Highlights from today’s Reno City Council meeting

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City of Reno LogoToday the Reno City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting. Below are some highlights from the meeting.

• Proclamation declaring April 7, 2013 as Pathways to Aviation Day
The City of Reno recognizes the important contributions of the Reno Air Racing Foundation and its Pathways to Aviation Program, including its support and promotion of the speaker event to be presented at the University of Nevada, Reno on April 17, 2013. The Reno Air Racing Foundation was established in 2004 as a way of introducing youth to the fascinating world of aviation while highlighting the role of air racing in shaping the industry. As part of the Reno Air Racing Foundation, Pathways to Aviation was launched in 2008 and through partnerships with the University of Nevada, Reno, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada and Sierra Nevada Corporation, the program inspires local youth through aviation and aerospace educational activities, grants and scholarships to pursue educational studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

• Agenda Item E.5
The City Council accepted a donation from Dr. Peter Pool to the City of Reno’s Public Art Collection. The donation, a sculpture by Charles Ginnever, titled Nevada, is valued at $55,000 and will be installed at McKinley Arts & Culture Center. The piece will be placed in the south facing courtyard.

Many travelers come to Reno to tour the City’s collection of public art. The collection is curated to include examples of many different genres and styles from representational to abstract and a variety of materials which provide our citizens and visitors with a diverse collection.

• Agenda Items H.1, H.2, H.3, H.4, H.5, H.6, and H.7
The City Council approved the following requests from Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NAB) to allocate Community Pride Grant (CPG) funds:

1. $3,000 from Ward Four North Valleys to the Desert Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Association to purchase outdoor fitness equipment for their playground to improve the health and fitness of their students.

2. $5,581 from Ward Four Northeast to the Northern Nevada Literacy Council to purchase security cameras and lighting for the safety of their facility.

3. $6,781 from Ward Four Northeast to the Rainshadow Foundation to install eight public art sculptures in the Clear Acre Lane and Wedekind Road roundabout.

4. $4,481 from Ward Four Northeast to the Rainshadow Foundation, Be the Change Project to purchase paint and supplies for a Wedekind Road wall mural in partnership with Reno Artworks.

5. $1,000 from Ward One to Controlled Burn to present the Compression! Art and Fire Event on the City Plaza as part of Artown.

6. $10,500 from Ward One, Ward Two Central, and Ward Two South to the Jessie Beck PFA to purchase and install sod for their playing fields.

7. $2,000 from Ward Four North Valleys to O’Brien Middle School Parent Teacher Organization to purchase sports equipment for their athletic programs.

Each NAB’s CPG 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 K.1
The City Council approved the appointments of Darin Blue, Brian Dean, and Pamela Mayne to the Urban Forestry Commission.

The City of Reno continues to look for enthusiastic citizens to gain leadership experience and volunteer for Reno by serving on Boards and Commissions. For more information about the latest opportunities to serve or for a complete list of a complete list of all Boards and Commissions and appointments contact the City Clerk’s Office at 334-2030.

• Agenda Item L.4
The City Council approved the allocation from Council Member Oscar Delgado’s Council donation funds for fiscal year 2012-2013 in the amount of $500 to the Evelyn Mount Outreach of Reno/Sparks. The funds will be used to offset costs associated with providing food, children’s Easter baskets, and basic supplies for needy individuals and families in our community. 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 allocation from Council Member Oscar Delgado’s Council donation funds for fiscal year 2012-2013 in the amount of $500 to the Greater Harvest Church. The funds will be used to offset costs associated with providing activities, resources, homework assistance, and mentor programs for at-risk youth in local schools. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.

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