The following are highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
Council approved the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. The plan focuses on four strategic goals to include Public Safety, Infrastructure and Technology, Economic Development, and Citizen Engagement/Empowerment. The document is intended to serve as a road map for city staff in order to implement the adopted Vision and Mission of the Mayor and Council.
One Truckee River
Council adopted the One Truckee River Management Plan presented by the Nevada Land Trust and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. The Plan brings together the public and private sector, working towards implementing a shared vision for the Truckee River. The management plan recommends both short and long term management objectives that are coordinated across jurisdictional boundaries for a “One Truckee River” approach.
Pah Rah Park Restroom
Council approved a contract in the amount of $274,808 to The Public Restroom Company for a pre-manufactured, ADA compliant, restroom building for Pah Rah Park. With the completion of the all-abilities playground in October 2012, the park has seen a substantial increase in community use, and the current restroom facility does not meet the needs of the park, nor is ADA compliant.
The City Council, acting as the Sparks Redevelopment Agency, approved a resolution that will allow the agency to refinance tax increment refunding bonds for the City’s redevelopment Area Number 2 (Marina District). The refinancing will provide a present value debt service savings of $1.6 million over the remaining life of the debt without changing the original year of maturity.
Northern Nevada Dragon Boat Festival
City staff revealed that this new event will be coming to the Sparks Marina on Aug. 17, 2017. The event which incorporates an ancient sport will raise funds and awareness for Immunize Nevada.
Council ratified Mayor Martini’s appointment of Scott Carey to serve on the City’s Planning Commission.
Mayor Geno Martini issued the following proclamations:
• Fire Prevention Week(October 9-15, 2016) – Raises the awareness of fire prevention safety and serves to educate the public of replacing smoke alarms in their homes every 10 years.
• National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service (October 9, 2016) – Recognizes the bravery and dedicated service of the nation’s fire and emergency personnel by lowering American flags on all buildings to half-staff.