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The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 23, and took action on multiple items.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
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Contact: Sarah Tone
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Reno, Nevada. October 23, 2012. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 23, and took action on items including: accepted a $2.9 million grant from the Federal Administration for Children and Families to reduce the number of children in long-term foster care, accepted a $42,500 grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), State Homeland Security Program Exercise Grant for emergency preparedness for schools, approved an amendment to the Interlocal Governmental Agreement concerning the Sparks Senior Center and its continuing operations, and conducted the annual performance evaluation for the Washoe County Manager.

$2.9 Million Federal Grant for Social Services: Item 15. Commissioners accepted a $2.9 million grant from the Federal Administration for Children and Families to reduce the number of children in long-term foster care. The five year grant was awarded to only six jurisdictions in the nation to address the need to improve permanency outcomes for children. The grant will enhance the County’s Department of Social Services’ successful efforts to continue reducing out-of-home placements through the Paired Teams approach and Family Solutions programs.

Department of Homeland Security Grant: Item 9.E. Commissioners accepted a $42,500 federal grant to support the Schools Prepared and Ready Together Across Nevada (SPARTAN) program. Managed by Washoe County Emergency Management, the SPARTAN exercise is a region-wide activity to test school and regional earthquake preparedness plans, and to help public and private schools to develop emergency plans. The grant was provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

City of Sparks Senior Center: Item 9.J.2. Commissioners approved an amendment between Washoe County and the City of Sparks concerning the Sparks Senior Center. There has been an agreement between the two since 1991 that allows the County to provide programs for seniors in the City-owned building at 97 Richards Way in Sparks. The amendment provides for the cooperative funding for Senior Services staff so that the Senior Center will remain open 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for classes, activities and a congregate meal program to continue as they have for more than 20 years. This agreement will continue to meet the needs of seniors while supporting the goal of achieving long term financial sustainability for the Center.

County Manager Performance Evaluation: Item 21. The Board discussed the annual performance evaluation for the Washoe County Manager. That included a discussion of goals, objectives and results by the County Manager, as well as action regarding current compensation and the approval of corresponding changes to the existing/new employee agreement. The Board voted to extend County Manager Katy Simon’s contract as is through June 30, 2014. The Commissioners praised the County Manager's leadership through the past four difficult years of economic downturns and budget cuts, and noted her accomplishments, such as maintaining the County's excellent bond rating and her outstanding support for employees. Ms. Simon acknowledged the work of the Washoe County team of employees to help achieve all that has been accomplished in the past year, and thanked the Board for their support.

Proclamations: Item 6-8. Commissioners accepted a proclamation declaring November 2012 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Washoe County, and accepted a proclamation declaring November 2012 as Nation Family Caregiver Month for Senior Services. Commissioners also accepted a proclamation to declare October 23, 2012 as EnergyFit Nevada Day to create awareness for the energy efficiency rebate program sponsored by the Nevada State Office of Energy, and a challenge was issued by Commissioner Larkin to reduce energy use in communities. The program is funded with grants provided by the United States Department of Energy and administered by HomeFree Nevada. For more information, please visit www.energyfitnevada.org.

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