Heidi Bunch -  A new sign outside of the Hawthorne Utilities office was purchased recently from a grant through the Local Emergency Planning Commission.

Heidi Bunch –
A new sign outside of the Hawthorne Utilities office was purchased recently from a grant through the Local Emergency Planning Commission.

Questions have surfaced regarding the recently placed sign out front of Hawthorne Utilities.

Many residents have stated that money used from raised utility rates have purchased the electronic signs whereas others have explained that a grant was used.

The Independent-News sat down with Larry Grant, Hawthorne Utilities Director, who explained that the sign was
indeed purchased from a grant through the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) and not the utilities department.

“The sign was voted on by the LEPC committee and paid for by a grant,” Grant explained.

LEPC spokesman, Mineral County Emergency Manager stated, “This program was supported by Grant #16-SERC-12-01, awarded by the Nevada State Emergency Response Commission. Points of view or opinions contained within this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of policies of the State Emergency Response Commission.”

He continued, “the sign was bought through the above grant by the Mineral County Local Emergency Planning Committee for Hawthorne Utilities upon the agreement that in times of emergency/disaster or should the Mineral County Office of Emergency management need to post anything, that the sign would be made available. The sign cost $7,495 and all labor and erecting the sign was provided by Hawthorne Utilities staff.”

Those who wish to see how the monies were spent to purchase the notification system may contact Ana Fitzgerald, Office Manager of Hawthorne Utilities at 945-2486.

“Hawthorne Utilities first priority is emergency notification. Hawthorne Utilities will use the sign for business messages and limited local events but the first priority will remain emergency notifications,” Grant concluded.