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Three extra meetings scheduled to discuss school funding bill AB 46.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada. August 13, 2013. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, August 13, and took action on items including: added three more public meetings for the discussion of Nevada Assembly Bill 46 (AB 46) regarding the capital needs initiative for the Washoe County School District (WCSD); approved the purchase of a new structure engine for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD); approved a new one year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Washoe County Supervising Sheriff’s Deputies Association; approved an in-kind agreement to be a major sponsor for the Great Reno Balloon Race in September; accepted an $88,000 grant for Juvenile Services; accepted the donation of $225,000 from Friends of Washoe County Library for the operational needs of Sierra View Library; accepted a $211,000 grant to improve Gepford Park in Sun Valley; received presentations from the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC); approved a Washoe County Master Plan for Aging Services; proclaimed June 22, 2013 as Barbara Vucanovich Day; and proclaimed August 11-17 as National Forensic Science Week.

Discussion of AB 46: Item 26. Commissioners approved the addition of three more public meetings about the capital needs initiative for WCSD. The agendas will state that the meetings will be using a workshop format, which will allow the Board to combine one or more of the agenda items for discussion purposes. As with all County Commission meetings, public comment will be included in the format and all meetings will be held in the Washoe County Commission Chambers at 1001 E. Ninth St. in Reno on:

  • Tuesday, August 20, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m.

In addition, AB 46 will be discussed at regularly scheduled County Commission meetings through the end of the year, beginning at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Governor Brian Sandoval signed AB 46 into law June 11, 2013. The bill passed by the Nevada Legislature included an amendment that allows the Washoe County Board of Commissioners to determine whether to enact a proposal that would generate funding for critical school repairs and maintenance in the WCSD. The school capital needs initiative proposes to increase sales tax by ¼ of 1 percent in Washoe County and property tax by 5 cents per $100 of assessed value in Washoe County. The proposal needs to be approved by 4 of the 5 county commissioners by Jan. 1, 2014 to be enacted. Read more about the proposal.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District: Item 8. Commissioners approved the request of TMFPD Chief Charles Moore to purchase one new structure engine. “Our most critical need operationally is to modernize the TMFPD fleet and this is part of that continuing effort,” said Moore. “Due to previous bids/purchases of other engines, the District was able to secure the previous year’s cost to avoid a cost increase and take delivery of this new engine. This means we will have four new engines coming this spring, along with new water tenders and a new brush truck, all of which will increase the tools necessary to successfully fight fires in our community.”

Labor agreements with Sheriff’s Deputies: Item 14. Washoe County approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Supervising Deputies Association and the Washoe County Sheriff’s  Deputies Association on a new one year agreement that gives the Association members a 1 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) July 1, 2013 and a 1.5 percent COLA on Jan. 1, 2014. The agreement also calls for Washoe County to pick up the employee portion of the July 2013 PERS increase, which is valued at .375 percent. The agreement also includes a 3 percent increase in base wage and elimination of the 3 percent physical fitness incentive pay rate. View the full report.

Sponsorship for Great Reno Balloon Race (GRBR): Item 19. Washoe County will be a major sponsor for the GRBR for this year’s event Sept. 3-9 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Sponsorship will be in-kind cash equivalent support, which includes the waiver of park rental fees. “Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is recognized as the flagship park of the Washoe County park system by the community,” said Washoe County Division Director of Projects & Programs Al Rogers. “The Great Reno Balloon Race has provided this free event for more than 30 years in this wonderful park and it certainly benefits the community.”

Grant for Juvenile Services: Item 7.H.1. Commissioners accepted a grant of $88,358 from the Nevada Juvenile Justice Commission to fund the Mental Health Service Coordination Program. The grant will be used to fund a service coordinator position who will continue to develop data-based identifications of high risk youth, assess youth and families for service needs, and attain eligibility for Medicaid, Nevada Check-Up or indigent services. A significant number of youth served by Juvenile Services struggle with serious mental health conditions. These youth often enter the juvenile justice system at a young age and enter detention before accessing treatment. Service coordination helps children access services in a timely manner in addition to assisting multiple child serving agencies develop unified plans of care.

Funds for Sierra View Library: Item 7.I.1. Friends of Washoe County Library donated $224,910 for restricted use toward the operational needs of Sierra View Library in the Reno Town Mall on South Virginia Street. Commissioners thanked Rob Rothe, managing partner of Roter Investments of Nevada, the lessor for the Sierra View location, for the company’s support and lease concession agreements of over $1 million in the past five years. Roter has also waived the rent for the Friends of Washoe County Library Book Sale sublease space to support the ongoing operations of the facility.

Improvements for Sun Valley’s Gepford Park: Item 17. Commissioners approved a $211,515 grant from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development for improvements to Gepford Park in Sun Valley for a new community building and restrooms. The project includes the demolition of the concessions building from 1969 and the inoperable restrooms that were built in the 1970s, and replacing them with a new 800 square foot pre-constructed building that will provide community meeting space, restrooms and concessions.

Appearances by EDAWN & RTC: Items 9 & 10. Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) reported the economic climate in northern Nevada continues to show signs of improvement, including prospect visits by businesses and entrepreneurs being up 248 percent since 2011. See the Power Point presentation. The director of public transportation and operations for the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), David Jickling, also made a presentation on emerging senior and disabled transportation issues. Jickling said transit service is not keeping up with population growth and warned of the need for more service as the population ages. View his presentation online.

Approval of Master Plan for Senior Services: Item 11. In a 4-1 vote (Humke dissenting), Commissioners approved the Department of Senior Services development of a Master Plan for Aging Services. It is estimated seniors will make up 22 percent of our total population by 2020 and Senior Services Director Grady Tarbutton said part of the plan will include a review of the economic impact seniors will have on the community. More than 100 seniors, business and community leaders, elected officials and policy makers are expected to help with the plan, and the report is scheduled to be completed in February.

Proclamation for Barbara Vucanovich Day: Item 5. Commissioners honored the late Barbara Vucanovich, the first woman from Nevada elected to U.S. Congress, proclaiming June 22, 2013 Barbara Vucanovich Day. The seven-term congresswoman was born June 22, 1921 and retired from Congress in 1996, serving the second longest tenure of any Nevadan in the House. Her daughter Patty Cafferata, an attorney, former Nevada State Treasurer and state assemblywoman, said “she was a great mother, a great lady, she served the state well and she took care of her family.”

Proclamation for National Forensic Science Week: Item 6. Commissioners proclaimed August 11-17, 2013 as National Forensic Science Week to generate public awareness and appreciation for forensic science organizations. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division provides services to 80 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in 14 of Nevada’s 17 counties. Services include crime scene investigation, latent print processing and comparison, trace evidence, toxicology, biology (DNA), firearms, breath alcohol, controlled substances, and evidence and quality assurance.