On Monday the Sparks Redevelopment Agency, made up of the Sparks City Council members, unanimously approved a six-month Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Justin Quinton, owner of 1864 Real Estate Development and Cantina Los Tres Hombres, to draft a proposal to redevelop the two units next to his restaurant. Once completed, the sale will give the redevelopment agency $90,000 and turn the buildings over to Quinton.
“I think (the buildings) should be in the hands of someone who wants to improve them and use them to boost our economy,” Councilwoman Julia Ratti said. “Some productive use from these buildings is a major step forward and I fully support Mr. Quinton and his plans.”
Quinton has planned for the buildings to occupy a new restaurant and bar alongside the Cantina. Quinton has been in business in Sparks for five years and plans to redevelop the property once the acquisition is final.
The Sparks City Council also advised City Manager Shaun Carey to begin leasing agreements for Gandolfo Rodeo Arena to be taken over by the Reno Rodeo Association. Sparks Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Domingues said in a staff report “the city no longer has the expertise or resources to continue the maintenance and programming” of the rodeo facility.
Bill Bertelson, 2014 Reno Rodeo President, said rodeo events at the facility on Loop Road would provide an economic boost to the city and bring a new exciting attraction to the area.
“This would be a great event for the city of Sparks,” Bertelson said. “We see the possibility of roping and bringing in people from 200 miles away and that will increase room rates. It will help out the whole city.”
The Reno Rodeo Association will maintain the facility and its utilities once the lease is finalized and Bertelson said local high schools and rodeo enthusiasts from around the state would be able to compete at the facility. Sparks Mayor Geno Martini said the Reno Rodeo Association has been a great resource to the region and he looks forward to working with them in the future.
The Sparks City Council took time Monday to acknowledge and approve the donated funds from the Reno Bighorns to the Alf Sorensen Community Center gymnasium to add scoreboards to the facility. City Recreation Supervisor Tony Pehle said the Bighorns donated $5,000 to the community center.
“In the 29 years of the league we have never had an actual working scoreboard on the walls of the gymnasium,” Pehle said. “With the generous donation of the Reno Bighorns, we were able to work directly with manufacturers, cut out the middleman and purchase two scoreboards for the price of one. The wireless scoreboards will be visible from across the gym.”
The scoreboards will cost about $1,400 to install and will benefit the Youth Basketball Program at Alf Sorensen Community Center.
Other highlights from Monday’s Sparks City Council meeting:
• The city approved an interlocal agreement with Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility, authorizing construction of the SouthEast Connector by the Regional Transportation Commission. Councilman Ron Smith, who is the director of the RTC board, said this is the “final hurdle” in approving the SouthEast Connector, a more than $180 million project.
• The council approved a resolution to the membership requirements for the Western Nevada Development District Board of Directors, allowing for private sector citizens to be eligible for the position. City Manager Carey said the position has received two applications and is open to candidates with business backgrounds. The council will interview and ultimately decide who will fill the positions once the application deadline closes.