The following are highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
Presentations and Proclamations
• Sparks City Council proclaimed the city of Sparks as a Purple Heart City to honor those wounded or killed while selflessly serving our country, city and state in the Armed Forces.
• Sparks Charter Committee Chair Bob LaRiviera gave a 2018 Sparks Charter Committee update.
• The council was presented with the 2017 Golden Eagle Regional Park Annual Report.
• Council approved a two-year contact with Carrara Nevada, LLC for state legislative and counseling services in the amount of $107,888 which includes $73,238 for Fiscal Year 2019 and $34,650 for FY 2020.
• Sparks City Council ratified a $489,500 expenditure for a FY 2018/2019 Forensic Support Service Agreement between Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Sparks Police Department. The Sparks Police contracts annually with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division to provide forensic investigative services for the Sparks Police.
• The council accepted $89,283 from the 911 Emergency Response Advisory Committee for a Geographic Technology Specialist for police and fire services. The Sparks Police Department requested and received funding from the 911 Emergency Response Advisory Committee for a Geographic Technology Specialist specifically to address City of Sparks GIS needs with the implementation of the Tri-Tech CAD/RMS system and upgrades for police and fire. This GIS Information primarily is utilized for the accurate dispatching of Police, Fire and EMS services within the City of Sparks.
• Council approved the Mayor’s recommendation to appoint Francine Burge to the Sierra Arts Foundation Board of Trustees. The Sierra Arts Foundation is a community arts non-profit corporation that provides resources to encourage awareness, appreciation, accessibility, and development of the arts. Council also approved the Mayor’s recommendation to appoint Cheryl Hanna-Hare to the Sparks Arts and Culture Advisory Committee (ACAC) through November 6, 2020. The primary objective of the ACAC is to provide a plan and guidance for all arts and culturally-related activities on public property or projects utilizing city resources.