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Sparks City Council Highlights February 22, 2021

Sparks, NV – The following are highlights from the February 22, 2021 Sparks City Council Meeting:

Announcements, Presentations, Recognition Items and Items of Special Interest

  • Council proclaimed March 2021 as “Social Work Month” to recognize Nevada Social Workers for the support they have provided to children, individuals, families and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mayor Ed Lawson and the Sparks City Council commended Christi Cakiroglu for her 19 years of tireless leadership and service as the Executive Director of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. She will retire February 26, 2021.
  • Council heard a presentation from the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) seeking input from the City of Sparks on the development of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
  • Council heard an update from City of Sparks CFO Jeff Cronk on the cumulative fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Sparks City Manager Neil Krutz announced the following boards and commission vacancies:
    • Two vacancies on the Building Code Board of Appeals, each must be either a registered professional with architectural experience, or a builder or superintendent of building construction, with at least 10 years of experience. The vacancies are for two-year terms ending March 31, 2021. Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Applicants are encouraged to apply at cityofsparks.us/getinvolved.
    • One vacancy on the Sparks Planning Commission for a partial term ending December 31, 2021. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Applicants are encouraged to apply at cityofsparks.us/getinvolved.

General Business

  • Council approved Mayor Lawson’s appointment of Lisa Bonie to the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission for a partial term ending June 30, 2022.
  • Council approved the purchase of a $84,091.15 VirTra Training Simulator for the Sparks Police. The VirTra Training Simulator is recognized by the National Peace Officer Standards and Training Directors organization as specifically addressing fair and impartial Policing, implicit bias in policing, de-escalation and deconfliction, as well as other categories through stress-induced, scenario-based, realistic training models. 
  • Council directed the City Manager to initiate changes to Sparks Municipal Code to allow temporary rock and concrete crushing operations on residentially zoned land when associated with approved projects with public engagement. 
  • Council approved an Impact Fee Credit Agreement between the City of Sparks and D.R. Horton, Inc., granting $262,394.49 impact fee credits that may be used for any future Regional Parks and Recreation impact fees within Impact Fee Service Area No. 1.
  • Council approved a grant agreement to accept $309,367.00 of CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds awarded to the City of Sparks by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 virus. Council also directed the City Manager to seek GOED approval to use the CDBG-CV funds to provide rental assistance to Sparks residents adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Council adopted a resolution establishing a special Landscape Maintenance Fund to account for landscape maintenance fees for the Promontory, Mesa Meadows, and Triple Crown subdivisions. Council also adopted a resolution to abolish the previous trust funds and move existing fund balances to the new revenue fund.
  • Council adopted a resolution to authorize expanding the purpose, sources, and uses of the Road Fund, a City of Sparks capital projects fund, in accordance with Nevada law. Council also adopted a resolution to abolish the RTC Road Impact fiduciary fund as it is no longer needed.
  • Council adopted a resolution authorizing the establishment of imprest accounts for petty cash, change cash, and investigation/evidence cash accounts, and setting limits and procedures for their use by City departments.