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Commissioners approve mutual aid agreement between Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and City of Reno.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada. Feb. 25, 2014. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25, and took action on items including: approved a mutual aid agreement between the City of Reno and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District to provide fire and rescue services; approved a sponsorship agreement for Artown 2014; directed staff to narrow down options for a review of operations at the Washoe County Regional Animal Services; accepted a $40,456 grant for the Senior Services nutrition program; and rejected making an appeal to the Regional Planning Commission regarding the proposed Village of the Peak development in Spanish Springs.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD): Item 7. Acting as the Board of Fire Commissioners, the Board approved an amended cooperative agreement between TMFPD, Sierra Fire Protection District and the City of Reno to provide fire and rescue services in mutual aid situations. “I am happy to see the restrictions that caused unnecessary delay in calling for mutual aid will be removed,” said TMFPD Chief Charles Moore. “We anticipate the City of Reno will also approve the amendments.” See the full report.

Moore also said if two storms predicted to bring moisture to the area over the next few days do come through it is possible the District will allow open burning the first week of March so residents can improve defensible space around their homes. Moore added that open burning will require a permit and if open burning is made available, more information will follow.

Moore thanked representatives from both the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa for helping to sponsor the ash can program which has been highly successful with 250 cans delivered to residents and 300 more that were recently donated are ready for distribution. The program provides residents with an opportunity to obtain an ash can for the proper disposal of fireplace ashes. The ash cans are available free of charge if residents meet the criteria as listed on the application. Moore also thanked The Reno Hospital for Cats for their donation of 41 pet oxygen mask kits, an estimated value of $2,665, to be used in rescue operations. 

Sponsorship with Artown 2014: Item 11. Commissioners approved a sponsorship agreement with Artown 2014 with Washoe County being recognized as a festival and event sponsor for an in-kind donation of $15,000 and up to $20,000 in contingency funds. That donation allows the use of the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park for certain Artown events. “Washoe County is excited to take the next step in our ongoing relationship with Artown in this public/private sponsorship agreement,” said Al Rogers, Washoe County Division Director for projects and programs. “We are pleased to once again be back as a festival sponsor for a tremendous community program that also brings back quality artistic performers to the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater for the community to support and enjoy.”

Future of Regional Animal Services: Item 13. The Board directed staff to continue to narrow down options available for oversight of Regional Animal Services since the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) requested a transition of the operations under the organizational structure and control of the County. The WCSO has managed Animal Services since January 2012 after taking it on as a temporary assignment. The Technical Advisory Committee began studying the transition last month and is made up of members from the City of Sparks, the City of Reno, the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office and from several other County departments. The committee identified several different models and Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller said “We’re applying a feasibility analysis to include fiscal, operational, and legal implications for the transition of the various proposals.”  The Board requested staff obtain a financial audit of Washoe County Regional Animal Services which will be shared with all parties involved and staff hopes to have approval for a specific transition by July 1, 2014. View the complete staff report.

Senior Services nutrition program receives grant: Item 6.F. Commissioners accepted the grant award of $40,456 from the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division for the Nutrition Services Incentive Program. “In addition to local funds, Washoe County Senior Services relies upon state and federal grants to provide essential services,” said Senior Services Director Grady Tarbutton. “There are many seniors who rely on Senior Services’ congregate and home delivered meals and this grant allows us to serve more of them. Adequate nutrition has emerged as one of the twelve priorities identified in our Master Plan for Aging Services, which will be presented to the County Commission in the near future.  

Village of the Peak development: Item 9. The Board determined it would not file an objection/request for reconsideration with the previous action of the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) regarding the development for a proposed apartment complex in Spanish Springs. During a 4 to 1 vote (Hartung dissenting), Commissioners decided not to file a rejection to the Planning Commission which will allow the developers to initiate a new application towards conformance with the RPC. As the applicant for the Regional Conformance Review Process, Washoe County is the only entity that can apply to Regional Planning for reconsideration of the Master Plan Amendment. After proper notice and hearings, the Board may consider corrections, changes or amendments to the master plan.