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June 22, 2020 Sparks City Council Highlights

Sparks, NV – The following are highlights from the June 22, 2020 Sparks City Council Meeting.

Announcements, Presentations, Recognition Items and Items of Special Interest

  • City Manager Neil Krutz announced the following boards and commission vacancies:
    • One vacancy on the Sparks Senior Citizens Advisory Committee for a Ward 4 alternate. The partial term, coterminous with the appointing elected official, ends Nov. 4, 2022. Applicants must be residents of Sparks, preferably over the age of 55 and residing in Ward 4. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 pm on Friday June 26, 2020.
    • One vacancy on the Sierra Arts Foundation Board of Trustees for a one-year term ending August 13, 2021. Applicants must be Sparks residents. Applications will be taken through July 17, 2020 at 5 pm.

 General Business:

  • Council directed the Sparks City Manager to find a third-party administrator to distribute $402,633.00 of supplemental Community Development Block Grant funding allocated to the City of Sparks through the Corona Virus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Council directed the funds be used for rental and business assistance to those affected by COVID-19.
  • Council accepted the evaluative framework categorizing the City of Sparks core services into the functional areas of Public Safety, Infrastructure and Facilities, and Administration and Quality of Life as recommended by City Manager Neil Krutz. The purpose is to guide budgetary adjustments that may be necessary in Fiscal Year 2021.
  • Council approved the purchase of various commercial insurance policies in the amount of $807,600.00 and $437,676.00 to protect the financial interests of the City and the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility, respectively, and authorized the City’s Contracts and Risk Manager to execute agreements for the policies.
  • Council approved and authorized the City Manager to execute the $480,159.00 purchase of stop loss insurance with VOYA Financial for the City’s self-funded group health plan program for Fiscal Year 21 and the purchase of group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance with Standard Life Insurance Company for annual amount of $72,500.00 in Fiscal Years 2021, 2022, and 2023.
  • Council approved a $500,000.00 professional services contract with West Coast Code Consultants, Inc. for building permit plan, review, and inspection services. Council also approved a $150,000.00 professional services contract with Bureau Veritas for contract labor to provide building inspection services during fiscal year 2021.
  • Council approved a $359,501.48 expenditure to purchase a Rapid View IBAK camera van and all associated equipment from Jack Doheny Companies, Inc. as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Storm Drains CIP.
  • Council approved an interlocal agreement for participation in the Washoe County Regional Communications P25 System for public safety radio communications, including payment to Washoe County for the City of Sparks proportional share of the P25 communications infrastructure development costs currently estimated at $1,559,293.00, to be financed over 15 years (approximately $114,348.00 annually).
  • Council approved a Right-of-Way agreement between the City of Sparks and the Sun Valley General Improvement District (SVGID) to allow SVGID to install, operate and maintain its water distribution system within the City roadways that will be located withing the Five Ridges Development and the adjacent section of Highland Ranch Parkway.
  • Council adopted a resolution approving the sale of a 446.36 and 1,325 square feet parcels located within the Marina Village Planned Development to LCG Waterfront, LLC.
  • Council rejected an offer to settle the Fichman v. Mercer case for $55,000.00.
  • Council heard a first reading of bill number 2774 amending Sparks Municipal Code to repeal requirements that gaming employees and bartenders obtain work permits before beginning work. Council also heard a first reading of bill number 2775 amending Title 5 of the Sparks Municipal Code to create a temporary business license at a reduced cost for businesses that infrequently do business activities in Sparks such as small crafters, farmers’ market vendors, and operators of events such as carnivals.

Public Hearing and Action Items Unrelated to Planning and Zoning

  • Council held a public hearing and approved the Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024 and the Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, for Community Development Block Grant and Washoe County HOME Consortium funding, for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Council held a public meeting approved a resolution authorizing the Financial Services Department to establish an interfund loan to the Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Fund, the Community Development Block Grant Fund, and the Sparks Grants & Donations Fund, from the General Fund as needed during Fiscal Year 2020-2021.