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Alf Sorensen, two others receiving renovations
by Garrett Valenzuela
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The Alf Sorensen Community Center is slated to receive renovations to its indoor pool facility.
The Alf Sorensen Community Center is slated to receive renovations to its indoor pool facility.
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SPARKS — The Sparks City Council was all smiles Monday afternoon after breezing through a light agenda in a little more than 10 minutes, with every item on the agenda approved.

Among those items was the approval of a professional services contract with HK Architects for the renovation of the Alf Sorensen Community Center indoor swimming facility. The $75,000 contract will allow HK Architects to develop and design the renovations of the indoor pool, addressing key dehumidifying measures.

According to city documents, high levels of humidity caused by the pool’s temperature make these renovations and repairs necessary to keep the facility functioning at its daily capacity.

“This is an inherent condition of an indoor pool and a common cause of deterioration of the interior finishes, particularly objects made of iron and materials which absorb water vapor,” John Martini, assistant community services director, said in the staff report. “This portion of the building has a history of deterioration in the metal fixtures, ceiling and roof, due to the elevated humidity levels.”

Martini’s report states that city staff, along with HK Architects and sub-consultants, spent a year testing the cause of the deterioration and measuring the high humidity levels in the pool area. HK Architect’s proposal suggests renovations to the facility’s ceiling, roof-mounted manual relief vents and suggests the addition of diffusers for air distribution, exhaust fans and wall and ceiling finishes in Tot Pool area.

A total of $297,500 was approved for the entire project in the 2012 fiscal year and a little more than $276,000 remains to be used.

The Sparks City Council also approved a contract with WWW Construction for the 5th Street Concrete Improvements Federally Funded Project. The road improvement project will replace the existing curb, gutter, sidewalks and driveways as well as street trees in the area on 5th Street from Wright Way to Victorian Avenue and from 4th Street to 6th Street.

WWW Construction’s contract was approved for $310,154 and the project is fully funded by the City’s 2013 Community Development Block Grant, according to the staff report. The project was originally approved for $422,292.

“The existing concrete and roadway infrastructure in this area was constructed in the early 1940’s,” Martini said in the staff report. “The existing sidewalks have exposed aggregates, missing and cracked panels, causing hazards and resulting in a sidewalk that does not function as designed. The curb and gutter is detached from the walkways and does not drain as designed in many areas.”

The City Council also approved a contract with Summit Engineering Corp. for its services on the Mary Wahl Drain Piping Project, which will improve the second-largest drainage ditch in Sparks behind the North Truckee Drain. The contract was approved for $26,090.

Currently, the drainage ditch runs from the northwest corner of Sparks through the residential and industrial neighborhoods to outfall to the Truckee River on the east side of Marietta Way. According to the staff report, one section of the ditch, which remains unpinned, lies in the industrial area between Greg Street and Coney Island Drive. It experiences localized flooding during rain storms and high water events in the Truckee River.

The flood event in November 2012 prompted City Manager Shaun Carey to bring forward a project to finish the piping of the ditch. The drainage ditch is also receiving a metal flap gate, as part of a different city project, at its outfall to reduce backflow from the river.
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