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Sparks City Council Highlights, September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Julie Duewel, 775.353.7894 or (775) 544-0476, jduewel@cityofsparks.us
Sparks, NV- The following are highlights from today’s Sparks City Council Meeting:

Commendations, Proclamations and Presentations:

*Commended the Spanish Springs High School Cougar Marching Band

*Proclaimed September 28 a day in honor of the Committee to Aid Abused Women

*Proclaimed October 8-14 Fire Prevention Week

*Proclaimed Wednesday October 11 as International Walk to School Day


*Project SAFE Gold fundraiser results and plaque presentations

*Arts and Economic Prosperity Survey: National Nevada and City of Reno

*EDAWN Expansion and Workforce presentation

*2017 Regional Plan Update

General Business:

Council approved a funding allocation of $15,000 to supplement the Nugget’s Rib Cook Off and Hot August Nights for additional police costs as recommended by the Tourism and Marketing Committee.

Council approved a $423,140 contract for a storm drain project at the intersection of Bergin Way and Overyer Road where frequent, localized flooding is occurring.

Council approved easement across city of Sparks property for Silverwing Development-Quarry Bridges, LLC to construct a pedestrian bridge connecting The Bridges project to the City parking garage located adjacent to the Victorian Square movie theater.  The agreement also allows The Bridges residents to park up to 50 passenger vehicles in the City parking garage.

City Manager Steve Driscoll affirmed the city of Sparks’ intent to continue to participate as a member of the Washoe County HOME Consortium (WCHC). The WCHC is a partnership between Washoe County and the cities of Reno and Sparks to help provide state and federal funding to affordable housing projects and programs throughout the region.

Public Hearings:

Council approved the submittal of the city of Sparks Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for fiscal year 2016-17 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The report documents the city of Sparks’ use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds received for community development and housing activities. The CAPER also addresses the activities of the Washoe County HOME Consortium (WCHC).

Council approved an amendment to Sparks Municipal Code to require all permanent buildings constructed after on or after October 1, 2017 that have a public restroom to provide a baby changing table. The change is required by AB241-R1 which was passed by the Nevada Legislature and signed into law by Governor Sandoval in 2017.

Council approved the collective bargaining agreement between the city of Sparks and the Sparks Police Protective Association non-supervisory, Sergeants and Lieutenants Units for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. Council also approved the deputy chief employee, resolution for the same time period.

Council approved the collective bargaining agreements between the city of Sparks and the Association of Sparks Fire Department Classified Chief Officers through June 30, 2020.

Council also approved the assistant, senior and chief assistant city attorneys, mid-management professional and technical resolutions through June 30, 2020 and the confidential employee resolution through June 30, 2018.