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Sparks City Council Meeting Highlights October 22, 2018

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

Presentations and Proclamations

Sparks City Manager Stephen Driscoll announced vacancies on the Sparks Senior Citizens Advisory Committee. Interested parties are encouraged to go to www.cityofsparks.us/volunteer and in the drop-down menu, choose Sparks Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.

Council proclaimed October as Community Planning Month to recognize and thank the professional community and regional planners of the City for their valuable contributions.

Council proclaimed November as Alpha-1 Awareness Month to educate the public and medical community about the detection and treatment of this hereditary disorder that can cause life-threatening lung and liver disease.

Council heard presentations on Nevada Opportunity Zones from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Greyhound about integration into Centennial Plaza.

General Business:

Council approved at $65,000 two-year contract with Cardinal Infrastructure, LLC for lobbying and consultant services to assist the City’s federal legislative affairs function in Washington D.C.

Council approved a $1,717,927.35 contract to Gerardt and Berry Construction for the El Rancho Sanitary Sewer Improvement Capital Improvement Project. This scope includes upsizing the existing eight inch sewer to a 15 inch sewer. New 15 inch sewer will be installed through the El Rancho Dr intersection with Oddie Blvd to connect the northern and southern El Rancho Dr sewer systems. The new system will be connected to an existing 33 inch sewer interceptor at G Street. The project will provide much needed capacity improvements for the El Rancho Dr area as well as the Oddie Blvd and Greenbrae redevelopment district.

Council approve a $310,380.48 agreement with the University of Nevada, Reno for assistance in process operation, testing and performance evaluation of the enhanced dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) removal pilot equipment at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF). The city of Sparks portion is $97,366.36.

Council approved a tentative map request for a 32-unit, multi-family residential townhome project on a 3.1-acre site south of Los Altos Parkway and east of Galleria Parkway in Sparks. Council also approved a tentative map for a 146-lot, single-family residential subdivision at the southeast corner of Kiley Parkway and Windmill Farms Road in Sparks.

Council heard the first reading of a bill concerning ordinances approving a development agreement between the city of Sparks, Foothills at Wingfield, LLC and Albert D. Seeno Construction Company concerning the development of 65 acres located east of Golden Eagle Regional Park and south of Vista Boulevard in Sparks. Council also heart the first reading of an ordinance rezoning the property from Agricultural to Single Family.

Council heard the first reading of a bill to adopt the 2018 editions of the International Building Codes. These codes are the predominant building codes used throughout the nation and are updated on a three-year cycle and published by the International Code Council. They establish minimum standards to safeguard life and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction and installation of new buildings and alterations to existing buildings. Adopting modern building safety codes ensures that the city of Sparks is addressing all aspects of safe and sound construction, such as structural integrity, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability.

Council heard the first reading of a bill adopting the 2018 International Fire Codes. These codes are the predominant fire codes used throughout the nation and are updated and published on a three-year cycle by the International Code Council. The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice, providing a reasonable level of life, safety, and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion, or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures, and premise, as well as providing safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations. Adopting the updated 2018 version of the International Fire Code and International Wildland Urban Interface Code will assure the City is kept current in the most up-to-date fire safety regulations.

Council directed the City Attorney’s Offices to petition the appropriate court for judicial review and other appropriate legal remedies regarding the Regional Planning Governing Board’s October 11, 2018 denial of the City of Sparks’ proposed amendment to the Regional Plan to relocate the existing regional utility corridor located on the Wildcreek Golf Course property.

Public Hearings

Council heard second readings and adopted bills amending Sparks Municipal Code relating to contempt of court and publication of certain notices and public hearings.