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Highlights from today’s Reno City Council Meeting

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reno-logo-117x150-1759811-1026568Today the Reno City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting. Below are some highlights from the meeting.

 Proclamation Honoring Marilyn Newton on her 50 year anniversary with the Reno Gazette Journal

Mayor Cashell proclaims Wednesday, August 14, 2013 as a day to honor Marilyn Newton.
Newton has documented some of Nevada’s biggest news stories of the past half century, including the Harvey’s Hotel and Casino explosion at Stateline, Nevada; the Galaxy airliner crash in south Reno; and the Priscilla Ford Thanksgiving Day rampage in downtown Reno. Covering hard news is her passion, but she also loves photographing spring wildflowers, wild horses, and the state’s historic small towns. Newton is an honorary Colonel in Nevada National Guard, an honorary Reno firefighter, and is deputized in four Northern Nevada counties. She has accepted more than 400 national photo and writing awards and was inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2002. Congratulations to Marilyn Newton on a successful career and for being a well-respected, dedicated, and trusted journalist.

• Agenda Item J.6

To further the City’s efforts in promoting a sustainable and vibrant economy, the City Council approved for staff to continue participating in the Regional Transportation Commission’s (RTC) Shared Federal Framework Initiative. The Initiative gathers Northern Nevada entities together to  develop a “Truckee Meadows Shared Federal Framework: One Region. One Voice.” The stated purpose of the Shared Federal Framework is to help enhance coordination across policy areas and formulation of common policy themes in areas such as tourism, transportation and economic development.

The City of Reno has a long history of working with its regional partners on a wide variety of issue, including federal priorities. Each year, the development of the City’s Federal Platform, which is approved by the City Council, includes support for regional requests, such as the Truckee River Flood Control Project, RTC transportation initiatives, the City shared investments with the City of Sparks in the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF), and other projects of mutual concern, coordinated with the lobbyists representing those other entities. In addition to ongoing communication with elected officials and federal agency staff in Nevada and Washington, DC, the City maintains regular communication with local and regional agencies. The City has successfully advocated for Congressional legislative actions which preserve local autonomy, prevent unfunded mandates, and increase local resources, all of mutual concern to the region.

• Agenda Item L.4 

With funding provided by Council Member Jardon and Mayor Cashell ($3,500 each) from their Council donation funds, the Council voted to continue the Midtown Pilot Parking Program with Siemens for two more months. This extension will allow Council to review a city-wide parking program that will perform to the satisfaction and needs of the community.

The Midtown Pilot Parking Program is a direct result of the City hearing from business owners in the Midtown District that parking was a barrier to the continued economic resurgence of the area. Along with other measures to help mitigate the issue (i.e. red zones, marking available parking spaces, etc.), the City executed a contract with Siemens to install parking sensors and implement a pilot project. To date, the pilot program has reduced parking congestion to improve available on-street parking.

• Agenda Item L.5  

The City Council approved the donation of $5,000 from Council Member Hillary Schieve’s Council donation funds for fiscal year 2013-2014 to the Senior Division of the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department. These funds are to be used exclusively to fund the efforts of the Senior Advisory Board to offer programs and events for seniors in our community including recreation, social, and educational opportunities. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.

• Agenda Item L.6

The City Council approved donating a total of $4,389 in Council donation funds for fiscal year 2013-2014 to Tour de Nez Outreach ($2,194.50 from Mayor Cashell, $1,000 from Council Member Neoma Jardon, and $1,194.50 Council Member Dwight Dortch). These funds will be used to help offset costs associated with the 2013 bicycle event. The Tour de Nez race brings visitors to our downtown core and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle through bicycling. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.

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