The following are highlights from the June 11 Sparks City Council Meeting:
• Reno Gazette Journal Engagement Editor Brett McGinness formally presented Mayor Geno Martini with the RGJ’s 2017 Reno-Sparks Citizen of the Year Award. Spark City Manager Stephen Driscoll then presented Martini with a certificate of congressional recognition for the honor on behalf of Senator Mark Amodei and Ken Ukovitch of the Sparks Elks Lodge presented Martini with a certificate of appreciation.
• Sparks City Council proclaimed June 23, 2018 as Last Chance Joe Day in recognition of the statue’s iconic status as a feature in Sparks.
• A contract was approved not to exceed $700,000 with West Cost Code Consultants, Inc. for building permit plan review and inspection services for fiscal year 2019.
• Council approved a $673,007 Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk and Pavement Rehabilitation Project to Sierra Nevada Construction. The project involves the complete replacement and rehabilitation of curb gutter, sidewalk, driveway approaches and asphalt on J Street from Pyramid Way to 1st Street.
• Sparks City Council approved the purchase of various commercial insurance polies to protect the financial interests of the City and the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility not to exceed $608,638 and $264,616 respectively, for fiscal year 2019. Council also approved the purchase of group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance with Symetra Life Insurance Company for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020 for $79,704 per year and the Fiscal Year 2019 purchase of stop loss insurance for the City’s group health insurance self-funded plan with Gerber Life Insurance Company for $448,992. A $108,565 excess insurance policy with Safety National for the City’s self-funded workers’ compensation program was also approved for Fiscal Year 2019.
• The Council accepted an $8,900 donation from the Sparks Youth Sports Foundation for grass turf replacement at the Shadow Mountain Sports Complex Little League/Soccer Fields.
• City Council approved an employment agreement through March 14, 2019 with Sparks City Manager Stephen Driscoll that includes a compensation increase of $5,489 and changes to his benefit options.
Council held a public meeting and denied a request for a conditional use permit that would have allowed major recreational events including roping and dancing horse cultural events to be held at a single-family residence.