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Budget to affect staffing structure at regional sewage treatment plant
by Joshua H. Silavent
Feb 14, 2011 | 1578 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — In order to buy time to deal with organizational changes to the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF), the City Council will consider approving three temporary staffing positions at its meeting today.

An acting plant manager, acting operations manager and acting maintenance manager would be filled on an interim basis. City officials hope to hire permanent staff from within the TMWRF.

Significant managerial turnover at the facility in recent years and studies conducted as part of the Sustainable Sparks Services Initiative led city officials to consider restructuring and reorganizing positions to meet the demands of budgetary constraints.

Out of that came a plan to establish a one-year trial period for the three positions, possibly allowing multiple candidates to fill the managerial roles before determining the best permanent fits.

Sparks and Reno jointly own the TMWRF, at a split of approximately 30 percent and 70 percent respectively. Sparks is charged with staffing and operating the facility while Reno handles capital planning, or infrastructure, services.

Staff reports indicate that no fiscal impact to the Sparks general fund would result if the temporary staffing plan were implemented.

In consent items, the council is expected to approve a $32,000 contract with HDR Engineering for a review of prevailing wage reports and appeal investigations related to the Legends at Sparks Marina shopping center.

The reports are required because construction of the shopping center was paid for by STAR bonds and other public financing methods.

The cost of the contract will be reimbursed through STAR bonds proceeds, according to staff reports.

Finally, the council is expected to approve a grant in the amount of nearly $12,000 to improve the emergency response capabilities of the Sparks Fire Department and Regional Hazmat Team in dealing with weapons of mass destruction and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazardous materials incidents.

The Sparks City Council will meet at 2 p.m. today in the legislative building located at 745 Fourth St.
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