The following are highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
Mayor Ron Smith and the City Council commended Police Chief Brian Allen for his 27-1/2 years of service at the Sparks Police Department and extended warmest wishes for his retirement. Chief Allen served as Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Police Lieutenant, Deputy Police Chief and Police Chief.
City Manager Neil Krutz announced a vacancy on the Sparks Planning Commission. Those interested in this volunteer position may apply online at https://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/volunteer-bandc.
Mayor Ron Smith administered the Oath of Office to James Reid, the City’s new Fire Department Chief and to Douglas Thornley the City’s new Assistant City Manager.
• The council approved the agreement between The Well Care Foundation, Inc., the proposed operator of the Community Triage Center (CTC), Washoe County, and the cities of Reno and Sparks. The CTC will serve the chronically inebriated and/or mentally ill individuals and adults who do not have access to health care or emergency medical services based on their homeless and/or indigent status.
• Council approved the updated interlocal agreement for funding and establishment of operations, executive and management boards to govern the Regional Public Safety Training Center operations.
• Councilmembers approved purchase of stop loss insurance with Voya Financial for the City’s self-funded group health plan program for fiscal year 2020 in the amount of $47,484.
• The council approved reimbursement to the city of Reno for Sparks’ share of the construction contract with Farr Construction Corporation dba Resource Development Company for the Digester 2 Cover Rehabilitation Project at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) in the amount of $362,417.61.
• Sparks City Council approved the agreement with Brown and Caldwell for construction management services for the TMWRF Nitrification Tower 2 Rehabilitation Project, with Sparks’ share not to exceed $235,822.72. They also approved the purchase and installation of an Accusonic flow monitoring system to measure the outfall from TMWRF, with Sparks’ share not to exceed $22,111.14 and a contract with Ranger Construction to remove and replace a 100 HP air compressor at TMWRF, with Sparks’ share not to exceed $67,445.50.
• Council approved the request to abandon a portion of the public right-of-way located directly east of 737 Stanford Way.
• Council approved amendments to the handbook for the Stonebrook planned development to modify the multi-family, commercial and business park development standards for the approximately 610-acre site located south of La Posada Drive and east of Pyramid Way.
• Council adopted a bill amending the Sparks Municipal Code to add a temporary use category for vehicle sales events to last up to 14 calendar days.