those in favor and those not in favor of the recall….you can face consequences from neighbors and friends on both sides of the issue. Just for the record, two out of three County Commissioners signed the petition…..Marshall McBride did not sign it. For some that may be a betrayal, for me that is worth respecting. I don’t know what his motives were, at the very least it says to me that Marshall didn’t want to drag us thru the meat grinder which we are currently going thru as a small community.

The only good news in this scenario is that NO ONE CAN SEE HOW YOU VOTE ……BUT YOU MUST VOTE.

If the Sheriff is retained the voice of the people will have been heard twice. The first time when he was elected to the position, the second when he was retained in the position.

If the Sheriff is recalled then the voice of people will have been heard to remove him but the County Commission will appoint a new sheriff. That takes the will of the voters out of the equation. It’s like bad and more bad in my book. For me bad is retaining an imperfect but effective Sheriff, more bad is to leave the decision and appointment to 3 people, one of whom has the agenda to remove the sheriff for his own personal benefit. It would be different for me if the decision on who to appoint went thru an actual election…that way I could have a direct voice…..but this appointment process, given what has already gone on with the petition process, just goes against the grain for me.

Election information:

Voter registration for the Special Election closes Saturday, March 25, 2017. In addition to regular office hours, the Storey County Clerk’s Offices located at the Storey County Courthouse, 26 South B Street, Virginia City, Nevada will be open for voter registration on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Requests for Absentee Ballots must be submitted in writing to the Storey County Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Absentee ballots must be received by the County Clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, April 11, 2017.

Early Voting will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the following locations:

STOREY COUNTY COURTHOUSE SLAMMER & MUSEUM
26 South “B” Street
Virginia City, NV 89440

STOREY COUNTY FIRESTATION #4 (CHANGE IN POLLING LOCATION)
431 Canyon Way
Lockwood, NV 89434

Additional early voting will be held Monday, April 3, 2017 – Friday, April 7, 2017 from 8:00am to 6:00pm at the following location:

STOREY COUNTY COURTHOUSE SLAMMER & MUSEUM
26 South “B” Street
Virginia City, NV 89440

For a breakdown of the Storey County Commissioners Meeting, read the rest of the post here.

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