Minutes

Regular Meeting

Reno City Council

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00 PM

Reno City Council Chamber, One East First Street, Reno, NV 89501

Hillary Schieve, Mayor

 

Council Members:

Ward 1 – Jenny Brekhus

 

Ward 4 – Paul McKenzie

Ward 2 – Naomi Duerr

 

Ward 5 – Neoma Jardon

Ward 3 – Oscar Delgado

 

At-LargeDavid Bobzien

 

A              Introductory Items   

A.1              Pledge of Allegiance   

A.2              Observance of a Moment of Silence   

A.3              Roll Call   

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Hillary Schieve

Mayor

Present

 

Jenny Brekhus

Councilmember

Present

 

Naomi Duerr

Councilmember

Remote

 

Oscar Delgado

Councilmember

Present

 

Paul McKenzie

Councilmember

Present

 

Neoma Jardon

Councilmember

Present

 

David Bobzien

Councilmember

Present

 

Sabra Newby

City Manager

Present

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 12:04 PM.

A.4              Public Comment   

Mark Markel, 48 Park Street, discussed the dangers of drinking and driving.

 

An anonymous speaker discussed concerns about the retention and destruction of child abuse records.

 

David Tscheekar, 3100 Mill Street #114, discussed Reno events.

 

Shannon Dobbs, 933 Tropico Court, Sparks, representing On Common Ground, discussed the need to address food insecurity issues.

 

Jeff Church, RenoTaxRevolt.com, discussed issues related to homelessness.

 

Chuck Swackhammer, 7906 Del Fuego Drive, representing the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada, discussed the use of electric cars by the City of Reno.

 

Joel Lippert, 4285 Jasper Lane, speaking on behalf of On Common Ground, discussed issues related to food insecurity.

 

Tom Polikalas, 1555 Ridgeview Drive #223, spoke regarding Item B.3 and thanked the Council for their sustainability efforts.

 

Sam Dehne, Reno resident, presented his views on several subjects.

 

Morey Khabaz, 195 Gentry Way, provided a follow up on his personal issues.

 

Sharon Parra, 689 Brinkby Avenue #1512, discussed food insecurity issues.

A.5              City Manager Announcements (Item for general announcements and informational items only.  No action will be taken on this item.)   

City Manager Newby made several announcements.

A.6              Approval of the Agenda (For Possible Action) - December 6, 2017. 

THE AGENDA WAS APPROVED WITH ITEMS A.7.2, J.7, AND J.9 WITHDRAWN.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

A.7              Approval of Minutes (For Possible Action) 

A.7.1              Reno City Council - Special - Nov 8, 2017 10:00 AM (For Possible Action)  12:48 PM

RESULT:              ACCEPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

A.7.2              Reno City Council - Regular - Nov 8, 2017 12:00 PM (For Possible Action)  12:48 PM

THE NOVEMBER 8, 2017 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES WERE CONTINUED TO DECEMBER 13, 2017.

RESULT:              TABLED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B              Consent Agenda   

Sam Dehne, Reno resident, presented his views on several issues.

 

ITEMS B.1 THROUGH B.8 WERE APPROVED WITH ITEMS B.2, B.3, AND B.4 PULLED FOR DISCUSSION.

B.1              Approval of Privileged Business Licenses

B.1.a              New - Alcohol

1.              Red's Home Plate, Jack Sterling, 250 Evans Avenue, Suite 101 - Dining Room Alcohol (For Possible Action) [Ward 5]

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.1.b              New - Gaming

1.              Sartini Gaming, LLC db at 40 Mile Saloon, Stephen A. Arcana, 1495 South Virginia Street - Six Slots (For Possible Action) [Ward 1]

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.1.c              Supplemental - Cabaret

1.              Laughing Planet Cafe LLC, Tim Healion, 941 North Virginia Street - Add-On Cabaret (For Possible Action) [Ward 5]

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

2.              Mendoza's Bar and Grill, Juan Mendoza, 551 East Moana Lane - Cabaret (For Possible Action) [Ward 2]

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.1.d              Supplemental - Privileged

1.              Global Goods Shop, Jared Marlisa, 1155 West Fourth Street, Suite 119 - Secondhand Merchandise (For Possible Action) [Ward 1]

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.1.e              Medical Marijuana - Cultivation Facility

1.              Helios Flower NV, Kiera Sears, 800 Stillwell Road, Suite 60, Medical Marijuana - Cultivation Facility (For Possible Action) [Ward 4]

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.2              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Bid Award and Approval of Contract to Garden Shop Nursery Landscape Division, Inc. for routine maintenance of landscaped rights-of-way in Landscape Maintenance Districts in the total amount of $196,560 for two years, which includes a contingency account for major landscape and irrigation repairs in an amount not to exceed $100,000. (General Fund)  1:48 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends that City Council award a contract to Garden Shop Nursery Landscape Division and authorize the Mayor to sign.

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

THIS ITEM WAS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION.

 

Council Member Duerr discussed the possibility that the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (PRCS) could benefit from the work being done by the Public Works Department on the project under Item B.4 with regard to finding alternatives to chemical spray for weed control.

 

MAYOR SCHIEVE ABSENT AT 1:53 P.M.  VICE MAYOR JARDON PRESIDED IN MAYOR SCHIEVE'S ABSENCE.

 

Andy Bass, Director of PRCS, explained that the pesticide free program is exclusive to the parks that were selected.  These nine maintenance district areas were not selected to be part of that program so the bid did allow for chemical spraying.  Staff can talk to the contractor and let them know our preference is to not use chemical spraying, but to require them to do the work without chemicals we would need to reject the bid and re-bid it out as it would substantially change the price.

 

Council Member Duerr clarified that her intent was not to prohibit the use of chemicals but to communicate the preference for another approach.  She also discussed the possibility of using available landscaping funds to make changes to the landscaping that would be easier to maintain and require less chemicals.

