For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. Feb. 12, 2013. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners (BCC) held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12, and took action on items including: accepted a recommendation to join a collaborative process to select a provider of legal services for senior citizens; awarded a bid for construction of a Water Splash Play Pad for North Valleys Regional Park; approved an agreement to provide funds for the Community Triage Center; acknowledged receipt of the Washoe County Economic Development Action Plan; received an update on the Incline property tax refund process; approved a resolution to provide a Washoe County Special Purpose grant to the Gerlach General Improvement District; received an update on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and recognized Washoe County citizen Willard (Bill) Gooch for Exemplary Public Service.
Accepted a recommendation to join a collaborative process with the Nevada Aging and Disability Services to select legal services for The Senior law Project: Item 24. Commissioners voted 4 to 1 (Jung dissenting) to accept a recommendation to join in a collaborative process with the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division to select a qualified legal services agency to assure the current and future legal service needs of seniors are met. Due to continuing budget challenges in Senior Services, the department’s programs have had to be modified, or cut back. As a result, concerns have been raised about the current service levels and the certainty of adequate legal services which has been expressed by seniors, the Senior Services Advisory Board, the State and Washoe County District Court. During the meeting Chief Judge David Hardy gave his support to the transition of the Senior Law Project to a non-profit legal aid organization that exists outside of the County structure. Commissioners also asked that Senior Services establish a timeframe for the project and report back on the State RFP process, the proposed County contract with the successful bidder, and impacts on employees.
Awarded a $2.2 million bid for construction of Phase IV Water Play Splash Pad for North Valleys Regional Park: Item 16. Commissioners awarded a bid for construction of phase IV for the North Valleys Regional Park Water Play Splash Pad and improvements to Pace Contracting. The original estimates for this project were $3.2 million and Pace submitted the lowest responsive, responsible bid of $2,289,333.96. The project is funded by Sierra Sage Golf Course water rights proceeds. Al Rogers, from the Washoe County Community Services Department, updated Commissioners on the project and said the addition to the North Valleys Regional Park will be a tremendous resource for park users of all ages. He also recognized that the North Valleys community, along with Vice Chair Bonnie Weber, has worked extremely hard to provide input and support for the development of the park, and the completion of Phase IV is a major step in the continued development of the regional park. Construction on the project should begin in early March with a planned completion of July 2013. http://www.washoecounty.us/large_files/agendas/021213/16.pdf
Approved a resolution to provide a Special Services grant for the Gerlach General Improvement District (GID): Item 6.G.1. Requested by Commissioner Bonnie Weber, District 5, this $5,666 grant primarily funds the new roof needed for the water tower as a result of two community meetings last fall with residents of Gerlach. This grant will also support a backflow water testing gauge, and the funding for these projects is available in part from $37,000 previously approved for an emergency generator for the Gerlach Volunteer Fire Department. It was determined that the problem of the fire station door could be addressed without the need for the costly emergency generator. http://www.washoecounty.us/large_files/agendas/021213/6g1.pdf
Received an update on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): Item 6.G.3. To date, Washoe County has received 25 grant awards and increased reimbursement rates for four social service programs for a projected total of $18,253,199. The estimated total jobs to be supported through these funds are 184.05 full time equivalents and substantial capital improvements were completed by local firms. To date, 2l of the 25 grant projects as well as the four social service programs are complete. http://www.washoecounty.us/large_files/agendas/021213/6g3.pdf
Approved an agreement to provide funds for the Community Triage Center: Item 9. This agreement is a community-wide collaboration between Washoe County, WestCare Nevada, Inc., Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Prime Healthcare Services, Renown Regional Medical Center, Renown South Meadows Medical Center, the City of Reno and the City of Sparks to provide funds for the Community Triage Center, operated by WestCare at 3l5 Record Street, Reno, Nevada. The Commissioners approved the Washoe County Department of Social Services to provide $190,000 cash to the Community Triage Center which helps to support the mental health needs of County residents. http://www.washoecounty.us/large_files/agendas/021213/9.pdf.
Acknowledged receipt of the Washoe County Economic Development Action Plan: Item 21. In previous discussions, the BCC has acknowledged that although Washoe County does not have a direct role in planning for economic development, it is in a great position to support the efforts of organizations such as the Economic Development Authority of WesternNevada (EDAWN). To complement these efforts, County staff has identified 13 key actions such as streamlining permitting processes and has been actively engaged in participating in and monitoring the work of various state-wide and regional forums that are charged with developing and implementing economic development plans and strategies.http://www.washoecounty.us/large_files/agendas/021213/21.pdf
Received an update on the Incline property tax refund process: Item 26. Washoe County has currently refunded more than $35 million on the Incline property tax refund process. County Treasurer, Tammi Davis says she anticipates the final tax refunds will be issued in June 2013. http://www.washoecounty.us/large_files/agendas/021213/26.pdf
Recognized Washoe County employee Bill (Willard) Gooch for Exemplary Public Service: Item 5. The Washoe County Commission recognized Bill Gooch’s exemplary public service for rescuing a citizen trapped in a stranded vehicle, carrying him up the embankment and calling the Sheriff’s Office for rescue help. The incident happened during a winter storm series in November, on a remote road in Northern Washoe County with spotty cell service. Gooch was checking the road ahead of the County plows to see how far the crews needed to go and to make sure the chain requirement signs were turned on. During that time, he found a car lying on its side in the bottom of the ditch and could see that the vehicle had slid off the roadway due to the heavy snowfall and low visibility. Gooch removed the man from the car, tended to his immediate needs and ensured that emergency personnel were able to reach the scene. Mr. Gooch will celebrate his 29th year as Washoe County employee this June and his actions illustrate the value of public service and passion for the Citizens of Washoe County.
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