The following are highlights from last Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
Presentations and Proclamations
• The council heard a presentation from Aric Shapiro about The Generator, the Industrial Arts Studio for Burning Man.
• Sparks City Council confirmed Mayor Ron Smith’s appointment of Paul Anderson to fill the vacancy of Sparks City Council Ward 3. The Ward 3 council seat was left vacant when Mayor Ron Smith was elected Mayor of the City of Sparks. Mr. Anderson is a longtime resident of the Sparks with extensive professional and business leadership experience, including 10 years on the Nevada State Board of Agriculture. He is also an active volunteer in the community and serves on the Sparks Citizens Advisory Committee. Following the council’s confirmation, Mr. Anderson was administered the oath of office and took his seat on the dais. Mr. Anderson will serve as Ward 3 Councilman through 2020 and is eligible to run for reelection following his appointed term.
• Council approved the purchase of a $941,290.00 fire ladder truck from Graham Fire Apparatum/Rosenbauer to replace an aging and non-reliable truck. The City has a plan in place to replace aging fire apparatus fleet by taking advantage of discounts in pricing without incurring debt. The new ladder truck will arrive in January 2021.
• Councilmembers approved a tentative map request for a 69-unit, multi-family residential townhome subdivision on 7.72 acres (Vistas Planned Unit Development) located at 2255 Los Altos Parkway in Sparks.
• The council approved the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and its corrective actions for fiscal year 2017-2018. Council also authorized the Financial Services Department to distribute the CAFR to interested parties and submit for award consideration.
• Sparks City Council accepted a $4834.00 gift from One Word Lantern Festival. One World Lantern Festival was held on September 29, 2018 with more than 10,000 people in attendance. Festival organizers donated the portion of the festival proceeds asking that the funds to be used for arts programming as directed by the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.
• The Council approval a $221,007.00 contract to Sierra Nevada Construction for the Permanent Path Project Bid. The permanent patch contract is intended to be a yearly contract that involves the permanent patching of city owned streets and alleys that have been cut by permit holders. program is self-funded, and all costs associated with the program are paid for by permit fees.
• Council heard the second reading, held a public meeting and adopted a bill to amend Sparks Municipal Code Title 13 revising limitations on wastewater strength applied to Significant Industrial Users.
• Councilmembers heard the second reading, held a public meeting an adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 13 of the Sparks Municipal Code to increase sewer and storm drain user rates five percent annually from July 1, 2019 through July 1, 2022, set multi-family residential and mobile home user rates equal to single family user rates on July 1, 2019, increase sewer connection fees by 30% on January 1, 2019 and increase storm drain connection fees by 2.96% on January 1, 2019 to annually adjust sewer and storm drain connection fees per the Engineering News Record Construction Cost Index beginning on January 1, 2020.