February 27, 2019 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:
C.17 - Sub-minimum Wage Prohibition
Council approved a resolution to prohibit sub-minimum wage for disabled persons. The prohibition would apply to all contracts involving the City of Reno. All current city contractors are in compliance with the resolution. In Nevada, it is currently legal to pay workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage.
B.1 - Steamboat Repower Project
Council approved a special use permit for a 112 acre site near Wedge Parkway and Mount Rose Highway. The company Ormat testified to council that there would be more than $60 million in economic output related to construction, with upwards of $23 million for wages and salaries. The approval includes a council sponsorship for an amendment to the Truckee Meadows Regional Plan to support the site.
B.2 - Alley Abandonment
Council approved the abandonment of a public alley near Arlington Avenue and West Street. The applicant said the area will be used as an outdoor space as part of a larger housing complex in the future.
Council approved multiple amendments and ordinance introductions for the construction of a hospital, along with medical and professional offices. It will be a 22 acre site near Longley Lane and Double R Boulevard.
Council approved a purchase option agreement with Jacobs Entertainment for the construction of at least 100 multifamily housing units. The agreement does require specific timelines for building per council request.
Council heard a presentation from the Department of Transportation about updates and changes on the new Spaghetti Bowl repairs and expansion. A new agreement maintains southbound access to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and reduces the need for parcel acquisition through eminent domain. Council approved a resolution to support the project.