hln000911. Union Pacific Railroad Collection, 1828-1995. MS-00397. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. http://n2t.net/ark:/62930/d1df6p34w
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Las Vegas,Nevada REVIEW - JOURNAL August 30, 1948 County Approves Petition For Water District A comprehensive water dis-trict for the Las Vegas valley moved a step nearer realization today as the board of county commissioners approved a petition for its creation and set up skeleton plans for an election, probably on October 5. Frank Gusewelle, chairman of the commissioners, said that the decision as to the procedure for the election and the date would be decided at a meeting of the body on September 7. Under the program outlined by the petition, presented by James Down, president of the chamber of commerce, and Joel McQuilkin, managing director, the district would be so organized as to handle all of the water consumed in the area, taking over the holdings of the Las Vegas Land and Water company and coordinating all services. District Attorney Robert E. Jones, in outlining the tentative election plans, said that there would be seven election divisions, each composing an election district and that a board of seven would grow out of these. "The plan for the water district have been too long delayed, and we are going to move fast from here on out," Gusewell said, after the meeting. "If we are going to plan sensibly and adequately supply water for our growing population, the time to act is now." Attending the meeting were the other commissioners, M. E. Leavitt and Rodney Colton, as well as Gusewelle and Jones.