The following are highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
Paramedic Service – The Sparks City Council approved the implementation of paramedic level emergency medical service in the Sparks Fire Department. The entire fire department will transition to paramedic level service over an undetermined period of time, namely through departmental attrition. It has been determined through a comprehensive analysis performed by the Sparks Fire Chief that providing the highest level of paramedic service will ultimately save lives. The Sparks Fire Department arrives first in most medical emergency situations. REMSA will still provide patient transport to the hospital, as well as additional medical services.
Pedestrian Improvements – Council approved a contract with Sierra Nevada Construction, Inc., in the amount of $373,007 for the 16th Street and F Street pedestrian improvements project. This project is federally funded and comes from the City’s 2016 community development block grant fund program. The area between Rock Blvd. to 12th Street and Oddie Blvd. to D Street is slated for improvements for this project. The existing concrete and roadway infrastructure in this area was constructed in the early 1950’s. The asphalt paving on F Street is in a deteriorated state and structural failures, cracks and surface deterioration warrant the need for reconstruction. Additionally, concrete walkways and curbs have deteriorated over time and are in need of replacement.
Grants for K-9 – Council accepted Two (2) $10,000 grants for the purchase and training of a new canine/handler team for the City’s Police Department. The Helen Close Charitable Foundation, and the E.L. Cord Foundation contributed grants.
The City Council approved the following mayoral appointments to serve on the new Sparks Arts and Culture Advisory Committee: Stephanie Farias, Eileen Gay, Melissa Melero-Moose, and Christina Barr.
Sparks Mayor Geno Martini issued the following commendations:
• The Sparks Park Rangers were commended for their professionalism, integrity, and public service to the Sparks community at the Sparks Marina and Golden Eagle Regional Park; Michael Pietrzak, Mike Jacobs, Ed Schoonover, Ed Rucker, Dino Smernis, John Villa, Michael Arroyo, Bill Bice, Rudy Flores, and Steve Jackson.
• The Sparks Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Outburst Program was commended for the activities offered, integrity of service and professionalism demonstrated in this children’s summer break program.
Presentations to the Sparks City Council included:
Sparks Heritage Museum Presentation and AnnualReport. Barbara J. Young, President of the Sparks Heritage Museum Board of Trustees, presented the report for the second half of Fiscal Year 2016, highlighting museum visitors, Last Chance Joe Restoration, the Endowment Fund, and goals for FY 2016/2017.
Sparks Fire Department’s Project SAFE. Sparks Fire Marshal Robert King presented a recap of this year’s Project SAFE fundraiser golf tournament generating $12,000 to help fund the purchase and installation of smoke alarms in homes not adequately equipped with these life saving devices.