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May 24, 2017 Reno City Council Highlights

Post Date:05/24/2017 5:43 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 approves amendments to business license fees (I.1)

I.1.1 - Council accepted a presentation regarding proposed changes to the calculation of business license fees for distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and warehouses.

I.1.2 - Council unanimously approved to accept a Business Impact Statement for the amendment of Title 4 of the Reno Municipal Code, adding new definitions, clarifying language to the definition of gross receipts and establishing a new licensing fee structure for distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and warehouses.

I.1.3 - Council unanimously approved an Ordinance Introduction and referred it for a second reading and adoption. The Ordinance amends Title 4 of the Reno Municipal Code by adding new definitions for distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and warehouses and clarifying the definition of gross receipts.

The proposed fee schedule would generate nearly $1.5 million annually and would be collected as businesses renew their licenses, starting on July 1, 2017.

Council moves forward with Early Start Program for Medical Marijuana Establishments (I.2)

I.2.1 - Council unanimously approved the staff recommendation regarding notice to the Nevada Department of Taxation of temporary retail marijuana license applicant's compliance with zoning and land use rules.

I.2.2 - Council unanimously approved to adopt an Ordinance Introduction and referred it for a second reading and adoption. The Ordinance would amend Title 5 of the Reno Municipal Code regarding Medical Marijuana Establishments, modifying Section 5.21.013 to authorize temporary retail dispensary marijuana establishment licenses pursuant to state law, among other matters.

This moves the process forward of allowing Medical Marijuana Establishments in the City of Reno to participate in the Early Start Program. The changes to Reno Municipal Code via ordinance adoption will allow for the issuance of a temporary retail marijuana dispensary establishment business license to sell retail marijuana under the same terms and conditions. The license would expire April 1, 2018.

Council discusses potential development of ReTRAC properties (J.1)

There was discussion regarding a Request for Qualifications process for a developer to develop city-owned properties located on the north and south sides of the ReTRAC train trench between Center and Lake Streets. Staff was directed to return at a later meeting with more information. Council asked specifically to get input from the Historical Resources Commission and to take a closer look at how the Downtown Action Plan can be used to guide the use of city-owned properties.

B.1.e.1 - Medical Marijuana

Council unanimously approved a Privileged Business License for a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility to Herbal Care LLC, Keith R.E. Johnson, located at 1076 Telegraph Street.

B.2 - Truckee River Cleanup

Council unanimously approved acceptance of a Grant Award from the Truckee River Fund via the Community Foundation of Western Nevada to continue funding a cleanup crew for a third year along the Truckee River in the amount of $28,694.

B.3 - 2017 Surface Treatment Project

Council unanimously approved an Award of Contract to Sierra Nevada Construction, Inc. for the 2017 Surface Treatment Project in an amount not to exceed $782,007 from the Street Fund. Surface treatment is a preventative maintenance measure that reduces the rate at which the pavement deteriorates and renews the street surface.

D.1 - Proclamation

Councilmember Oscar Delgado read a Proclamation from REMSA recognizing May 21-27, 2017 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

E.1 - Citizen Recognition Program (City Superheroes)

Carol Reitz, founder of the JUSTin Hope Foundation, and Ken Krater, chair of Operation Downtown, were both honored as the newest City Superheroes as part of the Citizen Recognition Program. Reitz and Krater were nominated by citizens for their contribution to creating a community people are proud to call home.

The JUSTin Hope Foundation helps individuals and families in Northern Nevada affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopment disorders by providing support and/or opportunities that will have a meaningful impact on the family as a whole.

Krater, working with the members of Operation Downtown, has brought positive attention to Reno's downtown corridor, helped address homelessness and blight and worked to revitalize downtown by working with residents and businesses.

Previous recipients are Ed Ferrell (and his dog, Waldo), Monica DuPea and Hank Sosnowski. For more information, or to nominate someone, visit

F.1 - Logisticenter 395-Phase 2 Conditions Amendments

Council unanimously moved to deny the requested amendments to Condition of Approval Nos. 6 and 28 associated with special use permit LDC15-00084 (Logisticenter 395-Phase 2) and as modified by LDC16-00039 to expand the areas of the site that are approved for 24-hour operations. The ±130.9 acre site is located between Military Road and Lemmon Drive, east of Tholl Drive.

F.2 - Steamboat Meadows Annexation

The applicant withdrew the annexation application, so Council took no action. The request was to annex to and make part of the City of Reno +/- 79.80 acres of property located on the east side of South Virginia Street between Towne Drive and Rhodes Road.

K.1 - Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions

K.1.1 - Council unanimously approved reappointment of Fady Mehanna and Par Tolles to the Downtown Police Special Assessment District Committee.

K.1.2 - Council unanimously approved appointment of Andrew Caudill, Bryan Harvey and Patrick Shea to the Ward 4 Neighborhood Advisory Board.

K.1.3 - Council unanimously approved appointment of Paul Lenart, William Mantle and Frank Perez to the Ward 3 Neighborhood Advisory Board.

K.1.4 - Council unanimously approved appointment of Reno Citizen Representative Thomas Hill to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Noise Advisory Panel.

Council Donation Funds - Resolutions

Council unanimously approved the following donations:

L.2 - $500 to the Veterans Guest House [Delgado]

L.3 - $500 to The Children’s Cabinet [Delgado]

L.4 - $400 to the Education Alliance to support Hug High School's Hero program [Delgado]

L.5 - $500 to WestCare [Delgado]

L.6 - $5,000 reallocation to the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department to support ReLEAF Reno [Duerr]

L.7 - $1,000 to Honor Flight Nevada [McKenzie]


P.5.1 - Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Year 2017/18 Budget Adoption

P.5.1.1 - There was a Public Hearing regarding the Redevelopment Agency #1 and Redevelopment Agency #2 Tentative Budgets for Fiscal Year 17/18.

P.5.1.2 - Council unanimously approved a Resolution adopting Fiscal Year 17/18 Final Budgets for the Redevelopment Agency #1 and #2.

P.6 - Reno Parking Gallery

Council unanimously approved an award of contract to Contract Flooring and Interior Services, Inc. to repaint portions of the Reno Parking Gallery at 135 North Sierra Street in an amount not to exceed $120,000.

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