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November 4, 2015 Reno City Council Highlights



In an ongoing commitment to keep citizens informed, the city summarized outcomes of a few key agenda items from yesterday’s Reno City Council meeting.. Agenda items M.1 and M.2 are Public Hearings were heard at 6 p.m., starting with item M.2.

For in-depth review of all of today’s agenda items, visit Reno.gov/Meetings. The agenda numbers, at left, provide convenient links to corresponding City of Reno Staff Reports.

C.1 – Proclamation

Councilmember David Bobzien read a Proclamation declaring November 20, 2015 as a day to recognize International Walk to School Day. The Washoe County School District’s Safe Routes to Schools program was also recognized.

D.1 – Reno Citizens Institute

A ceremony was held for 39 graduates of the Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) Fall 2015 Session (see photo here). RCI participants met with elected officials and City of Reno staff to gain an understanding of the City’s structure, processes, and services during the free seven-week program. To date, more than 900 citizens have graduated from the City of Reno’s RCI program.

Naomi Duerr at Virginia LakeE.2 – Virginia Lake

Council unanimously approved a $100,000 grant from the Truckee River Fund for construction of Virginia Lake Water Quality Improvements. Council recently awarded a contract to Reno Tahoe Construction to construct a new primary outlet structure located at the south end of the lake, and connect a submerged pipeline along the perimeter of the lake to the existing outlet. This project, which started in late October, aims to improve water quality through improved water circulation.

J.2 – Sky Tavern

Council unanimously approved a contract to MKD Construction, Inc., for the Sky Tavern Water/Fire Protection System Improvements in an amount not to exceed $1,084,260 from the Capital Projects Fund and FEMA Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant. The project will consist of construction of a new 150,000-gallon water storage tank at Sky Tavern, a new pipeline from the tank to the ski lodge building, and the installation of new fire hydrants.

J.3 – FY15 Surplus Funds

There was a presentation and discussion regarding Fiscal Year 15 surplus funds and completed projects and programs. Council unanimously approved the Staff Report and related recommendations. Earlier this year, Council approved expenditures of more than $10.8 million, focusing on the areas of Debt Reduction, Deferred Maintenance, Blight Reduction, Community Assistance Center (homeless services), and Infrastructure Improvements. View the presentation link above for a list of completed projects and programs, as well as those that are underway or in the works.

Council Donation Funds

Council unanimously approved the following allocations of Council Donation Funds:

L.4 – Support for the Holland Project’s fundraising efforts to acquire 140 Vesta Street as the home for a youth arts organization. [Brekhus]

L.5 – Support for the Northern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure’s breast cancer education efforts. [Delgado]

L.6 – Support for the University Foundation for the Dean’s Future Scholar program in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno to facilitate a college-ready culture for youth in northern Nevada. [Delgado]

L.7 – Support for the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW) to continue their work to assist women and families who have been impacted by domestic violence. [Schieve]
Bob Conrad
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Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR.