Storey County County (Employee) Christmas Party Tonight
Storey County will host it’s second Christmas Party tonight at St. Mary’s Art Center at 6:00 pm. Held at the Bonanza Saloon, the first county party featured a potluck dinner and a no-host bar. As in attendees bought their own booze. Around 80 people came to the party last week.
Tonight’s party will be the “Traditional” one that County employees have come to enjoy. Last year’s party at Pipers Opera House attracted over 200 people last year. The Teller wrote about the “Traditional” County (employee) Christmas and were critical about the fact that County Taxpayers paid $6000 in free booze and food for a party that in 2017 had maybe a dozen non-county employees attending.
This year Commissioner Carmona, recognizing the bad optics of spending nearly three months salary for the average county resident, held his own party and it was a great time. The “Traditional” County (employees) party should be much smaller and cozier than what we have enjoyed in the past.
Eyebrows and Liability Concerns Raised
Commissioner Carmona’s party held his party at the Bonanza instead of Pipers as in years past. We raised our eyebrows when we learned about why.
“A few weeks ago, I got word that the County’s insurance provider (POOL PACT) had some liability concerns about a County event in a county facility where food was provided but not prepared in a licensed facility,” Commissioner Carmona posted on the VCH email discussion board.
Curious, I contacted the Pool-Pact’s Executive Director Wayne Carlson and asked him about his putting the nix on home cooking, but allowing free Jägermeister and Jello shots.
“We did not tell the Storey County they could not hold a party where food prepared in a non-licensed kitchen was served. We simply advised the county of the potential risk liability, and the county made their decision internally”, Mr. Carlson told The Teller.
We asked Mr. Carlson about the fact that people could get wasted on free County booze, he explained, “California has a “Dram Law”, but Nevada does not.”
According to Mr. Carlson, anyone drinking is responsible for themselves and their actions, regardless of who is providing the booze, and therefore the County is in the clear.
I wonder if Joey Gilbert would be able to poke a hole in that argument.
Heck, since there is no liability to the County Taxpayer, why stop at free booze? Why not have a budtender providing dank dabs and sticky nugs? I’ll bet the line at the hooka bar would be off the hizzy.
Once again, the County’s upper crust will have their own taxpayer-funded party (yes, the public is invited, but we all know who the party is for) while the kids of the community are left out in the snow. In years past, the County held a Christmas Party for the community families and distributed gifts to the kids. This year, Storey County all about the grownups.
So there you have it, gentle reader.
Bong rips or not, come to St. Mary’s tonight and get lit on the taxpayer’s dime.