RENO – A plan to have the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) pay $6 million to the city of Reno for the relocation of nine holes at the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course in order to build an arterial roadway from Sparks to South Meadows Parkway and Veterans Parkway was overturned Friday when RTC chair and Sparks Councilman Ron Smith reversed his earlier vote, saying the previous motion supporting the plan had been misrepresented.
Smith said he was told the $6 million in question was, in part, meant to pay off a bond attached to the golf course as well as a sewer fund for the area, but this turns out not to be the case.
Instead, RTC board members and Reno City Council members Dave Aiazzi and Dan Gustin, the two votes supporting the plan, said the money would actually be transferred to the city’s general fund with no restrictions and no indication on how the money would actually be spent.
This revelation spawned a heated debate between those for and against the plan, culminating with Smith removing his support.
“The RTC is not in the business of giving anyone money,” Smith said in an interview after the meeting.
Aiazzi charged that procedural violations had occurred and said he would be filing a formal complaint.
Smith said he supported relocating a portion of the golf course because the arterial roadway is badly needed, but he wants to be sure that the RTC allocates money specifically for that purpose rather than writing the city of Reno a blank check.
The Reno City Council will now have an opportunity to review the latest developments.
“We want to hear what they have to say,” Smith said.
The issue is likely to be brought up again at the RTC’s next board meeting in November.