Lyon County Considering Mound House Center Options

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Lyon County is developing two options for a plan on the Mound House Community Center, a project the unincorporated community continues to champion as one of its highest priorities.
The area’s Citizens’ Advisory Council received an update Sept. 6 from County Executive Jeff Page on his recent presentation to the Board of Commissioners seeking funding from the Community Development Block Grant coupled with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.
The total $200,000 CDBG, if the commission chooses it as a potential project, could help remodel the current Mound House Fire Hall at 56 Red Rock Road in Carson City and hold public events for approximately 1,600 to 2 000 people without having to build a new facility. . Page said the fire station’s two apparatus bays could be adapted into one large meeting room or two smaller rooms or adapted to the wishes of the community.
The second option would be to use 2.09 acres of county-owned land at 158 ​​Garnet Circle, adjacent to the fire hall and recently rezoned by the commission in July, to construct a new building. Engineering and road improvements would need to be made to meet state standards, and the placement of the land would be near an apartment complex in Mound House, creating potential residential issues.
Commissioner Wes Henderson, representing District 1, said after Page’s presentation on continued CBDG funding, he would like to see the project move forward quickly for Mound House residents.
“My initial thought is if we can do something in 18 months instead of 10 to 15 years, we can look at the CDBG app to do it,” Henderson said. “The family that donated this land is not interested in getting it back. I’m glad to have something at Mound House. They deserve something.
Commissioner Ken Gray, representing District 3, said at the September 1 commission meeting that he had concerns about the fire station, although he embraced both options. It was more important, he added, to get the community to design the concept if it was decided to go with the second option.
He asked if the fire department would divest from the property at 56 Red Rock Road and said that might be the quickest way to meet the needs of the community.
“There are still a lot of questions, and I think we should sue CDBG for that,” Gray said.
On September 6, Mound House CAB members said original plans for a new building were drawn up in the 1990s and were intended to accommodate a growing community, the board chair said, Melinda Cash, who insisted that the project be completed.
Page advised CAB members to think about what they want not just today, but in 10 to 15 years as Lyon’s population grows.
“It’s an easy fix if we can do it now,” he said at Tuesday’s CAB meeting.
“I’m tired of fighting for this thing,” Cash said. “We have board members who will be happy here if we can get it right. … People from Mound House yelled at me and said, ‘Why don’t we have these things?’
Page said organizations pay hefty $3,000 per night event fees in Washoe County or even Lyon County lines to host or attend events, and Yerington does not offer amenities. similar to Reno, Sparks or Carson City.
Cash asked about the review of other funding from national or state foundations that have provided grants for other Lyon County projects, such as the $3 million given to the Fernley Senior Center by the William Pennington Foundation announced in 2017. But because of eligibility requirements with funding opportunities, the county has to be particular about the kinds of money it can seek, Page said, and it “can’t be greedy.” .
Cash told the CAB meeting that she appreciates the time county staff spent trying to lobby for the community center.
“What makes it a selling point is that we’re such a depressed region,” Cash said. “We have nothing to offer our fellow citizens. When you look at it, if there’s a company that wants to support a needy cause, it’s a needy cause.
The item under consideration as a possible CDBG proposal will later come back to the committee for a formal vote.
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