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Upcoming rate analysis, adjustment to senior center hours highlight city council
by Garrett Valenzuela
Sep 10, 2012 | 3272 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — The Sparks City Council approved Monday an upcoming Rate Analysis Study that will evaluate the city’s sewer, storm drain and effluent (recycled water) systems and provide current rates for the utilities. The contract for the study was awarded to the FCS Group for $137,651.

The FCS Group will analyze the rates and charges for the city, which are currently on a five-year increase set by the city in January 2008. The last increase occurred in January 2012 and the city will look to adapt to major developments and growth, according to Community Relations Manager Adam Mayberry.

“It’s time to review where we are and where we are going with rates and charges,” he said. “A lot of things have changed with the economy in the last five years. (FCS Group) is specialized in reviewing this type of data.”

Mayberry said the city is required by ordinance to review its rates every three years. He said the end of the five-year cycle has signaled the city to hire a professional agency to handle the analysis.

FCS Group estimates six to nine months before it can present completed findings. That means those could be set to bring for analysis to the City Council in the second quarter of 2013. The more than $137,000 will be broken up as follows:

•$65,000 in Sewer Utility Rate Study

•$30,000 in Drains Utility Rate Study

•$5,000 in Effluent Utility Rate Study

•To offset the shortfall of $37,651, a budget adjustment will be done as follows:

•$24,473.15 from Sewer Emergency Funds

•$11,295.30 from Storm Drains Emergency Funds

•$1,882.55 from Effluent Emergency Funds

Other notable decisions at Monday’s Sparks City Council meeting The council unanimously approved to rescind an agreement between Washoe County and the City of Sparks that will keep the Sparks Senior Citizens Center open until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The one-year agreement approved by the City of Sparks allows $21,000 funding to provide a three-quarter time employee to operate the reception desk.

If the council had not approved the new agreement, the senior center would be closed at 1 p.m. because the employee would be part-time only.

Some frequent visitors to the Sparks Senior Citizens Center were present, which councilman Ed Lawson said “makes it easy to support” the decision that was made today.

The Sparks Redevelopment Agency, which made up of the board of City Council members, approved $17,000 for the replacement of the reader board sign at Sparks High School. City Planner Armando Ornelas advocated for the project and said the sign was 25 years old and in need of replacement.

Sparks High Assistant Principal Amy Marable said the leadership teams at the school have difficulties exchanging letters and conveying important messages to the community about the school.

The $17,000 estimates the cost and installation of the sign and Sparks High School would be reimbursed, depending on their expenditure, for their total cost up to the estimate.
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