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Sparks City Council Highlights 11.13.18

Sparks, NV – Sparks City Council held a special meeting to canvas the election results.

Newly elected Mayor Ron Smith, re-elected council members Ed Lawson and Charlene Bybee and Judge James Spoo were administered oaths of office.


  • The Sparks City Manager announced vacancies on the Sparks Senior Citizen’s Advisory Committee, Airport Noise Advisory Panel, Washoe County District Board of Health, Enterprise Fund Advisory Committee and Sparks Planning Commission.
  • The City Manager announced the process for accepting applications and filling the vacancy for the Ward 3 Sparks City Council seat (vacated by newly elected Mayor Ron Smith).
  • Council proclaimed November 12-18 as National Apprenticeship Week, encouraging citizens to recognize the importance and benefits of the quality apprenticeship programs in our community.
  • Council heard a presentation on the 16th Annual Sparks Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament and the 20th Annual Scheels Turkey Trot event.

General Business:

  • Mayor Smith appointed David Blaco to the Sparks Planning Commission and Dian Vanderwell to the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission.
  • Council approved the recommendation from the Regional Street Naming Committee to rename South D’Andrea Parkway, between Vista Boulevard and North D’Andrea Parkway, to Geno Martini Parkway.
  • Council approved the recommendation from the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission to name the Victorian Square Amphitheater Tony Armstrong Amphitheater. Council also approved naming a future park to be located at 7130 Truth Drive, Jack Reviglio Memorial Park and the future park to be located at 4099 Black Hills Drive, Black Hills Park.
  • Council approved a $295,000 and $1,900,000 purchase of aluminum sulfate and methanol respectively from Thatcher Chemical Company through the 2018-19 National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (NIPA) contract for the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility.
    • Aluminum Sulfate (Alum) is primarily used as a coagulant to settle out fine particles in the spent backwash water that comes from the gravity filters backwash cycle. Aluminum Sulfate is additionally used at TMWRF to precipitate phosphorous from the Phosphorous Rich Supernatant (PRS) process.  This process reduces phosphorous loading from the dewatering process and returns it to digesters for biosolids disposal. 
    • Methanol is used at TMWRF in the denitrification reactor, the final step in the removal of nitrogen from the wastewater.  The current contract with Thatcher chemical is expiring and is not able to be extended.  Methanol is purchased based on the Argus/JJA Fob Truck/Rail commodity price plus mark-up.  The commodity price varies monthly, causing the cost to TMWRF to vary. 
  • Council approved the tentative map request for a 169-lot, single-family residential subdivision on 21.75 acres in the New Urban District-Kiley Ranch located on the northeast corner of Kiley Parkway and Henry Orr Parkway in Sparks.

Public Hearings:

  • Council held a public meeting and adopted an ordinance emending Title 15 of the Sparks Municipal Code and adopted the 2018 Editions of the International building Code International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Existing Building Code, International Wildland-Urban Interface Code, International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, 2017 Edition National Electrical Code, and the 2018 Northern Nevada Amendments, each of which are to become effective on July 1, 2019.  The City of Sparks is currently using the 2012 editions of these codes.
    • The codes published by the International Code Council, Inc. are the predominant building codes used throughout the United States. These codes are updated on a three-year cycle. They establish minimum standards to safeguard life and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction and installation of new buildings and alterations to existing buildings. Adopting updated building safety codes enables the City of Sparks to address all aspects of safe and sound construction, including structural integrity, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.
  • Council held a public meeting and adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 14 of the Sparks Municipal Code and the 2018 International Fire Code, International Wildland Urban Interface Code, and the 2018 Northern Nevada Fire Amendments, each of which are to become effective July 1, 2019.
    • The International Codes are the predominant fire codes used throughout the nation. On a three-year cycle they are updated and published by the International Code Council. The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice, providing a reasonable level of life, safety, and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion, or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures, and premise, as well as providing safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations. The city has adopted this code periodically with certain modified or amended provisions specific to the City of Sparks. Adopting the updated 2018 version of the International Fire Code and International Wildland Urban Interface Code will assure the City is kept current in the most up-to-date fire safety regulations.

Council held a public meeting and approved a development agreement between the City of Sparks, The Foothills at Wingfield, LLC and Albert D. Seeno Construction Company concerning the development of 65 acres east of Golden Eagle Regional Park and south of Visa Boulevard. Council also certified a comprehensive plan amendment to change the land use designations to approximately 65 acres of Intermediate Density and adopted a bill to rezone the 65 acres from Agriculture to Single Family (6,000 sq. ft. lots).

  • Council certified a Comprehensive Plan Amendment changing the land use designations for a site at the southeast corner of La Posada Drive and Pyramid Way, on the western side of the Stonebrook Planned Development, from 14.1 acres of Multi-Family Residential, 50.9 acres of Commercial, 33.6 acres of Employment Center, 46.9 acres of Intermediate Density Residential and 13.1 acres of Open Space to 19.1 acres of Multi-Family Residential, 38.6 acres of Commercial, 33.6 acres of Employment Center, 54.2 acres of Intermediate Density Residential, and 13.1 acres of Open Space.