The following are highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
• Sparks City Council approved the Mayor’s recommendation to appoint Shelley Read to the Sparks Planning Commission for the remainder of a four-year term left vacant by Commissioner Art Sperber, who served on the Sparks Planning Commission from January 2011 to June 2017. She will serve through December 21, 2018, and will be eligible for reappointment if interested. Read has previously served on the Sparks Citizen Advisory Board, the Rotary Club of Sparks and is a member of the American Public Works Association.
Upon accepting her appointment Read said, “Thank you, Mayor and council members, for this opportunity. I am honored and it’s my privilege to serve this community that I love so much.”
• Council gave City Manager Steve Driscoll direction to negotiate an agreement with Silverwing Development for the prospective sale and redevelopment of the C Street parking facility located at 955 C Street. The developer is proposing an additional parking level and five stories of apartments to the existing structure.
• Council members approved an agreement between the Cities of Sparks and Reno and Washoe County on behalf of their police and Sheriff’s departments for management of a 2017 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Award. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance is offering the JAG Program Award in the amount of $131,170 to the Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Sparks Police Department.
This funding can be used towards law enforcement training, law enforcement equipment, and law enforcement personnel overtime expenses. The Sparks Police Department’s allocation of funding would be $26,234. Reno and Washoe County would both receive $52,468. This grant is currently still in the application phase and must be submitted by Sept. 5, 2017.
• The council adopted a Business Impact Statement amending and updating fees charged by the City of Sparks Fire Department for fire inspections, reinspections, fire suppression and fire prevention services to a flat rate of $65 per hour.