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Matthew B. Brown
Office: 775-785-5855 | Cell: 775-384-7430
Director of the Office of Communications and Community Engagement
March 26, 2014 Reno City Council Highlights
Agenda Item C.1
Councilmember Oscar Delgado presented a proclamation declaring the month of April 2014 as Fair Housing Month. Roberto Ortiz (shown below), Director of Programs for Silver State Fair Housing Council (SSFHC), accepted the proclamation. The SSFHC will host a Fair Housing Reception in Reno on April 16.
Agenda Item D.3
Nicole McDowell (shown below), Workforce Development and Continuing Education Program Manager at Truckee Meadows Community College, and Alexis Hill, Special Events Program Manager at City of Reno, gave an Economic Development Update. In a collaboration between the City and TMCC, a Special Event Management educational program has been established to better serve the special events community, expand the special events calendar and educate the workforce, initiatives that support Council priority to Promote a Sustainable and Vibrant Economy. The TMCC classes offer an expert lecture series from leaders of community organizations such as Hot August Nights, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, Bauserman Group, Artown, and more. The program, from May 8 to August 21 on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., costs $499.
Agenda Item E.8
City Council unanimously approved to accept the grant award from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for the U.S. Paralympics Integrated Adaptive Sports Program in the amount of $15,000 to provide fitness programs for disabled veterans at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, and authorize the City Manager to sign the grant agreement.
Agenda Item F.2
Council unanimously approved to move ahead to a second reading and adoption regarding the expansion of the Downtown Police Special Assessment District (SAD). The expansion will result in more police coverage in downtown Reno, a response to a gradual increase in calls for service in recent years. More information and a map of the expansion is available here. This supports Council priority to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods.
Agenda Items I.1.1 through I.1.4
Council unanimously approved to refer the Ordinances for a second reading. The proposed ordinance changes to Titles 4, 5 and 8 of Reno Municipal Code would exempt sales of First Amendment protected expressive merchandise from business license and park permit requirements, and other matters properly related thereto. In other words, artisans will have the freedom to express themselves and/or sell their art without having to obtain any city permits. This relates to the Council’s priority to Enhance Communication and Community Engagement.
Agenda Item L.4
Council unanimously approved Councilmember Jenny Brekhus’ request to allocate a Council donation to the Truckee River Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in the amount of $1,000. Funds will go to the hosting of the 2014 Stay Afloat Safety Fair. This free event will be held on July 12, 2014 at Wingfield and Barbara Bennett Parks. These funds will be used to offset costs to provide free instruction and safety equipment to children participating in the event.