 

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Naomi Duerr, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

ABSENT:              Hillary Schieve

B.3              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Approval of the Fleet Buy Program for Fiscal Year 17/18 to include the purchase of 30 vehicles pursuant to Chapter 332 of the Nevada Revised Statutes joinder, competitive bidding provisions and the City Purchasing Policy in an amount not to exceed $2,810,000. (Fleet Management Fund)  1:20 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council approval to purchase 30 replacement vehicles, including outfitting, for an amount not to exceed $2,810,000 by joining in State contracts or other appropriate governmental contracts when available in accordance with NRS 332.195 or using the  competitive bidding process pursuant to Chapter 332 of the NRS and the City Purchasing Policy, and authorization for the City Manager or designee to sign any required contracts or purchase orders.

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

THIS ITEM WAS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION.

 

Zac Haffner, Fleet Manager, presented information included in the staff report regarding the purchase of electric vehicles.

 

John Flansberg, Public Works Director, responded to questions regarding the vehicle maintenance fund and explained that fire vehicles are not included in the fleet management fund but are managed by the Fire Department.

 

Council Member McKenzie discussed the need for new fire vehicles.

 

City Manager Newby said that staff has been working with Fire Chief Cochran on budget options for fire vehicles that will be brought to Council as part of the next budget cycle.

 

Council Member Duerr discussed her request from a couple of years ago to consider installing at least two electric charging stations for staff as part of the garage remodeling project.

 

Mr. Haffner explained that funding would need to be secured in order to install any additional charging stations.  Once the proposed stations are installed it would be less expensive to install additional stations as funding becomes available.

 

Council Member Duerr asked City Manager Newby to look into the possibility of adding two more charging stations.

 

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.4              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) (For Possible Action) [] 1:37 PM

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.

THIS ITEM WAS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION.

 

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.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.5              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Approval of Interlocal Agreement with the Regional Transportation Commission for reimbursement to the City for staff time spent on the 2018 Regional Traffic Signal Timing Project in an amount not to exceed $50,000.  12:50 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council approval of the Interlocal Agreement with the Regional Transportation Commission for reimbursement for time spent on the 2018 Regional Traffic Signal Timing Project in an amount not to exceed $50,000 and authorization for the Mayor to sign.

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.6              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Approval of Contract with Sada Systems for continued maintenance of Google Apps for Government in an amount not to exceed $155,890. (General Fund)  12:50 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends approving the funding for the Google Apps for Government software package (Sada Systems, Inc.) with continued maintenance through December 3, 2018, in an amount not to exceed $155,890.

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.7              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Approval of City joinder to the NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization contract #06913 with Harris RFCD for replacement of 800MHz public safety radios in accordance with NRS 332.195, in an amount not to exceed $500,000. (Special Ad Valorem Capital Projects Fund - FY18 Capital Improvement Plan)  12:50 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council approve the 800MHz public safety radios contract with Harris RFCD in an amount not to exceed $500,000, pursuant to the joinder provision of the NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization contract #06913 as allowed under NRS 332.195, and authorize the Assistant Director of IT to sign any required documents. (Special Ad Valorem Capital Projects Fund - FY18 Capital Improvement Plan)

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

B.8              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Acceptance of Grant from the Nevada State Emergency Response Commission for the 2018 State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), United We Stand (UWS) grant via Washoe County Local Emergency Planning Committee to the City of Reno Police Department for purchase of a PortaCount Pro Respirator Fit Tester in the amount of $9,295.  12:50 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends acceptance of a grant from the Nevada State Emergency Response Commission for the 2018 State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), United We Stand (UWS) grant via Washoe County Local Emergency Planning Committee to the City of Reno Police Department for purchase of a PortaCount Pro Respirator Fit Tester in the amount of $9,295 and authorize the Chief of Police and Mayor to sign the necessary grant documents.

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

C              Cash Disbursements   

C.1              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Acceptance of Cash Disbursement Reports for Oct 29 through Nov 11, 2017.  12:57 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends to accept the attached Cash Disbursements Reports.

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

D              Proclamations   

E              Presentations   

E.1              Presentation of the Reno Police Department Chief's Certificate of Commendation to citizens: Michael Orlick, Jr.,  Stephen Conroy, Ronald Petrie and Shawn Sulli for efforts during a reported home invasion/robbery of an elderly person - Jason Soto, Chief, Reno Police Department.  1:31 PM

THE PRESENTATION WAS GIVEN.

E.2              Update and overview of the Criminal, Civil, Family Support and Administration divisions and programs in the Washoe County District Attorney's Office - Christopher J. Hicks, Washoe County District Attorney.  12:59 PM

THE PRESENTATION WAS GIVEN.

E.3              Update and overview on the action of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) decision to expand service into the Verdi area and proposal to acquire certain private utilities, and options related to City of Reno participation in the expansion of utility services into that area - John Enloe, Director of Natural Resources Planning and Management, TMWA.  6:45 PM

A RECESS WAS CALLED AT 5:46 P.M. AND UPON RECONVENING AT 6:45 P.M. ALL WERE PRESENT

 

THE PRESENTATION WAS GIVEN.

F              Public Hearings - 1:00 PM (Items scheduled to be heard at a specific time will be heard no earlier than the stated time, but may be heard later.)   

F.1              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Ordinance Introduction - Bill No. ________ Case No. LDC18-00016 (Double R Apartments) Ordinance to amend Title 18, Chapter 18.08 of the Reno Municipal Code, entitled "Zoning," Section 18.08.102(b).1356, to change the text in the South Meadows III Planned Unit Development (PUD) Design Standards to: allow for multifamily residential as an allowed use in a ±15 acre portion of Planning Unit J located on the northeast corner of Double R Boulevard and Double Diamond Parkway, south of Technology Drive within the ±669 acre South Meadows III PUD; together with other matters properly relating thereto. [Ward 2] 1:56 PM

Recommendation:  The Planning Commission recommends Council adopt the requested zoning text amendment by ordinance, subject to compliance with Condition A, which includes the changes to the PUD Design Guidelines.

