The following are highlights from the Sept. 23 Sparks City Council meeting.
Commendations / Proclamations:
- Mayor Ron Smith proclaimed Wednesday, October 2, 2019 as International Walk to School Day and encouraged the citizens of Sparks to walk or bicycle with their children to school and celebrate the benefits of increased safety and health throughout the year.
- Smith proclaimed October 6 through October 12, 2019 as Fire Prevention Week, urging all citizens to be aware of their surroundings, take personal steps to increase safety from fire and participate in the public safety activities of the Sparks Fire Department.
- Smith proclaimed October 6, 2019 as National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Day to honor firefighters and emergency services personnel who have sacrificed their lives to save others and to pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.
• Enterprise Community Partners presented a 10-year regional strategy for housing affordability developed in conjunction with Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities and the Truckee Meadow Regional Planning Agency.
- Sparks City Manager Neil Krutz announced three vacancies on the Sparks Citizens Advisory Committee. Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 18 at: https://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/become-city-volunteer/. He also announced two vacancies on the Sparks Senior Citizens Advisory Committee. Sparks residents over the age of 55 are encouraged to apply by Friday, November 1 at https://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/become-city-volunteer/
- The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee seeks two members for 2-year terms. City Manager Neil Krutz said interested individuals with performing arts and visual arts background may apply by Friday, October 18 at https://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/become-city-volunteer/
- The Sparks City Council approved a reimbursement to the city of Reno for a change order to the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) Digester 2 Cover Rehabilitation Project. The cost of the change order is $170,000, with Sparks share being $53,329. Council also ratified the City Manager’s authorization of an emergency expenditure for a $69,139.63 gearbox at TMWRF.
- Council approved an agreement between the cities of Sparks and Reno and Washoe County to collectively manage owned water rights.
- The council ratified the City Manager’s contract execution between the city of Sparks and Koch Elevator Company for elevator repairs in the amount of $95,815.55.
- Council approved the Cooperative Local Public Agency Agreement with the Nevada Department of Transportation for a grant designated for the city of Sparks Regional Trail Rehabilitation Project that provides a 95% reimbursement to the city of Sparks up to $285,000.
- The Sparks City Council approved a resolution authorizing the senior accountant to make financial investment commitments for the City, as required by brokers and banks.
- The council approved adoption of the Nevada Local Government Records Management Program Manual and Local Government Records Retention Schedules. The Nevada Public Records Act (NPRA) was significantly changed during the 2019 legislative session, requiring the City to alter its policies implementing the NPRA and includes defining confidential information and adopting a policy for establishing fees associated with public records requests.
- Council held a public meeting and approved submittal of the city of Sparks Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- The Sparks City Council conducted a public hearing and approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Sparks and Operating Engineers Local #3 to change the classification level and pay ranges for Traffic Signal Technician Lead and Environmental Control Officer, effective September 30.
- Council held a public meeting and approved a conditional use permit request to construct and operate a car wash at 4620 Wedekind Road in Sparks.