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Sparks City Council Highlights December 9, 2019

Sparks, NV – The following are highlights from the December 9, 2019, Sparks City Council Meeting:


Mayor Ron Smith commended the Sparks High School Railroaders Marching Band for winning the Northern Nevada Band Championship.

Mayor Smith commended the Burke-Dailey family for building and installing “Sandy’s Book Nook,” a “Little Free Library” at Diedrichsen Elementary School in Sparks.  The library, built in honor of Sandra Jean Burke, will be dedicated on December 20.


City Manager Neil Krutz announced two openings on the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee for two-year terms.  Interested individuals with performing arts and visual arts backgrounds may apply by Monday, December 16. He also announced openings for one alternate member (Ward 2) and a regular member (Ward 3) on the Sparks Citizens Advisory Committee.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, December 16, 2019. Applicants may apply at https://cityofsparks.us/resources/resource/become-city-volunteer/

General Business:

The Sparks City Council confirmed Mayor Ron Smith’s appointments of Dian VanderWell and Mike Rawson to the Sparks Planning Commission through December 31, 2023.

Council approved a $336,691.63 expenditure to purchase one 2020 International HV607 truck with hook-loader, sander/brine sprayer and plow from Silver State International as part of the CIP for FY2020.  The city will utilize a joinder bid from a city of Reno contract.

Council approved a $323,855 construction contract with Mt. Rose Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for the HVAC Replacement Project to upgrade the existing 55-year old HVAC system at the city of Sparks Recreation Gym. Council also approved a $117,240 construction project to Gill Construction, Inc. to upgrade the 55-year old restrooms to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Council approved a Master License Agreement with AT&T to address AT&T’s construction, installation and operation of small wireless facilities on City-owned structures within City right-of-way.  Council also approved a Master License Agreement with Verizon to address the construction, installation and operation of small wireless facilities on City-owned structures within City right-of-way.

Council accepted the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and approved the Plans of Corrective Action for fiscal year 2018-2019 as presented.  Council further authorized the Chief Financial Officer to distribute the CAFR to interested parties and to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for award consideration.

Council conducted a public hearing and directed the city manager and city attorney’s office to retain the law firms of Eglet Adams and Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney, Ltd. to pursue litigation against the appropriate opioid-related entities.