WASHOE COUNTY NEWS RELEASE
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, June 25, and took action on items including: honored Katy Simon, who will retire this week, for her 15 years of service and dedication as the Washoe County Manager; selected the executive search firm Ralph Andersen & Associates to conduct the recruitment for a new county manager; approved the sale of the original Arrowcreek fire station parcel; received the 31st consecutive annual Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting; approved a cooperative agreement with regional partners for the Kids to Seniors Korner Programs; accepted additional funding from the Nevada Housing Division for the Zephyr Project in Sparks; authorized a joint bid with the Regional Transportation Commission for preventative road maintenance; received a presentation on Artown; appointed Sara Sattler to the Washoe County Library Board of Trustees; and proclaimed July 2013 Parks and Recreation month.
Recognition and appreciation for Katy Simon: Item 5. The Commissioners honored Katy Simon for her 15 years of service and dedication as the Washoe County Manager at her last Commission meeting prior to her retirement June 28. “It really hit home when I had to sign my own termination papers yesterday,” said Simon. “It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve with the wonderful, dedicated people of Washoe County and I am deeply grateful. We’ve been through a lot together, so thank you all for your support and friendship through the years.” Prior to becoming County Manager, Simon was Washoe County’s Deputy County Manager and also held several other positions in finance and management at the County since 1980.
Selection of executive search firm for new County Manager: Item 20. The Commissioners interviewed six firms to conduct the recruitment process for the new county manager and selected Ralph Andersen & Associates from Rocklin, CA. The firm has been providing executive search and management consulting services to the local public sector since 1972. Washoe County’s project will be based out of Incline Village, NV with Heather Renschler, President & CEO of Ralph Andersen & Associates, as the project director. Renschler is also a part-time Nevada resident and homeowner in Washoe County. View the list of executive search firms.
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD): Item 8. The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) acting as the Board of Fire Commissioners approved the sale of the one acre parcel on Crossbow Creek which proved to be an unsuitable site for a new fire station. A more suitable site owned by the County at Thomas Creek and Arrowcreek Parkway was opened last June. View the staff report for this item.
Excellence in financial reporting: Item 6.I.1. Washoe County received its 31st consecutive annual Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in financial reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. The Certificate from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. This achievement demonstrates Washoe County’s commitment to full disclosure and transparency in communicating financial records, and is a component of Washoe County’s high bond ratings of AA and Aa2, which support lower interest rates when securing future debt financing.
Kids to Seniors Korner Programs: Item 6.J.2. Commissioners approved the cooperative agreement between several Washoe County departments and their regional partners to continue the Kids to Seniors Programs. The programs are a vital community collaboration of outreach services for vulnerable families, adults, and seniors which provide prevention and assistance to reduce abuse, neglect, institutional care and incarceration. The programs also help reduce the costs associated with foster care, nursing homes and detention facilities. The partners are Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, the City of Reno Police Department, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Washoe County Department of Social Services, the Washoe County Health District and the Washoe County Department of Senior Services. Visit Kids to Seniors Korner.
Funding for the Zephyr Project in Sparks: Item: 18. Commissioners accepted a grant of $174,000 from the Nevada Housing Division for the Zephyr project in Sparks. The project is part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to build six residential housing units on Zephyr Drive and the County has raised a total of $574,000 for planning and construction. The increased funding will enhance the neighborhood stabilization program to provide needed affordable housing for vulnerable youths, adults and seniors in Washoe County.
Preventative road maintenance: Item 27. Washoe County and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will soon begin the slurry seal process on approximately 30 miles of roads throughout the Truckee Meadows. The project, which was initiated several months ago to coincide with the 2013 construction season, was included in an open bid by the RTC in May. “RTC’s road construction budget for these projects is four times larger than ours, so the taxpayers will benefit from the economy of scale by joining with them,” said Gregory Belancio, Washoe County Licensed Engineer. View more information on the slurry seal project.
Artown July 2013: Item 11. Commissioners received a presentation on Artown, the festival that brings nearly 500 events to Reno each July. Washoe County is an in-kind sponsor and patrons can enjoy several Artown events at Bartley Ranch Park next month. For more information, visit the Artown website.
New Library Trustee: Item 15. Commissioners appointed District 3 resident Sara Sattler to the Washoe County Library Board of Trustees, with a term effective July 1, 2013-June 30, 2017. Visit Washoe County Libraries.
July is Parks and Recreation Month: Item 7. Washoe County joined the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the Nevada Recreation and Park Society and other government agencies in proclaiming July 2013 Parks and Recreation month. Washoe County’s vast park system of over 12,000 acres allows for recreation opportunities that help build healthy, active communities which aid in the prevention of chronic disease and provide therapeutic recreation services for individuals of all abilities.