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Sparks City Council Highlights July 27, 2020

Sparks, NV – The following are highlights from the July 27, 2020 Sparks City Council Meeting.

Announcements, Presentations, Recognition Items and Items of Special Interest:

  • City Manager Neil Krutz announced the following boards and commission vacancies:
    • Two vacancies on the Building Code Board of Appeals, for two-year terms ending September 30, 2022. Applicants must be registered professionals with structural, mechanical and/or civil engineering experience. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 PM on Friday, August 14, 2020. Apply at  www.cityofsparks.us/volunteer.
    • One vacancy on the Sierra Arts Foundation Board of Trustees for a one-year term ending August 13, 2021. Applicants must be Sparks residents. Applications will be taken through July 17, 2020 at 5 pm. Apply at www.cityofsparks.us/volunteer.

 General Business:

  • Council directed the Sparks City Manager to evaluate models and prepare a recommendation concerning the establishment and operation of a Diversity Commission for the city of Sparks.
  • Council approved conceptual spending categories and directed the City Manager to work with the City’s regional partners to determine the best use of $19,176,261.00 of Coronavirus Relief Fund allocation. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed into law on March 27, 2020.  The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide up to $150 billion to States, local governments, certain territories, and Tribal governments.  Allocations to States were based upon population with minimum allocations of $1.25 billion.  The State of Nevada received the minimum allocation. The CARES Act provides that Counties and Cities with populations greater than 500,000 are eligible to receive direct funding from the federal Department of the Treasury.  In Nevada, only Clark County and the City of Las Vegas met this qualification and received direct funding.  The remaining funds were sent to the State of Nevada and according to the formula established by the CARES Act, $148,551,100 remained to be allocated to local governments other than those eligible for direct reimbursement. Of that amount, the City of Sparks’ allocation is $19,176,261.00 which was allocated proportionately according to population amongst eligible local governments. Funding stipulations and more information is available here: http://portal.cityofsparks.us/agendas/meeting/490/item/6078
  • Council approved a no-cost time extension to an existing agreement with the University of Nevada, Reno for the Enhanced Dissolved Organic Nitrogen (DON) Removal Pilot Project at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF).
  • Council approved reimbursement to the city of Reno for the Sparks’ share of a construction contract with Triumph Electric Company, Inc. Sparks’ share of the project at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility is $102,945.20.
  • Council approved $192,300.00 to purchase information technology maintenance contracts and software licensing renewals and $117,300.00 to purchase technology refresh equipment from Summit Partners, LLC, CDW-G or other vendors as needed for Fiscal Year 2021.
  • Council sponsored an amendment to the 2019 Truckee Meadows Regional Plan to re-designate the 34.71-acre site located west of 555 Highland Ranch Parkway, in Sparks from Rural Area to Tier 2 Land and amend the boundaries to include the site.
  • Council rejected an offer to settle Grundy v. City of Sparks in the Second Judicial Court for $100,000.00.