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City Council Prelights for July 16, 2014
In our ongoing commitment to keep citizens informed, we’ve spotlighted a few key Agenda items for the July 16, 2014 Reno City Council Meeting starting at noon on the first floor of City Hall. For in-depth review of all City Council Agenda items, visit our Meeting Portal for the full agenda (click on the “Agenda Packet” link to view detailed staff reports).
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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.6 Council will consider acceptance of a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety to the Reno Police Department for narcotics prevention and enforcement in the amount of $35,000. The grant period is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.
E.7 Council will consider acceptance of a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety to the Reno Police Department for the gang task force in the amount of $50,000. The grant period is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.
H Resolutions (definition: a formal form of a motion normally utilized to set forth policy of the City)
H.1 Council will consider approval of a Resolution authorizing filing of a grant application with the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for federal Land and Water Conservation Funds for the North Valleys Recreation Partnership Project in the amount of $500,000. City of Reno staff is proposing an allocation of $250,000 of its Residential Construction Tax from Park District 1 toward this project. Washoe County will use $250,000 from its water rights proceeds.
City staff is working with Washoe County Regional Parks on Phase V of North Valleys Regional Park, a County owned and maintained park. This phase will include youth athletic fields, a restroom and concession building, and certain neighborhood park features. The specific emphasis on new recreational amenities that engage youth and serve economically disadvantaged neighborhoods supports Council’s priority to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods.
I Ordinances - Introduction (definition: a piece of legislation enacted by a municipal authority or an authoritative order)
I.1.1 Council will consider approval of ordinance changes that will create an application fee and license fee for Medical Marijuana Establishments (MMEs), including but not limited to dispensaries, cultivation facilities, testing laboratories, and production facilities, which are registered and permitted by the State of Nevada.
I.1.2 Council will consider approval of the introduction of an Ordinance that would revise the Reno Municipal Code to remove the stay on accepting applications for MMEs. The proposed MME privileged business license process will require City Council approval, similar to alcoholic beverage licenses or secondhand dealer licenses.
J Standard Department Items
J.1 The City Attorney and City Manager are seeking direction from Council on whether it desires to continue utilization of outside legal services for labor matters, in whole or part, or if it desires to transition such services to in-house staffing and legal representation. The City has utilized outside services for labor relations, collective bargaining, grievances, arbitrations, and certain employee discipline matters since 2002.
J.4 Council will consider approval of the First Amendment to the Agreement for Attorney Services with Marquis Aurbach Coffing, P.C., for labor and employment law advice, analysis, and arbitration presentation for labor relations, grievance, and employee discipline issues. The amount (General Fund) would not exceed $75,000 (for a contract total of $150,000 covering the period of January 2013 through June 2015).
J.5 Council will consider ratification of an Amended Agreement for Attorney Services with Fisher & Phillips LLP for labor and employment law matters, collective bargaining, analysis, and arbitration presentation for labor relations, grievance, and employee discipline issues. The amount (General Fund) would not exceed $175,074 (for a contract total not to exceed $475,074 for the period of January 16, 2013 through June 30, 2014).
J.6 Council will consider approval of an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Reno, City of Sparks, REMSA, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Sierra Fire Protection District, Washoe County, and Washoe County Health District to establish and maintain a Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Oversight Program to provide for oversight of regional emergency medical services.
The Emergency Medical Services Oversight Program would include:
- An Advisory Board to be established under the District Board of Health to compile, analyze, evaluate, and recommend response and performance standards.
- Protocols to allow for improvement and optimization of the regional EMS system performance and ensure proper patient care.
- The analysis of response data from each of the EMS agencies and review of the regional EMS response zone map on an annual basis.
L Mayor and Council
L.4 Mayor Robert Cashell and Council Members Jenny Brekhus, Oscar Delgado, Dwight Dortch, Neoma Jardon, and Sharon Zadra would like to allocate $1,000 each ($6,000 total) from their donation funds assigned for Fiscal Year 2014-15 to the Sagebrush Soccer Club Lady Nomads U-16 Youth Soccer Team. These funds will be used for travel expenses incurred when the Lady Nomads represented Reno and the state of Nevada in the national championships in Greenville, South Carolina from July 10-13. The team is comprised of high school girls from throughout the Reno community.