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Commissioners decide medical marijuana dispensary allocations.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada. Aug. 12, 2014. The following report highlights several important agenda items from the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

Medical marijuana dispensary allocations: Item 24. Washoe County Commissioners directed staff to request the state increase the number of medical marijuana dispensary allocations to the City of Reno and Washoe County. Based on today’s action, Washoe County could potentially have five medical marijuana dispensaries, the City of Reno could potentially have three and the City of Sparks could have two. To see how many medical marijuana zoning letters and specific types of facility requests each jurisdiction has received to date, click here.

Resolution of congratulations to Robert (Bob) T. Herbert: Item 5. Washoe County Commissioners thanked Mr. Bob Herbert for his devotion and dedication to Nevada and our nation and congratulated him on his promotion to Brigadier General in the United States National Guard.

Mr. Herbert grew up the son of a military man. Before he graduated high school in Slinger, Wisconsin, he joined the Army to become a pilot. Herbert did a three-year tour, flying the East-West German border with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during the Cold War, completed an undergraduate degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and served for six years as a test pilot in the Army. Herbert honorably served our nation for 38 years.

Mr. Herbert said he appreciates the Board's recognition of his accomplishments. "I am very humbled and blessed. I am lucky to do what I do and I hope to help make Nevada a better place."

First reading of ordinance amending food regulations: Item 13. Commissioners introduced and held the first reading of an ordinance amending the Washoe County Development Code to reduce regulatory barriers to the production and sale of food in certain areas. The amendment also authorizes community gardens and increases opportunities for local, small scale food production by allowing commercial crop production on smaller properties. Commissioner Kitty Jung, District 3, said this has been a long time coming. "Commissioner Bonnie Weber and I have worked very hard on making this a reality," said Jung. "We believe this will give the community an opportunity to grow foods they would like to eat." The Commission will hold a public hearing for the second reading and possible adoption of the ordinance Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.

Specialized Foster Care Room and Board Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs Office: Item 9. The Board approved a $349,000 grant from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for the Juvenile Justice Programs Office.

Frank Cervantes, Director of Washoe County Juvenile Services, said the grant will be put to good use.The money will pay for treatment and programming for youth within the Washoe County Department of Juvenile Services. Juvenile Services helps young people receive mental health care and substance abuse treatment.”

Grants for Access to Healthcare Network and Food Bank of Northern Nevada: Item 10. Commissioners approved a $60,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development for the Access to Healthcare Network. They also approved a $180,900 CDBG grant for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The goal of the CDBG Program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities for people of low to moderate income levels.

Community grants for Sun Valley sidewalk: Item 15. The Board accepted a Nevada Community Development Block Grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for the Sun Valley Second Avenue Sidewalk Project. The grant is about $205,000 and will pay for part of the construction for 1,200 feet of sidewalk on Second Avenue between Sun Valley Boulevard and Lois Allen Elementary School. Nevada Department of Transportation will provide the second part of funding for the sidewalk this fall. The completion of this section of Second Avenue will make the sidewalks around Lois Allen Elementary School safer for children commuting to and from school. A previous grant also supported connecting sidewalks on First Avenue. Construction is scheduled for the spring of 2015.

Funding agreement for neighborhood park development: Item 20. The Board of County Commissioners approved a $127,018 agreement between Washoe County and the Sun Valley General Improvement District (SVGID) for neighborhood park development in Sun Valley. Washoe County is the fiscal agent for Residential Construction Tax (RCT) collected within the unincorporated areas of Washoe County, including Sun Valley, Nevada. Through previous Board action, SVGID was granted recreation powers and ownership of four neighborhood parks in Sun Valley, including Gepford, Sun Mesa, Highland Ranch and Sun Valley Community Parks. Through the terms of the agreement, approximately $60,000 would be allocated toward a new community building at Gepford Park and the remaining funds of $67,018 will go toward future neighborhood park improvements throughout Sun Valley, as determined cooperatively by SVGID and Washoe County. This item is also scheduled for consideration at the Aug. 14, 2014 SVIGID Board of Trustees meeting.

Cash donations from the Wilbur May Foundation: Item 6.J. The Board accepted $300,000 in cash donations from the Wilbur May Foundation. The donations are used to help the County with costs in operating the Wilbur D. May Museum. $200,000 is split between the museum and the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The remaining $100,000 of the donation will help pay for the museum’s 2014-15 exhibits.