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Last Meeting Held for Current Reno City Council

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It's a quick turn around for the Reno City Council. Four new members will be sworn in next week. Wednesday was actually the last meeting for the current council.

There were a lot of agenda items to deal with - and some of them have been in the works for years.

With four people leaving their seats, they hope to accomplish as much as possible.

Dave Aiazzi, Jessica Sferrazza, and Pierre Hatscheff have termed out, and Dan Gustin did not run for re-election.

When Hillary Schieve, Neoma Jardon, Oscar Delgado, and Jenny Brekhus are sworn in, next Wednesday, they will likely inherit many decisions.

"I think the garbage franchise is probably the largest one, today," Aiazzi said. "It has more impact on the residents than anything else that we're doing with, today."

The city hopes to bring single stream recycling to Reno residents without effecting small businesses.

There is also the potential of an automatic aid agreement between the city and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

They are also working with the Reno Aces to help refinance the downtown ballpark.

While these are all big decisions, returning council members say they're not urgent.

"I know that the council members that are leaving think it's important to get it done today," Councilman Dwight Dortch said. "I think if we, for some reason, can't get it done today, I think the new council will get on board quick and get up to speed and we'll be able to manage it there."

There is also a question of whether Reno will continue to do business with Curb System. The local company installed parking meters downtown that have seen a number of glitches.

There could also be a possible liquor license increase.

Newly elected members say, whatever the task, they are ready for it.

"I just have such an interest in the built environment and all these pertain to the lay of our land, the lay of our neighborhoods and our communities," Brekhus said. "So, I really just like these topics and I'm ready to get going on it."

"All of the candidates have really gotten up to speed on the major issues, have a pretty good grasp of what's going on," Jardon said. "But there are many, many details that we will need to dig into and do a lot of homework on."

Dwight Dortch and Sharon Zadra will be the only returning council members, and the new ones say they will look to them for guidance.

"It's a great understanding to know that we don't have to reinvent the wheel," Delgado said. "It's just a matter of catering to the culture that we have here and bringing that new energy to the city."

The newly elected council members say they are excited to start their first term and they believe they each bring something different to the table, adding diversity that they say complements each other.

Written by Paul Nelson
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