December 5, 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:
J.1 - Affordable Housing Inventory
Council heard a presentation about financing challenges in our region. The HOME program is a federal program that isthat administered by the Washoe County HOME Consortium (WCHC), and Reno is the Lead Agency. Staff explained that market forces affect the ongoing affordability of some of the units and homes. Staff said that there is federal support for increasing funding and options for affordable housing.
J.2 - Motel Inspection Program
Council heard an update and presentation on the new inspection program. Staff explained that there has been six meetings with motel owners and the industry to prepare for the program. Inspections will begin in January, along with a new fee structure. Owners will be given a 14-day “Notice to Inspect” and Reno Police and Fire will participate.
E.1 - Washoe County Assistance to Vulnerable Populations
Council heard a presentation from the Human Services Agency Director. The briefing is part of the council’s push for quality care for vulnerable citizens like seniors and youth services. Councilmembers heard about the challenges of funding and how regional partners can share the burdens throughout the county.
J.3 - Pembroke Recreation Complex
Council heard a presentation and update on the possible youth athletic fields at Pembroke. The area would be on city property north Pembroke Drive and west of Veterans Parkway. Council stressed the need for proper floodplain management for the proposed area, and approved the negotiation agreement.
D.1 - Mayor for the Day
In a peaceful transition of power, Mayor Hillary Schieve ceded her office to Lily, a dog. Lily is a support doggo with Noah’s Animal House and Domestic Violence Resource Center. She was found on a family’s porch and instantly took a shine to them, allowing the family to live with her. She regaled City Hall chambers with a fetching and winsome musical performance on her toy piano. She was joined by George Bonari and Jen Richards, humans.
E.2 - City Superhero: Meredith Tanzer
Meredith Tanzer was honored for her tireless work within the LGBTQI community, along with vulnerable residents at the Eddy House. Vice Mayor Duerr thanked Tanzer for her selfless dedication to our community.
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