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Sparks City Council Discuss Several Issues During Meeting

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Regional Permitting Program - The Sparks City Council approved an interlocal cooperative agreement establishing a regional business license and permit program with the City of Reno, Washoe County, and the Washoe County Health District for $448,542.52 with Accela, Inc.   This program positions Sparks and the noted jurisdiction to offer one-stop shopping for key license and permits, ultimately making it easier to do business and enhancing economic development.

Building Ordinance Change -In an effort to provide options to the development community in Sparks, the Sparks City Council approved an amendment for two City ordinances (Chapter 13 and 15 of the Sparks Municipal Code) that would allow the collection of sewer connections fees and the collection of the residential construction tax to be collected just prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.  Currently, the fee and tax are collected at the time the building permit is issued.

Vendor Permitting Process -The Sparks City Council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 9 of the Sparks Municipal Code to provide a vendor permitting process for vendors participating in special events in Sparks.  The language creates a temporary vendor license for special events and will only be in effect during the specific special event and only for those events occurring on public property.  The code amendment adds an exemption to the business license requirement. These permits will allow the vendors to do business as part of a special event and allow the City to efficiently and reasonably collect a fee from vendors.

Community Assistance Center - The Sparks City Council approved an interlocal cooperative agreement between the City of Reno and Washoe County to help support the Community Assistance Center located in downtown Reno for homeless related services.  Sparks will contribute $100,168.

Street Rehab Project - The Sparks City Council approved a contract with Q&D Construction in the amount of $339,200 for a street rehabilitation project.  Work will include reconstruction and installation of new storm drain and new asphalt on Kim Way from Richards Way to Arndell Way and Arndell Way from Kim Way to Probasco Way.

Appointments – The Sparks City Council confirmed Mayor Martini’s appointments for the Parks & Recreation Commission: Pam Bear, David Sexton, and Gina Odegard.  Additionally, Michael Rainey and Louis-Robert Denis were appointed to the City’s Civil Service Commission.

Proclamation - Mayor Martini presented a proclamation declaring Parks and Recreation Month, (July 2014) recognizing the important contributions of the City’s employees and volunteers in parks and recreation who keep public parks clean and safe for visitors and provide events and programming for all ages and abilities.

From the City of Sparks 

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