Proposed Motion:  I move to uphold the recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve the Minute Order attached hereto as Exhibit A; and refer Bill No. ____ for a second reading.

Vice Mayor Jardon asked if proper notice was given.

 

City Clerk Turney stated that proper notice was given and two letters in opposition were received: 1) Michael R. Kuhn, 1516 Rio Grande Drive; and 2) Donna Young, dlyoung123@yahoo.com.

 

Jeff Borchardt, Community Development Associate Planner, presented an overview of the staff report and answered questions from Council Members.

 

The Vice Mayor opened the public hearing and asked if anyone wished to speak.  There were no requests to speak, and the Vice Mayor closed the public comment portion of the hearing.

 

MAYOR SCHIEVE PRESENT AT 2:00 P.M.  VICE MAYOR JARDON CONTINUED TO PRESIDE THROUGH ITEM F.1.

 

Council Member Duerr discussed traffic concerns in the area and stated that what she is looking for in the next stage of permits is to make sure there is a thorough analysis of traffic ingress and egress and identify if there is any support for traffic lights or speed reduction on Double R Boulevard.

 

Council Member Brekhus discussed residents’ concerns regarding the 45 mph speed limit.  She also suggested the possibility of restricting some industrial uses for the properties next to these apartments.

 

Janelle Thomas, Community Development Senior Civil Engineer, responded to comments by Council Member Brekhus and stated that she can coordinate discussions with Public Works regarding whether or not the 45 mph speed limit in the area is too high.

 

Council Member McKenzie discussed citizen concerns that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) was permitted without a traffic study.

 

Ms. Thomas stated she will look into whether or not the DMV has been issued a permit.

 

Ms. Thomas confirmed for Council Member Delgado that a traffic report would not come before the Council but that this would go forward as a building permit and be reviewed at the staff level.  She also stated that they can contact Public Works to see if there are opportunities for placing specific truck routes.

 

Vince Griffith, Reno Engineering Corporation, stated that he agrees with the staff recommendations and that they will get into the details on the issues being discussed during the permit process.

 

It was moved by Mayor Schieve, seconded by Council Member Duerr, to uphold the recommendation of the Planning Commission and refer Bill No. 7012 for a second reading and adoption.

 

Motion passed.

 

Council Member Duerr requested a report or update from staff on the traffic study results.

RESULT:              FIRST READ [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Hillary Schieve, Mayor

SECONDER:              Naomi Duerr, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

F.2              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Ordinance Introduction - Bill No. ________ Case No. LDC18-00022 (440 Ridge Street Zone Change) Ordinance to amend Title 18, Chapter 18.08 of the Reno Municipal Code, entitled "Zoning," rezoning a ±5,500 square foot site located on the south side of Ridge Street ±51 feet east of Clay Street within the Professional Office (PO) zone, to add the Historic Landmark (HL) Overlay District designation to the property located at 440 Ridge Street; together with other matters properly relating thereto. [Ward 1] 2:15 PM

Recommendation:  The Planning Commission recommends Council adopt the requested zoning map amendment by ordinance.

Proposed Motion:  I move to uphold the recommendation of the Planning Commission.

Zoning Map Amendment

First Reading:  I move to refer Bill No. __________ for a second reading and adoption.

Mayor Schieve asked if proper notice was given.

 

City Clerk Turney stated that proper notice was given and no correspondence was received.

 

The Mayor opened the public hearing and asked if anyone wished to speak.  No one spoke and the Mayor closed the public comment portion of the hearing.

 

Jeff Borchardt, Community Development Associate Planner, confirmed for Council Member Brekhus that it is the intention of the property owner to have a use that is not currently allowed in the Professional Office zone.  They want to convert back to apartments which is what this was used for decades prior to converting it to an office building in the 1980’s.  The process includes getting a recommendation from the Historical Resources Commission.

 

Bill No. 7013 was referred for a second reading and adoption.

RESULT:              FIRST READ [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

G              Ordinances - Adoption   

G.1              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Ordinance Adoption - Bill No. 7009 Case No. LDC17-00052 (Meridian 120 Zone Change) Ordinance to amend Title 18, Chapter 18.08 of the Reno Municipal Code, entitled "Zoning," rezoning four parcels totaling ±273.2 acres generally located immediately south of Interstate 80 southeast of the intersection of Boomtown Garson Road and Blue Heron Circle from Industrial Commercial (IC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±15.9 acres; Hotel Casino (HC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±18.1 acres; and Hotel Casino (HC) to Single Family Residential – 9,000 square feet (SF9) on ±3.3 acres; together with other matters properly relating thereto. [Ward 5] 2:50 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council adoption of Ordinance No. _____.

Proposed Motion:  I move to adopt Ordinance No. ______.

A RECESS WAS CALLED AT 2:21 P.M. AND UPON RECONVENING AT 2:50 P.M. ALL WERE PRESENT.

 

Council Member Brekhus requested that items G.1 and G.2 be heard after the tentative map discussion this evening.

 

Mayor Schieve stated that it was not noticed that way and should be heard now.

 

Council Member Brekhus noted that it would not be a noticing issue to change the order of these items on the agenda.

 

Mayor Schieve called for public comment.

 

City Clerk Turney stated that two letters in opposition were received.

 

Mayor Schieve made the following disclosure for Items G.1 and G.2:

 

"Madam Clerk, in the interest of full transparency I am disclosing the fact that I have a personal relationship with Jessica Sferrazza.  On this matter I have sought guidance from the City Attorney's Office.  I understand that she has been retained by the applicant as a consultant on this project.  I do not have any commitments, financial ties, or obligations to her.  The public policy of this state favors the right to perform the duties for which the public officer was elected or appointed and to vote on or otherwise act upon a matter provided the public officer has properly disclosed the potential conflict."

