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County Commissioners honor Vietnam Veterans of America.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
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Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen
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Reno, Nevada. July 22, 2014. The following report highlights several agenda items from the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Resolution on Vietnam Veterans of America: Item 5. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting kicked off with a tribute to Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). The Honor Guard led Commissioners in the Pledge of Allegiance (see photo here). The VVA was praised by County Commissioners for their service and loyalty to their country. The VVA is the only national Vietnam veteran organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. Reno’s local Chapter of the VVA, Sierra Nevada Chapter 989, provides help to the Reno Veteran’s Center. They also get the word out about veterans’ needs through various outreach activities in the community.

Resolution of appreciation in honor of Mr. Bruce Osgood: Item 6. County Commissioners recognized Mr. Bruce Osgood for giving his time to clean up debris on Pyramid Highway and making our community a better place to work, play and live. The Board said Mr. Osgood’s efforts have reduced fires, increased property values, lowered crime and promoted pride in neighborhoods. Commissioner Vaughn Hartung, District 4, said Mr. Osgood does noble work for all of us. “I see him nearly every day on Pyramid Highway with two bags of garbage in his hands, but this is the first time I have had the honor to meet him and thank him for all his help. On behalf of the entire community, we appreciate your dedication to keeping this community clean.”

Public works Project of the Year Award: Item 7. The Board accepted the Project of the Year for Environmental Projects under $5 million Award from the Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association for the Fairview/Fairway Phase 3 Water Quality Improvement Project in Incline Village. The project began in 2013 and was funded through grants to improve water quality and clarity in Lake Tahoe.

Washoe County Animal Ordinance changes update: Item 22. The Interim Director of Washoe County Regional Animal Services, Kevin Schiller, updated the Board on the process for proposed changes to the animal control ordinance regarding dangerous dogs, puppy mills, retail sales of animals and other topics. Changes have been made to Nevada animal laws the past two legislative sessions, requiring the County to amend Washoe County’s animal regulations. On July 15, Washoe County hosted a public meeting to inform the community about the process to change the code. Topic-specific public workshops to start drafting animal code changes will be held August 25 and 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilbur D. May Center. "Our goal is to provide the public with a great opportunity to have their voices heard regarding animal code draft changes," said Schiller. "Between now and August 18, we want the community to email us or go to our online portal and give us feedback." Those looking for more information or want to share their thoughts about animal code changes are encouraged to visit the Animal Services website, or Open Washoe, an online community forum.

Medical marijuana update: Item. 21. Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller presented flow charts showing three phases of the medical marijuana application process required by the state and County. Commissioners were also given an update on medical marijuana establishment regulations. In his report, Schiller discussed marijuana dispensary allocations and the timeline for when licenses will be awarded. Commissioners were also provided updated zoning maps of areas eligible for dispensaries. For more information about medical marijuana, view Washoe County’s Frequently Asked Questions area online.

Water utility merger: Item 25. The Board heard the second reading and adopted an ordinance initiating the merger of the South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District (STMGID) into the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA). The ordinance requires written notice of the proposed merger to property owners within the STMGID boundary. This is part of the overall efforts required for the merger of water utilities between the County and TMWA, which is scheduled for completion in December 2014. At the direction of the Commissioners, Washoe County staff has been working on the merger since 2008 and entered into an interlocal agreement with TMWA in 2009.

Commissioners award bids for construction projects. Items13-15. The Board of County Commissioners awarded a $142,166 bid to Reno Tahoe Construction for the Melarkey Way Water Main Extension. Located near Mt. Rose Highway, the project will loop the water system on Melarkey Way between Carl Drive and Stephens Road. The looped system will include approximately 1,300 feet of 8-inch diameter water main, a pressure reducing valve station and a fire hydrant. 

“The project will provide more water capacity for residents, fire protection and other emergency water demands,” said Engineering and Capital Projects Division Director Dwayne Smith.

 The water main alignment goes through areas of County property as well as land owned by the United States Forest Service, which required the County to get an easement for construction and future operation and maintenance.

Commissioners also awarded $429,360 to Farr Construction Corp., to work on the Lemon Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant Rehabilitation Project. Crews will replace the aeration treatment system that was installed more than 40 years ago. They will also recoat surfaces, work on pond and valve restoration and make safety upgrades to the plant.

In addition, the Board awarded a $446,000 bid to Mt. Rose Heating & Air for the Washoe County Detention Center at Parr Boulevard. The existing HVAC system was installed in 1988 and is now outdated, causing high utility costs.

Donations to Washoe County Sheriffs Office: Item 8.J. The Reno Municipal Court collects fines from those convicted of illegal drug possession. On behalf of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Board accepted a $5,400 donation that came from those fines. The Sheriff’s Office will use that money for drug enforcement, treatment and rehabilitation.

Cash donation to social services: Item 8.K. County Commissioners accepted $1,386 in cash donations for the Department of Social Services. The donations come from juror fees that are used to benefit children in care and families who are clients. In 1993, a resolution establishing a program for the use of donated juror fees was approved by the Board of County Commissioners. This program allows jurors to donate their fees (grand juror and trial juror) to Child Protective Services.

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