The whirlwind of meetings will start at 9 a.m. as the council hears another round of budget updates from various agencies. City Works, Parks and Recreation and Public Works officials will present their budget objectives alongside their recent budget woes.
The morning meeting will also discuss the city’s budget for its five-year capital improvements plan. Some of the items on that budget include emergency call stations at the Sparks Marina, renovations to Shadow Mountain Park, an energy conservation project for city streetlights, school safety flashers on local roads as well as pavement rehabilitation projects.
The meetings will continue at City Hall at 1:30 p.m. when the Sparks Redevelopment Agency will meet for a workshop.
The workshop items will cover issues and opportunities in redevelopment areas one and two. Area one is Victorian Square.
Later in the day, at 3 p.m., the Sparks City Council will meet for its regularly scheduled council meeting.
This heavy agenda will include possible direction from the council on how to respond to an overpayment made to the city from the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.
The RSCVA funds the city’s tourism and marketing committee through room taxes it collects across Washoe County. However, throughout the past three years, the RSCVA gave the committee more money than was allowed by law. Now, according to a letter delivered to City Hall, the RSCVA wants that money back.
In addition to the overpayment issue, the council will be considering an amendment to the city’s Municipal Code. This change would make the chief of police responsible for approving, revoking or denying all alcohol licenses in the city.
The council saw the item once before at its Oct. 20, 2008 meeting. At that time the council was reviewing between five and 10 licenses per month.
At that time the item was pulled from the council’s agenda.
Mayor Geno Martini recently said in his State of the City speech that the Sparks Police Department was in need of 54 more officers in order to handle the city’s demands. The department currently employs about 110 officers.
The proposed change would not increase the cost of obtaining a liquor license. Currently, applicants must pay for the background check.
The council will also consider and possibly appoint a new member to the city’s planning commission Monday.
The commission seat was left vacant after former commissioner Bruce Breslow was appointed to the head of the state’s nuclear projects office.
At its March 10 meeting, the council reviewed the applications of 20 people who wanted the seat.
Two dropped out of the contention.
The day of meetings will wrap up with the city’s redevelopment agency getting together immediately following the regular city council meeting. This meeting includes a recommendation to approve minutes and a report of claims and bills approved for payment throughout the month of February.