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Reno Council Discusses Homeless Shelters, Medical Marijuana Establishments

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The Reno City Council discussed several issues during its Wednesday meeting including homeless shelters, medical marijuana establishments and a transient lodging tax.

Proclamations

*    Councilmember Sharon Zadra presented a proclamation declaring June 2014 as National Safety Month. Kyle West, Safety and Training Manager for the City of Reno, received the proclamation. West announced the upcoming City of Reno employee Safety Fair, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wingfield Park.
*    Councilmember Neoma Jardon presented a proclamation declaring June 8-14, 2014 as United States Army Week. Captain David Robinson received the proclamation.

Homeless Shelters - E.2

Council unanimously approved an Interlocal Cooperative Agreement for services related to the operation of the Community Assistance Center (CAC) homeless shelters among the City of Reno, Washoe County and the City of Sparks. The Agreement identifies $1,963,405 in resources available for CAC operations through a formula corresponding to the respective jurisdictions’ property tax revenues.

The CAC opened in October 2008 with three public shelters and four non-profit support-service providers. Since that time the Washoe County School District has opened a reengagement center, and the City of Reno has served as lead entity.

Medical Marijuana Establishments - F.4

In a 4-to-1 vote, Council approved an Ordinance amending the Reno Municipal Code to remove the stay on the acceptance of Medical Marijuana business applications and to allow Medical Marijuana Establishments (MMEs) within the City of Reno under certain criteria. Planning Commission recommends that hours of operation should be determined by the underlying zoning with the option for City Council to further restrict hours of operation through any associated performance contract entered into between the City and an operator of an MME.

NRS spacing requirements establish a 1,000 foot separation from a public or private school, preschool through 12th grade, and a 300 foot separation from a community facility. A revision to the Ordinance is that the spacing distance will be measured specifically from the front door of a MME to the school or community facility property line, rather than parcel line to parcel line.

Regional Business License and Permits Program - F.5.1/F.5.2

F.5.1: In a 4-to-1 vote, Council approved an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Sparks, Washoe County and Washoe County Health District to establish a Regional Business License and Permits Program. The Agreement is in an amount not to exceed $475,222 contingent upon Department of Taxation approval. Through a consolidated effort between the four jurisdictions, the program’s vision includes a regional software platform (Accela) with online capabilities for license and permit customers, modernization of  software, more efficient delivery of service and integration with other agencies.

F.5.2: Council continued this item to the June 25 meeting. Council will consider approval of a Resolution authorizing a Medium-Term Obligation for the Interlocal Agreement establishing the Regional Business License and Permits Program.

Transient Lodging (Room Tax) - I.1.1/I.1.2

Following the unanimous acceptance of a Business Impact Statement, Council unanimously approved an Ordinance to amend Title 2 of the Reno Municipal Code modifying the definition of "transient lodging" to require property owners renting less than three transient lodging units to pay transient lodging tax.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority’s request would bring all property owners renting one or more single units for less than 28 days within the reach of the transient lodging taxes, regardless of whether the unit is offered for rent by the property owner or managed by a rental management agency.

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