The following are highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
• Sparks City Council commended the Nevada Veteran’s Memorial team, for their tireless efforts in bringing the important memorial to the Sparks Marina. The Nevada Veterans Memorial is to preserve and honor the legacy of our fallen service men and women since 1864. The groundbreaking will be held at 10:00 am Friday, March 29 at the Sparks Marina Park.
• Council proclaimed them month of April as Fair Housing Month. April marks the 51st anniversary of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the Federal Fair Housing Act, which provides equal opportunity for all Americans in the sale, rental and financing of housing and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and national origin.
• Councilmembers heard a presentation and update on the Flirtey delivery systems and testing program.
• The council approved to split the cost of the Temporary Homeless Overflow Shelter with the city of Reno and Washoe County. The city of Sparks share is $24,951.00.
• Council approved appointments to the Sparks Building Code Board of Appeals to hear appeals of decisions made by the City Building Official regarding interpretations of the Building Code. Those appointed are Mark DeWeese, Don Mackey, Brett McElhaney, Matthew Myres and Mike Pecorino.
• Sparks City Council approved an amendment to the Mid Management, Professional and Technical Resolution and Executive Resolution updating the classification and compensation system reviewed by the Korn Ferry Hay Group (HAY).
• Council held a public meeting and amended the final approved Pioneer Meadows Development standards Handbook plan for a 640-acre site located east of the Kiley Ranch North planned development, west of the Wingfield Springs planned development and south of the Stonebrook planned development in Sparks in the planned development zoning district. Washoe County School District waived the right to build a school on the site. The site will revert to single family housing with two parks. The proposed amendments include:
- Changing the land use in the Handbook for certain areas to match the approved Comprehensive Plan land use designations.
- Updating the Land Use Summary and Densities Tables.
- Removing the school site from Pioneer Meadows.
- Reducing the number of parks from three to two, increasing the sizes of the two parks, and changing the location of the still-to-be constructed park.
- Removing references to the Northern Sparks Sphere of Influence Plan (NSSOI), which is no longer in effect.