July 29, 2020 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:
E.1 - Pet Store Licensing Ordinance Introduction
Council approved the introduction of an ordinance to prohibit the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores. The ban would begin upon adoption. If approved, it will exempt animal shelters and rescues, home breeders, and Humane Society organizations. It does allow shops to provide adoption of animals. It also allows for monetary penalties for violations. A final vote will occur in August.
D.5 - ReIgnite Reno
Development staff provided updates on progress made in the program. The goal is to adapt and assist with recovery as the pandemic continues. Over the last year, even with the impact of COVID, building permit submissions have remained steady. ReIgnite Reno deferred fees for 281 businesses, but those fees will be due at the end of September. 120 households have been given assistance for utility and security deposits and rent payment help.
D.6 - CARES Act Coronavirus Funds
Council heard a presentation about direction and planning for $46.6 million for federal funds for spending related to the pandemic. Some early opportunities include eviction relief programs, funds for unsheltered population programs, and business assistance, along with boosts to COVID tracing and research. A formal plan must be submitted to the Governor.
H.1 - Guinn Center Report on Community Policing
Acting City Manager Jason Soto provided an overview of the 2018 report, including changes to the Reno Police Department since it was released.
Council upheld the ruling from the Historical Resources Commission to designate the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and the Washoe County Library to be included on the Reno Register of Historic Places. Staff will also initiate a zoning change to include the properties in the historic/landmark designation.