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Sparks City Council Highlights

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

Roadway agreement and preventive maintenance – The City Council approved an agreement with Sierra Nevada Construction in the amount of $394,000 to provide preventive maintenance through a slurry seal program.  The program will treat more than 2 million square feet of Sparks’ roadways to improve the lifespan of the pavement.

Additionally the Council approved an interlocal agreement with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County for Fiscal Year 2017 Program of Projects (POP).  The POP identifies the uses of the fuel tax revenues for the RTC’s upcoming FY 2017 budget.   Anticipated pavement preservation and corridor improvement projects in Sparks include: Construction of 4th & Prater Bus Rapid Transit Project (Evans Avenue to Pyramid Way); preventative maintenance (slurry seals, etc., city wide) and other capacity and congestion relief projects in Sparks.

Regional Repeat Offender Program – The Council approved an interlocal agreement between the Cities of Sparks, Reno, Washoe County and the State of Nevada for a Regional Repeat Offender Program.  The goal of the Regional Repeat Offender Program is to reduce crime and the impacts of illegal behavior committed by career criminals.

The program is a positive example of utilizing regional efforts to maximize impacts of crime in Sparks and throughout the Truckee Meadows.  The Regional Repeat Offender Program will be supervised and directed by the Sparks Police Department and will consist of up to three detectives from the Reno Police Department, one detective from the Sparks Police Department, one Detective from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and one Parole and Probation Officer from the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Parole and Probation.  Actual numbers may be adjusted depending on actual needs.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – The City of Sparks is an Entitlement Community under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG Program.  As an Entitlement Community, the City receives a direct allocation of CDBG funding each program year.  New CDBG entitlement funding beginning Fiscal Year 2016/17 equates to $624,852.

A total of $674,284 will be allocated for pedestrian improvements whose boundaries are Prater Way to the north, 5th Street to the east, Rock Boulevard to the west, and D Street on the south.  Of this amount, approximately $179,177 is new grant funding and $495,107 is from previous years.

In addition to the CDBG program, the City of Sparks partners with the City of Reno and Washoe County in the Washoe County HOME Consortium (WCHC).  Through the WCHC, the three jurisdictions also receive an annual allocation of HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding.  The guidelines for these grant programs outline three basic goals of decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities.  Go here for a breakdown of activities and programs to be funded.

Resolution supporting closing the online sales tax loopholes– The City Council adopted Resolution 3293, which supports closing the online sales tax loopholes which will level the playing field for brick and mortar businesses in Nevada.  The Resolution declares official support for the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 698) and the companion legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives, Remote Transactions Parity Act (H.R. 2775).

Appointments – The City Council appointed Council Members Julia Ratti and Charlene Bybee to serve on the Washoe County School District Capital Funding Protection Committee.

Proclamations – Sparks Mayor Geno Martini issued the following proclamations:

Older American’s Month(May 2016) – Raises awareness of issues pertaining to seniors, the many contributions older Americans continue to make for our nation, and reinforces Sparks’ commitment to senior citizens.

National Bike Month andBicycle Safety Month (May 2015) and Bike Week (May 16 to May 20, 2016) – Celebrates biking for its contribution to improving health and well-being, reducing traffic congestion and adding to our quality of life in the Truckee Meadows, while also promoting bicycle safety programs and community bicycling events.

Commendation – Sparks Mayor Geno Martini issued the following commendation:

Laurie Squartsoff was thanked for her service to the community through participation on the Sparks Charter Committee as Councilman Ron Schmitt’s appointment from 2001 to 2016.

Presentation – Northern Nevada Disability Access (NNVDA) – The City Council heard a presentation from NNVDA, an organization that provides a network of resources connecting individuals with disabilities and health conditions to services within northern Nevada.  NNVDA is looking toward expanding their homebased operation to a downtown Sparks location to provide a resource center with workstations and computers, recreational and occupational services.  NNVDA seeks financial assistance and have a GoFundMe account established.

– See more at: http://www.cityofsparks.us/news/2016-05/sparks-city-council-highlights#sthash.7mDWgL4Y.dpuf