The following are highlights from the June 13 Sparks City Council Meeting:
More development at Victorian Square
The Sparks City Council approved Resolution No. 3297 which approves the sale by the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sparks of two parcels totaling approximately 1.36 acres located within Victorian Square to SWD-Quarry Bridges, LLC.
The parcels are located directly south of the City parking garage adjacent to the Cinemark movie theater. As proposed, The Bridges project will include approximately 192 apartments, approximately 19,600 square feet of commercial space, a portion of which will be used to provide private amenities to project residents, and structured parking for the project’s tenants.
Arts & Culture Advisory Committee
Council approved Resolution No. 3296 to establish an Arts & Culture Advisory Committee (ACAC) for the City of Sparks. The ACAC will become a team of arts and culture experts appointed by the Mayor, ratified by the Council, and charged to create a five year arts and culture plan. The ACAC will provide a plan and guidance for all arts and culturally related activities on public property or projects utilizing city resources. The committee provides the first step in creating a vibrant public art program in Sparks. More information on how to apply and serve on the ACAC will be forthcoming.
Mayor Geno Martini issued the following proclamations:
• Holly Quick Memorial Day(June 23, 2016) – Remembers the young woman who lost her life to violent crime, and with the Alliance for Victims Rights, honors those who fight for justice of perpetrators of violent crime, and provides support to victim’s loved ones.
• Reno Rodeo Days(June 16 – June 25, 2016) – Acknowledges the 97th year of the region’s great tribute to the history, grandeur, competition and family entertainment of rodeo, and recognizes the financial and volunteer contributions made by the Reno Rodeo Foundation to improve the lives of children.
• Sparks Empower Day(June 13, 2016) – Recognizes those dedicated individuals at High Sierra Industries who, since 1977, work tirelessly to support and empower people with disabilities through employment training, learning systems, while providing support for this often undervalued, yet viable population.
• Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Presentation- RTAA President / CEO, Marily Mora, provided a presentation highlighting RNO’s 2015’s first annual passenger growth in a decade and the 138 million pounds of air cargo handled in 2015, a 7.1 percent increase over 2014. 2015 provided the best recorded year of cargo lift in the history of RNO and the addition of eight new flights in the past 16 months.
The presentation highlighted the Regional Air Service Corporation, a private/public marketing group created to grow and sustain business and leisure air service for the Reno-Tahoe region. Future airport growth includes the Reno-Stead Airport Business Park, 1,700 acres ideally located for aerospace, data, advanced manufacturing and logistics.