Highlights from April 4 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 F.1
The City Council approved a possible abandonment of Lander Street between Monroe and Walker to include a number of conditions such as addressing parking and traffic flow, holding two community meetings, no intent for Our Lady of Snows School to take over the neighboring park, and include recommendations by neighborhood residents. Our Lady of Snows School requested the abandonment, citing it would increase the safety of school children during drop-off, pick-up and recess. Additionally, Our Lady of Snows School advised the abandonment would be able to eliminate pedestrian/vehicle conflicts for travel between the school and park and provide a secure play area. Today’s council approval requires Our Lady of Snows School to resolve the issues presented and bring a plan back to the City Council for review.
Agenda Item H.1
The City Council approved a request from the Ward Four Northeast and North Valleys Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NAB) for $13,000 in Community Pride Grant funds to the Sierra Arts Foundation to place temporary sculptural works including steel art pieces, bike racks and unique structures using recycled materials including wood and metal on storefronts along the Fourth Street corridor. Installation is anticipated to be completed July 1, 2012, to coincide with the Artown Festival. The NABs support the goals of the Sierra Arts Foundation to utilize the talents of local artists and create a large scale exhibition to make the corridor more visually appealing for both pedestrians and drivers.
NAB Community Pride Grand Funds are designed to be used for neighborhood-specific projects. These funds are allocated to projects that the city may not have budgeted for that the NAB would like to expedite. Funds are generally intended for projects that are short term in nature and quick to implement. While funding is recommended by the boards, its use and expenditure are guided by established city procurement, expenditure procedures and ground rules.
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Agenda Item H.2
The City Council approved a request from the Ward One ($500), Two Central ($500), Two South ($500) and Three ($750) Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NAB) for $2,250 in Community Pride Grant funds to the Traditional American Music Project to promote and produce the Living History Faire on May 19 at Miguel Ribera Park. The faire features free educational and entertainment options providing an opportunity for attendees to learn about their ancestry. The NABS support the goals of the Traditional American Music Project to provide an event that offers performances, demonstrations and informational booths on history, cultural diversity and opportunities to explore individual cultural heritage and ancestry.
NAB Community Pride Grand Funds are designed to be used for neighborhood-specific projects. These funds are allocated to projects that the city may not have budgeted for that the NAB would like to expedite. Funds are generally intended for projects that are short term in nature and quick to implement. While funding is recommended by the boards, its use and expenditure are guided by established city procurement, expenditure procedures, and ground rules.
Agenda Item H.5
The City Council approved a moratorium rejecting the acceptance of applications or the issuance of building permits to alter, enlarge or relocate on-premise signs regulated by Reno Municipal Code 18.16.804. This would commence immediately and continue for a period not to exceed 90 days. The temporary halt is being done to determine if the Reno Municipal Code should be amended and, if so, in what manner.
Agenda Item L.4
The City Council approved the reallocation from Councilmember Sferrazza’s council donation funds for fiscal year 2011-2012 in the amount of $1,900 to the Great Basin Youth Soccer League for “Miracle on Turf” – the Rebirth of Moana Stadium Fields. The project to rebuild athletic fields will be the first step toward transforming the Moana site into a multi-use complex featuring a modern aquatics facility, soccer fields, baseball fields and other community amenities. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.
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Agenda Item L.5
The City Council approved turning the Reno arch blue in honor of fallen police officers. The Reno arch will turn blue from May 1 through June 1. National Police Week is May 13 through May 16 and is observed throughout the nation in order to recognize the hazardous work, serious responsibilities and strong commitment to our nation’s peace officers. Project Blue Light began in 1989 when the mother-in-law of a Philadelphia police officer put blue lights in her window during the holiday season to honor her deceased son-in-law.
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