For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. June 17, 2014. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, June 17, and took action on items including: Commissioners approved the canvassed results from the 2014 Primary Election; approved a disc golf course and bike park to be included in the 2014 Sun Valley Regional Park Master Plan; approved collective bargaining agreements with employee associations; approved the intent to sell water rights appurtenant to Winnemucca Ranch for permanent conservation easements to preserve wildlife habitat; named two people to the Washoe County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife; voted to approve the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement establishing the Regional Business License and Permit Program between the County of Washoe, the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, and the Washoe County Health District; unanimously approved the Regional License and Permit Program; and proclaimed June 2014 as Nevada Amateur Radio Month.
Declaration of Canvass of Vote: Item 5. Commissioners approved the canvass results from the 2014 Primary Election and Washoe County Registrar Luanne Cutler updated the board on voter turnout numbers.
- 215,521 Washoe County residents registered to vote
- Democrat turnout: 21.2 percent of registered Democrats voted
- Republican turnout: 32.7 percent of registered Republicans voted
- Minor Party and Nonpartisan turnout: 12 percent
- Total voter turnout for 2014 Primary: 23.4 percent
Commissioners praised Cutler and her staff for their tireless work in overseeing a successful Primary. Cutler said she and her staff are continuing preparations for the General Election Nov. 4 and said plans are being made for additional early voting locations.
Sun Valley Regional Park Master Plan item: 10.F.9. Commissioners approved the 2014 Sun Valley Regional Park Master Plan update to include the addition of a disc golf course and a bike park. The course will be constructed and maintained by Reno Disc Golf Association and would be free for everyone. Vice-Chair Bonnie Weber, District 5 said, “We are all looking forward to these great additions. I think everybody is excited about this and it's going to be great for the Sun Valley community."
Washoe County bargaining agreements: Items 10.I.3-6. Commissioners approved cost of living adjustments for the Washoe County Employee Association, the Washoe County District Attorney Investigator’s Association, and for non-represented Juvenile Services, Second Judicial District Court and Justice Court employees, along with Unclassified Management and Non-Represented Confidential employees. One-time lump sum payments were also included in the packages for employees who previously received wage concession reductions.
Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler said it took a lot of dedication by both sides to get a deal done. "I want to thank County staff and employees for all their hard work and sacrifice to get here. We are really moving forward with some top-notch employees."
Sale of Washoe County water rights for conservation easements for wildlife: Item 16. The Board unanimously approved a resolution declaring Washoe County's intent to sell 3,064.77 acre feet of surface water rights appurtenant to the Winnemucca Ranch to Buckhorn Land & Livestock, LLC, for no less than $2,000,000. Permanent conservation easements will be established, owned and administered by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
"I believe this is a step in the right direction," said Commissioner Kitty Jung, District 3. "I believe this area near Winnemucca is the Yosemite of Northern Nevada."
Construction of the conservation easements will provide benefit to Washoe County including the enhancement and protection of critical Sage Grouse and other native species in the area.
Washoe County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife’s appointment: Item 21. The Commissioners voted to appoint Ms. Catherine Smith and Mr. William Butch Tamblyn to the Washoe County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife. Their terms will expire mid-2016.
Interlocal agreement of Regional License and Permit Program: Items 30-32. Commissioners voted to approve the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement establishing the Regional Business License and Permit Program between the County of Washoe, the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, and the Washoe County Health District, concerning the governance and implementation of the program.
Commissioners unanimously approved resolutions creating the Regional Permits System Fund as a special revenue fund to account for the operations of the Regional License and Permit Program interlocal agreement, and the Regional Permits Capital Fund as a capital projects fund to account for the system customization and implementation; and to adjust budget appropriations and transfers to establish both funds.
Commissioners also approved a resolution announcing Washoe County's intent and approval to offer a medium-term loan to the City of Reno for the purpose of implementation of the Regional Permits System ($475,222 at an annual interest rate of 1.99 percent to finance the start-up of the Regional Permits System).
Washoe County has been leading the joint effort for a one stop shop permit process for businesses, issuing the Request for Proposal, facilitating the meetings, being first drafters of staff reports that others then copied from when it came to contract negotiations, professional services negotiations, etc.
"It did take some time to come to this point, but I think this will be a great service for all the permit pullers in our region. This is what we been working so hard to do. We’ll no longer be sending people to five different places to get their permits," said Commissioner Kitty Jung.
Interlocal Agreement for RAVEN fire training: Item 39. The Commissioners approved an Interlocal Agreement between Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District for the provision of a helicopter or other aircraft and personnel when requested. They also approved reimbursement for services rendered throughout the year by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office to be paid in accordance with the Interlocal Agreement to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Regional Aviation Unit.
TMFPD Fire Chief Charlie Moore said, “The addition of RAVEN certainly helps our response efforts and keeps the fire in check before ground resources get there. It’s a huge advantage, especially when we have to hike up a hill to fight the fire.”
Storey County boundary line and Automatic Aid: Item 40. The Board adopted a resolution to change the boundary line between Washoe and Storey
Proclamation: Item 7. Washoe County Board of Commissioners proclaimed June 2014 as Nevada Amateur Radio Month. Nevada Amateur Radio Operators (also known as “hams”) are celebrating Nevada’s 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the American Radio Relay League in which Nevada’s Amateur Radio Operators participated. Nevada’s more than 6,800 licensed “hams” provide countless hours of statewide and national voluntary communication services in times of emergency and disaster relief and in support of public events.