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East Truckee plan, finance director choice come before council
by Sarah Cooper
Jan 11, 2010 | 721 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After nearly a month-long break, the Sparks City Council is reconvening today with issues on the discussion table ranging from land planning east of Sparks’ city limits to finance administration to fire department hiring.  The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at Sparks City Hall.

The council will start off its business by hearing a presentation on the Nevada census as well as learning the local working of Habitat for Humanity.

Following the presentation items, the council must decide on its new finance director. 

Sparks’ previous finance director, Tom Minton, was one of the 39 people enticed to leave city employ by taking a buyout package. Staff is suggesting that Jeff Cronk be approved as the city’s new finance director.

Cronk will tackle making projections for a budget that has suffered in the past year, prompting mass city layoffs, and continues to shake in light of current state sales tax projections.

According to the proposed contract, Cronk is expected to be paid $109,606.64 per year.

In its next item of business, the council will consider giving the city fire department the OK to proceed with a grant application that could pay for up to 11 new firefighters.  The grant is through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is designed for municipalities whose public safety is waning due to budget cuts and tough economic times.

Most council action, however, will be taken up by the East Truckee River Canyon Plan.   The area east of Vista Boulevard and generally north of the Truckee River is still without an area master plan.  According to city staff, land owners in the area have been unable to agree on uses for the land and a vision for future development.  However, as the discussions have lagged, developers are coming forward with annexation requests, hoping that their land will be brought into the city limits.  Six items on the council’s agenda will address moving forward with plan for the east Truckee Canyon area.

The meeting will be followed by a meeting of the city’s redevelopment agency, which will discuss the sale of agency property at the Legends at Sparks Marina as well as pushing forward with redevelopment in downtown Sparks.
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