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Sparks City Council Highlights August 12, 2019

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

Proclamations and Presentations:

Council proclaimed August 24, 2019 as Spanish Springs Rodeo Team Day.

City of Sparks Recreation Manager Tony Pehle presented the Golden Eagle Regional Park 2018 Annual Report, whose estimated economic impact from tournaments and events was $24.4 million, with more than one million spectators for league and tournament games in 2018.

Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Andrea Tavener and Sparks Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Domingues presented the Parks and Recreation fiscal year budget at a glance, revenue breakdown, accomplishments and challenges.

General Business:

Sparks City Council confirmed Mayor Ron Smith’s to the City’s boards, commission and committees: Scott Benton to the Sparks Civil Service Commission for a three-year term expiring June 30, 2022 and Francine Burge to the Sierra Arts Foundation Board of Trustees, for a one-year term expiring August 13, 2020.

Council approved joining the existing National Intergovernmental Purchasing Association (NIPA) contract with Thatcher Company of Nevada to supply sodium hypochlorite (bleach) to the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) at a cost of $0.92 per gallon.  The estimated annual cost is $620,000, with Sparks share estimated to be $198,000 based on the pro-rata share between the cities of Sparks and Reno.

Council approved reimbursement to the city of Reno for Sparks’ share of a construction contract with Nelson Electric Company Inc. for a replacement project at the Truckee Meadow Water Reclamation Facility in the amount of $366,300.00 with the city of Sparks’ share being $114,908.31

Council approved an agreement with Brown and Caldwell for construction management and consultant services for the Nitrification Digester 2 Cover Rehabilitation Project.  The cities of Sparks and Reno will share the $205,300 fee, with Sparks’ share being $64,402.61.

Council approved an expenditure of $479,329 for a new sewer drain maintenance vehicle and $288,410 for a new regenerative air sweeper. These new vehicles will replace the existing a 20-year-old sewer cleaning machine and13-year-old street sweeper.

Council approved joining the existing Washoe County contract with Qual-Econ U.S.A., Inc. in the amount of $191,200.08 for high security janitorial services for various city facilities for fiscal year 2020.

Council approved a recommendation from the Regional Street Naming Committee to rename Lazy 5 Parkway between Pyramid Way and David Allen Parkway to Wingfield Hills Road.

Council approved the $54,302.40 FY20 maintenance contract and licensing agreement with Arctic Wolf to help keep the City’s Internet connections secure.

Council accepted the $15,000 Community Impact Grant from the Nevada Arts Council for a two-year project from 2019 to 2021.  The project will source underutilized space in the city’s downtown area, help support local businesses and create opportunities for artists to show work. Council also approved applying for funds through the for the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town Grant Program” for an amount up to $150,000.

Council approved complement changes to the Management Services Department effective August 19,2019.  They also approved amendments to the Management, Professional and Technical Resolution and approved removing the position of Customer Service Manager and creating Customer Service Supervisor position.

Council heard the first reading of an ordinance to amend Sparks Municipal Code regarding the Regional Road Impact Fee schedule.

Council held a public meeting and approved transfer of the City’s 2019 Private Activity Bond Capacity allocation of $5,217,476.03 to be divided equally between the Nevada Housing Division and Nevada Rural Housing Authority to support implementation of their respective affordable housing programs.

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