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Sparks City Council Highlights, January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Julie Duewel, 775.353.7894 or (775) 544-0476, jduewel@cityofsparks.us
Sparks, NV- The following are highlights from today’s Sparks City Council Meeting:

Mayor Geno Martini and Sparks City Council proclaimed January as National Radon Action Month in Sparks in an effort to inform residents about keeping their families safe from the colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon Education Coordinator Susan Howe said free radon kits will be given to all interested Northern Nevada Residents. For more information call (775) 336-0252.

The Fire Prevention Association of Nevada presented their Golden Sparky Award to Sparks Fire Marshall Bob King for outstanding achievement, dedication and commitment to Project Safe, a Sparks Fire Department smoke alarm education and installation program. Through Project Safe, the Sparks Fire Department will install free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors in city of Sparks homes built before 1994. (Pictured Sparks Fire Marshall Bob King with members of the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada and Sparks City Council Members.)

Chris Hicks of the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office did a presentation on the major functions and highlights of the DA’s office and Child Advocacy Center.

Winners of the 2017 Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade were presented with their awards. Winners are as follows:

Best Overall: Washoe County Library System

Best Float: Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada

Best Marching Band: Mayor’s Own Marching Band

Best Animal Entry: Washoe County 4-H Horse Program

Best Vehicle Entry: Vintage Fords of Northern Nevada

Best Community Group: Sparks Kiwanis

Best Business Entry: Chase International Real Estate

Best Costume Group: Jenny’s Studio of Dance

General Business:

Sparks City Council member Ed Lawson was reappointed to the Regional Planning Governing Board for a three-year term, expiring December 2020. The Regional Planning Governing Board is responsible for regional planning policy issues and adopts the Regional Plan based on recommendations put forward by the Regional Planning Commission. 

Council approved re-activating the city of Sparks membership to the National League of Cities (NLC) for the 2018 calendar year and directed the City Manager to identify funding for the payment of the annual dues not to exceed $7,816. The NLC is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.

Council accepted a report from the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County on the regional bike share program and supports moving forward with both a dockless bike share pilot program, and the RTC’s Transportation Alternative grant application for a regional smart bike/station based bike share program.

Council approved the purchase of four Zoll X-Series defibrillators and related equipment to for the Sparks Fire Department’s paramedic level EMS care. The new defibrillators with cardiac monitoring will replace aging and inadequate equipment. The cost is $117,114.10. Sparks share is $10,646.74 with $106,467.36 being paid by an awarded federal government grant.

Council rejected a bid for the Synthetic Turf Replacement of Fields 7 & 8 due to the low bid coming in over budget. Golden Eagle Regional Park was originally completed in April 2008.  Since its completion, the park has seen extensive programming and use of all the athletic fields.  The city of Sparks worked with Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering to develop a long-term asset management/replacement plan of our synthetic fields in 2016.  Based upon this study which included onsite review of the synthetic turf fields and impact attenuation testing of the fields, the Multi-Use Fields 7 & 8 have reached the end of their useful life and require replacement. The budget allocated for the project is $1,488,047. The low bid came in at $1,614,800, 11.5 % over budget.    

Council approved the Kiley Ranch North Phase 7 Final Development Handbook determining that it is in substantial compliance with the tentative handbook previously approved by the City Council for the Kiley Ranch North Planned Development.

Council approved the tentative map for a subdivision at Liam Court, a seven-lot single family residential subdivision on approximately 1.96 acres located at the southeast corner of Spanish Springs Road and Bria Court in Sparks.