According to staff reports, “While there does not appear to be an opportunity for earmarks in the foreseeable future, there are numerous opportunities for (Sparks) to participate in the federal grant process, as well as the federal regulatory process.
“The Sparks Federal Platform is intended to broadly emphasize the current and long-term needs of the city in key areas that are likely attainable at the federal level. The platform has been developed to keep our delegation mindful of Sparks and our current and long-term needs …”
The federal platform is broken into four key areas: public safety, community assets, sustainable energy and transportation.
In other agenda items, the City Council will consider approving a comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the last fiscal year, which ended June 30.
The CAFR reports that a few violations were made, which requires approval of a plan of corrective action.
Among the violations of state law are expenditures that exceeded appropriations for the fiscal year, including $14,424 in overages for public safety functions and $10,091 in overages for community support functions.
Finally, the City Council will get a preview of the 2012 special events season, which could include as many as four new events.
The Upstate Watercraft Promotions Tour is set to host a jet-ski racing and beach volleyball event at the Sparks Marina in late June.
The Expedition Man Endurance Festival, a triathlon that begins at Zephyr Cove at Lake Tahoe and makes it way to the Sparks Marina, is set for Aug. 25.
A brew fest is tentatively set for either September or October in Victorian Square.
And, finally, a half-marathon is in the works for December 2012.