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Sparks City Council Highlights August 26, 2019

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


Mayor Ron Smith proclaimed September 12, 2019, as “Nick Poulakidas Day” to commemorate the opening of Nick Poulakidas Elementary School, and to honor the school’s namesake, Nick Poulakidas, who lived his life in service to his country, his community, and most of all to the children of Sparks and Reno.

Mayor Smith proclaimed August 31, 2019, as “International Overdose Awareness Day” to raise understanding and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, while bringing attention to the  struggle of addiction.

Mayor Ron Smith and the Sparks City Council proclaimed August 26, 2019, as “UNR Med Day in the City of Sparks” to mark the 50-year anniversary of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.  As Nevada’s first public medical school, UNR’s School of Medicine has trained more than 3,500 physicians. UNR School of Medicine Dean Thomas Schwenk, M.D. also provided a video presentation abot the school’s beginnings and future plans.

Washoe County Health District EMS Program Manager Christina Conti presented the emergency Medical Services Annual Strategic Plan and Data Report to the Mayor and City Council.

 General Business:

Council approved Mayor Ron Smith’s appointment of Evan Pritsos to the Sparks Planning Commission to fill the term ending December 31, 2020.

The Sparks City Council approved an Interlocal Cooperative Agreement for operation of the Community Assistance Center and other homeless services among the city of Reno, Washoe County and the city of Sparks. Total funding to be contributed per the terms of the agreement is $3,952,811.00 as follows:  city of Sparks – $302,267.00; city of Reno – $890,960.00; Washoe County – $2,759,584.00. 

The council approved an expenditure of $59,959.93 to rebuild an effluent nitrification pump at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF).

Council approved the purchase of a $204,622.51 Linkbelt Spin Ace Excavator and related accessories for storm drain channel maintenance.  

Council authorized the purchase and installation of new electronically operated shelving for the Sparks Police Department’s Evidence Mobile Shelving Project in the amount of $132,035.

Council approved the purchase of a new recreation software system to replace a 20-year-old system in Parks and Recreation Department.  The $64,088.51 agreement with CivicPlus will provide online class registration; day care, facility and field reservations; league schedule; payment processing; marketing and communications functions; support, licensing, hosting and first year maintenance of the new Recreation Management System.

Sparks City Council approved a resolution to endorse the Vision Zero Truckee Meadows Action Plan in support of the goal to eliminate pedestrian deaths in Washoe County by the year 2030.

Council moved to adopt a bill amending the Sparks Municipal Code, affecting the Regional Road Impact Fee (RRIF) program.

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