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Incline resident Eric Severance, one of six candidates for IVGID general manager, answers questions from the board of trustees during Monday's all-day interview session at The Chateau.
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Watch the interviews online

IVGID currently is in a testing phase to potentially live broadcast board meetings in 2014. As part of the testing, the district recorded most of Monday’s all-day interview process at The Chateau, and the video can be viewed through Livestream, an online site that broadcasts live events.

To view Monday’s interviews, visit the following website.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A decision on who will become the next leader of the Incline Village General Improvement District could come next Tuesday.

On Monday of this week, the six general manager finalists — Keven Burnett, Tom Masterson, Rosemary Menard, Steve Pinkerton, Eric Severance and Kirk Wooldridge — participated in all-day interviews at The Chateau.

The day started with each finalist presenting to the IVGID board hypothetical plans to construct a dog park within the district, including location, construction timeframes, funding options and maintenance ideas. Finalists presented one at time, while the others waited outside.

Each candidate then spent the next several hours answering questions from two panels: the board of trustees and IVGID’s senior staff. The day concluded with a meet-and-greet reception with residents.

In all, a handful of residents attended the presentations and interviews. IVGID Board Chairman Bruce Simonian said roughly 20 residents attended the reception.

“It wasn’t very well attended … I was disappointed in that,” he said Wednesday.

The IVGID board will gather at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at The Chateau for its regular meeting, when trustees will likely vote on next steps, Simonian said.

Based on Monday’s interviews and feedback from staff and residents, trustees are expected to rank the candidates from 1 to 6, Simonian said.

“Maybe we’ll make a decision that day. I’m in no rush to finalize things, but I do want to keep it moving in a positive direction,” he said. “I think the interviews went well. If we can’t come to a consensus on who’s going to serve the district … then we’ll have some discussion on what’s next.”

While former General Manager Bill Horn’s official last day with IVGID is Dec. 31, trustees OK’d a leave of absence with Horn, which began Oct. 1.

On that date, current Public Works Manager Joe Pomroy assumed the interim GM role until a new leader is hired.

IN OTHER NEWS

Also at next Tuesday’s meeting, the board will discuss and may vote on updating a district law to mandate wildlife-resistant trash containers in the community. According to previous reports, Pomroy’s proposal will include:

• an option for mandatory wildlife-proof Dumpsters for all commercial properties.

• an option for mandatory wildlife-resistant totes for residential properties.

• a 10-year franchise extension with Waste Management, the private company IVGID contracts with to provide solid waste service to the community.

The issue has been debated for months, including during a pair of well-attended two-hour discussions at board meetings this fall.

“We may vote on it … there are still a few months left before contract negotiations (with Waste Management) begin … so I’m in no hurry to vote, there’s no pressure to do it right now,” Simonian said Wednesday. “I think we need a full understanding of the issue … I believe we are leaning toward a mandate, however … the information is leading us in that direction.”


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