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Council Approves Major Flood Control Project

The following are highlights from today’s (December 12, 2016) Sparks City Council Meeting:

Flood Control – The Sparks City Council approved a contract with Q&D Construction in the amount of $14,118.008 to construct the third and final phase of the North Truckee Drain Realignment Project. The project will get underway in January 2017 and will take a year to complete.

This project is a critical component of the overall Truckee River Flood Project and will realign the drain further downstream of the Truckee River (east of Vista Boulevard). Storm water as far north from the Spanish Springs Valley, flows into the North Truckee Drain during storm events. The realignment of the drain further downstream of the Truckee River will reduce or minimize flooding to the Sparks industrial area. The project entails installing more than 6,500 feet of piping of various size.

The project is being funded by City of Sparks’ flood fees paid by Sparks residents and businesses.

Guinn Center Study – As an act of solidarity, the Sparks City Council approved a $15,000 expenditure to support a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement study (Sparks Police, Reno Police, Washoe County Sheriff) to identify and recommend best practices for promoting effective crime reduction strategies and building trust throughout Washoe County. The Guinn Center, a non-partisan think tank, will use 59 recommendations from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing to focus as a baseline to craft the report.

EDAWN support – Council approved annual support to the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) in the amount of $100,000 to assist in the business and economic development efforts in the region.

Appointment – Council ratified Mayor Martini’s appointment of Laura Bayer to serve a 3-year term on the Sparks Parks & Recreation Commission, along with a 2-year term to the Airport Noise Advisory Panel.

This is the last council meeting of 2016. The Sparks City Council will reconvene on January 9, 2017.