September 27, 2017 Reno City Council Highlights
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.
Note: Consideration and discussion of the four proposed ordinances (I.1 through I.4) promoting downtown revitalization and the public health, safety and welfare of our community has been tentatively continued to the November 8, 2017 meeting.
Council approves downtown abandonment related to proposed student housing project (F.2)
In a 5-to-2 vote, Council approved a request for the abandonment of a ±4,000 square foot section of an alleyway located between and parallel to North Virginia Street and Center Street, ±200 feet south of East Seventh Street. Although this abandonment does not guarantee any redevelopment of the adjacent parcels, infill development of the surrounding property could support the goals of the University of Nevada Regional Center (UNRC) Plan to further connect the university to downtown Reno. The proposed student housing project could break ground in 18 months.
Council agrees to waive special events permit requirement for certain marches and gatherings (I.5)
Council unanimously approved an Ordinance Introduction and referred it for a second reading and adoption. The ordinance amends the Reno Municipal Code to exempt groups that are picketing, assembling and marching on City streets from special event permit requirements and clarifying that notification should be provided to the City to allow the City's closure of streets. This is in line with comparable cities’ best practices and free speech activities.
Council approves next step of sale of East Eighth Street property to Reno Housing Authority (J.2)
J.2.1 & J.2.2 - Council unanimously approved moving forward with the possible disposition of city-owned property at 1035 East Eighth Street to the Reno Housing Authority for use as an affordable housing project. The City will provide notice to the public to attend the Council meeting on October 11, 2017 to provide any objection to the transfer.
B.7 - Mary Gojack Park
Council unanimously approved an Award of Contract to Anchor Concrete, Inc., for construction of ADA improvements at Mary Gojack Park in an amount not to exceed $200,000 from Residential Construction Tax District 5 Funds.
B.10 - Temporary Overflow Shelter
Council unanimously approved authorization to award a contract for the Temporary Overflow Shelter on Washington Street in accordance with competitive bidding laws in an amount not to exceed $318,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Fund. The project includes the addition of two ADA compliant restroom facilities, sinks with hook-ups for washer/dryer, heating/cooling units and electrical panel and circuitry upgrades.
F.1 - Silvercrest Drive Abandonment
Council unanimously approved a request for abandonment of Silvercrest Drive, a public right-of-way located on the east side of Carson Lane ±240 feet south of its intersection with Orrcrest Drive within the Industrial (I) zone.
J.1 - 440 Ridge Street
Council unanimously approved the designation of 440 Ridge Street to the Local Register of Historic Places and the initiation of a zoning map amendment to add the Historic Landmark (HL) Overlay Zoning designation to the subject property.
K.1.1 - Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions
Council unanimously approved appointment of Rebecca Allured, Brian Bass, Kenneth Becker, Baldo Bobadilla and Colleen McClintock to the Ward 1 Neighborhood Advisory Board.
Council Donation Funds - Resolutions
Council unanimously approved the following donations:
L.2 - $2,000 to Future Kind to support educational programs through its Off-Beat Arts and Music Festival [Bobzien]
L.3 - $500 to the A.V.A. Ballet Theatre [Bobzien]
L.4 - $500 to the Shakespeare Animal Fund [Duerr]
L.5 - $500 to the RCS Rotary Foundation Inc to offset costs associated with its upcoming Dogs of Rotary event on September 30, 2017 [Duerr]
L.6 - $1,500 to No Opportunity Wasted to support their mission to inspire youth [Duerr]
L.7 - $1,000 to the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation [Jardon]
L.8 - $2,500 to Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada’s Shelter from the Storm event on November 9, 2017 [Jardon]
L.9 - $750 to Advocates for Rural Community Health [Jardon]
P - REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY BOARD
P.5 - Council unanimously approved the City of Reno and Redevelopment Agency Investment Policy.