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Matthew Brown, Communications Program Manager
Matthew oversees the City's press communications and public relations activities.
Deanna Gescheider, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Deanna directs the Department of Communications and Community Engagement, this includes overseeing and managing strategic direction for the City's: media relations, print and new communications, television production and web services.
April 16, 2014 Reno City Council Highlights
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Councilmember Jenny Brekhus presented a proclamation declaring April 13-19, 2014 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Daniel Johnson, Communication and Technology Manager for the City of Reno, received the proclamation along with other community safety dispatchers. For more information about National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, click here.
Councilmember Oscar Delgado presented a proclamation declaring April 21-26, 2014 Reno Community Development Week. Fred Turnier, Director of Community Development for the City of Reno, received the proclamation. Delgado recognized successful efforts in affordable housing and community-assistance programs, among many others. Turnier added that, at the April 30 Council meeting, an action plan for the City of Reno’s Community Development projects will be presented.
Councilmember Hillary Schieve presented a proclamation declaring April 19, 2014 Safe and Healthy Homes Day. John Kadlic, City Attorney, received the proclamation. The Reno community is invited to help raise money for this important cause on Saturday, April 19 at the Race to End Domestic Violence 5K/10K and Safe & Healthy Homes Fair, both taking place at Idlewild Park.
Councilmember Neoma Jardon presented a proclamation in support of Horse Eco-Tourism in Nevada. Dr. Patrick Colletti received the proclamation, as it was stated that wild horses and burros are important natural resources and cultural assets. It is Colletti’s goal to establish sanctuaries where tourists can view and photograph these iconic animals.
Councilmember Jenny Brekhus presented a proclamation declaring April 2014 Nevada Hispanic Safety Month. Andy Giddings, Supervisor for Safety Consolation and Training Section (SCATS), Nevada Division on Industrial Relations, received the proclamation. He stated that the Hispanic community is the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in Nevada.
Interlocal Agreement with Reno Housing Authority - E.3
Downtown Special Assessment District - G.2
Council heard a second reading and unanimously approved to adopt the Downtown Special Assessment District (SAD) expansion. The expansion will result in more police coverage in downtown Reno, a response to a gradual increase in calls for service in recent years. This supports Council’s priority to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods.
Artisans’ First Amendment Rights - G.3.1 through G.3.3
Council heard a second reading and unanimously approved the three items to adopt changes to Titles 4, 5 and 8 of the Reno Municipal Code. The title changes would further protect artisans’ First Amendment rights by giving them the freedom to express themselves and/or sell their art without having to obtain business licenses and city park permits. This relates to the Council’s priority to Enhance Communication and Community Engagement.
Business License Applications for Pet Stores - G.4
Council heard a second reading and unanimously approved an amendment to Title 4 that would suspend the acceptance of business license applications for pet stores that include the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits. The suspension will allow City of Reno staff adequate time to work with Washoe County to establish new application requirements. The moratorium will last a maximum of 180 days.
Rosewood Lakes Golf Course - J.2.1 through J.2.5
Council unanimously approved items J.2.1, J.2.2, J.2.3 and J.2.5, one of which is to enter into a three-year short-term contract agreement with The First Tee of Northern Nevada regarding the management, operations and development of Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. The long-term five-year agreement (J.2.4) passed 5-to-1. The contract agreements will relieve the City of some of the financial burden of operating the golf course and provide an affordable golf experience geared toward youth and seniors. The First Tee of Northern Nevada plans to reopen the 18-hole golf course and driving range in May 2014 for the general public’s use.
Special Event Sponsorship - J.4
Council unanimously approved in-kind service grants to 56 special event sponsorship applicants based upon recommendations of the Special Event Sponsorship Committee of the Council and Sponsorship Agreements. Sponsorships come from General Fund dollars in the amount of $336,135.80.
