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Highlights from Wednesday’s Reno City Council meeting

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cityofreno-189x300-6929213-7283448Yesterday the Reno City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting. Below are some highlights from the meeting.

• Agenda Item J.6
The Council voted to place a stay on the acceptance of any business license, building, or other permit applications related to medical marijuana establishments until such time as the City and the Council have had the opportunity to conduct a full analysis of the policy and legal implications. The Council’s decision to place a stay was based on the fact that medical marijuana policies are in flux at the federal level and that the State Health Division is still in the process of formulating regulations. Council advised they will revisit this issue once the State has completed their report related to the regulations and guidelines.

During the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session, the Nevada Legislature passed SB374, which establishes a procedure for a person to obtain a registration certificate from the State of Nevada to operate a medical marijuana establishment. SB374 is enabling legislation and does not require the City to take any specific action.

• Agenda Item L.4
The Council approved the donation of $1,000 from Mayor Cashell’s Council donation funds for fiscal year 2013-2014 to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation for the UNR Wolf Pack Marching Band’s purchase of replacement uniforms and band instruments. These funds will help the UNR Marching Band continue to represent our University and community with pride and excellence. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.

• Agenda Item L.5
The Council approved the donation of $500 from Council Member Oscar Delgado’s Council donation funds for fiscal year 2013-2014 to the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra. These funds will be used to offset costs associated with teaching women from generational poverty an understanding of societal structure, how to assess their personal situation, recognize their resources (or lack thereof), understand barriers that keep them in poverty, and to make a personal plan for a better future. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.

• Agenda Item L.6
The Council approved the donation of $1,000 from Council Member Oscar Delgado’s Council donation funds for fiscal year 2013-2014 to the Northern Nevada Literacy Council. These funds will be used to help offset costs associated with providing free classes for students to learn English in the Career Pathways Program to improve skills for post-secondary or trade occupations. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.

• Agenda Item L.7
The Council approved donating a total of $500 in Council donation funds for fiscal year 2013-2014 to the University of Nevada, Reno, International Club ($250 from Council Member Neoma Jardon and $250 Council Member Oscar Delgado). These funds will be used to help offset costs to produce and promote the 31st annual Night of All Nations event on Friday, October 4, 2013 at UNR which promotes cultural diversity and features performances, food, and cultural crafts from over 65 countries. Council donation funds can only be used for nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefits within our community.

• Agenda Item M.2
The Council voted to overturn the hearing officer’s decision and the administrative interpretation (13-02) which had determined a project which only includes a “division of a parcel of land into two or more parcels” shall not be considered “development” and a special use permit is not required. Overturning the decision means a special use permit can be required for a parcel map.

Though this was a citywide issue and not specific to a particular project, the issue was highlighted during a previous application that was filed with the City of Reno for a special use permit to divide a property (known as Gaslight) into four separate lots.

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