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Sparks City Council Highlights May 28, 2019

Sparks, NV – The following are highlights from today’s Sparks City Council Meeting:

Commendations / Proclamations:

Mayor Smith and the City Council commended Fire Chief Chris Maples for 23-1/2 years of service as a Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, Captain, Battalion Chief and Fire Chief in his lifetime of dedication and service to this city, and extended warmest wishes for his pending retirement in June.

Council proclaimed June 1 as Kevin Partida Day, recognizing Kevin for his days playing soccer for Sparks High School, UNLV Rebels, Reno 1868 Football Club and now the San Jose Earthquakes.

Council proclaimed June 2019 at Men’s Health Month and encouraged all men to maintain a healthy lifestyle by engaging in regular exercise, adopting preventative health practices, participating in medical check-ups and being positive health role models for their children.

City Manager Neil Krutz announced vacancies on the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, the Civil Service Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees, the Technical Review Committee of the Washoe County Home Consortium and the Sparks Planning Commission.  Those interested in any of these volunteer positions may apply online at https://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/volunteer-bandc.


S3 Development CEO Blake Smith Jr. presented The Quarry Annual Report for the Kiley Ranch North development project.

General Business:

Council approved the 2019 final budget for the city of Sparks for fiscal year 2019-2020. The budget includes hiring for 33 new positions, 12 in the Sparks Police Department, including six police officers, two dispatchers and four office support staff. The City will also hire three new firefighters and one fire prevention inspector for the Sparks Fire Department.  Other positions will be spread out through the City’s Community Services, Finance, Management Services, Municipal Court and Parks and Recreation Departments. (Link to interview with Sparks City Manager: https://youtu.be/-GPHAGqRR8o)

Council moved to provide the Eddy House and the Northern Nevada Continuum of Care with a grant application letter of support to be directed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project.

Council approved $87,000 in funding for the operation of the Community Triage Center to serve the chronically inebriated and/or mentally ill individuals and adults who do not have access to health care or emergency medical services based on their homeless and/or indigent status.

Council appointed John A. Martini as Assistant City Manager for the city of Sparks effective and administered his oath of office.

Council approved a  $421,444.00 contract to Spanish Springs Construction for the 2019 Community Development Block Grant Street Improvements that will include replacing deteriorating curb gutter, sidewalk, driveway approaches and roadway surfaces along I Street from Rock Blvd to 15th Street.

Council approved a $354,007 contract to Sierra Nevada Construction for the 2019 Street Preventative Maintenance plan to treat over 1.5 million square feet of roadway and parking lot surfaces with a rapid setting slurry seal.

Council approved an interlocal agreement with the Washoe County School District for 50% cost reimbursement to the city of Sparks for the installation of the 2019 Baring Blvd Safety Project improvements.  The total estimated cost of the project is $185,600.

Council approved the employee complement changes to the Financial Services Department effective May 28, 2019, to better align with the City Manager’s strategic plan and to better serve the City’s need for compliance and risk management.  

Council approved the Assistant City Manager Employment Agreement between the city of Sparks and Douglas R. Thornley and authorized the City Manager to execute the contract in the amount of $160,160 for fiscal year 2020.

Council approved purchase of the excess insurance policy with Safety National for the City’s self-funded workers’ compensation program for fiscal years 2019-2020.

Council confirmed Mayor Ron Smith’s recommendation to reappoint Frank Petersen to the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission to a three-year term expiring June 30, 2022.

Public Hearings:

Council held public meetings and approved development agreements between the city of Sparks and Washoe County School District for a public high school to be built on a portion of Wildcreek Golf Course, located north of McCarran Blvd and east of Sullivan Lane in Sparks.