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Sparks City Council Highlights February 25, 2019

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

Proclamation:

The National Organization for Rare Disorders organized a nationwide observance of Rare Disease Day. Sparks City Council proclaimed February 28 as Rare Disease Day to draw attention to the one in 10 Americans that have rare diseases.

General Business:

Council directed the City Attorney to actively prosecute the case currently pending as City of Sparks v. IPC D’Andrea LLC, Case Number CV17-01066. On March 27, 2017, the City Council authorized the City Attorney to seek declaratory and injunctive relief to abate the nuisance conditions on the property at 2900 South D’Andrea Parkway, the home of the former D’Andrea Golf Club. Based on that authorization, the City filed a complaint in State court in June 2017, seeking a court order declaring the property a nuisance and ordering the property owner to demolish the ruins of the clubhouse and otherwise abate the dangerous nuisance conditions on the property. Upon agreement between the parties, the litigation was stayed several times between November 2017 and October 2018 while the property owner was trying to sell the property. While the litigation was stayed, the property owner or its agents took steps toward cleaning up the property. The vast majority of the debris from the clubhouse, which burned in 2015, was removed from the site and weeds have been removed from the perimeter of the property to create defensible space between the property and adjacent homes. However, weeds still cover much of the former golf course, the clubhouse and other structures remain abandoned, and complaints to the City’s Code Enforcement team are ongoing. Although the property owner had secured the clubhouse, some of the boards securing the building have been removed. Other evidence of recent vandalism, such as graffiti, is also present. In addition, fifty-five-gallon drums were observed at the maintenance building on the property.

Council directed the City Manager and City Attorney’s office to institute proceedings to revoke NNV Operations I Inc. dba Silver State Trading’s cultivation and production business licenses due to late quarterly licensing payments to the city of Sparks. These quarterly license fees are due no later than 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Council confirmed the Mayor’s appointment of Neil Krutz as the city of Sparks new City Manager, effective March 15, 2019. Council also approved the Employment agreement between the city of Sparks and Mr. Krutz for a yearly salary of $223,100.80. Current Sparks City Manager Steve Driscoll will retire on March 14.

Pictured: Council members Donald Abbott, Paul Anderson, Ed Lawson, Liz Krutz, Neil Krutz, Mayor Ron Smith, Council members Charlene Bybee, Kristopher Dahir