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November 13, 2019 Reno City Council Highlights

Post Date:11/13/2019 3:16 PM
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. The agenda numbers provide convenient links to corresponding City of Reno Staff Reports.

Council moves forward with electric scooter Ordinances (E.4 & E.5)

Council approved two Ordinance Introductions and referred them both for a second reading and adoption.

The first adds a Section, 5.90, to Title 5 of the Reno Municipal Code entitled “System Of Dockless Bicycles, Electric Bicycles, and/or Electric Scooters within City limits.” This Ordinance Introduction puts into place local regulations that prohibit companies from providing dockless bicycle, electric bicycle and/or electric scooter share services without the explicit agreement of the City of Reno.

The second amends Title 6, Chapter 6.18, of the Reno Municipal Code entitled “Bicycles," and applies bicycle laws to electric scooters unless otherwise permitted.

Council moves forward with Fire Apparatus Replacement Program (E.1

Council approved an Ordinance Introduction and referred it for a second reading and adoption. This allows staff to move forward with the process required to issue Medium-Term Obligations to finance a portion of the Fire Department Apparatus Replacement Program in an amount not to exceed $6.5 million. The Reno Fire Department’s fleet is rapidly aging, and much of the front line apparatus has exceeded its useful life.

Council confirms process for Arlington Avenue Bridges Replacement Project (D.3)

Council confirmed the feasibility study process of the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Arlington Avenue Bridges Replacement Project after a presentation and discussion. The study will consist of a multi-step public process, including a public kickoff meeting, and a stakeholder working group that will involve about 20 regional participants. The Arlington bridges are aging and in need of replacement. According to the target schedule, construction is anticipated to start in 2026.

B.2 - Brodhead Park

Council approved an Interlocal Agreement with Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) to construct a new restroom facility at Brodhead Park, located at 5 South Park Street, for the purpose of promoting public health and safety, as well as improving water quality in the Truckee River. TMWA will install and maintain a Portland Loo restroom, or another restroom facility of a similar nature and functionality. It is designed to prevent the type of problems encountered with other public restrooms such as cleanliness, crime, and upkeep. 

C.1 - Ryland, Park and High Street Alley Abandonment

Council approved a request for alleyway abandonments that total ±5,389 square feet. The project site is on the northwest corner of the intersection of Park Street and Ryland Street. These abandonments allow for the Ryland Apartments project (118 units) to move forward.

C.2 - Trego Grid Annexation

Based on an evaluation of Annexation Criteria in the Reno Municipal Code, Council approved the requested annexation by Ordinance and referred it for a second reading and adoption. The Trego Grid Annexation will make part of the City of Reno ±7.0 acres of property located northeast of the eastern terminus of South Meadows Parkway and generally east of Desert Way. This will allow for the construction of a battery energy storage system (BESS) facility, which will improve efficiencies in the overall regional power grid.

D.6 - 705 N. Virginia Street

Council authorized the City Manager to proceed with the conveyance of the City-owned property located at 705 N. Virginia Street to Fast Foodies and authorize staff to order an appraisal(s) and return to Council with a development agreement to proceed with the disposal process in accordance with NRS. Council also asked staff to get input from the Business Improvement District (BID). 

Staff has received a Letter of Interest from Fast Foodies to acquire this property for the purpose of relocating the existing Jimmy John’s franchise located on Ninth Street to prepare the Gateway area for the expansion of the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

G.1 - Citizen Appointments to Boards and Commissions

G.1.1 - Ward 3 Neighborhood Advisory Board: William Harvey, Jennifer Hildebrand and Derek Partridge.