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Casino approved for new gaming
by Garrett Valenzuela
Feb 11, 2013 | 3351 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — The Sparks City Council approved a gaming license Monday afternoon to John Christopher Krabiel, an experienced gaming operations manager, to allow for 883 slot machines, seven table games, one Keno and two Poker games inside Rail City Casino in Sparks.

Krabiel has been the vice president of operations for Affinity Gaming since January 2011 after leaving Boyd Gaming where he worked as vice president of operational finance for more than five years. Affinity Gaming’s license would bring in $110,040 annually for the City of Sparks.

The license for the machine, tables and other games is contingent upon the casino being inspected and approved by every city, county, district, and state agency having jurisdiction over the matter.

The Sparks City Council also approved a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant to the collaboration among the City of Sparks, Alice Maxwell and Agnes Risley elementary schools. The grant will provide $7,369 to continue part-time salaries at the schools for enrichment activities being held after school.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is also active at Kate Smith and Lincoln Park elementary schools and positions held under the city’s Parks and Recreation Department are paid through the grant funding. The after-school activities include art, dance, sports and self-esteem builders for children. The current schedule of service for Agnes Risley is Feb. 11 through May 17, and service for Alice Maxwell is April 29 through May 17.

The City Council also approved an amendment to the Sparks Municipal Code regarding business licenses in order to remove ambiguous statements and remove any need for interpretation. Tom Riley, a contracted attorney for City of Sparks Attorney Chet Adams, said the amendment will help bring business licenses “into the 21st century.”

“There is no room for ambiguity, no room for interpretation and the new code will affect everything from the business license application to prosecution in court,” Riley said Monday inside the council chambers.

City documents summarized the amendment as follows:

“The final proposed ordinance is a balance of enforcement (mainly increased late penalties and stronger criminal provisions) and business owner’s rights (more hearings allowed to dispute the imposition of penalties). It provides a clear, consistent legal framework within which the Finance Director and City Attorney may operate to increase revenue to the City through stricter enforcement.”

Adams said businesses operating with delinquent licenses will receive a prompt citation to encourage business operators to keep their buildings up to code. He said the citation will help the city in court should the process be taken that far.

The city council wrapped up its approvals by shortening the appeal period for Planning Commission and administrative actions.

City of Sparks Senior Planner Jim Rundle said the appeal period will be reduced from 21 business days to 11 calendar days, which is the Nevada Revised Statutes minimum for an appeal. Rundle said in his report to the council that a shorter appeal period may not allow for enough time for thorough review by affected parties, but said the positive side of the equation outweighs the negative.

“Shortening appeal periods provides earlier certainty to an applicant, thus allowing construction or occupation to begin more quickly, reducing the time spent in the entitlement process,” Rundle said. “Council adoption of a shorter appeal period could convey a message to the development community that Sparks is intent on streamlining the development process and moving projects more quickly from concept to execution.”
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