The following are highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
Proclamations and Recognitions
• Council proclaimed March 19-23 Nevada Moves Week, encouraging citizens across the city of Sparks to walk, bike, or participate in an athletic event with their children, while celebrating the benefits of increased safety and health, throughout the year.
• Sparks City Council recommended Councilman Donald Abbott as the joint appointment with the city of Reno to represent the owners of the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility on the Board of Trustees of the Western Regional Water Commission for a two-year term, ending March 31, 2020. Council also appointed Kristopher Dahir as the city of Sparks representative on the Board of Trustees for the Western Regional Water Commission for a two-year term ending March 31, 2020.
• Council approved the 2018 Operating Plan between the Sparks Fire Department, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service.
• Council approved the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement with Washoe County, the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on behalf of the University of Nevada, Reno and the City of Reno for a regional dockless bike share pilot program. The Interlocal Cooperative Agreement lays out the goals of the project and will allow the City of Reno to move forward with a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select a single vendor for the regional pilot program.
• A tentative map, with conditions for a 344-lot single-family subdivision for the property located east of Kiley Parkway and south of future extension of Lazy Five Parkway was approved.
• Council approved the personnel complement changes to add three additional positions in the Police Department, two Police Service Managers and one IT Support Specialist I/II, with an estimated fiscal impact of $24,000 for fiscal year 2018 and $95,300 for fiscal year 2019 and approved the amendment to the Mid Management, Professional and Technical Resolution to add the job title and salary range of Police Services Manager.
• The council approved a resolution to establish the Community Homelessness Advisory Board. Historically, the city of Sparks partners with the City of Reno and Washoe County, and through the Transitional Governing Board (TGB), have oversight of the Volunteers of America (VOA) contract providing shelter and services at the Community Assistance Center (CAC) on Record Street in Reno. As homelessness continues to be a focus for local elected officials in the region and the policy focus has grown beyond the CAC and VOA as a service provider, the TGB has determined the need to establish a Community Homelessness Advisory Board (CHAB). Creation of the CHAB requires the City of Sparks, City of Reno, and Washoe County to each appoint two regular voting members and one alternate member for a total of six regular members and three alternates. Council Members Kristopher Dahir and Ed Lawson were appointed by council as voting members of the Community Homelessness Advisory Board and Council Member Charlene Bybee was appointed as the alternate member through November 2018.
Planning and Zoning
• Council adopted a bill to annex and rezone 3.47 acres on Wedekind Road in Washoe County into the city of Sparks.