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Deanna Gescheider, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
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April 30, 2014 Reno City Council Highlights
D.1 Steve Pitts, Reno Police Chief, awarded Certificates of Commendation for response, involvement and professionalism during the shooting on the Renown Regional Medical Center campus in December 2013. Pitts and other officers also received a proclamation (item C.1) declaring the week of May 11, 2014 as Peace Officers Memorial Week from Councilmember Sharon Zadra. View the proclamation here.
C.2 Councilmember Neoma Jardon presented a proclamation declaring the month of May 2014 as Older Americans Month. View the proclamation here. Julee Conway, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services for the City of Reno, received the proclamation. For more information, including events, click here.
C.3 Councilmember Oscar Delgado presented a proclamation declaring the month of May 2014 as National Drug Court Month. View the proclamation here. Judge Dorothy Nash Holmes of the Reno Municipal Court received the proclamation. Reno Municipal Court will hold a Drug Court Graduation Ceremony for 29 people on May 5, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Reno Fire Department Staff Reduction - J.3
Council voted 5-to-2 to adopt a Resolution finding it necessary to reduce the staff of the Reno Fire Department and authorize 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.
Northwest Pool Roof Reconstruction - E.10
Council unanimously approved 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 will 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 will install four more private showers and changing rooms in each locker room.
Wal-Mart Donation - E.13
Council unanimously approved a $1,000 cash donation from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to the City of Reno for graffiti removal efforts.
Burning Man Art Installation - H.1
Council unanimously approved 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.
Artown Sponsorship - H.2
Council unanimously approved a $15,000 sponsorship from Room Tax Fund dollars to Artown by the Reno Arts and Culture Commission. The funding will be for opening and closing night performances of the 2014 Artown Festival.