The following are highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council Meeting:
• Council approved a $539,500 Forensic Support Services Agreement with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, providing use of the county’s full-service forensic laboratory.
• City Council authorized the city manager to provide written approval to the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA)for a ten year extension of a Rights-of Way Agreement between the city of Sparks and TMWA.
• Councilmembers approved the purchase of various commercial insurance policies to protect the financial interests of the City in an amount of approximately $708,337.00. They also approved the purchase of various commercial insurance policies in the amount of approximately $308,730.00 to protect the financial interests of the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) for the next policy periods and authorized the Contracts and Risk Manager to execute agreements for those policies.
• Sparks City Council rejected four bids for the 2019 Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk and Pavement Rehabilitation Project due to insufficient funding. The lowest project bid was 23% over available budget.
• Council approved a $386,002.15 construction contract for the Wingfield Hills Road storm drain improvements to Z7 Development.
• City Council adopted a resolution to augment the Fiscal Year 2019 Victorian Square Room Tax Fund budget by $853,760 to provide appropriations for the previously-approved incentive agreement between the city of Sparks and Marnell Gaming, LLC.
• The council approved a $625,000 expenditure for contract labor support to augment public works maintenance activities for Fiscal Year 2020. The labor contract through Manpower provides support for streets, parks and fleet maintenance, maintenance administration and storm drain operations. They also approved the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Sparks to provide full-time inmate labor to augment public works maintenance in an amount of $70,557.25 for Fiscal Year 2020.
• Sparks Council approved an agreement for joint funding of the Truckee River Operating Agreement between the State of Nevada, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Washoe County, city of Sparks, city of Reno and city of Fernley, with Sparks’ share being $60,000 for Fiscal year 2020 and $60,000 for Fiscal Year 2021.
• Councilmembers approved the contract with West Coast Code Consultants, Inc., for a maximum $900,000 in Fiscal Year 2020 for building permit plan review and inspection services.
• The council approved the purchase of information technology maintenance contracts and software licensing renewals (maximum $140,000) and the purchase of technology refresh equipment (approximately $471,800) from Summit Partners, LLC or other vendors as needed in Fiscal Year 2020.
• Council authorized staff to seek grant funds in the amount of $80,000 from the Sparks Rotary to assist in the design and construction of the Sparks Marina All Abilities Playground.
• Council held a public meeting and approved a resolution authorizing the Financial Services Department to establish an interfund loan to the Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Fund, and/or the Community Development Block Grant Fund, and/or the Sparks Grants & Donations Fund, from the General Fund as needed during fiscal year 2019-2020. They also held a public meeting and approved a resolution authorizing the Financial Services Department to establish an interfund loan to the General Fund from the Motor Vehicle Maintenance Fund of the city of Sparks, as necessary during fiscal year 2019-2020 for general fund cash flow purposes.
• Council held a public meeting and adopted a bill to amend the Municipal Code, resulting in a $5,000 increase in pay for each of Sparks’ two judges in order to compensate for their 24/7 on-call schedule.