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October 11, 2017 Reno City Council Highlights

Post Date:10/11/2017 7:50 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. The agenda numbers provide convenient links to corresponding City of Reno Staff Reports.

Council accepts presentation regarding creation of a Downtown Management Organization and Business Improvement District (J.2)

There was a presentation and update regarding the future creation of a Downtown Management Organization and Business Improvement District (BID), including a Draft BID Management Plan, BID map and approval process timeline. Council accepted the report and directed staff to continue moving forward.

The BID formation process will include a Property Owner Petition and City Council approval through an ordinance, with the goal of beginning services in July 2018. The new nonprofit organization would have an operating budget of $2.3 million. The plan is to reengineer two existing assessment districts into one new BID. Visit Reno.gov/EconomicDevelopment for more information.

October 2017 is Fire Prevention Month in the City of Reno (D.1)

Reno City Councilmember Paul McKenzie read a Proclamation recognizing October 2017 as Fire Prevention Month to ensure the year round safety and security of Reno residents and visitors. Visit Reno.gov/News for more information.

Five Reno Police Officers recognized for acts of courage (E.1)

Reno Police Chief Jason Soto presented the following:

  • Medal of Valor to Officer Marshall Eason and the Medal of Meritorious Service to Officer Bryan Schuster for their efforts during an officer-involved shooting event

  • Medal of Meritorious Service to Officer Ty Trail for efforts during a water rescue

  • Lifesaving Medal to Officer Travis Orange for efforts during a fire/CPR event

  • Lifesaving Medal to Officer Ben Lancaster for efforts during a CPR event

B.5 - Reno City Hall, Sixth Floor

In a 5-to-1 vote, Council approved an Award of Contract to Dianda Construction, Inc. for improvements to the sixth floor of Reno City Hall in an amount not to exceed $1,475,350 from the Building Permit Fund.

Adaptive Sports Programs

B.7 - Council unanimously approved a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces Program to continue to provide the Fit but not Forgotten (FBNF) and Military to the Mountains (M2M) Veteran Fitness Classes at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center in the amount of $29,228.

B.8 - Council unanimously approved a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for expansion of the adaptive equipment rental program for individuals living with spinal cord injuries in the amount of $25,000.

Reno Access Advisory Committee Funds

H.2 - Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution donating $4,300 of Reno Access Advisory Committee Funds to the Sierra Challenge Athletic Association for the Silver State Highrollers Wheelchair Basketball team.

H.3 - Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution donating $2,000 of Reno Access Advisory Committee funds to Shakespeare Animal Fund to provide scholarships for disabled persons with sick or injured pets needing veterinary care.

K.1 - Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions

K.1.1 - Council unanimously approved appointment of Susan Burkhamer and Michael Ginsburg to the Recreation and Parks Commission.

K.1.2 - Council unanimously approved appointment of Edgar Gonzalez, Don McHenry and Gerry Mifsud to the Ward 3 Neighborhood Advisory Board.

Council Donation Funds

Council unanimously approved the following donations:

L.2 - $500 to the Northern Nevada Literacy Council [Delgado]

L.3 - $500 to the Holland Project to support youth and young adults [Delgado]

M.1 - High Desert Truss & Lumber

Council heard an appeal by Councilmember Paul McKenzie of the Planning Commission’s approval of a special use permit to: 1) allow for an outdoor manufacturing, processing, assembly, or fabrication facility within the Industrial (I) zone; and 2) allow for a nonresidential facility on a site exceeding one acre within 300 feet of residentially zoned property. Council affirmed the approval of the special use permit by the Planning Commission, with clarifications to the conditions stated in the staff report. The ±9.13 acre site is located ±165 feet south of Parr Boulevard, ±200 feet east of its intersection with Parr Circle (500 East Parr Boulevard). The site has a Master Plan Use designation of Industrial.

Council added these new conditions:

Condition No. 8: Hours of operation for all loading, unloading and delivery activities associated with the business shall be restricted to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. No loading, unloading or delivery activities shall occur on Sunday.

Condition No. 9: No outdoor lighting, including any temporary lighting, shall be allowed on the site. Reno Municipal Code (RMC) compliant security lighting shall be allowed.

M.2 - CVS at 1250 West Seventh Street

This Public Hearing was continued to the October 25, 2017 meeting at 1 p.m. At that time Council will hear an appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a special use permit to: 1) construct a ±9,516 square foot drug store with a drive-thru pharmacy and a temporary pharmacy trailer within 300 feet of a residentially zoned property; and 2) allow hours of operation between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. For clarification, the appeal is for the size of the sign, and not for the use itself. The ±2.79 acre site is located on the southeast corner of Elgin Avenue and West Seventh Street within the Community Commercial (CC) zone.


Reno City Council meetings are streamed live at Reno.Gov/Meetings and televised live on Charter Spectrum - Channel 194. Past public meetings can be viewed on YouTube.

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