For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. Aug. 26, 2014. The following report highlights several important agenda items from the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.
County Commissioners and County Manager John Slaughter participated in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge during a recess at Tuesday’s Washoe County Board meeting. They each also donated $100 or more to ALS research. The Board was challenged by the Reno Mayor, Reno City Council and others from social media to help raise awareness about ALS. The Board challenged Washoe County School District
Donation for three K9 ballistic jackets: Item 7H. The Board accepted a $6,600 donation from Andrew Furer and Earlene Douglas on behalf of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to buy three K9 ballistic jackets for the K-9 Unit. Commissioner Vaughn Hartung commended the K-9 Unit for everything they do for our community.
"I want to thank the Sheriff's Office for their hard work. A single dog is easily the backup any officer needs for almost any situation," said Commissioner Hartung, District 4. "I would like many more of these dogs because they are wonderful tools to help the Sheriff’s Office fight crime.
Approval of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan from the Estates at
Purchase of a new fire engine: Item 9 (6). The Board approved the purchase of a new structural fire engine for Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) to replace the fire engine now housed at the Sun Valley Fire Station. Once the new engine arrives, the existing fire engine will go into reserve. This fire engine was approved in the FY 14/15 budget and had to be brought before the Board for purchasing authority. TMFPD has been aggressively replacing its aging fleet with modern trucks which is resulting in greater mechanical reliability and standardization of its fleet.
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore said, “Fire engines that are of a uniform design and configuration across the entire fleet make repairs and fire ground operations more efficient because each fire truck is similar in design and carries the same equipment in identical locations.”
Interlocal EMS Oversight Agreement: Item 7. The Board approved an Interlocal Agreement between TMFPD and regional providers of Emergency Medical Services which creates an oversight board. The function of the oversight board will be to assess data and make recommendations to improve emergency medical services.
“It is critical that all EMS providers share appropriate data in order to make future service level decisions,” said Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore. “Good data drives good decision making which will ultimately result in better service for the future.”
Second reading of ordinance amending food regulations: Item 23. Commissioners held a public hearing and heard the second reading of an ordinance that amends food regulations. The Board approved the amendment, which changes 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."
Update on medical marijuana establishments: Item 21. Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller gave Commissioners an update about medical marijuana in the state of Nevada and Washoe County. Schiller said the State of Nevada, Division of Public and Behavioral Health confirmed receipt of the Washoe County Commission’s allocation of medical dispensaries which will be implemented when reviewing the dispensary applications for provisional certificates. Schiller said 37 medical marijuana applications have been requested in Washoe County and 14 are for dispensaries.
Presentation and discussion about the future of the Sierra Army Depot: Item 8. Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Slossen, Commander of the Sierra Army Depot, gave the Board a presentation about the Depot. According to Lt. Col. Slossen, the Depot has a $193 million economic impact annually. Lt. Col. Slossen said the Depot employees about 1,600 skilled machinists, craftsmen, equipment operators and support personnel that help facilitate the Army's plans. Built in Herlong, California in 1942, the Depot sits on 33,000 acres and stores 22,600 pieces of equipment. Lt. Slossen said the military equipment used in Afghanistan and Kuwait is kept at the Depot.
"The Depot provides and stores equipment such as helmets, body armor and uniforms. This equipment is vital in achieving the Army's mission," said Slossen.
To learn more about the Sierra Army Depot, head to www.sierra.army.mil/Public.
Pyramid Highway and U.S. 395 Connection Project status report: Item 11. Doug Maloy, Project Manager for the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) gave the Board a status update on the state of the Pyramid Highway and U.S. 395 Connection Project Report. In 2001, the RTC Pyramid Corridor Master Plan showed a need for congestion to be relieved on Pyramid Highway and for a transportation link between Pyramid Highway and U.S. 395. The Pyramid Highway/ U.S. 395 Connection Project includes an environmental and engineering study intended to identify ways to relieve current congestion on Pyramid Highway and provide space for the volume of traffic expected through 2035.
One potential option includes constructing a 12-mile, six-lane freeway that would connect Pyramid Highway to U.S. 395. The project would also provide east/west connections from Pyramid west to U.S. 395 and east to Vista Blvd. Maloy said construction could possibly begin as early as 2020 if funding for the project is provided.
I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study Project update: Item 12. Sondra Rosenberg from the Nevada Department of Transportation gave the Board an overview of the I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study project. The Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation are working together on a two year I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study. The Study is helping plan for a potential interstate link between Phoenix and Las Vegas (the I-11 portion) and for possible future road extensions of the Corridor north to Canada and south to Mexico.