November 28, 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:
J.3 - Winter Storm Preparedness
Council heard a comprehensive presentation on city plans when storms approach. Staff explained that winter preps actually happen throughout the year, with consistent drain and grate cleanings. The Public Works department acquired a new brine mixer for use city-wide in the last year. Staff members are also reworking snow routes and maximizing work with new roads in the city.
F.4 - Accessory Dwelling Units
Staff heard an overview of the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) ordinance. The presentation included survey results from nearly 450 residents. The proposed ordinance would exclude some historical areas from construction or installation of ADUs. Council unanimously approved a motion to affirm the rejection of the ordinance, ending the issue for now. Council directed staff to explore options for flexibility depending on neighborhood in the future.
Council heard presentations and public comment regarding the 4,700 unit development named “Daybreak.” It would be located in Southeast Reno. The applicant explained that previous environmental concerns and flood mitigation have been addressed. Council did not approve the request for the amendments on the project.
J.1 - Arrest Ordinance Changes
Council heard a presentation about possible changes to the City of Reno municipal code related to mandatory arrest warrants. The proposed code change would empower judges to have discretion for issuing warrants. That would include missed court appearances and other circumstances.
J.5 - Waste and Recycling Survey Results
Council was presented with the results of the scientific and online polling results conducted earlier this year. The survey found that there is overall satisfaction with the current service and franchise agreement. 95% of residents participate in the recycling program, but both businesses and residents said that the cost of service was their highest concern.
K.1 Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions
K.1.1 - Youth City Council: Najeh Abduljalil, Alisi Peaua, Arizana Peaua, and/or Matilda Whiting
K.1.2 - Human Rights Commission: Atty Garfinkel, Cesar Minera
K.1.3 - Ward 1 Neighborhood Advisory Board: Brandon Siri, Ronda Theisen
K.1.4 - Washoe County District Board of Health: Michael Brown