The agreement is renewed annually and targets specific road projects for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2012.
Projects in Sparks funded through the agreement in the current fiscal year include reconstruction work on Marietta Way and Rock Boulevard, as well as the sound walls under construction along Vista Boulevard.
According to city staff reports, anticipated pavement preservation fuel and sales tax projects in Sparks under the newest agreement include $833,000 for Prater Way enhancements; $1.2 million for improvements along Greenbrae Drive; $403,000 for improvements along Stanford Way between Greg Street and McCarran Boulevard; and $1.5 million for improvements along Nichols Boulevard.
In addition, $1 million has been budgeted for slurry seal, patching and crack sealing throughout the city.
Finally, $25 million has been allocated for the southeast connector design-build project.
In other news, the City Council heard a compliance report from officials with the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority, better known as REMSA.
According to that report, REMSA utilized 42 ambulances and four helicopters to respond to about 60,000 emergency medical calls last year, 36,000 of which required transport to area hospitals.
REMSA personnel attended 528 special events in the region in 2010, including Hot August Nights and the Reno National Championship Air Races.
At this year’s air races, four ambulances were on scene when a vintage fighter plane crashed into the tarmac at Reno-Stead Airport near the grandstands, killing 11 and injuring dozens more.
Fourteen ambulances immediately responded to the scene and an additional 12 responded within 20 minutes of the fatal crash, according to REMSA officials. Fifty-four patients were transported from the air races to area hospitals within 62 minutes of the crash.
REMSA operates Nevada’s largest EMS training center, teaching more than 1,000 students per month.
Officials said REMSA was 93 percent compliant with call-response times last month.
REMSA has been so successful, officials said, that emergency medical groups in France, Spain, Germany, Japan, China, Russia and the United Kingdom have visited the region to learn about its capabilities.
Finally, the City Council accepted $33,000 from the Children’s Cabinet to support before- and after-school programming at 14 elementary schools across the city. The funding will help cover the cost of attendance in the programs for children of low-income families. About 20 families will be served with the grant funding, covering about 95 percent of their costs, according to parks director Tracy Domingues. The city’s parks and recreation department operates the programs and received $38,000 in similar funding last year.