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Matthew Brown, Communications Program Manager
Matthew oversees the City's press communications and public relations activities.
Deanna Gescheider, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Deanna directs the Department of Communications and Community Engagement, this includes overseeing and managing strategic direction for the City's: media relations, print and new communications, television production and web services.
City Council Prelights for April 16, 2014
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C: Proclamations (definition: a public or official announcement)
C.1 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. April 13-19, 2014. Presentation by Daniel Johnson, Communication and Technology Manager for the City of Reno.
C.2 Reno Community Development Week. April 21-26, 2014. Presentation by Fred Turnier, Director of Community Development for the City of Reno.
C.3 Safe and Healthy Homes Day. April 19, 2014. Presentation by John Kadlic, City Attorney.
C.4 Horse Eco-Tourism in Nevada. Presentation by Dr. Patrick Colletti.
C.5 Nevada Hispanic Safety Month. April 2014. Presentation by Andy Giddings and Alberto Garcia, Safety Consolation and Training Section (SCATS), Nevada Division on Industrial Relations.
E: Consent Agenda (all items may be approved together with a single motion, be taken out of order and/or be heard and discussed individually)
E.3 Council will consider approval of an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Reno and the Reno Housing Authority to transfer the title of property located in the Alameda Heights Neighborhood (north of UNR) in order to provide affordable housing to qualified, low-income families.
G: Ordinances - Adoption (definition: a piece of legislation enacted by a municipal authority or an authoritative order)
G.2 Council will hear a second reading and decide whether to adopt the Downtown Special Assessment District (SAD) expansion. The expansion will result in more police coverage in downtown Reno, a response to a gradual increase in calls for service in recent years. This supports Council’s priority to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods.
G.3.1 through G.3.3 Council will hear a second reading and decide whether to adopt changes to Titles 4, 5 and 8 of the Reno Municipal Code. The title changes would further protect artisans’ First Amendment rights by giving them the freedom to express themselves and/or sell their art without having to obtain business licenses and city park permits. This relates to the Council’s priority to Enhance Communication and Community Engagement.
G.4 Council will hear a second reading and decide whether to adopt an amendment to Title 4 that would suspend the acceptance of business license applications for pet stores that include the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits. The suspension will allow City of Reno staff adequate time to work with Washoe County to establish new application requirements. The moratorium would last a maximum of 180 days.
J: Standard Department Items
J.2.1 through J.2.5 Council will consider approval of contract agreements with The First Tee of Northern Nevada regarding the management, operations and development of Rosewood Lakes Golf Course and the use of golf services by independent contractors. The short-term (J.2.3) and long-term (J.2.4) agreements would relieve the City of some of the financial burden of operating the golf course and provide an affordable golf experience geared toward youth and senior adults.
J.4 Council will consider approval of funding to 56 special event sponsorship applicants based upon recommendations of the Special Event Sponsorship Committee of the Council and Sponsorship Agreements. Sponsorships will come from General Fund dollars in the amount of $336,135.80.
J.5 Council will discuss and consider possible direction to staff regarding medical marijuana establishments within the City of Reno. The fundamental question being raised is whether these establishments should be permitted in Reno. Should Council decide that they be permitted, staff is recommending various Municipal Code updates related to business license application processes, zoning, etc. This item is 2 p.m. time certain.
Joint Special Meeting - 3 p.m. The Anti-Graffiti Task Force will present its report, which includes a multifaceted anti-graffiti approach and 11 specific recommendations, to Council. Council created the Task Force in June 2013, appointing a variety of local representatives to examine graffiti issues in the community. Graffiti abatement supports Council priority to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods. Citizens can photograph and report graffiti with the City of Reno app or by calling Reno Direct at 334-INFO (4636).
M: Public Hearings - 6 p.m.
M.1.1 through M.1.4 This hearing is being held to allow citizens to voice their opinion on work completed for the 2013 Special Assessment District No. 1 related to the funding of street projects such as sidewalk repairs, including driveway approaches. An initial hearing was held in early 2013 when the SAD was first created.