The following are highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
Proclamations and Recognitions
• Council congratulated the Sparks Seventh-day Adventist Church on their 40th anniversary and proclaimed Saturday, April 28, 2018 as Sparks Seventh-day Adventist Day.
• The council proclaimed the month of May “One Truckee River Month” to help build an aware and engaged community that protects and cares for the river and identifies a month-long celebration to connect people to the river through place-based activities and programs for the entire community.
• April 27, 2018 was proclaimed as Arbor Day, urging all citizens to celebrate and support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands. Sparks has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
• Council proclaimed this week, April 23-30, 2018 as “Architecture Week” to recognize and appreciate the many valuable contributions made by the professional architects of Sparks, Nevada.
• Council proclaimed the month of April as “National Records and Information Management Month” and thanked the dedicated employees who handle city records.
• The council presented Nevada Water Environment Association awards to city of Sparks employees Aaron Stickley and Amy Egan.
• A $336,286.95 change order was approved for the 2018 Street Rehabilitation Project with West Coast Paving The change order adds four additional streets (Valencia Way, Valencia Ct., Geneva Ct., and Hermosa Dr.) for rehabilitation. It includes, but is not limited to, removing and replacing rundown curb & gutter, driveway approaches, sidewalk ramps and reconstruction of the roadways with new asphalt as needed. This change order is necessary to add the additional streets to the approved project which began in mid-April 2018.
• Sparks City Council approved the exclusive franchise agreement with LimeBike for a regional dockless bike share pilot program. A public educational campaign will be launched to help inform the public of the program. Collaboratively, the cities of Sparks and Reno, University of Nevada Reno and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony have tentatively identified May 13 as the launch date for the dockless bike share pilot program to coincide with Bike Week, May 13 – 18, 2018. Over the first 30 – 60 days of the program, LimeBike will deploy an initial fleet of 750- 1,000 bicycles throughout the region.
• The council approved the implementation of a $2700 paramedic level emergency medical service (EMS) on Engine 21 at Fire Station 2 as part of the Paramedic Program adopted by Council in August 2016. The paramedic level EMS at the Sparks Fire Department helps ensure residents and visitors receive the highest level of pre-hospital care possible, consistent with that provided to the residents of Reno and the unincorporated areas of the County.
• The 2018-19 fiscal year budget recommendations were approved, including the City Manager’s recommendations for the city of Sparks’ final budget and the proposed five-year Capital Improvement Plan. Council gave direction to the City Manager to prepare the City’s final budget document for submission to the State of Nevada. On May 29, Council will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on the FY19 tentative budget at its regularly scheduled meeting. The final budget must be filed with the Nevada Department of Taxation by June 1 annually.