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Council to welcome Asher as chief, talk money matters
by Sarah Cooper
Nov 16, 2008 | 756 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks City Council will continue to usher in new faces to public service today at 3 p.m. with a recommendation from staff to appoint Commander Steven Asher as the new City of Sparks Police Chief.

Asher’s possible acceptance into the new job comes just one week after the council welcomed Julia Ratti to the Ward 1 council seat.

Asher was one of only two internal candidates who applied for the job following former Police Chief John Dotson’s retirement in August. The Sparks native has worked for the Sparks Police Department in various capacities for the past 28 years. Since Dotson’s retirement in August, Deputy Police Chief Steve Keefer has been fulfilling the duties of the police chief.

The council is also planning to discuss its priorities for federal appropriations requests through 2010. The discussion is being held in preparation for the convening of the 111th Congress, where funding for the year 2010 will be discussed.

In preliminary reports, city staff are suggesting that the Truckee River Flood Control project, the Reno-Sparks intermodal transit facilities, energy conservation, homeland security, public safety, economic development and community development make the top of the federal funding priorities list.

In other business, the council will consider a petition from Wildcreek Commercial Properties that would allow for increased visibility of the developer’s signage.

The proposed handbook amendment would change the signage restrictions at the developer’s property on the corner of El Rancho Drive and McCarran Boulevard. The current handbook allows for “one monument sign, no more than six-feet in height …” Tenants have argued that the signage is inadequate and have put up their own signs, breaking rules and creating a problem for code enforcement, the staff report stated.

The city’s redevelopment agency meeting, which was to precede council at 2 p.m., has been canceled.
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