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Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District begins Reserve Firefighter Program.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada. August 27, 2013. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, August 27, and took action on items including: approved a wage increase for the Washoe County Confidential Undersheriff and Chief Deputies; received an update of the issues related to Nevada Assembly Bill 46 (AB 46) about the capital needs initiative for the Washoe County School District (WCSD); received a report from the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) regarding the Reserve Firefighter Program; approved an  agreement for housing for veterans; approved a program to improve water clarity at Lake Tahoe; accepted $300,000 from the Wilbur May Foundation for operating support and temporary exhibits; and approved agreements and bids for safety improvements to two Washoe County playgrounds.

Wage increase for the Confidential Undersheriff and Chief Deputies: Item 5.E. Commissioners approved a .375 percent PERS contribution in lieu of a wage increase effective July 15, 2013; a 3 percent increase in base wage and elimination of the 3 percent physical fitness incentive pay rate effective July 1, 2013; a 1 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in base wage effective July 1, 2013; and a 1.5 percent COLA effective Jan. 1, 2014 for the Confidential Undersheriff and Chief Deputies. Fiscal impact is estimated at $17,875. View the full report.

Discussion of AB 46: Item 16. Commissioners continued their detailed review and preparation for the upcoming workshops regarding AB 46. Two of the three scheduled public meetings remaining are set for 4 p.m. on:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15

AB 46 will also be discussed at regularly scheduled County Commission meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month through the end of the year. Agendas for these meetings will be posted in advance on the Washoe County website. The next Board of County Commissioners meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10. All meetings will take place in the Washoe County Commission Chambers at 1001 East Ninth Street in Reno. For a list of frequently asked questions about the school funding bill, including how citizens can voice their opinion and find out what's next, view Washoe County's AB 46 FAQs.

Governor Brian Sandoval signed AB 46 into law June 11, 2013. The bill passed by the Nevada Legislature included an amendment that allows the Washoe County Board of Commissioners to determine whether to enact a proposal that would generate funding for critical school repairs and maintenance in the WCSD. The school capital needs initiative proposes to increase sales tax by ¼ of 1 percent in Washoe County and property tax by 5 cents per $100 of assessed value in Washoe County. The proposal needs to be approved by 4 of the 5 County Commissioners by Jan. 1, 2014 to be enacted.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD): Item 6. Chief Charles Moore of the TMFPD announced the launch of a Reserve Firefighter Program which has received 45 applicants for 20 positions. “This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to obtain knowledge, skills and experience to gain a competitive advantage for career positions within the fire service,” said Moore. The program will immerse Reserve Firefighters into real world aspects of the job and provide an excellent opportunity to prove their abilities and prepare for a full time career. The District will benefit by having an additional firefighter on some responding engines. “I got my start in the fire service through a similar program in Colorado, and it is an excellent way for career-minded men and women to advance their aspirations and serve their communities in a very meaningful way,” added Moore. View the TMFPD’s incident report for July 2013.

Social Services: Items 12. The Board approved an agreement with Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada-St. Vincent’s Residence in the annual amount of $125,000 to provide housing for veterans. Washoe County Social Services also provides supportive services for veterans. A study done by Senior Services in 2006 found that 50 percent of older veterans were not aware of services for which they might qualify. St. Vincent’s Residence will continue to be a resource for veterans that need assistance. View the full report on housing for veterans.

Lake Tahoe agreements: Items 5.I.5. & 5.I.6. Commissioners accepted the donation of stormwater monitoring equipment from 2NDNATURE to be used at Incline Village to implement the Lake Tahoe Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementers’ Monitoring Program. The program is designed to reduce pollutant loads in urban stormwater before it enters Lake Tahoe. The Board also approved an Intergovernmental Grant Administration Agreement with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District to implement and manage urban stormwater monitoring at Lake Tahoe. See the full staff reports on TMDL and stormwater monitoring at Lake Tahoe.

Wilbur May Foundation donation: Item 5.I.2. The Board accepted $300,000 in cash donations from the Wilbur May Foundation; $200,000 of which is for general operating support for the Wilbur D. May Center for the fiscal year 2013-14 and $100,000 in support of temporary exhibits at the Wilbur D. May Museum. The Wilbur May Foundation is a longtime supporter of the Washoe County community as a whole, specifically dedicated to child related projects. Since the County’s partnership with the Foundation began in 1983, the Foundation has generously donated $14.7 million in direct cash donations for site and programming improvements and operation support to the County.

Playground rehabilitation projects: Items 8 & 9. Commissioners approved the agreement for the Washoe County Lazy 5 Playground Rehabilitation Project and awarded the bid of $159,707 to Horizon Construction. The Board also approved the agreement for the Washoe County Mogul Playground Rehabilitation Project and awarded the bid of $149,881 to Garden Shop Nursery Landscaping Division. Funding will be provided using the Residential Construction Tax Fund and the Land and Water Conservation Fund matching grants to provide new rubberized tile surfacing at both playgrounds. Rehabilitation of these two playgrounds will enhance safety and aesthetics, provide new recreational opportunities for users of all abilities, while reducing operation and maintenance costs associated with the existing surface material.