The Sparks Senior Citizens Center is maintained and operated through a partnership between Washoe County Senior Services Department (WCSSD) and the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department. Since its construction in 1991, Sparks maintenance crews have been maintaining the exterior of the building while WCSSD provides meals, recreation activities and advisory programs.
The renovations to the facility are coming in response to the significant water damage to the roof and increased stucco damage near the front entrance. The city said water collected in the flat areas of the roof and ice have continually deteriorated the building.
This project will also be the first exterior renovation designed to focus on water drainage patterns and water tightness of the exterior, according to project presenters Assistant Director of Community Service John Martini and Capital Projects Manager Christopher Cobb.
Lepori Construction offered a base bid of $87,921 and an alternate bid of $99,041, and Martini and Cobb believe the alternate work needed to complete the project is unlikely. City engineers estimated, prior to opening the project for bid in May, the cost would be $108,000.
The City of Sparks project will also be done in conjunction with an interior renovation project being completed by Washoe County to improve handicap access, replace carpeting and repainting. The interior improvements are currently underway.
The City Council also approved the allocation of the city’s share of Private Activity Bonds to the Nevada Department of Business and Industry (NDBI). The Nevada Housing Division (NHD), a branch of the NDBI, received more than $4.8 million in bond capacity share for their First Time Homebuyer Program.
City Planner Armando Ornelas said the city receives a share of the state’s Volume Bond Cap, which totals $4,825,026.64 this year. In the past two years of receiving similar funding, the City of Sparks has split to the bond funding between the NHD and the Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA).
“The Nevada Housing Division uses this bond capacity to issue tax-exempt bonds which are used to offer low- and moderate-income households fixed interest rate, 30-year loans with some assistance,” Ornelas said. “In the two previous years, the Nevada Housing Division has provided approximately $11 million to Sparks households and this was the only request received by the city.”
Mortgages and down payment assistance were the investment by the NHD in the past two years to Sparks residents, using more than $4.9 million in 2010 and more than $5.9 million in 2011. The board voted unanimously to allocate the bond capacity to the NHD solely and will not require them to split the bonds with NRHA.
Ornelas said the city was originally planning to continue providing bond capacity to both entities this year until Gary Longacker, executive director of NRHA, informed the city of its current bond surplus. Longacker suggested full allocation of Private Activity Bonds be given to NHD.