 

Council Member Brekhus noted inconsistencies in the comments from the Fire Department for this zone change and the Meridian 120 subdivision map.

 

Chief Cochran confirmed that there is the potential for a high-rise and explained that there is no plan being considered for one, hence they did not voice those considerations.  He stated that they might have additional concerns when they see the actual plans.

 

Council Member Brekhus stated that the way the code is written the Fire Department would not get a chance to see them and expressed concern that this land intensification is putting people at risk.

 

Council Member McKenzie discussed the lack of fire service in the Verdi area and suggested looking into establishing an impact fee in that area to pay for a fire station.  Depending on auto-aid for our new development is not a good policy.  As we build up the Verdi area we need to provide the service needed, and expansion of fire and police services in this area is costly.

 

Janelle Thomas, Community Development Senior Civil Engineer, answered questions from Council Member Brekhus regarding the storm drainage system in this area.

 

Ordinance No. 6440 was passed and adopted.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [5 TO 2]

MOVER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Duerr, Delgado, Jardon, Bobzien

NAYS:              Jenny Brekhus, Paul McKenzie

G.2              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Ordinance Adoption - Bill No. 7010 Case No. TXT17-00005 (Mortensen-Garson Overlay Planning Area 3 Zone Change) Ordinance amending the Reno Municipal Code Title 18, “Annexation and Land Development,” Chapter 08, “Zoning,” Section 18.08.406(i), entitled “Mortensen-Garson Overlay District,” modifying certain figures and tables as necessary to facilitate base zoning map amendments from Industrial Commercial (IC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±15.9 acres; Hotel Casino (HC) to Arterial Commercial (AC) on ±18.1 acres; and Hotel Casino (HC) to Single Family Residential – 9,000 square feet (SF9) on ±3.3 acres together with other matters properly related thereto. The ±37.3 acre site is generally located immediately south of Interstate 80 southeast of the intersection of Boomtown Garson Road and Blue Heron Circle. [Ward 5] 3:03 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council adoption of Ordinance No. _____.

Proposed Motion:  I move to adopt Ordinance No. ______.

Mayor Schieve made the following disclosure for Items G.1 and G.2:

 

"Madam Clerk, in the interest of full transparency I am disclosing the fact that I have a personal relationship with Jessica Sferrazza.  On this matter I have sought guidance from the City Attorney's Office.  I understand that she has been retained by the applicant as a consultant on this project.  I do not have any commitments, financial ties, or obligations to her.  The public policy of this state favors the right to perform the duties for which the public officer was elected or appointed and to vote on or otherwise act upon a matter provided the public officer has properly disclosed the potential conflict."

 

Ordinance No. 6441 was passed and adopted.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [5 TO 2]

MOVER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Duerr, Delgado, Jardon, Bobzien

NAYS:              Jenny Brekhus, Paul McKenzie

G.3              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Ordinance Adoption - Bill No. 7011 Case No. LDC17-00060 (McCarran/Sutro Master Plan and Zoning Map Amendments) Ordinance to amend Title 18, Chapter 18.08 of the Reno Municipal Code, entitled "Zoning", rezoning a ±3.37 acre site located on the northeast corner of the North McCarran Boulevard/Sutro Street intersection from ±1.71 acres of Industrial (I) and ±1.66 acres of Multifamily - 21 dwelling units per acre (MF21) to ±3.37 acres of Community Commercial (CC); together with other matters properly relating thereto. [Ward 4] 3:06 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council adoption of Ordinance No. _____.

Proposed Motion:  I move to adopt Ordinance No. ______.

This ordinance shall not be effective until a finding of conformance has been made by the Regional Planning Commission for the Master Plan amendment associated with this case.

Ordinance No. 6442 was passed and adopted.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

H              Resolutions   

H.1              Resolution No. 8470: Staff Report (For Possible Action): Resolution No. ________ Resolution donating Senior Citizen Advisory Committee funds to the Center for Healthy Aging to defray expenses for the Caregiver Awards Recognition Luncheon on November 29, 2017 in the amount of $500. (General Fund)  3:08 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council adopt Resolution No. ________donating Senior Citizen Advisory Committee funds to the Center for Healthy Aging to defray expenses for the Caregiver Awards Recognition Luncheon in the amount of $500 (General Fund).

Proposed Motion: I move to adopt Resolution No. ________.

Resolution No. 8470 was adopted.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

I              Ordinances - Introduction   

J              Standard Department Items   

              City Attorney

J.1              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Presentation, discussion and potential direction to staff to repeal Title 8, Chapter 8.10, Section 8.10.100 of the Reno Municipal Code entitled "Registers Open for Inspection"; together with other matters properly relating thereto. This item was continued from the November 15, 2017 City Council meeting.  3:09 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council accept the staff report and direct staff to bring an ordinance forward for a first reading.

Proposed Motion: I move to approve staff recommendation.

Brian Sooudi, Assistant City Attorney, presented the staff report.

 

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

J.2              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Discussion and potential direction to the City Attorney’s Office to sign on to an amicus curiae brief supporting the State of Nevada's Petition for Writ of Mandamus or Prohibition filed in State of Nevada, Division of Forestry v. District Court, Supreme Court Case No. 74271 (Little Valley Fire).  3:11 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends that City Council direct the City Attorney's Office to sign on to an amicus curiae brief supporting the State of Nevada's Petition for Writ of Mandamus or Prohibition filed in State of Nevada, Division of Forestry v. District Court, Supreme Court Case No.  74271.

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

Council Member Brekhus discussed her concerns regarding hiring outside counsel.

