In our ongoing commitment to keep citizens and media informed, we’ve summarized the outcomes of a few key agenda items from today’s Reno City Council meeting. For in-depth review of all of today’s agenda items, visit the City of Reno meetings portal. The agenda numbers, at left, provide convenient links to corresponding City of Reno Staff Reports.
C.1 – Councilmember David Bobzien read a Proclamation that declared May 2015 as Historic Preservation Month, which relates to item D.1 below.
D.1 – The Historic Resources Commission presented the Historical Preservation Awards. The winners are: the Reno Historical app (Historical Project), The Wonder Cottage (Historic Projects-Residential), The Depot (Historic Projects-Commercial), and Joan and Tim Elam (Historic Preservation Advocate, for preserving the former site of Rick’s Resort/The Willows). For background on the awards program, visit Reno.gov/News.
D.3 – Interim Police Chief Jason Soto presented James D. Hoff Police Officers Memorial Survivor Plaques for service above and beyond the call of duty to Officers Josh Sanford and Andrew Hickman.
Council unanimously approved a contract for construction of Phase 2A of the 2015 Sewer Lift Station Replacement project to Reno Tahoe Construction, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $1,016,957 from the Sewer Enterprise Fund. This project will replace the failing sanitary sewer pump station located near the intersection of Houston Drive and Jake Street with a new station.
Council unanimously approved a Consultant Agreement for Construction Management Services with Brown & Caldwell for Phase 2A of the 2015 Sewer Lift Station Replacement project in an amount not to exceed $372,202 from the Sewer Enterprise Fund.
Council unanimously approved a permanent easement from the Washoe County School District (WCSD) for construction of Phase 2A of the 2015 Sewer Lift Station Replacement project.
E.10 – TMWRF Nitrification System Project
Council unanimously approved a contract to K.G. Walters Construction for Phase 1 of the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) Nitrification System Control Valve Replacements and Vault Construction project in an amount not to exceed $2,054,000, with the City of Reno’s share being $1,435,190.56, from the Sewer Enterprise Fund.
This project will replace valves necessary for the control and operation of TMWRF’s nitrifying filters, an integral part of the nitrogen removal process, and also equip the valves with electric motor actuators. The project is included in the TMWRF Capital Improvement Plan that was approved by the Joint Coordinating Committee.
E.11 – Northwest Pool Upgrades
Council unanimously approved a contract to Bison Construction, Inc. to complete American with Disability Act (ADA) upgrades to the locker rooms, front lobby, and parking lot at the Northwest Pool in an amount not to exceed $196,326.08.
F.1 – Collective Bargaining Agreement
Council unanimously approved a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Reno and Reno Firefighters Local 731, International Association of Firefighters, for the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016. The new contract was ratified by IAFF membership on May 9, 2015 following a week-long voting process. Prior to that, membership had 33 days to ask questions and clarify the contract details. For more information, read the official press release or view the final contract.
H.5 & K.1 – Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NABs)
In a 6-to-1 vote, Council approved to adopt an amended Resolution reinstating Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NABs) as advisory bodies to the City of Reno with a maximum of 11 board members serving on each NAB. Council repealed Resolution No. 8045, adopted by City Council on March 11, 2015, which previously established that five to seven board members would serve on each NAB.
Under Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions (K.1), Council appointed members to four of the five City of Reno NABs, as follows:
K.1.5 – Ward 1: Massimo Balestra, James Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Brown, Susan Burkhamer, Jeff Current, Ryan Evans, Joseph Goodnight, Lindsey Harmon, Zachary Kelley, Kathleen Little-Bolotin, Michael Malloy, and Jana Vanderhaar.
K.1.6 – Appointment of the Ward 2 NABs members was continued to the June 10, 2015 regular meeting.
K.1.7 – Ward 3: Darin Bue, Hugh ‘Chip’ Evans, Kyle Isacksen, David ‘Jay’ Kolbet-Clausell, Gary Raydon, Vince Salvatore, Bryan Stieger, and Catherine Westbrooks.
K.1.8 – Ward 4: Richard ‘Rick’ Anderson, Constance Arias, Corey Bond, Katie Colling, Bob Conrad, Mario DelaRosa, Thomas Hill, and Diana Wheelen.
