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Reno City Council meeting highlights



The Reno City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting yesterday. Below are some highlights from the meeting.

• Agenda Item E.8 – Air Races Sponsorship

The Reno City Council approved $50,000 to sponsor the 49th Annual National Championship Air Races and Air Show, which will take place Sept. 12-16.  In 2011 the city’s sponsorship of the event was for $15,000. The amount was increased for 2012 to help keep the event going after a plane crash at last year’s event that killed 11 people and increased the Reno Air Racing Association’s insurance premiums. The funds will offset the costs for permits, staff time, equipment and materials from the Reno Police Department and Public Works Department.

• Agenda Item H.1 – Lease for Women and Children’s Center

The Reno City Council directed staff to negotiate a lease agreement with the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra for space at the Neil Road Family Services Center at 3905 Neil Road. The Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra is a nonprofit organization formed in 2008 to provide services and support for impoverished women so they could create a better future for themselves and their families. The organization provides classes in computers, nutrition, job skills, English as a second language and GED preparation.

• Agenda Item H.3 – Conveying 1300 Foster Drive to Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows

The Reno City Council approved donating the land at 1300 Foster Drive to the Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows. The club has obtained a grant from the Pennington Foundation and will use the funds to demolish the old YMCA building and construct a new facility at the location, where they will provide programming for children aged 6-12. This use will complement the programming at the adjacent Wiegand Youth Center, creating a campus of services for youth aged 0-12 years. The Boys & Girls Club estimates their project will create 30 jobs and will serve up to 4,000 children.

• Agenda Item J4 – Curb Systems Parking Kiosk Contract

The Reno City Council gave local company Curb Systems until the Sept. 12 Council meeting to respond to the city’s questions and concerns about the parking kiosk system in downtown Reno. The company says all the technological problems with the kiosk system have been identified and addressed. The remaining work includes installing monitoring sensors so the system knows when a parking space is occupied by a vehicle. The company has requested an extension to the end of the calendar year to complete its work. The City Council will consider the proposed extension after hearing from the company Sept. 12.

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