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The Reno City Council took action on several proposals during this week's meeting.

Interlocal Agreement with Reno Housing Authority - E.3

Council unanimously approved an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Reno and the Reno Housing Authority to transfer the title of property located in the Alameda Heights Neighborhood (north of the University of Nevada, Reno) in order to provide affordable housing to qualified, low-income families.

Downtown Special Assessment District - G.2

Council heard a second reading and unanimously approved to adopt the Downtown Special Assessment District (SAD) expansion. The expansion will result in more police coverage in downtown Reno, a response to a gradual increase in calls for service in recent years. This supports Council's priority to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods.

Artisans' First Amendment Rights - G.3.1 through G.3.3 

Council heard a second reading and unanimously approved the three items to adopt changes to Titles 4, 5 and 8 of the Reno Municipal Code. The title changes would further protect artisans' First Amendment rights by giving them the freedom to express themselves and/or sell their art without having to obtain business licenses and city park permits. This relates to the Council's priority to Enhance Communication and Community Engagement.

Business License Applications for Pet Stores - G.4

Council heard a second reading and unanimously approved an amendment to Title 4 that would suspend the acceptance of business license applications for pet stores that include the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits. The suspension will allow City of Reno staff adequate time to work with Washoe County to establish new application requirements. The moratorium will last a maximum of 180 days.

Rosewood Lakes Golf Course - J.2.1 through J.2.5

Council unanimously approved items J.2.1, J.2.2, J.2.3 and J.2.5, one of which is to enter into a three-year short-term contract agreement with The First Tee of Northern Nevada regarding the management, operations and development of Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. The long-term five-year agreement (J.2.4) passed 5-to-1. The contract agreements will relieve the City of some of the financial burden of operating the golf course and provide an affordable golf experience geared toward youth and seniors. The First Tee of Northern Nevada plans to reopen the 18-hole golf course and driving range in May 2014 for the general public's use.

Medical Marijuana Establishments - J.5

The mayor recused himself from giving an opinion, while the rest of Council unanimously approved that medical marijuana establishments be permitted within the City of Reno. Staff recommended and Council approved to make potential operators move through the State of Nevada's merit-based application process. A motion carried unanimously that Council adopt the following recommendations and direct staff to:
1. Prepare an ordinance of the Reno Municipal Code, placing a stay on the acceptance of business license applications related to medical marijuana establishments.
2. Initiate a text amendment to Title 18 of the Reno Municipal Code, placing a stay on the acceptance of use, building or other permits related to medical marijuana establishments.
3. Prepare ordinances authorizing medical marijuana establishments within the City of Reno and to prepare appropriate ordinances in Titles 4, 5 and 18 of the Reno Municipal Code.
4. Evaluate Title 8 of the Reno Municipal Code to determine whether any amendments to the criminal provisions are necessary and to prepare any appropriate ordinance revisions accordingly.
In addition, Council provided further direction to petition Washoe County Commission for three additional dispensaries.

Anti-Graffiti Task Force - Joint Special Meeting

Council unanimously approved the motion for staff to review the feasibility and financial resources needed to implement the recommendations of the Anti-Graffiti Task Force, created by Council in August 2013. The Task Force presented its report, which included a multifaceted anti-graffiti approach and 11 specific recommendations.

Specific recommendations include strengthening nonprofit relationships, developing an education campaign, re-establishing the Graffiti Enforcement Team (GET), conducting media outreach, coordinating a citywide "Adopt-A-Block" program, conducting an annual graffiti count, and engaging citizen volunteers toward graffiti abatement. Graffiti abatement supports Council priority to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods. Citizens can photograph and report graffiti with the City of Reno app or by calling Reno Direct at 334-INFO (4636).

(The City of Reno contributed to this story.)

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