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Matthew Brown, Communications Program Manager
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Deanna Gescheider, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
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August 27, 2014 Reno City Council Highlights
State of the City - Special Session
Prior to the regular meeting, Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger presented the 2014 State of the City address. The speech and slide presentation can be viewed here. You can participate in the conversation by using the hashtag #SOTCReno on social media.
C.1 - Proclamation
The proclamation declared September 21-28, 2014 as International Week of Peace and Nonviolence. Rita Sloan of Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace accepted the proclamation from Council Member Jenny Brekhus.
E.2-4 - Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility
Council unanimously approved three items relating to the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF). E.2 is an award of contract to Nelson Electric Company for an electrical systems upgrade with the City of Reno’s portion being $2,299,686.09. E.3 is a consulting agreement with CDMSmith for the aforementioned electrical upgrade with the City of Reno’s portion being $273,593.50. E.4 is an award of contract to K.G. Walters Construction Company for pump station improvements and a pump replacement project with the City of Reno’s portion being $261,484.42.
These dollars are distributed from the Sewer Enterprise Fund. TMWRF is jointly owned by the Cities of Reno and Sparks. The City of Reno oversees the Capital Improvement Program, while the City of Sparks manages operations.
F.1 - Public Hearing - Meadowood Mall Development Agreement
Council unanimously approved to extend the Meadowood Mall Development Agreement. The owners, Meadowood Mall SPE, believed extending the agreement as currently structured was necessary to continue renovations and upgrades and allow future expansions to the mall.
J.2 - Attorney Services
In a 5-to-2 vote, Council approved a Settlement of Claim for attorney services and costs with Fisher & Phillips LLP for collective bargaining matters for $132,703 (General Fund). The City Attorney’s office negotiated a discounted amount from Fisher & Phillips’ original claim of $172,702.79, which it deemed a reasonable value of services.
The City of Reno exceeded the original contract amount of $300,000. View the staff report for more background. To better monitor and track such contracts in the future, City of Reno staff will take additional steps to manage contracts such as instituting weekly monitoring reports.
J.3 - Street and Highway Projects
Council unanimously approved to accept the staff recommendations regarding the Regional Transportation Commission’s (RTC) FY 16 Street and Highway Program of Projects. Staff presented highlights of the regional Pavement Preservation Program and explained the project selection process.
Staff recommendations include the development of a cash-flow analysis, placing greater emphasis on the maintenance of existing roadways, continuing the funding of the ADA transition plan, and continuing the funding of transportation improvements as part of the Pavement Preservation Program. View the presentation for more detailed information.