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November 8, 2017 Reno City Council Highlights

Post Date:11/08/2017 6:23 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 and Special Meeting of the Reno City Council. The agenda numbers provide convenient links to corresponding City of Reno Staff Reports.

Special Meeting: Council continues Master Plan discussion (5.1)

After creating a list of the outstanding items to be considered, Council agreed to continue final adoption of the City of Reno Master Plan until December 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. Visit Reno.gov/News for background information.

Mayor Hillary Schieve accepts Golden Pinecone Sustainability Award (E.2)

GREENevada recognized Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve with the 2017 Golden Pinecone Sustainability Award in the Public Figure/Servant category. The awards generally honor the environmental accomplishments from the past year. The Mayor was recognized for joining more than 2,300 U.S. leaders in signing the “We Are Still In” Declaration stating the City of Reno’s commitment to honor the Paris Agreement. This network of local leaders has promised to continue efforts to support climate action and accelerate the transition to a clean-energy economy.

“I accept this award on behalf of the entire Council,” Schieve said. “I’m fortunate to have a great team. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the entire Council and City staff.”

B.2 - Community Assistance Center

Council unanimously approved a Lease Agreement between the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and the City of Reno relating to the provision of an Early Childhood Education Program at the Community Assistance Center. This collaborative partnership will provide free childcare services for those children residing in the Family Homeless Shelter.

B.3 - Mayor's/McAlinden Parks

Council unanimously approved an Agreement with MIG, Inc., for professional consulting services to develop a Master Plan for Mayor's/McAlinden Parks in the amount of $75,038 from Residential Construction Tax District #1. The 84-acre site is located in Stead. The master planning process will be a public process to develop a new master plan to develop the site as a recreational facility and meet the needs of current and future residents.

E.1 - Opioid Litigation

Peter C. Wetherall, Esq., Wetherall Group, Ltd. provided an overview regarding potential retention of private counsel to pursue opioid litigation on behalf of the City of Reno. The presentation was informative only, and Council did not take action on a potential lawsuit against the opioid companies.

F.2 - Meridian 120 Zone Change

In a 5-to-2 vote, Council upheld the recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve the requested zoning map amendment by ordinance and referred it for a second reading and adoption. The ordinance will rezone a portion of four parcels generally located immediately south of Interstate 80 southeast of the intersection of Boomtown Garson Road and Blue Heron Circle from Industrial Commercial (IC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±15.9 acres; Hotel Casino (HC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±18.1 acres; and Hotel Casino (HC) to Single Family Residential – 9,000 square feet (SF9) on ±3.3 acres.

F.3 - Mortensen-Garson Overlay Planning Area 3 Zone Change

In a 5-to-2 vote, Council referred the ordinance for a second reading and adoption. The ordinance amends Reno Municipal Code pertaining to the Mortensen-Garson Overlay District to facilitate the Meridian 120 zoning map amendment. The ±37.3 acre site is generally located immediately south of Interstate 80 southeast of the intersection of Boomtown Garson Road and Blue Heron Circle.

H.1 - Reno Youth City Council Donation Funds

Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution donating $2,500 of Reno Youth City Council Donation Funds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada.

Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions

K.1.1 - Council unanimously approved reappointment of David Pritchett to the Recreation and Parks Commission.

K.1.3 - Council unanimously approved reappointment of Robert Mulvana and Mac Rossi to the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.

K.2.1 - Elected Official Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Council unanimously approved David Bobzien, Jenny Brekhus and Oscar Delgado to serve on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Subcommittee. It will be a one-year term and an annual election.

K.3 - Election of Vice Mayor

Council re-elected Neoma Jardon as Vice Mayor, which is an annual election.

Council Donation Funds

Council unanimously approved the following donations:

L.2 - $500 to the Dean's Future Scholar Program in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno [Delgado]

L.3 - $1,500 to No Opportunity Wasted to support their mission to inspire youth [Delgado]

L.4 - $500 to the Women and Children's Center of the Sierra [Delgado]

L.5 - $105 reallocation to the Business License Division to offset the application processing fee for the annual November 20, 2017 Holiday Outreach Meal [Jardon]

L.6 - $3,500 reallocation to the City Manager Arts, Culture and Special Events budget to offset costs associated with the 37th annual Toy Run event to be held in Reno on December 3, 2017 [McKenzie]

L.7 - $250 to the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to support families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty [McKenzie]

L.8 - $500 to StartUpNV to support Startup Weekend Reno [Schieve]

L.9 - $500 to Education Alliance of Washoe County [Schieve]


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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