K.1.9 – Ward 5: Marcy Benner, Carly Borchard (Verdi), Alexander Fadrowsky, Sonya Giroux, Pamela McNeil, Elton Rossi, Joe Serpa (Verdi), Bret Scoggin, Randall Sharp, Bruce Specter, and Richard ‘Rich’ VanGogh.
H.7 – Arts and Culture Grants
Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution granting a total amount of $64,786 from the General Fund to the following 22 arts and cultural programs, events, and services in Reno:
$3,000 to Arts For All Nevada (formerly known as VSA Arts)
$3,000 to Bruka Theatre of the Sierra, Inc.
$2,500 to Build Our Center
$3,500 to Controlled Burn, Inc.
$2,500 to David J. Drakulich Art Foundation
$3,000 to Foundation For The S.T.A.R.S.
$3,000 to Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company
$536 to Great Basin Film Society
$3,500 to Holland Project
$2,500 to Lake Tahoe Classical Guitar (dba Sierra Nevada Guitar Society)
$3,000 to Nevada Humanities Committee
$3,000 to Nevada Museum of Art
$3,500 to Note-Able Music Therapy Services
$3,750 to Reno Jazz Orchestra
$3,000 to Reno Pops Orchestra
$3,000 to Sierra Arts Foundation
$3,500 to Sierra Nevada Ballet
$2,500 to Sierra Nevada Masterworks Chorale
$3,500 to TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada, Inc.
*$3,000 to University of Nevada Latino Research Center
*$3,000 to University of Nevada Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries
$3,000 to World of Life Ministries
*The motion was amended to remove the UNR items in order to amend the contract language to eliminate full-time administrative salaries and facility rentals. Those items will be brought back on June 10, 2015 for consideration.
H.8 – Arts and Culture Grants
Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution granting a total of $130,240 from the Room Tax Fund to the following 23 arts and cultural programs, events, and services in Reno:
$6,500 to Arts for All Nevada (formerly VSA Arts)
$6,500 to A.V.A. Ballet Theatre
$6,500 to Bruka of the Sierra, Inc.
$1,990 to the David J. Drakulich Art Foundation
$3,000 to Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company
$6,500 to Holland Project
$6,500 to KNPB Channel 5
$3,000 to Mercury Momentum
$6,500 to Nevada Humanities Committee
$6,500 to Nevada Museum of Art
$7,500 to Pioneer Center For Performing Arts
$7,500 to Reno Chamber Orchestra
$3,750 to Reno Jazz Orchestra
$6,500 to Reno Little Theater
$7,500 to Reno Philharmonic Association
$2,500 to Reno Pops Orchestra
*$5,000 to Renown Health Association
$6,500 to Sierra Arts Foundation
$6,500 to Sierra Nevada Ballet
$3,000 to TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada
*$7,500 to University of Nevada Music Department
*$6,500 to University of Nevada Extended Studies
*$6,500 to University of Nevada Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries
*The motion was amended to remove the Renown and UNR items in order to amend the contract language to eliminate full-time administrative salaries and facility rentals. Those items will be brought back on June 10, 2015 for consideration.
J.3 – Moana Springs Recreation Center
There were presentations from staff, the Great Basin Youth Soccer League (GBYSL), and Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics (SNCA) regarding implementation of the Moana Springs Recreation Center conceptual plan. The conceptual plan includes two soccer fields, an aquatics/recreation center, a reconfigured Little League complex, neighborhood park components, and related amenities. Council directed staff to firm up details in the plan and bring it back to Council at a later date.
K.1 – Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions
K.1.1 – Council unanimously approved to appoint Kathleen Chandler to the Urban Forestry Commission.
K.1.2 – Council unanimously approved to reappoint Wendy Boszak and Matthew Ladich to the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.
K.1.3 – Council unanimously approved to appoint Melinda Gustin to the Historical Resources Commission.
L Mayor and Council
Council unanimously approved to allocate the following donation funds:
L.4 – $500 the Eddy House to provide programs and services for Northern Nevada at-risk youth.
L.5 – $446 to Best Buddies Nevada to provide programs benefiting children and adults with developmental disabilities.
L.6 – $500 to the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation to support parks and trails programs.
L.7 – $2,200 to the American Planning Association for the Housing for the Next Generation Design Competition.
SOURCE: City of Reno.
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