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IVGID eyes replacement of longtime legal counsel firm

Former IVGID General Manager Bill Horn, left, and the district's legal counsel, Scott Brooke, listen to public comment at a March 27, 2013, board meeting.
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If you go

What: IVGID Board of Trustees meeting

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10

Where: IVGID Board room, 893 Southwood Blvd.

Learn more online: yourtahoeplace.com/ivgid/board-of-trustees

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The IVGID board is expected to discuss changing attorneys next week, a move that would bring new legal blood to the district for the first time in 15 years.

Board Chairman Joe Wolfe said the item will be on the agenda for the Wednesday, Dec. 10, meeting.

“I am the one who instigated that,” Wolfe said Wednesday. “The concept behind it is I wanted someone here in town, someone who pays a rec fee, who lives here.”

A change in counsel is something Wolfe has pushed for since he was elected four years ago, he said, but the issue died because previous board members didn’t support the idea.

This summer, however, the contract of the Minden, Nev.-based firm of Brooke Shaw Zumpft was not renewed, and IVGID first advertised its intent to entertain candidates in the Aug. 7 edition of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.

Later this year, a request for proposal for candidates was advertised. The district received three bids, IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton said Wednesday.

“We are reviewing those and anticipate coming with a recommendation to the board (Wednesday),” Pinkerton said.

The Bonanza was unable to immediately obtain details of the bids for this story.

The IVGID board voted 3-0 on May 31, 2000, to hire Brooke Shaw Zumpft. The firm replaced legal counsel Noel Manoukian on July 1 of that year.

Over the past 14 years, T. Scott Brooke has regularly attended IVGID board meetings and worked with district staff and trustees on legal matters. At times, other members of the firm, including Charles S. Zumpft, have attended meetings.

Over the years, the firm’s contract has changed in terms of hourly rates. For example, in 2011, the firm charged IVGID $198 an hour, according to financial records. That figure is up to $225 for 2014.

While Wolfe has supported seeking new counsel for years, so too has board vice-chairman Jim Hammerel, who brought the issue up in meetings after he was elected in 2012.

“I think Mr. Brooke has served the district very well over the years and has been a great resource for IVGID, but I think it’s time to start anew with some new ideas,” Hammerel said.

The current contract for Brooke Shaw Zumpft expires June 30, 2015.

“My belief is we will hire someone before Mr. Brooke’s term ends,” said Wolfe, adding that it would allow Brooke’s firm to work with the new attorney to get him or her acclimated to the role.

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