Nev. Fairground Provides Temporary Housing
The Humboldt County Commissioners in Nevada have agreed to temporarily rent up to 76 spaces at the county's campgrounds to New Vision Development to provide park model housing for construction workers.
Alan Means, who is developing the New Frontier Village, and Kim Petersen, the director of the Winnemucca Convention and Visitors Authority, were before the commissioners to promote the proposal, the Silver Pinyon Journal reported.
Means explained there's an immediate need for temporary housing to accommodate up to 500 construction workers who will be in town for the New Frontier Village construction project and the Hycroft mine expansion.
New Vision is proposing to pay up to $450 per month/per days occupied and for electricity use (to be determined by meters). However, lot rent will not necessarily be paid in cash. New Vision will pay on an “in kind” basis as much as possible with the construction of sewer lateral and water improvements to the county's campgrounds.
Means called the public/private cooperation that will bring much needed improvements to the county's campsite win-win.
Means is actually in the process of constructing a place for temporary workers on E. Winnemucca Blvd., but that project won't be completed anytime soon, and in the mean time he has to find housing for up to 500 construction workers. He estimated he would need use of the campgrounds from Dec. 1 – June 15.
The temporary housing he intends to use at the fairgrounds will be park models and triplex units. The plan is to park 26 park models, which have one bedroom, one bath and a living area.
The rest of the housing will be triplex models, which are three-bedroom units. The triplex units will also have wood frames, wood siding and metal roofs.
One important issue before the commissioners was the use of the county's campgrounds as opposed to those available at the local commercial RV Parks.
Means said he had been in contact with the local RV Parks, but only one had any available spaces. He intends to rent spaces there for the more traditional RVs being used by subcontractors.
The issue of the county's fairgrounds competing with local business has been a sore subject for the commissioners, who have adopted strict guidelines for the county's campgrounds in order to avoid competition with private enterprise, but that has not stopped people from complaining.
A representative from one RV Park was present, and he said outright the county was competing with private enterprise.
Commissioner Dan Cassinelli refuted the idea the county's campgrounds were competing with local businesses. He pointed out private RV parks are not able to accommodate users with livestock, which is why the county developed the campgrounds.
Petersen added the county gets calls all the time from people looking for a place to park their RVs because all the local RV parks are booked with no room to spare. However, due to the county's policy, he is not able to rent a space to them – despite having plenty of space to do so – because the policy restricts the use of the campgrounds to event attendees and vendors.
The commissioners have previously discussed revisiting the policy. As was noted at the time, if all the local RV parks are booked, and without the option of using the county's campgrounds, travelers have no choice but to travel on to the next town instead of staying in Winnemucca.
The commissioners ultimately approved the use of the county's campgrounds by New Vision. They generally agreed the construction workers coming to town had to have a place to live.