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Shared Services Committee receives key updates
by Joshua H. Silavent
Aug 16, 2011 | 1286 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Shared Services Elected Officials Committee (SSEOC) received several key updates Monday regarding plans to consolidate public services between Washoe County, Reno and Sparks governments.

Kevin Schiller, director of Washoe County Social Services, informed committee members that a timeline had been set to issue a new request-for-proposal (RFP) for the long-term operation of the Community Assistance Center and homeless shelter on Record Street in Reno.

County commissioners are expected to scrap the initial RFP next week because of new U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations.

In late May, a multi-jurisdictional committee voted 4-2 to award an operations contract to Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada based on a number of criteria, including references and available funding. But officials with Volunteers of America (VOA), the nonprofit that currently operates the shelter, vehemently protested and the process stalled.

Washoe County, Reno and Sparks governments are expected next week to extend a current cooperative agreement with VOA to continue operating the CAC through January.

In the meantime, a new request-for-proposal process will take place and a long-term operations contract will be awarded to either VOA or CCNN sometime in December based on new performance measures handed down from HUD.

All three governments also are expected to appoint one elected official each to the new transitional governing board, which will oversee regulatory changes and funding for the CAC.

In other agenda items, the SSEOC was informed that a six-month implementation plan for consolidation of information technology services had been prepared.

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell asked that the plan include the goal of purchasing the same software for use between all three government entities.

Finally, the SSEOC discussed receiving quarterly updates about proposals to consolidate the Regional Planning Governing Board with the Regional Transportation Commission, and also signaled its intention to hear updates on possible shared services for libraries.
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