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December 13, 2017 Reno City Council Highlights

Post Date:12/13/2017 11:00 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. Please note that Council meetings will begin at 10 a.m. starting on January 10, 2018.

Council adopts new City of Reno Master Plan; Regional Planning will determine conformance (F.2)

Council unanimously approved to adopt a new comprehensive City of Reno Master Plan consistent with Nevada Revised Statutes. The Master Plan contains guiding principles, goals, policies, implementation strategies and various supporting maps, including a land use plan map. These components of the Master Plan will guide future decisions related to development and land use, natural resources, mobility, infrastructure, public services and other issues of interest to the City and its citizens as the City grows and evolves.

Today’s discussion focused on issues brought up at the November 8, 2017 meeting when Council identified a list of policies and strategies they wanted to see changed, bolstered or clarified. Some of these topics included transportation, historic preservation, water purveyors, floodplains and economic development. Following a review for conformance with the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan, the updated Master Plan would go into effect. Up until that point, the existing plan will remain in place.
Council continues permanent overflow shelter discussion (J.3)
Council unanimously approved to direct staff to pursue evaluation of the construction of a permanent overflow shelter for homeless persons at 250 Sage Street (APN 008-381-33), including engaging a design firm to develop a concept site plan and master plan. The motion was amended to ask staff to consider other potential properties in the City’s portfolio that might be a suitable location for a shelter.
The current overflow shelter acts as a temporary emergency shelter to house 150 individuals when the regular Community Assistance Center (CAC) shelters are full. Having the overflow shelter provides a place for homeless individuals to sleep when the CAC shelter is full.
Council votes on Reno Arch Refresh Project (J.6)
Council approved the final color selections for the Reno Arch Refresh Project. In a 4-to-3 vote, Council directed staff to change the Reno Arch background paint color to gray and blue and to change the metal legs from gold to brushed stainless steel. The project includes replacing the damaged skin on the legs, rewiring electrical, repairing the bulb panel on the arched portion and repainting the textured background. The color-changeable options presented were not approved at this time due to budget constraints however staff was directed to pursue alternative technology and funding options for a future project.
Council directs staff to pursue legal claims against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids (J.10)

Council unanimously approved to direct staff to pursue legal claims against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids and issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) to law firms interested in representing the City of Reno in litigation to recover monetary damages for the negative impacts of prescription opioids on the City of Reno. The motion included direction for staff to return on January 10, 2018 with a rating of respondents to the RFQ and recommendation for award.

E.1 - Reno Fire Department Recognition

Members of the Maison T. Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp recognized the Reno Fire Department and partner agencies for their significant efforts to preserve and protect the facilities utilized by the youth camp during the Red Rock and Long Valley fire event in summer 2017. The camp was established in honor of Maison T. Ortiz and provides opportunities for youth throughout Nevada to learn outdoor skills and experience life in the outdoors in a safe, fun environment.

F.1 - Lakeridge Place Zone Change

Council upheld the Planning Commission recommendation and unanimously approved an Ordinance Introduction and referred it for a second reading and adoption. The zoning map amendment rezones a ±6.7 acre site from General Office to Multifamily.

H.4 - Rules of the Reno City Council

Council unanimously approved a Resolution adopting the revised Rules of the Reno City Council.

H.5 - Council Meeting Start Time

Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution establishing a Regular Council meeting start time of 10 a.m. for the 2018 calendar year and the month of January 2019.

J.9 - National Bowling Stadium

There was a presentation and discussion regarding the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority's Marketing Plan, Annual Operation Budget and Capital Improvement Plan for the National Bowling Stadium for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. Council unanimously approved to accept the report.

Council Donation Funds - Resolutions

Council unanimously approved the following donations:

L.2 - $500 to the Center for Healthy Aging [Delgado]

L.3 - $500 to the Reno Little Theater [Delgado]


(No action items, with exception of Approval of Minutes)

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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