 

Jonathan Shipman, Assistant City Attorney, clarified that this item is not proposing to hire counsel under the City Charter.  This is the City Attorney's Office requesting permission to sign on to an Amicus Brief that is being drafted by an outside entity.

 

COUNCIL MEMBER DUERR ABSENT AT 3:15 P.M.

 

Council Member Brekhus stated that she will not support a motion to approve on procedural grounds and expressed concern with hiring outside counsel without a preliminary briefing.

 

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [5 TO 1]

MOVER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Oscar Delgado, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

NAYS:              Jenny Brekhus

ABSENT:              Naomi Duerr

              Community Development

J.3              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Presentation, discussion and potential direction to staff to amend Reno Municipal Code, Title 8, "Public Peace, Safety and Morals", Chapter 8.22, entitled “Nuisances”, to revise nuisance definition and enforcement and adopt special assessments for cost recovery; together with other matters properly relating thereto. This item was continued from the November 15, 2017 City Council meeting.  3:23 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council accept the staff report and direct staff to bring an ordinance forward for a first reading.

Proposed Motion: I move to approve staff recommendation.

COUNCIL MEMBER DUERR PRESENT AT 3:23 P.M.

 

Alex Woodley, Customer and Code Enforcement Services Manager, presented the staff report.

 

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

J.4              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Presentation, discussion and potential direction to staff to amend Reno Municipal Code, Title 8, “Public Peace, Safety and Morals”, by adding Chapter 8.38, entitled “Odor Nuisances”; together with other matters properly relating thereto. This item was continued from the November 15, 2017 City Council meeting.  3:29 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council accept the staff report and direct staff to bring an ordinance forward for a first reading.

Proposed Motion: I move to approve staff recommendation.

City Manager Newby confirmed for Council Member Duerr that staff will be doing some research into programs and best practices in other jurisdictions regarding restrictions for multi-family with shared ventilation systems.

 

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Oscar Delgado, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

J.5              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Presentation, discussion and potential direction to staff to amend Title 4, Chapter 4.04, entitled "General Provisions" of the Reno Municipal Business License Code, Sections 4.04.150 and 4.04.180 to revise standards for license suspension or revocation and duties of licensee; together with other matters properly relating thereto. This item was continued from the November 15, 2017 City Council meeting.  3:43 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council accept the staff report and direct staff to bring an ordinance forward for a first reading.

Proposed Motion: I move to approve staff recommendation.

Michael Chaump, Business Relations Manager, presented the staff report.

 

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

              Finance & Administration

J.6              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Discussion and potential direction to staff regarding draft guidelines for Developer Special Assessment District Financing for the City of Reno.  3:51 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council provide direction to staff including possible adoption of Developer Special Assessment District Financing Guidelines.

Proposed Motion: I move to approve staff recommendation.

COUNCIL MEMBER BREKHUS ABSENT AT 3:51 P.M.  PRESENT AT 3:56 P.M.

 

Jill Olsen, Interim Finance Director, presented the staff report and answered questions from Council Members.  After discussion Ms. Olsen stated that they can bring back information that was requested and provide a more in-depth analysis of issues raised in a workshop or Council meeting setting.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

              Parks, Recreation & Community Services

J.7              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Presentation, discussion and potential direction to staff regarding a request from Great Basin Youth Soccer League for the construction of temporary soccer fields at Moana Springs Park.  2:19 PM

Recommendation:  Staff requests that City Council provide direction on the construction of temporary fields at Moana Springs Park.  

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              WITHDRAWN

              Public Works

J.8              Presentation and update on flood mitigation efforts in the North Valleys by Washoe County and the City of Reno.  4:33 PM

COUNCIL MEMBERS BOBZIEN AND BREKHUS ABSENT AT 4:34 P.M.

 

The presentation was given.

 

COUNCIL MEMBER BREKHUS PRESENT AT 4:44 P.M.

 

Tammy Holt-Still responded to questions from Mayor Schieve regarding the condition of the barriers and traffic issues related to the barriers.  She also discussed power poles that were installed for the pumps that do not have power lines yet.

 

Council Member Brekhus discussed concerns and suggested the possibility of considering a development moratorium that can be tailored.

 

COUNCIL MEMBER DELGADO ABSENT AT 5:00 P.M.

 

COUNCIL MEMBER BOBZIEN PRESENT AT 5:04 P.M.

 

Council Member McKenzie also discussed concerns and suggested the possibility of establishing an ordinance for an impact fee for any development that uses closed basins to pay for mitigation that will be needed to prevent flooding in the future.

 

Mayor Schieve asked staff to set up a meeting with Ms. Holt-Still and provide feedback from that meeting to the Council.  She stated that she would like to bring this back at a future meeting.

 

COUNCIL MEMBER DELGADO PRESENT AT 5:19 P.M.

 

Mr. Flansberg confirmed that staff will meet with Ms. Holt-Still and keep the City Council updated through memos, with another update to be provided to the Council at a future meeting.

 

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON THIS ITEM.

              City Manager's Office

J.9              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Presentation, discussion and potential direction to staff to enter into a special counsel agreement with Wetherall Group, Ltd., et al., to pursue City of Reno legal claims against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids.  2:19 PM

Recommendation:  Council review the proposed engagement agreement and direct staff on how to proceed.

Proposed Motion: I move to accept the staff report and approve the Engagement to Represent.