A list of the special events that received funding are:
Event - Date - Amount
1. Freedom Run - July 4, 2014 - $600
2. Juneteenth Celebration Event - June 8, 2014 - $585.80
3. Safe & Healthy Homes and Race - April 19, 2014 - $1,248
4. Easter Eggstravaganza - April 19, 2014 - $200
5. MS WALK 2014 - May 3, 2014 - $773
6. Amateur Skate Contest - June 21, 2014 - $1,200
7. Reno Aquatic Club Summer Splash - June 27-29, 2014 - $5,850
8. Biggest Little Music Festival: Redux - July 5, 2014 - $1,200
9. Patriotism in Reno - July 6, 2014 - $347
10. Pops on the River - July 12, 2014 - $1,190
11. Dancing by the River - July 15, 2014 - $595
12. Northern Nevada Pride - July 26, 2014 - $2,237
13. Compression! Art and Fire - July 26, 2014 - $2,700
14. Battle Born! - July 27, 2014 - $600
15. Duck Race & Festival - August 24, 2014 - $978
16. “Never Forget 9/11” Memorial Run - September 13, 2014 - $705
17. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - October 5, 2014 - $5,250
18. Homeless Youth Point in Time Count - January 2015 - $120
19. Run Walk Roll Against Bullying - September 28, 2014 - $960
20. Westward Roses - July 12, 2014 - $600
21. RENO 5000 Downtown River Run - 2014 & 2015 - $1,400 & $1,400
22. Reno Earth Day - 2014 & 2015 - $3,760 & $5,760
23. Reno River Festival - May 10-11, 2014 - $20,000
24. Reno Street Food - May 23-October 3, 2014 - $4,900
25. Spring Fever Revival - May 30-31, 2014 - $9,000
26. Artown - July 1-31, 2014 - $9,102
27. Rollin’ on the River Music Series - July 2014 - $1,120
28. Art Paws - July 20, 2014 - $1,078
29. Mighty Tour de Nez - August 9, 2014 - $9,000
30. Thriller Under the Arch - October 25, 2014 - $2,700
31. Mini Maker Faire Reno - June 7, 2014 - $600
32. Reno Art Music Maker - May-October 2014 - $10,200
33. Fiesta Latina Wells Ave 5 de Mayo - May 3 and 4, 2014 - $6,000
34. Feed the Camel - May 7-October 29, 2014 - $3,615
35. Biggest Little 5K - May 10, 2014 - $8,000
36. Positively 4th Street - June 14, 2014 - $600
37. Neighborhood Basketball Tourney - June 28 & 29, 2014 - $600
38. Bastille Day - July 13, 2014 - $750
39. Arch Rivals Run - August 9, 2014 - $2,500
40. No-Brainer Zombie Crawl - October 4, 2014 - $2,500
41. Reno 10 Miler and Relay - August 17, 2014 - $4,800
42. Wolf Pack March from the Arch - October 25, 2014 - $6,038
43. Street Vibrations Fall Rally - September 24-28, 2014 - $18,000
44. Street Vibrations Spring Rally - 2014 & 2015 - $9,000 & $9,000
45. Reno Rodeo - 2014 & 2015 - $12,500 & $12,500
46. Hot August Nights - July 29-August 3, 2014 - $40,000
47. National Championship Air Races - September 10-14, 2014 - $43,500
48. BBQ, Blues & Brews Festival - 2014 & 2015 - $3,000
49. Great Eldorado Italian Festival - October 11-12, 2014 - $2,100
50. Santa’s Under the Arch - December 13, 2014 - $6,000
51. Great Reno Balloon Race - September 4-7, 2014 - $6,000
Medical Marijuana Establishments - J.5
The mayor recused himself from giving an opinion, while the rest of Council unanimously approved that medical marijuana establishments be permitted within the City of Reno. Staff recommended and Council approved to make potential operators move through the State of Nevada’s merit-based application process. A motion carried unanimously that Council adopt the following recommendations and direct staff to:
- Prepare an ordinance of the Reno Municipal Code, repealing a stay on the acceptance of business license applications related to medical marijuana establishments.
- Initiate a text amendment to Title 18 of the Reno Municipal Code, repealing a stay on the acceptance of use, building or other permits related to medical marijuana establishments.
- Prepare ordinances authorizing medical marijuana establishments within the City of Reno and to prepare appropriate ordinances in Titles 4, 5 and 18 of the Reno Municipal Code.
- Evaluate Title 8 of the Reno Municipal Code to determine whether any amendments to the criminal provisions are necessary and to prepare any appropriate ordinance revisions accordingly.
Council unanimously approved the motion for staff to review the feasibility and financial resources needed to implement the recommendations of the Anti-Graffiti Task Force, created by Council in August 2013. The Task Force presented its report, which included a multifaceted anti-graffiti approach and 11 specific recommendations.
Specific recommendations include strengthening nonprofit relationships, developing an education campaign, re-establishing the Graffiti Enforcement Team (GET), conducting media outreach, coordinating a citywide “Adopt-A-Block” program, conducting an annual graffiti count, and engaging citizen volunteers toward graffiti abatement. Graffiti abatement supports Council priority to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods. Citizens can photograph and report graffiti with the City of Reno app or by calling Reno Direct at 334-INFO (4636).
2013 Special Assessment District No. 1 - M.1.1 through M.1.4
Work completed for the 2013 Special Assessment District No. 1 related to the funding of street projects, such as sidewalk repairs, was approved by Council 4-to-1.