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November 22, 2014

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Clark County Commission:

Drug tests, gun range fees among issues awaiting county action

Vendor contracts and changes at the Clark County Shooting Complex are among the issues commissioners will consider when they gather for their regularly scheduled meeting at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Clark County Government Center. Commissioners will meet again at 9 a.m. Wednesday to deal with zoning issues.

Drug-testing contract

The county was poised in April to award a $550,000 drug-testing services contract to California-based laboratory Phamatech, but commissioners balked amid concern that the various bids had been improperly scored.

Commissioners also were wary of sending a contract that could be worth $2.6 million over five years to an out-of-state firm.

Staffers re-evaluated the proposals and brought them to commissioners in May, who still weren’t satisfied and asked for more work to be done.

Commissioners will take up the issue again Tuesday and could finally pick a vendor to provide drug-testing services and analysis for the Department of Family Services, which manages the county’s foster care system.

Golf course closing

Improvements to better control flooding in the eastern valley are leading to the closure of the golf course where a man was washed away and killed during heavy rains in September.

The Desert Rose Golf Course, near Sahara Avenue and Nellis Boulevard, is scheduled for closure June 8, but first commissioners need to vote to sever the operating agreement with Billy Casper Golf Management, which has run the course for the county since 2009.

The course will be closed while improvements are made to the Las Vegas and Flamingo washes in an attempt to better control flooding in one of hardest-hit spots in the county during several storms last year. Construction is expected to continue until 2015.

While the course is closed, the county will seek a new operator to run the course when it reopens.

Prices going up at shooting complex

The Clark County Shooting Complex on the northern edge of the valley has struggled to turn a profit since opening in 2010 and since has required nearly $2 million in county subsidies to make ends meet.

Revenues at the shooting complex are going up, boosted in part by the opening of the sporting clays course this year, and managers at the complex are looking to bring in even more money by allowing advertisements and raising course fees.

Prices for access to the rifle and pistol range will go from $7 to $9, and rates for groups using training rooms or ranges will also increase by $10 to $25.

Commissioners will have to sign off on the fee increase Tuesday, when they’ll also consider a proposal that will allow the complex to sell advertisements on the large concrete structures that mark different stations on the sporting clays course.

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