Highlights from April 25 Reno City Council meeting

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Today, the Reno City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting. Below are some highlights from the meeting.

• Agenda Item D.5
The city of Reno received the Government Finance Officer’s Association Distinguished Budget Award for the fiscal year 2011-12 budget. This is Reno’s 16th consecutive award and recognizes the city for its commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. The award reflects that Reno’s budget document serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. There are 14 mandatory criteria within each of these four principle guidelines that must be rated. The city of Reno’s budget document met every one of those criteria and is recognized for this achievement.

• Agenda Item E.4
The City Council approved a lease agreement with Reno Investment Two, LLC for warehouse space at 725 Trademark Drive for use as a temporary fire station in the amount of $3,333 per month. The lease agreement is for a month to-month tenancy which provides flexibility to relocate staff and apparatus to a new fire station anticipated to be constructed in the near future. The warehouse space will be modified to provide living areas for a crew and parking for a fire engine.

As a result of Washoe County terminating the Interlocal Agreement for Fire Services, Reno will be required to vacate the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station 14 at 12300 Old Virginia Road as of June 30, 2012. Through consolidation, Reno staffed at its own expense a full crew providing service from Station 14 which is located within the jurisdictional limits of the city. In order to maintain fire service delivery to the citizens of Reno, a staffed engine company is needed to provide coverage in the south Reno area.

• Agenda Item G.1
The City Council approved to extend the expiration of the Moratorium on Secondhand Dealers in Precious Metals until August 23, 2012. The extension would allow staff additional time to research and draft a proposed ordinance relating to secondhand dealers in precious metals.

On January 18, 2012, the City Council enacted an ordinance, RMC 5.08.125, establishing a moratorium prohibiting issuing secondhand dealer privileged business license to deal in precious metals (was set to expire on April 26, 2012, unless extended). The state of Nevada regulates secondhand dealers pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) Chapter 647 and authorizes the city of Reno to enact ordinances which, among other things, authorize “conditions, limitations or restrictions upon the [secondhand dealer] license” pursuant to NRS 268.0974.

• Agenda Item J.8
The City Council accepted the donation along with approving an agreement with the Club Cal Neva Hotel and Casino. The Cal Neva Hotel and Casino offered to pay all the costs associated with the refurbishment, transportation, installation and insurance necessary to repair the Howard-Mayer Clock, which previously resided in the Park Lane Mall. In the 1920s, the clock was located in front of Ginsberg Jewelers on North Virginia Street. The final location of the clock after it is refurbished has not yet been determined, but it is anticipated to be placed in a prominent downtown Reno location.

In 2007, the owners of the Park Lane Mall made the decision to demolish the structure to make way for development. As a result, the clock, having been relocated to the Park Lane Mall in the mid-1960s, needed a new home. The mall owners offered it to the city, and Mayor Cashell accepted it on the city’s behalf. The clock was dismantled and placed in storage by the city, where it has remained.

• Agenda Item L.4
The City Council approved the reallocation from Councilmember Gustin’s council donation funds for fiscal year 2011-2012 in the amount of $1,205 to the Nevada Junior Livestock Foundation to support exhibit awards and educational classes in the Animal Breeding Category. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.

• Agenda Item L.5
The City Council approved the reallocation from Councilmember Gustin’s Council donation funds for fiscal year 2011-2012 in the amount of $1,500 to the city of Reno Parks, Recreation, and Community Service Department to purchase 10 trees for the April 27, 2012, Arbor Day tree planting in Idlewild Park. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.

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