RESULT:              WITHDRAWN

K              City Clerk   

K.1              Elected Official Appointments to Boards and Commissions   

K.1.1              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Council Appointments from the following pool of Mayor and Council Members:  David Bobzien, Jenny Brekhus, Oscar Delgado, Naomi Duerr, Neoma Jardon, Paul McKenzie, and/or Hillary Schieve, to each of the following openings for Public Bodies including Boards, Commissions, Districts, Subcommittees and other Public Groups:  Access Advisory Committee, Airport Noise Authority, Animal Services Advisory Board, Artown, Building Enterprise Fund Advisory Committee, Capital Projects Surcharge Advisory Subcommittee, Civil Service Commission, Community Assistance Center Transitional Governing Board, Downtown Maintenance District Advisory Committee, Downtown Police Special Assessment District Committee, Financial Advisory Board, Historical Resources Commission, Nevada League of Cities Board of Directors, National League of Cities, Oversight Panel for School Facilities, Recreation and Parks Commission, Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board, Regional Transportation Commission, Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Reno City Council Subcommittee on Council Rules and Regulations, Reno City Planning Commission, Reno Tahoe Airport Authority, Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, Sierra Arts Foundation, Special Events Sponsorship Committee, Special Events Subcommittee, Stadium Authority,  Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) Joint Coordinating Committee, Truckee Meadows Regional Governing Board, Urban Forestry Commission, and Youth City Council.  5:31 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends that the Council make the necessary appointments to the open board, commission, district, subcommittee and public groups.

Proposed Motion:  I move to uphold the staff recommendation.

Council Members currently serving on the following boards and commission were reappointed:  Access Advisory Committee, Airport Noise Authority, Animal Services Advisory Board, Artown, Building Enterprise Fund Advisory Committee, Capital Projects Surcharge Advisory Subcommittee, Civil Service Commission, Community Assistance Center Transitional Governing Board, Downtown Maintenance District Advisory Committee, Downtown Police Special Assessment District Committee, Financial Advisory Board, Historical Resources Commission, Nevada League of Cities Board of Directors, National League of Cities, Oversight Panel for School Facilities, Recreation and Parks Commission, Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board, Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Reno City Council Subcommittee on Council Rules and Regulations, Reno City Planning Commission, Reno Tahoe Airport Authority, Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, Sierra Arts Foundation, Special Events Sponsorship Committee, Special Events Subcommittee, Stadium Authority, Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) Joint Coordinating Committee, Truckee Meadows Regional Governing Board, Urban Forestry Commission and Youth City Council.

 

The following were pulled for discussion: Washoe County Stadium Authority, Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), and Reno City Council Subcommittee on Council Rules and Regulations.

 

Council Member Delgado suggested sun setting (disbanding) the Reno City Council Subcommittee on Council Rules and Regulations.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

              Motion:  Second Motion - Stadium Authority  

Council Member Brekhus said that she would like to be replaced on the Washoe County Stadium Authority board.

 

It was moved by Council Member Brekhus, seconded by Council Member McKenzie, to appoint Council Member Bobzien to the seat currently held by Council Member Brekhus on the Washoe County Stadium Authority.

 

Motion carried.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

              Motion:  Third Motion - RTC  

Council Member Brekhus discussed her reasons for wanting to serve on the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC).

 

Council Member Delgado also expressed an interested in serving on the RTC but stated he does not have the time to do so at this time.

 

It was moved by Mayor Schieve, seconded by Council Member McKenzie, to reappoint Council Member Jardon to the Regional Transportation Commission.

 

Motion carried with Council Member Brekhus voting nay.

RESULT:              APPROVED [6 TO 1]

MOVER:              Hillary Schieve, Mayor

SECONDER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

NAYS:              Jenny Brekhus

L              Mayor and Council   

L.1              City Council Comments, including announcements regarding City boards and commissions, activities of local charitable organizations and upcoming local and community events. (Non-Action Item)  5:27 PM

Council Member Brekhus reviewed an Access Advisory Committee discussion regarding special events.

L.2              Resolution No. 8471: Staff Report (For Possible Action): Resolution No. ________ Resolution donating Council Donation Funds to the Reno Philharmonic Association to support their mission to increase diverse music education and community engagement programming in the amount of $500. (General Fund) [Delgado]  5:30 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council adopt Resolution No. ________ and approve the request to allocate a Council Donation to the Reno Philharmonic Association in the amount of $500.

Proposed Motion: I move to adopt Resolution No. ________.

Resolution No. 8471 was adopted.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Oscar Delgado, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, Delgado, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

L.3              Resolution No. 8472: Staff Report (For Possible Action): Resolution No. ________ Resolution donating Council Donation Funds to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to support their mission to feed the hungry and solve hunger for tomorrow through community partnerships in the amount of $500. (General Fund) [Delgado]  9:31 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council adopt Resolution No. ________ and approve the request to allocate a Council Donation to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in the amount of $500.

Proposed Motion: I move to adopt Resolution No. ________.

Resolution No. 8472 was adopted.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

ABSENT:              Oscar Delgado

L.4              Resolution No. 8473: Staff Report (For Possible Action): Resolution No. ________ Resolution donating Council Donation funds to The Children’s Cabinet to offset costs associated with their family programs and services in the amount of $500. (General Fund) [Delgado]  9:32 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council adopt Resolution No. ________ and approve the request to allocate a Council Donation to The Children’s Cabinet in the total amount of $500.

Proposed Motion: I move to adopt Resolution No. ________.

Resolution No. 8473 was adopted.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

ABSENT:              Oscar Delgado

L.5              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Approval of the reallocation of Council Donation Funds to the City of Reno’s Capital Projects Fund in the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department to support the goals of ReLEAF Reno to increase Reno’s quality of life by expanding its urban forest in the amount of $5,000. (General Fund) [Duerr]  9:32 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council approve the reallocation of Council Donation Funds to the City of Reno’s Capital Project Fund for tree acquisition and maintenance.

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Naomi Duerr, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

ABSENT:              Oscar Delgado

L.6              Resolution No. 9998: Staff Report (For Possible Action): Resolution No. ________ Resolution donating Council Donation Funds to Secret Witness to support their mission to solve crimes and improve public safety by generating information, not otherwise available which helps law enforcement in preventing crime, arresting and prosecuting suspects in the amount of $500. (General Fund) [Duerr]  9:33 PM

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council adopt Resolution No. ________.

