Top headlines from the Board of County Commissioners Meeting
Commissioner's gave direction on revitalizing Citizen Advisory Boards, accept Registrar of Voters’ Petition to Establish Unincorporated Town of “Warm Springs Valley,” approve deputy support in Incline Village
Reno, Nev. August 18, 2020. The following are highlights from today’s Washoe County Board of County Commissioners meeting:
1. Commissioners gave direction on enhancing the current Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) program. Over the past several years the Board has requested further discussion relating to the current CAB program for review. Staff included feedback gathered from each Commissioner over the past few months, and vetted that information into a presentation that detailed themes about sharing information, participation in CAB meetings, and the role of Washoe County and engaging citizens in each of the five Commissioner Districts. The goal is to create an opportunity to discuss with and engage residents in community issues without jurisdictional limitations.
Chair Bob Lucey said, “We have consistently had challenges with our CAB program, we tried the one size fits all which hasn’t been as effective as we intended. There is no way we can have one model that fits every community need. You have to have a hybrid model and a blended discussion to communicate back and forth.”
The Board voted in favor of bringing management of CAB program to the Office of the County Manager, one time a month structured CAB meetings for all districts and expand options for CAB programs. Staff will return to the Board in the coming months with options to create a more comprehensive program, including staffing and budgetary needs to support the new program.
2. Commissioner’s approve Registrar of Voters’ resolution for Petitions to Establish the Unincorporated Town of “Warm Springs Valley” on General election ballot. After hearing the second and most recent Petition, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution placing the language of both the first Petition, submitted to the Board on July 21, 2020, and a second Petition to establish the Unincorporated Town of “Warm Springs Valley” per NRS 269.550.2; on the upcoming General election ballot.
Vice-Chair Marsha Berkbigler said, “I don't know why we would reject this. If the citizens of Warm Springs Valley want this, let them have it.”
3. Washoe County Sheriff’s Office receives grant to hire two deputies to be stationed in Incline Village. Today, Commissioner’s approved a $1,089,090 grant from Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation. The funds will be used to hire two additional Motor Unit deputies to the Incline Village substation to support traffic and parking concerns effective September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2023.
4. Washoe County Comptroller’s Office receives prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is given to government entities whose comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) achieve the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the County’s financial story. This will be the 38th consecutive certificate awarded to Washoe County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
5. Commission Re-appointment/appointments. Commissioners approved the following re-appointment/appointments:
- Reappoint Sarah Chvilicek to the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission for term beginning on July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2023.
- Appoint Francine Donshick to the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission to fill an unexpired term beginning on July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2021.
6. The Board of County Commissioners accepted the following donations:
- Donations to Washoe County Regional Animal Services in the amount of $12,989.88, from generous community members to be used for the humane care and treatment of sick, injured abandoned or at-risk animals.
- Donation to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $9,859 in food and gift donations from generous community members in support and appreciation of Sheriff’s Office staff.
- Donations to Washoe County Human Services Agency of various items with an estimated value of $3,095 from donated juror fees, as well as donations in the amount of $150 from generous community members to support child welfare activities.
- Donation to the Washoe County Human Services Agency – Senior Services of various items with an estimated value of $890 from generous community members to support operations of the Washoe County Senior Centers.