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Council to look at water proposal

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By David Giuliani

The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday will learn about a rancher’s proposal to lease his wells to the city, an idea some say could help solve the community’s water supply problem.

A representative of the Haywood Consulting Group will present the proposal at the council’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Andrew Milliken’s ranch southwest of Las Vegas would essentially piggyback on the city’s existing water rights at the nearby Taylor Wells, according to the proposal.

For years, residents near Taylor Wells have complained about the effect of the city’s pumping there, saying their water levels have dropped.

However, an engineer for the Milliken Ranch said in January that pumping at the ranch wouldn’t have as much of an effect as Taylor Wells because of the formation of the aquifer.

The ranch hasn’t released a price on the proposed leases.

The city has 1,550 acre-feet of annual water rights at Taylor Wells, much of which hasn’t been used over the years. For example, the city used 114 acre-feet in the drought year of 2006.

In other business, the council will hear a report from Carlos Ortiz, the city’s public works director, on a proposed renovation of the council’s chambers.

Some have complained about the chamber’s generally worn appearance.

The council chambers are small, so the city meets in other places sometimes when higher-than-usual attendance is expected. When the council doesn’t move its venue, the crowd often flows into the hallway.

City Council agenda

• The Las Vegas City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers in City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave.

City manager’s report

• Presentation by Haywood Consulting on the Milliken Ranch proposal for leasing wells.

• Presentation by Carlos Ortiz, the city’s public works director, on a proposed renovation of the council’s chambers.

Business

• Recommendation to award bid for new natural gas meters and regulators required for gas system maintenance and expansion to Secor of Albuquerque, the only company to submit a bid.

• Resolution amending procurement code for professional services.

Hires

• Records clerk in Police Department.

Closed session

• The council has scheduled to close the doors to discuss personnel and legal matters.

Housing

• The council, acting at the Housing Board, is asked to conduct a public hearing on the city’s public housing agency plan. This is mandated before the plan’s submission to the HUD on April 21.