Proposed Motion: I move to adopt Resolution No. ________.

Resolution No. 8474 was adopted.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

ABSENT:              Oscar Delgado

M              Public Hearings - 6:00 PM (Items scheduled to be heard at a specific time will be heard no earlier than the stated time, but may be heard later.)   

M.1              Staff Report (For Possible Action): Case No. LDC17-00061 (Meridian 120 South Villages 1 & 2) Appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of a tentative map to develop a 78 lot single family residential subdivision.  The ±53.6 acre site is located southeast of the intersection of Boomtown Garson Road and Blue Heron Circle in the Large Lot Residential – 1 Acre (LLR1), Single Family Residential – 9,000 Square Feet (SF9), Open Space (OS), Hotel Casino (HC) zones and the Mortensen-Garson Overlay District.  The site has a Master Plan Land Use designation of Special Planning Area/Mortensen-Garson Neighborhood Plan. The appeal was brought by Andrew Durling with Wood Rodgers, and possible action by the Council could be to either affirm, modify, or reverse the denial and if denial is reversed the Council may directly approve the tentative map or remand back to the Planning Commission. [Ward 5] 6:53 PM

Recommendation: Staff recommends that the Council review the letter of appeal and Planning Commission action and affirm, modify, or reverse the Planning Commission’s decision. If the denial is reversed, the Council may directly approve the tentative map or remand back to the Planning Commission.

Proposed Motion: Below are proposed motions with the findings for affirmation, modification, or reversal of the Planning Commission decision.

Motion to Affirm Planning Commission Decision
(denying the appeal and denying the tentative map)

In regards to appeal of LDC17-00061 (Meridian 120 South Villages 1 & 2), based on this Council’s review of the staff report, the record on appeal, and information presented at the public hearing for this appeal, I move to AFFIRM the denial of the tentative map by the Planning Commission, based on the inability to make findings ______* stated in the staff report.  The City Clerk is instructed to prepare and file an order.   

Motion to Modify Planning Commission Decision
(partially upholding the appeal and amending the tentative map)

In regards to appeal of LDC17-00061 (Meridian 120 South Villages 1 & 2), based on this Council’s review of the staff report, the record on appeal, and information presented at the public hearing, I move to MODIFY the decision of the Planning Commission as follows and as modified I move to make all of the required findings* as listed in the staff report and APPROVE the tentative map subject to conditions stated in the Staff Report.  The City Clerk is instructed to prepare and file an order.

Modifications to the decision by the Planning Commission are:  [List modifications]

Motion to Reverse Planning Commission Decision
(upholding the appeal and approving the tentative map)

In regards to appeal of LDC17-00061 (Meridian 120 South Villages 1 & 2), based on this Council’s review of the staff report, the record on appeal, and information presented at the public hearing, I move to REVERSE the denial of the tentative map by the Planning Commission and to directly APPROVE the tentative map, based on the ability to make findings ________* as listed in the Staff Report.  The City Clerk is instructed to prepare and file an order. 

Mayor Schieve asked if proper notice was given.

 

City Clerk Turney stated that proper notice was given and four letters in opposition were received: 1) Gideon Caplovitz, gcaplovitz@unr.edu; 2) Spencer Bocks, 2355 Warrior Lane; 3) Jeffrey Millman, M.D., 1321 North McCarran Boulevard, Suite 103; and 4) Cheryl Sedestrom, 340 River Bend Drive.

 

The Mayor opened the public hearing and asked if anyone wished to speak.

 

The following individuals spoke in opposition and/or expressed concerns:  1) Vernon Anderson, 825 Pinecone, Verdi; 2) Chance Reading, P.O. Box 798, Verdi; 3) Giselle Abi-Habib, 2485 Blue Heron Circle; 4) Laura Sandke, 2485 Blue Heron Circle; 5) Kollin George, 4050 Gardella #523; 6) Chris Gardella, 15710 Whisper Rock Way; 7) Rob Judd, 2385 Warrior Lane; 8) Pam Mortara, 2350 Blue Heron Circle; 9) Madison Moore, 8785 Steelhead Court; 10) Robert Dinning, 2105 Warrior Lane; 11) Colleen Sykes, 155 Deer Mountain Road; 12) Kathie Mead, 2155 Warrior Lane; 13) Jim Dunnavant, 2820 Erminia Road; 14) Greg Gardella, 3685 Renee Way; 15) Hunter Sykes, 155 Deer Mountain Road; 16) Sara Sykes, 155 Deer Mountain Road; 17) Taylor Sykes, 155 Deer Mountain Road; 18) Ian Judd, 2385 Warrior Lane; 19) Cheryl Sedestrom, 340 River Bend Drive; 20) Jean Bechdolt, 535 River Bend Drive; 21) Jon Kane, 2485 Blue Heron Circle; 22) Matt Virden, 400 Deer Mountain Road; 23) Alice House, 450 Leventina Canyon Road; 24) Kitty Smith, 2865 Arentz Court; 25) Dennis Cochran, 2305 Blue Heron Circle; 26) M.L. Belli, 2450 Warrior Lane (petition); 27) Fletcher Gilson, 375 River Bend Drive; 28) Ed Kaufer, 605 Deer Mountain Road; 29) Casey Corbett, 205 Deer Mountain Road; 30) Shane Sykes, 155 Deer Mountain Road; 31) Dee Anne Radcliffe, 2385 Warrior Lane; 32) and Gene Gardella, 505 U.S. Highway 40 West, Verdi.

