Virginia City Highlands Property Owners’ Association

Minutes Monthly Meeting – Tuesday March 10, 2009

Virginia City Highlands Fire Station Training Room


Present:  Biederman, Morrow, Robbins, Lumos

Absent:  Tallent-Stewart

I.       Call To Order, Declaration of a Quorum and Approval of Meeting Agenda

President Biederman called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm and declared a quorum present.  Mary Tallent-Stewart was out of town on business.

II.     Approve Minutes of the February 10, 2009 Meeting

A motion by Morrow, seconded by Robbins to approve the minutes as submitted was approved unanimously.

III.    Financial Statements

A.     Review Financial Statements

In Mary’s absence, Rita Lumos reviewed the financial statement.  Income for the month was $56,774 from dues, assessments and transfer fees.  Expenses for February were $3,897, which included $1,664 administrative expense, $1,733 for road maintenance and snow plowing, and a $500 tax payment.  The ending cash balance as of February 28 was $241,633.  Total assets including property, equipment, and cash are $442,546.

Expected March expenses are $3,998.

A motion by Robbins, seconded by Morrow, to accept the financial report was approved unanimously.

IV.   Comments by Association Members (NRS 116.3108(3)) (Discussion Only)

No comments were offered by anyone present.

V.      Committee Reports

A.     Architectural Committee

Rita reported that there were no applicants at the architectural committee so no formal meeting was held.

B.     Road Report

Bob Moore reported that one of the plow motors fell off one of the trucks while plowing on March 7, which delayed plowing on that morning.  He was able to repair it in-house. 

Bob and Jim Stewart have installed new and brighter lights at the mailboxes in order to improve security.  The thieves had broken many of the existing lights.

Road maintenance grading had been started prior to the last storm.  Heavy traffic after all the rain and snow has roughed up some areas and they will have to be regraded.

Bob has hired a person to help out with ditch cleaning.

Steve announced that a road meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 19.  An announcement will be posted on the web site.

Andy asked what the criteria are to cause the snow plows to work.  Bob stated that he doesn’t start until there are at least 4 inches of snow.  If in doubt he drives the roads to see the conditions before starting.  There is typically more snow in the higher elevations.

VI.   New Business

A.     Storey County Wind Turbine Project Update

Andy reported that he attended the public hearing on the project last month.  He is looking for volunteers to serve on an advisory committee if the County puts one together.  Jed Margolin is willing to serve and is the logical choice.   Those who attended the public meeting opined that the BLM does not appear interested in a lot of public input.

Jed reported that there is a bill in the legislature that would restrict the ability of HOA’s, governing bodies, etc., to restrict the installation of solar energy projects.   Wind turbines had been included, but he believes that part was deleted during committee hearings.  He has been in touch with Senator Schneider’s office, the bill sponsor.

Andy reported that he had received a call from Senator Ensign’s office in response to an email he had sent.  They are interested in the opinion of residents about the project.

Jed has put up a web site with information about the project.  The address is


VII. Any Other Matters which the Board Members Wish to Discuss

Rita reported that she had heard from Gary Hames that the County is prepared to go ahead with obtaining appraisals of the fire station property with the idea of purchasing it from the association.  A legal opinion on the requirements for sale is necessary.  Rita will contact the attorney to research the matter.  Andy will be the contact point with Gary Hames.

VIII.          Executive Session to discuss possible violations of CC&R’s

No executive session was necessary.

IX.   Adjourn

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,


Rita M. Lumos, Secretary