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City Council reconvenes after month-long absence
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Aug 26, 2013 | 1300 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks City Council held its first and last council meeting of the month Monday after a month-long hiatus from the Legislative Chambers. After a hefty list of presentations and recognitions, the Council returned to business, beginning with scheduled improvements to Golden Eagle Regional Park (GERP).

The Council awarded Spectra Contract Flooring an informal quote of $59,951 for the GERP Deck Coating Project to seal and restore the second level flooring at the complex’s center building. The concrete floor has developed cracks due to the porous nature of the concrete causing water leaks, according to Assistant Director of Community Services John Martini.

Martini said multiple departments discussed the best solution for the concrete floor before deciding on the “Key Lastic SWS” flooring system. Martini said the elastomeric urethane system is specifically designed for waterproofing of concrete decks and structures, which will stand up to the various elements at GERP.

The City Council also addressed and moved forward with the C Street Sewer Rehabilitation Project giving Campbell Construction Company the contract for a little more than $339,000. Martini said staff discovered a portion of the sewer line was caved in and partially blocked on C Street between 18th and 19th streets. The pipe will be replaced for $124,600 and will be included in the scope of the project.

Martini said NV Energy replaced its gas line and Truckee Meadows Water Authority is replacing its water line as part of the project, which will also improve the existing roadway in the affected area. Martini credited the video monitoring system for city sewer lines in identifying the problem before further damage was caused or a complete shutdown was brought on for the line on C Street.

The Sparks City Council also approved the upgrades to City Hall’s electrical system with a contract to Briggs Electric for $736,700 to improve the outdated electrical system at the Prater Way facility. Martini said the 45-year-old building has gone through many expansions throughout its years, but said the electrical system “is outdated, inefficient, lacks code compliance and continually has problems providing enough power to various areas of the building.”

The project will replace or rejuvenate electrical panels, conduit and wiring, ground rod grids, the generator switch outlet, concrete for conduit trenches, receptacles and circuits and a few more adjustments throughout the building.

The City Council authorized a resolution for the transfer of $4,787,115 from the City of Sparks 2013 State Volume Bond Capacity to the Nevada Department of Business and Industry for the First Time Homebuyers Program offered by the Nevada Housing Division (NHD) in the City of Sparks.

Housing Specialist George Graham said the First Time Buyer Program has benefitted from the privately allocated bond funds previously, and Graham said the program has aided several Sparks residents in recent years.

“NHD has consistently and actively provided mortgages to Sparks residents,” Graham said. “Over the past three years NHD has provided approximately $13,314,512 in community investment in the form of mortgages and down payment assistance (2010 – $4,956,778; 2011 – $5,986,000; 2012 – $2,371,734) and has assisted a total of 108 households in the City of Sparks over the three-year time frame.”

The City Council also addressed a personnel matter concerning retiring Sparks Fire Department Chief Andy Flock. Flock will retire on Sept. 13 and the City Council accepted current Division Chief Thomas Garrison as the new Fire Chief upon Flock’s retirement. City Manager Shaun Carey said Garrison will serve as Interim Fire Chief for the remainder of Flock’s time with SFD and work alongside him as he has done for the past several years.
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