 

The following individuals submitted Public Comment cards in opposition, but did not wish to speak: 1) Paula Balsi, 505 River Bend Drive; 2) Pat Mead, 2155 Warrior Lane; 3) Laura DeMaranville, 563 South Verdi Road, Verdi; 4) Marie Belli, 2450 Warrior Lane; 5) Donald Oar, 2485 Warrior Lane; 6) Aubri Harrigan, 225 River Bend Drive; 7) Jeannette Belli, 2450 Warrior Lane; 8) Cheryl Besso, 3560 Mario Road; 9) Steve Besso, 3560 Mario Road; 10) Salene Pecetti, 3560 Mario Road; 11) William Balsi, Jr., 505 River Bend Drive; 12) Brooke Balsi, 505 River Bend Drive; 13) Trevor Balsi, 505 River Bend Drive; 14) Rodney Burke, 1760 South Verdi Road; 15) Don Archibald, 1740 South Verdi Road; 16) Lori Archibald, 1740 South Verdi Road; 17) Flicka Corbett, 205 Deer Mountain Road; 18) Sheila Warren, 300 Deer Mountain Road; 19) Pat Harrigan, 225 River Bend Drive; 20) Carly Borchard, 1000 West Highway 40, Verdi; 21) Shirley Talton, 2485 Warrior Lane.

 

Michael Pagni, representing Steamboat Canal and Irrigation Company, discussed the conditions included by staff that address Steamboat's concerns.  Agreements need to be finalized to the satisfaction of Steamboat prior to Steamboat signing off on any final map.

 

COUNCIL MEMBER DELGADO ABSENT AT 7:56 P.M.

 

Mayor Schieve made the following disclosure:

"I have a personal friendship with Jessica Sferrazza.  On this matter I have sought guidance from the City Attorney's Office.  I understand that she has been retained by the applicant as a consultant on this project.  I do not have any commitments, obligations, or financial ties to her.  The public policy of this State favors the right to perform the duties for which the public officer was elected or appointed and to vote or otherwise act upon a matter provided the public officer has properly disclosed the potential conflict."

 

Council Members Duerr, Bobzien, Brekhus and Jardon disclosed that they met with the applicant before the appeal was filed.

 

Nathan Gilbert, Community Development Associate Planner, presented an overview of the appeal process.

 

City Attorney Karl Hall confirmed for Vice Mayor Jardon that the appellant has standing.

 

It was moved by Council Member Jardon, seconded by Council Member Bobzien, to find that the appellant has standing.

 

Motion carried.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

ABSENT:              Oscar Delgado

              Motion:  Second Motion  

Andy Durling, Wood Rodgers representing the applicant, presented background information on the vote by the Planning Commission that is being appealed.  The finding that could not be made by one member of the Planning Commission was finding 2 regarding water service.  Comments were made earlier by John Enloe with Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) regarding the fact that details for water service are being worked out, and the applicant feels the findings can be made.

 

Council Member Duerr stated that the residents brought up a number of important issues that still need some refinement before this is approved.  Those issues include on-ramp/interchange, flooding/storm water drainage, fire access, and wildlife.

 

Council Member Brekhus expressed concern regarding the issues mentioned by Council Member Duerr and the TMWA issue that have not been resolved.  She discussed the importance of looking at the overall picture and cumulative effects when approving development.

 

Council Member McKenzie also discussed the issues addressed by Council Members Duerr and Brekhus, as well as the wildlife corridor and budget issues for fire protection funding.  He noted that the Nevada Department of Transportation's (NDOT) letter brings up major points that should be addressed before this moves forward.

 

Council Member Bobzien stated that he agrees with many of the concerns mentioned, but not all of them.  The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) letter points out that part of our Master Plan is conservation of wildlife species that are part of our quality of life.

 

Cary Chisum, Wood Rodgers Project Engineer, In response to Council Member Bobzien's questions, discussed the meetings they have had with the Steamboat Ditch Company.

 

Council Member Jardon agreed that there are a number of issues for which they need more information.  We need more clarity on the fire issues that are under discussion.  The water supply is not a done deal.  We need more definitive clarity that the drainage issues have been addressed with Steamboat Ditch.  Council Member Jardon asked the developer and their representatives to meet with the neighbors to better understand their concerns and prioritize them.

 

Council Member Brekhus stated that she does not think the onus should be on the neighbors to be in negotiations with the developer.  This is a City job with cumulative issues to be addressed.  There is a big examination the City needs to do to think about how far away we are from getting good service out there.  She stated that there is enough information to make negative findings at this point.  The suggested direction leaves this hanging over the neighbors and creates a role of negotiating between neighbors and developers when the work may very well be at the City in coordination with partners like the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and NDOT, who are raising some big questions.

 

Mayor Schieve agreed with some of Council Member Brekhus’ comments but said that she has seen too many times when the residents were left out of the process.

 

It was moved by Council Member Jardon, seconded by Council Member Bobzien, to continue this item to 6:00 p.m. on February 28, 2018, with the understanding that the community will form a smaller group to coordinate with the applicant to try to address some of the issues.

 

Council Member Brekhus stated this is a path to a negotiation between an applicant and neighbors.  The planning, budgeting and coordination with regional entities is City work and City planning that needs to occur.

 

Mayor Schieve reiterated that she appreciates that, but has seen too many times when the residents were left out.

 

Council Member Brekhus stated that under her scenario there would be a whole new application coming in and everyone would be looking at that.

 

Motion carried with Council Member Delgado absent and Council Member Brekhus voting nay.

 

THIS ITEM WAS CONTINUED TO 6:00 P.M. ON FEBRUARY 28, 2018, BY THE RENO CITY COUNCIL.

RESULT:              APPROVED [5 TO 1]

MOVER:              Neoma Jardon, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Duerr, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

NAYS:              Jenny Brekhus

ABSENT:              Oscar Delgado

N              Public Comment   

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON THIS ITEM.

O              Adjournment (For Possible Action)

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 9:33 P.M.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Paul McKenzie, Councilmember

SECONDER:              David Bobzien, Councilmember

AYES:              Schieve, Brekhus, Duerr, McKenzie, Jardon, Bobzien

ABSENT:              Oscar Delgado