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Funding for business relocation, landscaping and rec department on council agenda
by Sarah Cooper
Jan 25, 2009 | 733 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<a href= mailto:dreid@dailysparkstribune.com>Tribune/Debra Reid</a> - Larry Heuer, right, and his son Adam Heuer will be honored today with a commendation at the Sparks City Council meeting for keeping their business going for 80 years.
Tribune/Debra Reid - Larry Heuer, right, and his son Adam Heuer will be honored today with a commendation at the Sparks City Council meeting for keeping their business going for 80 years.
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Sparks City Council members will discuss money flows both in and out of city coffers today at their regularly scheduled 3 p.m. meeting.

The money inflow will be presented in the form of a $31,150 grant acceptance from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation, funding the city Parks and Recreation Department’s aquatics program for the disabled along with the playground program for at-risk youth.

However, the city council will also have on its consent items a $150,000 relocation cost payout to one transplanted business owner at 1212 Victorian Ave.

The building that houses Paddy and Irene’s Irish Pub, a small convenience store and three residential tenants, recently was purchased by the city through eminent domain proceedings.

Following the purchase, the city is required to pay relocation costs per the Federal Uniform Relocation Act.

Tenants declined to discuss the deal.

“We have been advised not to discuss the money ... between us and the city,” said Renee Adams, joint owner of Paddy and Irene’s.

However, staff materials stated that the tenant would receive more than $93,000 for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, carpentry and installation expenses associated with the move along with $19,521 for moving costs for fixtures and equipment, in addition to other miscellaneous costs.

The council is also scheduled to discuss funding for a landscaping project aimed at beautifying the area around Interstate-80 and Pyramid Way. The project would specifically affect two parcels, one on the southeast corner of the intersection at Pyramid Way and Victorian Avenue and the other just south of Lillard Railroad Park on Victorian Avenue.

The city would contribute $340,180 to the project with a matching amount coming from the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The project would bring in landscaping, lighting, walkways and some public art on the parcels, according to staff reports.

If approved, the project would have to be completed no later than the end of 2011.

According to the contract, the city would also be responsible for any unexpected costs that went above the project estimate.

Also on the agenda today is a commendation for the Heuer Insurance Agency. The council will honor the family-owned operation for 80 years of service to the Sparks and Reno community.
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