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Council approves two street rehab projects, acts on Senate Bill
by Garrett Valenzuela
Apr 08, 2013 | 2526 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo -- The Sparks City Council approved two street rehabilitation projects Monday afternoon that will replace and repairs curbs, sidewalks and pavement asphalt on local streets.
Tribune file photo -- The Sparks City Council approved two street rehabilitation projects Monday afternoon that will replace and repairs curbs, sidewalks and pavement asphalt on local streets.
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SPARKS — The Sparks City Council approved two major street rehabilitation projects Monday when it awarded construction contracts to Sierra Nevada Construction and A&K Earthmovers for units two and three, respectively, of the 2013 Street Rehabilitation program.

Unit two will cost a total of $557,007 and will repair, remove and replace deteriorated curbs and gutters, sidewalks and reconstruct the roadway with new asphalt on E. Gault Way from Probasco Way to York Way, La Grange Court and Sheffield Court.

Unit three will cost a total of $698,690 and will repair the curbs, sidewalks and roadway asphalt on Pullman Drive from E. Prater Way to Robbie Way and Union Street from Pullman Drive to Union Court. City of Sparks Capital Projects Manager Chris Cobb said Monday the first street rehabilitation project was “very successful” and allowed the city to leverage more funds into the second and third units.

Councilman Mike Carrigan pointed out to the council that the program was renovating about $1.2 million worth of local streets and added that they were to two different local companies. He said the program is one the city can be proud of and hopes it will continue to fix old roads in the city.

The City Council also took a position on Senate Bill 457 voting 4-1 opposing the bill which, for the City of Sparks, would amend the City Charter to provide that all candidates for Council Member must be elected in a general election by only the registered voters for the ward that a candidate seeks to represent.

Councilwoman Julia Ratti, who voted against the council’s decision, Mayor Geno Martini and Community Relations Manager Adam Mayberry have been representing the city at the Nevada Legislative Session in Carson City and Mayberry said the city did not speak on the bill when it was before a Senate Committee, though the city did sign in for the session as opposed.

The city will have another opportunity to testify after the bill goes through a work session today and members of the City Council said they would like to have something on the record stating its position to ensure the citizens of Sparks know the official position of the council.

“Not testifying makes it look like we are OK with it, but that is not the case,” Carrigan said.
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