RENO — The Washoe County Commission received an update Tuesday on the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds, which have supported 149 jobs countywide.
Among others, the funds supported local projects, such as building a new fire station, fire restoration projects, Sheriff’s Office programs, meals for seniors, homeless prevention, foreclosure assistance and solar voltaic installations.
Washoe County received 23 grant awards exceeding $18 million dollars and has spent over $11 million in the community to date.
In other news, the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierras acknowledged the flourishing culture, behavior and commitment of Washoe County employees to make their community a better place through the annual employee United Way campaign. The annual donation program kicked off in the fall of 2011, raising over $66,000 for 2012. Over the last 10 years, employees have contributed over $1 million to United Way. Employee volunteers run the campaign. Washoe County commissioners on Tuesday acknowledged this year’s campaign organizers, Grady Tarbutton, Kim Robinson and Dawn Spinola, as well as all department champions, for their leadership.
Finally, commissioners introduced a first reading of an ordinance that facilitates the Social Services department directly paying community service providers for assistance to indigent individuals, rather than providing direct cash assistance to eligible clients. A collaborative pilot project with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno Justice Court, Kids to Seniors Korner program, and other transitional housing and treatment providers has been found to save the community thousands of dollars while successfully helping numerous indigent individuals throughout the county. Ordinance revisions are reviewed twice at public hearings before the Board of County Commissioners.