Once again, IVGID revs up recreation pass ordinance discussion
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Visit bit.ly/2dJyENk to download the full 86-page agenda packet from the Oct. 11 meeting, which includes 70 pages of material related to Ordinance 7 and its history, as well as information detailing Linda Newman’s Open Meeting Law complaint.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees hosted a special retreat to specifically talk about Ordinance 7 — the district’s recreation picture pass and punch card law.
With about 20 residents in attendance at The Chateau, General Manager Steve Pinkerton gave a presentation about the history of Ordinance 7 and where it stands currently.
Taking us through a timeline of events, Pinkerton explained that IVGID added a bundle of recreation venues in the 1960s and soon became a full-service parks and recreation department by the mid-1970s.
In 1987, IVGID hosted a year of Ordinance 7 meetings to gain public feedback and create a document that clarified who could use IVGID services and how those transactions would be handled.
“The board adopted Ordinance 7 to have a hard, fast document on how beach access is processed,” said Pinkerton, adding that over the years, a few amendments have been made about who can be issued picture passes, and the Family Tree Rule was adopted.
In 2008, IVGID formed an Ordinance 7 subcommittee to clarify the beach access portion. There were six public meetings to talk about revisions to the ordinance, but pending litigation delayed further discussion.
Following the 2011-12 elections, Trustee Jim Hammerel stated that he wanted to revisit the ordinance, and another round of meetings ensued.
In March 2014, the BOT adopted proposed Ordinance 7 changes in a 4-1 vote.
In an April 2014 board meeting (Pinkerton’s first IVGID meeting since he was hired) at The Chateau, 234 residents showed up, many upset about the adopted changes.
Trustee Joe Wolfe made a motion to hold a public hearing to rescind the changes and go back to the original 1998 document. Two months later, the ordinance changes were rescinded and reverted back.
In summer 2014, Pinkerton held a series of public meetings and sent out a survey to gain additional feedback about Ordinance 7.
IVGID experienced a board turnover and focused on key issues such as updating the District Strategic Plan, the solid waste franchise agreement and the Diamond Peak Master Plan, but Pinkerton said IVGID needs to get back to it “now that we’re down to one trustee that was with us when we started these discussions back in June 2014,” in reference to Hammerel, whose trustee term expires this year.
“There is a lot of concern about (Ordinance 7) but also a lot of support from people who utilize our services,” Pinkerton said.
‘STILL HAVE QUESTIONS’
The purpose of this week’s board retreat was to reinvigorate discussion about Ordinance 7 to make sure IVGID staff is making sure they are following the policy and are in compliance with the district’s 1968 deed.
One of the major changes that happened in the last couple of years is with IVGID’s “white forms.”
Previously, white forms were requested by a parcel owner and issued to a guest for a certain time period no longer than two weeks, who would then present it at the beach gates with payment to gain access without having to be accompanied by the parcel owner.
The white forms have been replaced with watermarked “Guest Access Tickets” that are easier to track and are practically impossible to duplicate.
When asked how many Guest Access Tickets are issued to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Pinkerton said, “One out of every 1,800 tickets issued go to the Hyatt. White form usage is very small compared to the overall number of beach visits; the Hyatt wouldn’t even show up as a blip.”
Although the issue of white forms has reportedly been fixed, residents have raised concerns about the issuing of punch cards.
Currently, up to five punch cards can be substituted for a parcel-owner picture pass, with each set at a value of $166 — one-fifth the value of the combined Recreation and Beach facility fees.
Punch cards can be used to buy down the cost of daily passes at Diamond Peak, the golf courses and at the beaches, Pinkerton said.
“Right now, since a punch card is only one-fifth the cost of a Picture Pass, people are getting double the value,” he said.
“I have read the Ordinance 7 document 15-16 times, and I still have questions about it,” Hammerel added. “If you’re a new homeowner here, there’s no way to really understand all of that.”
At this week’s meeting, trustees Tim Callicrate and Kendra Wong expressed wanting to schedule a meeting to discuss punch card values and usage within the ordinance, although the board took no action.
It’s anticipated Ordinance 7 will be up for further discussion at future board meetings.
IN OTHER IVGID NEWS
This week’s retreat also included an agenda item addressing the conclusion of an Open Meeting Law Compliant filed against IVGID by resident Linda Newman.
The complaint alleged that the July 7 board meeting’s agenda item regarding IVGID’s updated solid waste franchise agreement with Waste Management was “not clear and complete.”
According to the state, IVGID’s legal counsel firm — Reese Kintz Guinasso, LLC — responded to the complaint and received a response from Attorney General Adam Laxalt on September 30 that concludes no Open Meeting Law violation occurred, and that the item was indeed clear and complete.
At this week’s meeting, IVGID Attorney Jason Guinasso said Newman made a request for reconsideration the morning of Oct. 11, but her request was denied.
Guinasso confirmed that handling the OML complaint was a part of IVGID’s retainer and did not cost the district additional legal fees.
Kayla Anderson is an Incline Village-based freelance writer with a background in marketing and journalism. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.