July 24, 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:
D.4 - Public Safety Center
Council directed staff to begin negotiating the purchase of 955 Kuenzli Street, known as the Reno-Gazette Journal building. The property would replace the current antiquated Reno Police Department building, which was constructed in 1947. This property would become a new Public Safety Center. Chief Jason Soto offered perspective and data of the hundreds of thousands of 911 calls in recent years. He also said that older facilities make policing more difficult. The footprint of the new location would provide better access and parking for the public. Proposed funding would come from a combination of general fund, property sale, foundation awards, and more.
B.3 - Reno Fire Department Collective Bargaining
Council unanimously approved a new three-year agreement with the Reno Fire Department Administrators’ Association. The tentative agreement has been approved the Association. In part, it offsets a 2.5 percent pay increase in lieu of creating a fund for the Association, which plans to use contributions for retiree medical expenses and to address concerns about economic downturns.
D.2 - Fire Apparatus Replacement Program
Council approved a resolution to move forward with a public hearing to purchase $6.5 million in equipment for the Reno Fire Department. The funding would be provided through Medium-Term Obligation bonds. Council also included an addendum to the resolution to require approval for purchases.
B.4 - Marijuana Store Privileged License Moratorium
Council approved a resolution for a moratorium on future applicants for operations in the City of Reno. It would still allow the change of ownership of existing licenses to a different person or entity. The moratorium will last until July 1, 2020, but could be modified to end earlier.
G.1.3 - Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions
-Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission: Mark Johnson, and Kathleen Taylor