The following are highlights from last Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
Litigation due to Assembly Bill 39 — The Sparks City Council voted to join litigation regarding Washoe County’s bill draft request initiated by the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board, introduced as Assembly Bill (AB) 39 for the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session. The City of Reno joined the litigation last week.
AB 39 would change the makeup of the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Governing Board (RPGB), without input of the RPGB. The RPGB believes that the BCC violated the terms of the settlement agreement signed in 2002 that prevents parties from proposing legislation that is contrary to, or inconsistent with the terms of the settlement agreement. The agreement requires that the Cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County, and the RPGB address all legislative issues collectively.
Paramedic Service — On Aug. 8, 2016, City Council approved the Sparks Fire Department’s proposal to implement paramedic level emergency medical services in a phased roll-out beginning with the current fiscal year 2017. The Council approved a MOU between the City of Sparks and the International Association of Firefighters Local No. 1265 (IAFF 1265) which provides the personnel framework for the fire suppression staff to perform paramedic services effective April of this year. The Sparks Fire Department will now be equipped to provide the same service as REMSA paramedics, with the exception of patient transport.
Appointments — The City Council confirmed Mayor Martini’s appointment of Sparks Planning Commissioner Frank Peterson to the Regional Planning Commission through June 30, 2019.