Nye County finance to rent two new employees members

With Nye County nonetheless within the midst of administering its CARES Act and COVID Aid Program grant packages and one other spherical of a number of million {dollars} in aid funding coming from the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, the Nye County Finance Division is now searching for to rent two new grants monetary analysts within the coming weeks to assist bear the immense workload related to overseeing these funds.

Throughout their Wednesday, Sept. 8 assembly, Nye County commissioners addressed an agenda merchandise concerning the request so as to add two employees members to the finance staff and Nye County Comptroller Savannah Rucker made it clear that these positions aren’t simply one thing finance is needing, they’re a necessity.

“So the board is conscious that we’re nonetheless managing CARES in addition to the CRP (COVID Aid Program) funding and this ARPA funding is one other $9 million to manage. At this cut-off date, my present staffing ranges can not assist extra packages,” Rucker advised the board that morning. “Actually, we’re battling the present packages we’ve now.”

She famous that her staff is answerable for offering oversight to the companies and varied entities which have utilized to obtain COVID grants from the county and the addition of two staffers would enable the present employees some respiration room relating to the administration of these funds. Placing all of it on the desk, Rucker remarked, “I’m involved that I could lose employees members if I don’t get some assist. We now have very taxed staff in our division who’re coping with disagreeable points and we are able to solely run so exhausting for therefore lengthy, so that’s the reason we’re asking for assist via ARPA and even probably CARES and CRP to offer extra help via these packages. So it’s my determined plea to request some help.”

Whereas the county has but to find out its ARPA grants coverage, Rucker mentioned she felt it was vital to get forward of the ball by beginning on the method of discovering candidates, which she famous could be tough for these kinds of positions. It was additionally made clear that morning that the 2 new positions wouldn’t be funded by taxpayer {dollars}. As an alternative, the $160,000 for the 2 positions would come instantly out of the ARPA funding the county receives.

Fee chair Debra Strickland mentioned she too wish to see extra staffers within the finance division, significantly in gentle of the truth that county grant administrator Samantha Kramer was already fairly busy with securing common grants previous to the county receiving COVID aid monies. “I might additionally wish to level out that this staffing can be funded solely by the (COVID) grants themselves and the employment can be hooked up to these grants, so they might be paid for by the grants themselves,” she reiterated.

Rucker mentioned the county has already acquired its first tranche of cash from ARPA, totaling $4.5 million and the coverage for administering that funding is being drafted. She expects that coverage to be prepared for board consideration in early October however within the meantime, she wish to get the brand new staffers on board and able to go as quickly because the ARPA coverage is about and purposes from members of the neighborhood begin rolling in.

“Even when, greatest case, we fill the positions on the requested date of Sept. 27, that may give these positions per week to get acquainted with our system earlier than we’re coping with coverage and potential purposes shortly thereafter the coverage is permitted,” Rucker famous.

Commissioner Leo Blundo requested what would occur with the positions after the entire COVID aid funding was gone. “Is there a capability or a necessity or can you discover sufficient grants to justify these two positions outdoors of that (ARPA funds)?” He queried.

Rucker mentioned that was undoubtedly a chance and Blundo then famous that if the 2 positions had been to price $160,000 in complete, the county might see a fantastic fee of return if these staffers had been to then be capable of safe tons of of hundreds and even hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in grants for the county.

“I’m wanting long run, will we proceed these positions to proceed producing grants for the county? That’s what I’m in search of. We now have a possibility to start out them off from time to time they are going to be capable of proceed on (by bringing in extra grant funding),” Blundo said.

Rucker mentioned sure, that was actually one thing the county might have a look at doing sooner or later.

Commissioner Bruce Jabbour added that he undoubtedly didn’t need to see county finance employees burn out as a result of they’re overwhelmed, so he too felt that hiring extra folks can be prudent. He then made the movement to approve the request for 2 extra full-time positions for the Nye County Finance Division, to be funded by COVID grant monies. That movement handed with all in favor.

Anybody serious about making use of for one of many two positions ought to maintain a watch out for the official announcement that the applying course of has been opened. That announcement will seem on the county web site at www.NyeCounty.internet in addition to in a future version of the Pahrump Valley Occasions.

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at [email protected]

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