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Council approves replacement of torched equipment
by Tribune Staff
Oct 28, 2013 | 1556 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Contributed photo -- Playground equipment at Del Cobre Park in Wingfield Springs was destroyed by a fire in July. The Sparks City Council approved replacement of the playground equipment with metal and plastic gear using the money from the insurance settlement.
Contributed photo -- Playground equipment at Del Cobre Park in Wingfield Springs was destroyed by a fire in July. The Sparks City Council approved replacement of the playground equipment with metal and plastic gear using the money from the insurance settlement.
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The Sparks City Council approved the replacement of damaged playground equipment at Del Cobre Park in Wingfield Springs during a regular meeting Monday afternoon. The equipment was damaged in a fire in July, the cause of which has yet to be determined, and its replacement is valued at more than $59,000 by the city’s insurance carrier.

According to Dan Marran, contracts and risk manager for the city, the Parks Department has been moving toward a metal or plastic composition for playground structures, which led the City Council to approve an additional $9,593 from the City Risk/Self Insurance account. Marran said replacing the wood-framed structure in comparison to the metal and plastic version was a difference of about $1,500.

The approval of replacement will include implanting engineered wood chips around the playground structures, serving as the play surface. Wood chips will be laid throughout construction and installation of the equipment.

The City Council also approved the city’s entrance into a one year contract with the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (NIPA) and the Thatcher Company of California for the purchase and application of aluminum sulfate, at $368 per dry ton, to the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF).

Deputy City Manager Neil Krutz said the contract, which runs through October of 2014, with a possibility of four one-year extensions, allows the city to purchase chemicals directly from the supplier, bringing an annual savings of $31,000. He said the annual cost for aluminum sulfate is estimated at $671,600, based on an annual estimated consumption of 1,825 dry tons.

“Aluminum sulfate is primarily used as a coagulant to settle out fine particles in the spent backwash water that comes from the gravity filters backwash cycle,” Krutz said. “Aluminum sulfate is now additionally used at TMWRF to precipitate phosphorus from the phosphorous-rich supernatant (PRS) process. This process reduces phosphorus loading from the dewatering process and returns it to digesters for biosolids disposal.”

Krutz said the contract being marketing by NIPA was originally offered to the City of Las Vegas for the provision of various chemicals. He said the product price is currently less than the price TMWRF pays in its expiring contract, saving a total of $17 per dry ton.

The City Council also approved the gaming license for Carlton Greer, new owner of John Ascuaga’s Nugget. Acting Sparks Police Department Chief Tom Miller said Greer’s license is contingent upon inspection, but he said Greer’s past suggests no problems will arise.

Greer was CEO of the Showboat Mardi Gras Hotel in Chicago as well as CEO of the Showboat in Las Vegas. He was general manager of the Peppermill in Reno for three years and spent eight years at CB Richard Ellis before becoming a founder of Global Gaming & Hospitality, LLC.

Greer told the council Monday that he is looking forward to working in Sparks and thanked the Sparks Police Department and the city’s staff for speeding through the permit process.

“There are a number pieces to the puzzle in order to get everything done in a timely and seamless fashion,” Greer said. “I really appreciate the work of the city.”

The Nugget currently has 985 multi-denominational and slot/poker machines, 15 Draw/Stud poker tables, 15 Blackjack tables, two craps tables, two roulette tables, one Bingo and two Keno games. The annual income of the gaming brings $133,080 to the City of Sparks.
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