City of Reno

Staff Report

Staff Report (For Possible Action): Approval of the reallocation of Council Donation Funds to the Public Works Department Street Fund to offset costs associated with the removal of horse guards in South Reno in the amount of $5,000. (General Fund)


Department:City Manager - Office of Communications & Community EngagementSponsors:Councilmember Naomi Duerr
Category:Council Donation Funds


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Recommendation and Proposed Motion

Recommendation:  Staff recommends approval of the reallocation.


Proposed Motion: I move to approve staff recommendation.

Staff Report Formal Body

Summary: Councilmember Naomi Duerr would like to transfer $5,000 from Council Donation Funds assigned for Fiscal Year (FY) 17/18 to the Public Works Department Street Fund. These funds are to offset costs associated with the removal of horse guards in the South Reno area.


Financial Implications:  Funds are budgeted for Council Donations.


Legal Implications:  Council approval is required before the recommended funds transfer can take place.



Meeting History

Jan 10, 2018 10:00 AM Video Reno City Council Regular

Council Member Duerr explained her proposed donation, noting that $5,000 will cover only a small percentage of the cost of removing the horse guards.

Aric Jensen, Community Development Director, discussed the original installation of the horse guards, how they differ from cattle guards, and the decision that they are unnecessary and should be removed. The low bid is $61,000, which is to be split with area residents.

Council Member Bobzien said that he will support the expenditure and we should keep track of this mapping effort, but it is the State Department of Agriculture's responsibility to deal with stray horses and their impact on neighborhoods. There is a limit on how much we should spend to address this problem.

Council Member McKenzie agreed that stray horses are not the City's responsibility and cautioned against using the City's limited resources to solve the problem. We dedicated staff time to this rather than ask the people who are responsible for doing the job to do it. He cautioned against assuming other people's responsibilities just because it is more convenient to do it ourselves.

Council Member Brekhus said that when you encroach, expand your region's development footprint, you own the problem. It is here now because of a lack of planning, and we have inherited the problem. Good planning includes wildlife habitat issues.

Vice Mayor Jardon suggested that this is where our involvement should end because it is not our fight.

Council Member Bobzien clarified that these are stray horses and not wildlife.

Mr. Jensen discussed weather, staffing and mobilization constraints that may cause delays with the project.

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