April 11, 2018 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:
D.1 - Proclamation: Telecommunicators Week
Councilmember Paul McKenzie read a proclamation supporting National Telecommunicators Week from April 8-14. He and others on the Council thanked dispatch professionals for keeping the community safe.
J.5 - Appointment of Permanent Police Chief
Jason Soto has been serving in the capacity of Interim Chief of Police for the City of Reno for three years, and today City Manager Sabra Newby moved to ratify Soto to the full-time Chief role. Newby lauded Soto’s demeanor and reform-minded approach to policing. The Council ratified his appointment unanimously.
J.2 - Individual Shelter Village
Individual shelters are another term for “tiny homes” for the homeless to be used as transitional housing. While the small shelters will be permanent, the goal is to allow people to live in them for a short period of time as they find long-term housing. Staff explained that these shelters and villages are simply one part of the overall plan to combat housing issues in Reno. The proposed village would be on City-owned property at 250 Sage Street. The Council unanimously approved the Request for Qualifications to be submitted for creation and operation of the village.
J.3 - Adult Business Regulation
Staff presented a package of changes to zoning ordinances to modify conditions for adult businesses. Some of the businesses are currently located in redevelopment zones. The ordinance changes also call for alcohol service modifications and limiting physical contact with patrons. One of the changes would also restrict all digital displays and reduce the sign of exterior signage. City Manager Sabra Newby explained that enforcing existing ordinances will be a main priority. The council unanimously approved direction to staff to continue researching all four of the proposed title changes. They will be introduced for public workshops and possible vote later this year.
J.4 - Park Smoking Ordinance
Council approved staff direction for a smoke-free/vape policy in parks. Similar ordinances are underway in other jurisdictions in the Truckee Meadows. The police will be noticed through new signage in parks and social pressure to not smoke in the parks. The city does not anticipate law enforcement actively patrolling parks looking for violation of the ordinance.
J.6 - Dockless Bike share
Staff presented an interlocal franchise agreement with bike share company Limebike for the new regional transportation pilot program. Through an app, dockless bike share would allow a number of rentable bikes throughout the city and parts of the county. When the rider is finished, the bike could be left in public spaces for others to rent. The council approved the agreement, and the program is expected to be kicked off May 13th for Bike to Work Week.
K.1 - Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions
Council unanimously appointed Sarah Ferguson, Bert Ramon, and Cortney Young to the Human Rights Commission.
K.2 - Elected Official Appointments to Boards and Commissions
Council unanimously appointed Councilmember Naomi Duerr, Jeff Limpert, and Teri Bath to the Western Nevada Development District.