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Washoe Commissioners Discuss Mogul Fire Station Opening, Blue Ribbon Report

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Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) update: Item 11. Acting as the Board of Fire Commissioners, an updated agreement was approved for the annual operating plan between the County, TMFPD and the U.S. Forest Service. The agreement includes revised general terms and conditions such as radio frequencies, rate schedules and operating procedures. “The most significant change is the addition of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office helicopter firefighting resource, Raven,” said TMFPD Chief Charles Moore. “The Raven helicopter is now certified to provide initial attack on forest service lands. This is significant because air resources can be used where access by firefighters on the ground may be difficult."  Moore added that air resources compound the effectiveness of the initial attack and aid in keeping fires in check.

Moore also said the Mogul Fire Station is scheduled to open in June and the first report from the Blue Ribbon Committee on regional fire services will take place at the Board of County Commissioners meeting May 13.

The Board also approved an additional position for Volunteer Fire Coordinator. This position will be funded under the FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program which was awarded to the District in April. The grant will pay for the base salary and benefit costs for two years. The position will provide coordination of activities and training of the various volunteer fire organizations that serve the outlying portions of the District.

Regional Animal Services: Item 24. Commissioners voted unanimously to move Washoe County Regional Animal Services as a stand-alone department reporting to the County Manager’s Office. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has managed Animal Services since January 12, 2012 and requested a transition of the operations under the organizational structure and control of the County. In December 2013, the Board gave direction to staff to initiate a process with all stakeholders, evaluate alternatives for the department and recommend a structure which would become effective July 1, 2014. “We believe Animal Services can continue its momentum forward as a stand-alone department,” said Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller. “As a department, it is financially sustainable, and we will continue our interlocal agreement with our partners, the cities of Reno and Sparks. We’re also very appreciative of the hard work the Sheriff’s Office has done throughout the entire process with Animal Services.” Commissioners expressed interest in creating an animal advisory board comprised of community members and Schiller said staff will bring that suggestion back for discussion at a future board meeting.

Libraries: Item 10.G.1. The Board approved a Library Services and Technology Act grant through the Nevada State Library and Archives for $89,659. The grant will be used to create Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning spaces in the libraries. “Offering STEM Learning Spaces in libraries is an opportunity to support education initiatives and technology access for everyone,” said Libraries Development Officer Jennifer Oliver. “Content creation spaces are also a trend for what libraries across the nation are embracing.”

Proclamations: Items 5-9. Washoe County will join the State of Nevada and Governor Brian Sandoval to recognize May 1 as the 63rd observance of the National Day of Prayer. The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer is “One Voice, United in Prayer.” Vice Chair Bonnie Weber read the proclamation and thanked former Commissioner Robert Larkin, who was in attendance, for his help guiding Washoe County’s participation in the National Day of Prayer. Larkin invited the entire community to the courtyard at the County Complex at 1001 E. Ninth Street in Reno May 1 from noon to 1 p.m. for music and to celebrate the day with many local leaders of faith.

Commissioners proclaimed May 2014 as Older Americans Month. Washoe County Senior Services Director Grady Tarbutton invited the public to attend opening ceremonies Thursday, May 1 at 9 a.m. at the Senior Services Center at 1155 E. Ninth Street in Reno. “We will have 60 events in all 5 commission districts throughout May,” said Tarbutton. “I know of no other community in the nation that works as hard as Washoe County to put on so many great events to celebrate our seniors.” See the full list of events.

Commissioners proclaimed May 2014 as National Bike Month which is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling for residents’ health and the environment. The bike paths and trails of Washoe County attract thousands of bicyclists each year and have great potential to impact Washoe County's economy and tourism industry. Commissioner Kitty Jung, District 3, encouraged everyone to join her for the Mayoral Challenge Ride at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 15. The ride goes from Sparks City Hall to the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. For more information call (775) 328-2414.

Commissioners also proclaimed May 2014 as Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Month and as Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month. This goal of this year's theme, "Prepare Your Home for Wildfire," is to educate and motivate residents to take action to reduce the wildfire threat to homes and communities. “Our goal is to raise the awareness of what people can do to reduce the wildfire threat, particularly because fire season is unfortunately year-round now,” said TMFPD Chief Charles Moore. “Our team is always willing to help residents find out more about how they can reduce the risks and prepare their home to survive wildfire.” More information on how to reduce fire risks is available on TMFPD’s website or at livingwithfire.info.

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