June 18, 2024

The Pizen Switch Times

Established 2021

Lyon County, Nevada Commissioners: Wes Henderson, Dave Hockaday, Vida Keller, Ken Gray, Robert Jacobson. Photo courtesy of Lyon County, Nevada.



The Board of County Commissioners will be meeting at 9:00 AM at the Lyon County Silver Springs Senior Center 2945 FT Churchill ST, Silver Springs, NV 89429 or by Zoom at:




Meeting ID: 829 8766 0633 / Passcode: 844848

One tap mobile: 1-253-215-8782 / Dial by your location: 1-346-248-7799


The Lyon County Board of Commissioners will be asked to:

  • Accept almost $661,000.00 in grants for Lyon County Human Services
  • Approve $59,000.00 in contracts with Farr West Engineering to provide GIS and Water Right Services
  • Approve the amended Lyon County DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
  • Approve consolidating seven Citizen Advisory Boards down to three.

The Board of County Commissioners has created seven Community Citizen Advisory Boards (Dayton, Mason Valley, Moundhouse, Silver City, Silver Springs, Smith Valley and Stagecoach). These Boards provide a vital conduit to our various communities to receive feedback on issues and projects. The difficulty is regular changing of CAB members, training, various CAB’s meeting on the same night, managing the requirements for Open Meeting Law, and records retention laws and physical locations to meet with proper IT support.


There has been discussion about changing the system to a smaller set of CABS. The proposal would be to eliminate the existing CAB’s by resolution and creating three CABS. West Central Lyon CAB (Dayton, Moundhouse and Silver City), East Central Lyon CAB (Silver Springs, Stagecoach), and South County CAB (Mason and Smith Valley CAB)


The existing CABs are not in favor of the change and that is understandable. The concern is that the CAB’s will lose the local connection. The proposed reduction will enhance staff’s ability to participate in all CAB meetings, reduce the duplication of services provided by the CAB Liaison, enhance our ability to train CABs, and continue to meet the concerns of the citizens they will represent.

  • To direct the County Manager and Community Development Director to place on the September 14, 2021, Planning Commission and County Commission Workshop agenda to address the 2020 Master Plan Update and proposed ordinances amending Title 15:


Chapter 312 Section 6, NR (Neighborhood Residential 4,500 square foot minimum) and NR-H Neighborhood Residential 4,500 square foot minimum) limiting the instances where the NR zoning and the NR land use and development standards are allowed


Chapter349 Planned Unit Development (PUD) amending the calculation of allowable residential density based on net acreage to a gross density


Chapter 203 Variances amending the authority of the final decision on a major variance application from the Planning Commission to the Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Jacobson requested, on August 11, 2021, this item be placed on the agenda. He is requesting that the Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission address proposed changes to Title 15 in a workshop prior to the Board of Commissioners taking action on the proposed amendments to Title 15. Lyon County conducted significant public hearings with the Planning Commission and County Commission prior to the final passage of Title 15. Commissioner Jacobson expressed that both the Planning Commission and County Commission should have an understanding and debate of what is being proposed.

  • Discussion and approval of a plan to allocate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to combat COVID-19.  Lyon County has been allocated $11,170,643 in ARPA fund, of which $5,585,331.50 was received in May 2021.  The remainder of the funding will be distributed to Lyon County by May, 2022.   The funding must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and spent by December 31, 2026.


This funding can be used for four purposes:

1. To respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts;

2. To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to such eligible workers of the recipient, or by providing grants to eligible employers that have eligible workers who performed essential work;

3. For the provision of government services, to the extent of the reduction in revenue of such recipient due to the COVID–19 public health emergency, relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year of the recipient prior to the emergency; and

4. To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.

  • Time Certain at 9:00 A.M. For Possible Action: Approve a resolution to transfer the unused Private Activity Bond Cap (PABC) to Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA).
  • Time Certain for 10:00 AM: Public Hearing on Proposed Sewer Rates for the Silver Springs General Improvement District


The monthly sewer rates have not changed since 2009.  New rates are being proposed to keep up with increased costs of operational items.   The existing rate is $20.00 per month per Equivalent Dwelling Unit.


The proposed monthly fee per Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU) is as follows:

October 1, 2021 – $20.50

July 1, 2022 – $21.00

July 1, 2023 – $21.50

July 1, 2024 – $22.00

July 1, 2025 – $22.50


For a full agenda and backup material please go to our agenda center at: https://www.lyon-county.org/Agendacenter and download the agenda for August 19, 2021.

Jeffery A. Page
Lyon County Manager
27 South Main Street
Yerington, NV 89447
(775) 463-6531/(775) 577-5037