The following are highlights from the Oct. 14 Sparks City Council meeting.
• Mayor Ron Smith proclaimed the month of November as Alpha-1 Awareness Month and urged citizens to increase knowledge and spread awareness about this Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1), a genetic condition that may result in serious lung disease in adults (COPD) and/or liver disease at any age.
• Sparks Police Chief Pete Krall and Fire Chief Jim Reid were presented with photographs of the Northern Nevada Veteran’s Home and the Nevada Gold Star Family Memorial grand openings.
• Council was presented with an updated Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, developed to reduce or eliminate communities’ long-term risks caused by disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, landslides or dam failure.
• Sparks City Manager Neil Krutz announced three vacancies on the Sparks Citizens Advisory Committee. Application can apply until Friday, October 18, 2019 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, 2019 at https://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/become-city-volunteer/.
• The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee is seeking two members for two-year terms. City Manager Neil Krutz said interested individuals with performing arts and visual arts background may apply by Friday, October 18, 2019 at https://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/become-city-volunteer/.
• The Sparks City Council moved to accept a $46,000 grant from the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety to pay for officer overtime costs, allowing Sparks Police Department officers to participate in the 2020 Joining Forces program, which includes 16 special traffic enforcement events through September 2020.
• Council approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Reno, Washoe County, and the city of Sparks for the management and disposition of the 2019 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) for law enforcement training, equipment and personnel overtime expenses.
• The council approved acceptance of an $80,000 grant from the Sparks Rotary Club and authorized staff to seek an additional $220,000 in grant funding from various philanthropic organizations to assist in the design and construction of the Sparks Marina All Abilities Playground.
• Councilmembers approved a $688,737.12 construction project with Project to FieldTurf USA, Inc., to replace synthetic turf at Golden Eagle Regional Park.
• The council authorized the city manager to execute the participation agreement with MaxorPlus Ltd. for City of Sparks Group Health Plan pharmacy benefit administration from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022.
• Sparks City Council authorized the city manager to proceed with a joint contract with the city of Reno and NCR Payment Solutions, FL, LLC for debit and credit card payment processing services and approved a $31,764 three-year contract with Gray Quarter, Inc. to provide business license and permit transaction integration between payment processing services and Accela Citizen Access.
• Council directed City Manager Neil Krutz to initiate changes to the Sparks Municipal Code by preparing code amendments to allow tattoo parlors to be established in additional zoning districts.
• The council approved an amendment to the Sparks Municipal Code to add provisions allowing some alcoholic beverage licensees to fill growlers and crowlers, allow alcohol service by caterers and provide other matters properly related thereto.
• Council approved an amendment to the Sparks Municipal Code to correct the sewer and storm drain residential connection fee approved by City Council in December 2018, from $7,332.54 to $7,356.48; and the commercial connection fee from $344.33 per weighted fixture unit to $339.79.
• The council approved a five-year extension of the Natural Gas Franchise Agreement with Sierra Pacific Power Company (NV Energy Natural Gas), until April 23, 2026. Council also approved a five-year extension of the Electrical System Franchise Agreement with Sierra Pacific Power Company, until April 23, 2026.