January 24, 2018 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.
Council directs staff to continue exploring options for a pool at Moana Springs Park (J.1)
There was a presentation and discussion on options to construct a pool at Moana Springs Park and possible consideration for the City to fund the operations of the pool. Staff was directed to partner with Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics (SNCA) on the capital funding aspect of the project, look further into pool operation costs, including using room tax funding, come back with ideas as part of the next budget process and engage the Financial Advisory Board to give input.
Council discusses idea of developing a Community Land Trust to help support affordable housing objectives (J.6)
There was a presentation and discussion on partnership arrangements, including potential land donation, associated with the development of a Community Land Trust (CLT) whose primary purpose would be for promoting and stabilizing long term affordable housing objectives. Council unanimously approved to direct the City Manager to move forward with additional research and create an action plan on how the City would participate in a CLT. Staff is expected to return to Council within the next 60 days for further discussion.
Council sets Public Hearing date for downtown Business Improvement District (H.3)
Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution to set the Public Hearing date for the Business Improvement District (BID) for February 28, 2018 at 1 p.m. during the Regular Meeting. At that time, Council will hear any objections to the petition used to acquire the BID, as well as those objections associated the potential creation of the BID and the assessments upon property owners. Council asked staff to prepare a presentation for the February 28 meeting that would answer questions raised in today’s discussion.
The BID will be served by a private sector-led Downtown Management Organization (DMO) charged with deploying teams of safety ambassadors and maintenance patrols throughout downtown Reno. Ambassador services would include quality of life crime deterrence, engagement of the homeless population, on-demand safety escorts, ongoing public engagement and hospitality services. Visit the BID website for additional information.
F.1 - 1250 West Second Street Alley Abandonment
Council heard a request for the abandonment of a ±10 foot wide by ±140 foot long (1,400 square foot) public alley right-of-way located on the east side of Chism Street. Council unanimously approved the abandonment.
F.2 - My Storage Solutions
Council unanimously approved an Ordinance Introduction and referred it for a second reading and adoption. The ordinance will annex to the City of Reno ±11.9 acres of property located west of the intersection of Red Rock Road and Moya Boulevard (8805 Red Rock Road) in Washoe County.
H.1 - Reno Access Advisory Committee Funds
Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution donating $2,000 of Reno Access Advisory Committee funds to Arts for All Nevada to provide art classes for adults with developmental disabilities.
H.2 - Capital Projects Surcharge Advisory Committee
Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution creating the Capital Projects Surcharge Advisory Committee.
H.4 - Artown
Council unanimously approved to adopt a Resolution approving an Artown sponsorship for the July 2018 festival and approval of the agreement in the amount of $125,000 from the Room Tax Fund.
J.4 - STAR Communities Rating
There was a presentation and discussion, after which Council accepted the City of Reno's STAR Communities Rating (a Certified 3-STAR Community), STAR Communities Certificate and STAR Report, titled City of Reno's 2017 Sustainability Report.
J.5 - Diversity Plan
There was a presentation and discussion regarding the creation and scope of work of a Diversity Plan for the City of Reno. Council unanimously accepted the report. The Diversity Plan is intended to be a multi-year effort for the City of Reno, and will include a standing Diversity Committee supported by the City Manager. Plan implementation will be further supported by City management, Civil Service, Human Resources, and City employees.
J.7 - 1435 N. Virginia Street
Council directed the City Manager to move forward with the sale of a City-owned parcel of land located at 1435 N. Virginia Street with the intent of building a student housing project with commercial/retail. The City will hold a public hearing to determine the fair market value, as well as prepare an Economic Development Agreement.
K.1 - Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions
K.1.1 - Council unanimously approved reappointment Patrick Fisher to the Ward 2 Neighborhood Advisory Board.
K.1.2 - Council unanimously approved reappointment of Richard Scott to the Reno Housing Authority.
K.1.3 - Council unanimously approved reappointment of Dana Hatjakes to the Reno Arts and Culture Commission.
K.1.4 - Council unanimously approved reappointment of James Johns to the Financial Advisory Board.
K.1.5 - Council unanimously approved reappointment of Mark Tadder and appointment of Timothy Healion to the Access Advisory Committee.
K.1.6 - Council unanimously approved reappointment of Vanessa Dixon and appointment of Lesley Henderson to the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.
Council Donation Funds - Resolutions
Council unanimously approved the following donations:
L.3 - $500 to Our Center to offset the costs associated with its upcoming Homeless Youth Point In Time Youth Count [Duerr]
L.4 - $500 to the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada to offset the costs associated with their programs [Duerr]
M.1 - 1101 California Avenue
Council heard an appeal of the Administrator’s decision to deny a sign permit application within a ±0.35 acre site located at the northwest corner of the intersection of California Avenue and Booth Street. Council affirmed the decision of the Administrator and denied the appeal.
M.2 - 1300 West Seventh Street
Council heard an appeal of the Administrator’s decision to deny a sign permit application within a ±0.37 acre site located at the southwest corner of the intersection of West Seventh Street and Elgin Avenue. Council affirmed the decision of the Administrator and denied the appeal.
M.3 - 190 West Plumb Lane
Council heard an appeal of the Administrator’s decision to deny a sign permit application within a ±0.57 acre site located at the southeast corner of the intersection of West Plumb Lane and Lakeside Drive. Council affirmed the decision of the Administrator and denied the appeal.
P - REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY BOARD
(No action items, other than Approval of Minutes)