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Staff Report (For Possible Action): Approval of Agreement with Resource Concepts Inc. (RCI) for the development of the Vegetation Management Plan Phase 2 in an amount not to exceed $113,000. (Sewer Fund)


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Recommendation and Proposed Motion

Recommendation: Staff recommends Council approve the agreement with RCI for the development of the Phase 2 Vegetation Management Plan in an amount not to exceed $113,000 and authorize the Mayor to sign.


Proposed Motion: I move to approve staff recommendation.

Ordinance or Resolution

Summary:  Council is requested to approve an agreement with RCI in an amount not to exceed $113,000 for development of the Phase 2 Vegetation Management Plan for Public Works that is intended to develop Best Management Practices (BMPs) to assist field staff in day to day operations with implementation of Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) protocols. 


Prior Council Action:  July 19, 2017:  Presentation to Council by RCI explaining Public Works Streets and Sewer and Storm Drain Section’s current vegetation management practices.


Discussion:  September 27, 2016:  A Professional Services agreement for $41,000 with RCI was entered to observe, collect, compile, review, summarize current data, control methodology, evaluate equipment, interview staff, and explain vegetative control practices stemming from Federal, State and Local law, and agreements.  The findings revealed the City was doing many efforts well; however, some recommendations were made for Public Works.  Phase 2 Vegetation Management Plan will serve to train staff, field test, and implement up to six BMPs as follows: identification of streets where initial IVM prototypes will be developed; beneficial and undesirable plant species; noxious weeds; stormwater conveyance ditches and detention basins; City dam sites; and open spaces.  Staff will incorporate and utilize these methods when conducting yearly scheduled vegetation management activities.


Financial Implications:  Funding for this purchase has been allocated and approved in the Fiscal Year (FY) 17/18 Sewer Fund budget. 


Legal Implications:  The parties are bound by the terms of the agreement.



Meeting History

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 PM Video Reno City Council Regular


John Flansberg, Public Works Director, discussed the funding and scope of this plan in response to questions from Council Member Brekhus.

Council Member Brekhus expressed concerns about the equity of the sewer fund.

Mr. Flansberg clarified that street sweeping is covered by the street fund and is not a function of the sewer fund.

Council Member Brekhus stated that she has seen the sewer fund buy capital items for street sweeping. She asked what percentage of the community is sewered by the County and not paying into these things.

Mr. Flansberg explained that they have a little over 11,000 accounts that sewer to the South Truckee Meadows plant. They pay a sewer fee to the City of Reno, and we pass through Washoe County sewer fees to them directly. There are also about 900 County resident accounts that pay to the County that then passes through to the City.

Council Member Duerr stated that she knows there are a lot of people in the City that have septic tanks and are not paying into either of the sewer systems but they are also getting a benefit from projects like this. She also stated that she wants to make sure that all of our City agencies get the benefit of what is learned through this study.

Council Member Bobzien stated that he also wanted to pull this item to highlight the funding source.

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

MOVER:Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember
SECONDER:David Bobzien, Councilmember
AYES:Hillary Schieve, Jenny Brekhus, Naomi Duerr, Oscar Delgado, Paul McKenzie, Neoma Jardon, David Bobzien