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August 23, 2017 Reno City Council Highlights

Post Date:08/23/2017 8:25 PM

In our ongoing commitment to keep citizens and media informed, we’ve summarized the outcomes of a few key agenda items from today’s Regular Meeting of the Reno City Council and Redevelopment Agency Board. The agenda numbers provide convenient links to corresponding City of Reno Staff Reports.

Council hears ideas related to vagrancy and downtown revitalization (J.8)

There was a presentation and discussion regarding policies, procedures and ordinances related to acts of vagrancy. Council took no action on the item, and staff will come back at a future meeting to present the new ordinances for possible adoption.

View the presentation link for full explanations, but below is a brief description of the proposed new ordinances:

  1. Sec. 6.06.742. – Mobile electronic device use (being distracted) while crossing street or highway.

  2. Sec. 6.06.755. – Walking on roadway and soliciting rides or business (on the median strip).

  3. Sec. 8.04.070. – Required community service for commission of act in downtown Reno corridor.

  4. Sec. 8.10.015. – No climbing on structure.

  5. Sec. 8.10.022. – Expectoration (spitting).

  6. Sec. 8.12.016. – Sitting or lying down on ReTRAC Plaza.

  7. Sec. 8.12.046. – Unlawful acts of vagrancy.

Council directs staff to modify proposed Tahoe Reno Industrial effluent agreement (J.5)

There was a presentation and discussion about the terms of the proposed agreement between Tahoe Reno Industrial General Improvement District (TRIGID) and the City of Reno and City of Sparks (as owners of the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility) for delivery and use of treated effluent. Council unanimously approved to direct staff to analyze the many questions that Council asked and the issues they raised, and bring back a modified agreement for consideration at the September 13, 2017 meeting.

Council approves Ordinance Introduction related to billboards (F.2)

Council unanimously approved to uphold the recommendation of the Planning Commission: adoption of the requested text amendment by ordinance. The Ordinance Introduction was referred for a second reading and adoption and pertains to Off-Premise Advertising Displays (billboards). It amends the Reno Municipal Code to:

(1) Prohibit the construction of digital off-premise advertising displays, including LED.

(2) Remove the ability to issue banked receipts for demolished off-premise advertising displays.

(3) Temporarily prohibit the use of some banked receipts issued prior to October 24, 2012 until clarified by the courts.

J.1 - In a related item, in a 4-to-2 vote Council approved to direct the City Attorney's Office to appeal the Writ of Mandate in Scenic Nevada, Inc. v. City of Reno (Case No. CV17-00361) that prohibits the construction of billboards in the City of Reno based on permits obtained from any and all banked receipts issued prior to October 24, 2012.

Military Sports Camp

B.3 - Council unanimously approved a $10,000 Grant Award from the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to support the City of Reno's annual Military Sports Camp on September 13-17, 2017.

B.4 - Council unanimously approved a $4,500 Donation from the Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America to support the Military Sports Camp.

B.5 - Council unanimously approved a $5,000 Donation from the Nevada Military Support Alliance to support the Military Sports Camp.

Pedestrian and Traffic Safety

B.8 - Council unanimously approved a Grant Award from the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety to the City of Reno Police Department to support enforcement of laws related to pedestrian safety in the amount of $60,000.

B.9 - Council unanimously approved a Grant Award from the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety to the City of Reno Police Department for the 2017-18 Joining Forces Grant Program to support participation in statewide, multi-jurisdictional traffic enforcement events in the amount of $76,900.

B.10 - Council unanimously approved a Grant Award from the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety to the City of Reno Police Department to support enforcement of laws related to impaired driving in the amount of $35,000.

B.13 - Reno Arch Refresh Project

Council unanimously approved an Award of Contract for the Reno Arch Refresh Project to YESCO LLC in the amount of $226,088 from the Capital Projects Room Surcharge Fund, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and Special Ad-Valorem Capital Tax Fund.

D.1 - SPCA Mayor for a Day

On behalf of Mayor Hillary Schieve, Reno City Councilmember Naomi Duerr read a Proclamation recognizing Yiggy, a rescue dog from the SPCA of Northern Nevada, as Mayor for the Day. Yiggy and his owner, Amy Sabatino, accepted the Proclamation.

H.1 - Youth City Council Donation Funds

Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution donating $2,000 of Reno Youth City Council Donation Funds to Greater Life Christian Center to support their backpack and school supply giveaway.

Senior Citizen Advisory Committee Donation Funds

H.2 - Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution donating $800 of Senior Citizen Advisory Committee Donation Funds to Moments of Memory to defray expenses associated with Alzheimer's related art projects.

H.3 - Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution donating $10,000 of Senior Citizen Advisory Committee Donation Funds to the Center for Healthy Aging to support a VISTA Volunteer to provide senior health advocacy.

H.5 - Better Buildings Challenge

Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution to launch a Better Buildings Challenge: a national, voluntary leadership initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy designed to create American jobs through energy efficiency.

J.2 - 9th & Evans Realignment

There was discussion regarding the proposed abandonment of portions of East Ninth Street, Evans Avenue and Record Street to allow for possible future realignment of Evans Avenue north of Interstate 80. Council unanimously approved to direct staff to proceed with the proposed abandonment and design concept.

K.1.1 - Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Council unanimously approved appointment of Britton Griffith Douglass to the Reno City Planning Commission.

Council Donation Funds - Resolutions

Council unanimously approved the following donations:

L.2 - $1,000 to the Men of Color Mentorship Program [Delgado]

L.3 - $1,000 to Communities in Schools of Nevada, Inc. [Delgado]

L.4 - $750 to the Shakespeare Animal Fund [Bobzien, Jardon]

P - REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY BOARD

J.7 & P.5 - Boundary Line Adjustment

There was discussion to complete a boundary line adjustment between two City/Agency owned properties located at 265 Keystone Avenue and 0 Chism Street. Council unanimously approved to direct staff to accomplish the boundary line adjustment, apply for the zoning map amendment and order an updated appraisal and authorize the signing of documents to complete the foregoing. The motion included Council’s intent to provide a future access to the new parcel 1 from Arletta Street, which should be represented to any future property offers for parcel 2.


Reno City Council meetings are streamed at Reno.gov/Meetings and televised on Charter Channel 194.

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