Yerington, NV – November 5, 2020 the Lyon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the County Manager’s request to seek a lands bill from Congress. County Manager Jeff Page requested authorization to move forward with the Congressional Delegation to develop a public lands bill.
Lyon County has not sought a lands bill since the passage of the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act in December 2014. That bill provided the City of Yerington with approximately 10,000 acres of land south east of Yerington with a bulk of it being purchased by Nevada Copper.
Page explained that the bill will ask for federal lands to be transferred to Lyon County in west Mason Valley and East Smith Valley for future mining operations, acreage in Silver Springs for a regional park and athletic fields, acreage in Dayton to implement storm drainage plans and a second bridge in Dayton and to transfer current federal land leases to county ownership.
Page explained that the County will work with a variety of stakeholders from all disciplines to develop a comprehensive bill to enable economic growth and quality of life. Page anticipated coming back to the County Commission after the new year with language for the Board to consider.