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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.
City Council Prelights for April 30, 2014
What's hot on the agenda for the April 30, 2014 Reno City Council Meeting.
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C Proclamations (definition: a public or official announcement)
C.1 Declaring the week of May 11, 2014 as Peace Officers Memorial Week. Presented by Steve Pitts, Reno Police Chief.
C.2 Declaring the month of May 2014 as Older Americans Month. Presented by Julee Conway, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.
C.3 Declaring the month of May 2014 as National Drug Court Month. Presented by Judge Dorothy Nash Holmes, Reno Municipal Court.
D.1 Steve Pitts, Reno Police Chief, will award Certificates of Commendation for response, involvement and professionalism during the shooting on the Renown Regional Medical Center campus in December 2013.
E Consent Agenda (all items may be approved together with a single motion, be taken out of order and/or be heard and discussed individually)
E.10 Council will consider approval to award a contract to Reyman Bros. Construction for the Northwest Pool roof reconstruction and ADA upgrades in an amount not to exceed $1,104,484.98. Most of those dollars would come from Capital Maintenance Programs and the ADA Capital Improvement Program.
The building, located in the Kings Row neighborhood, was constructed in 1976 and still has the original roof. The roof was designed to open for ventilation and natural light but has not been operable for a number of years. Another area of need is to update the aging locker room showers. Currently, there is not an ADA shower in either locker room nor is there any privacy for showering or changing. This project would install four more private showers and changing rooms in each locker room.
E.13 Council will consider approval of a $1,000 cash donation from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to the City of Reno for graffiti removal efforts.
H Resolutions (definition: a formal form of a motion normally utilized to set forth policy of the City)
H.1 Council will consider approval of a $4,500 grant from Room Tax Fund dollars to the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) Foundation for a temporary installation of Burning Man art at the Lear Theater for the June 6-7, 2014 Reno TEDx Conference. The artwork will be seen as a part of the video streaming of the conference and the subsequent internet TED talks by a global audience for years to come. This is expected to attract visitors to Reno that the City might not have reached otherwise.
H.2 Council will consider approval of a $15,000 sponsorship from Room Tax Fund dollars to Artown by the Reno Arts and Culture Commission. The funding would be for opening and closing night performances of the 2014 Artown Festival.
J Standard Department Items
J.3 Resolution of the Council finding it necessary to reduce staff of the Reno Fire Department and authorizing the City Manager to take all necessary and appropriate actions to implement this Resolution for Fiscal Year 13/14.
On April 7, 2014 the City of Reno was informed by FEMA that its 2013 application for the SAFER grant would not be awarded due to funding limitations. The City’s 2013 SAFER grant application was for a two-year period, July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016, which would have provided funding for the salaries and benefits for 50 current Reno Fire Department personnel in an annual amount of $5.6 million. Currently, these 50 firefighters are being funded through the 2011 SAFER grant program, which expires on June 30, 2014. Savings and efficiencies in the city’s recommended FY15 budget would allow for the funding of 15 firefighter positions, reducing the number of layoffs to only 35.