BE ENGAGED AND INVOLVED
 Vol. 2017-01 April 2017            



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While out in the yard, we (my husband and I) looked across the street and saw visitors next door.  We thought you would enjoy the picture!


HONK, HONK.  I don't have a home.  Can you help me out and get me to the meadow for food and water?  I have a family to raise. 


I was reading through some of the City of Reno's planning documents and realized that Carson City faces many of the same issues.

I am continually amazed by the residents, staff and Board of Supervisors of Carson City.  We see an issue, develop a plan and then implement the plan.  One such issue was affordable housing for the homeless. 

The City, FISH, Garth Richard's family, Nevada Rural Housing and many gracious donors put their heads together and built and furnished a 39 unit apartment complex to deal with some of our housing needs.  The most amazing accomplishment....it was done from thought to completion in less than three years.  It is projects like this that remind me how fortunate I am to live in Carson City.


 
Richards Crossing - 39 unit apartment complex.


Items for the kitchen were donated by generous businesses, organizations and individuals in the community.


Quilts were donated for each apartment. 


Employees from Southwest Gas helped put the futons and tables together for each apartment.  Home Depot employees put the beds together. 


Community volunteers stocked all of the apartments with donor-purchased goods.  You can see how much cardboard was generated.  If I remember correctly, we had about 10 times this much before we were done! 



BOARD  MEETINGS RECAP 
 
ICE RINK
The Board of Supervisors voted to discontinue the Ice Rink at Arlington Square.  It was a wonderful event for a short period of time and was very weather dependent.  The City began operating the rink in 2008 and spent $364,517 in purchasing equipment and operating costs.  $58,225 was received in skate revenue.  In 2011 used additional equipment was purchased for $134,750.  The ice rink has never paid for itself.  Admittedly, many of our recreation programs receive some general fund subsidy.  The City was faced with needing to purchase about $250,000 worth of equipment to maintain a safe ice rink.  I voted to discontinue the ice rink services based on its limited use versus the cost to the general fund. 

SEWER FUND
During the budget discussion, I made a motion to delay spending $435,000 next year on repairs to the pumps at Eagle Valley Golf Course.  I wanted to delay the expenditures an additional year to allow the Board of Supervisors more time to determine the best course of action for the community concerning the golf course.   Unfortunately, I did not receive a second to my motion.  Staff was concerned the pumps could fail at any time and the golf course would be left without the ability to be watered.  I am not sure I buy this explanation as I serve on the Golf Board as the City representative, and this dire maintenance issue has never been discussed in the last two years. 

The budget contains the following anticipated capital expenditures for Eagle Valley from the sewer fund:
  • FY 18 - $435,000
  • FY 19 - $0
  • FY 20 - $1,500,000
  • FY 21 - $1,500,000
  • FY 22 - $930,000

I am very concerned about the water and sewer rates that residents and businesses pay in our community.  I am also concerned about the upcoming need for potential s torm water rate increases that will be discussed by the Board of Supervisors on May 4th.  .  I believe we need to make some very hard decisions on how we spend money from these funding sources. 

The golf course discussion is not simple.  There are many facets that need to be considered, such as what happens if we change the use of the land, can the effluent water system be changed and at what cost?  Should we maintain municipal golf when other golf courses exist in the community?. There are pros and cons to each of the issues.  There is also no easy answer, but I believe with the proposal to invest so much money over the next five years, we need to have the discussion.  I believe the Board of Supervisors will need to address this issue over the next year.  I welcome your thoughts. 

REFINANCED BOND  The Board of Supervisors voted to refinance a Highway Bond that was issued in 2008 to achieve interest savings.  This refinancing will result in savings of approximately $415,000.  These savings will be used to help meet road needs.  I was asked why we did not refinance sooner.  When we issue bonds, the issuing banks often have clauses that do not allow us to refinance for at least 10 years.  This was our first opportunity to take advantage of the lower interest rates. 

DANGEROUS DOG ORDINANCE (Section 7.13 of our Code)
The Board of Supervisors approved a change to our animal control ordinances to update the definition of dangerous and vicious dog procedures.  The changes now include the ability for animal control to deal with dogs that attack other animals.  Previously, the ordinance dealt with dogs that harmed people, but not other animals.  There are also some other changes that deal with dogs showing aggression without biting a person or animal. The ordinance has a progressive judicial review process for declaring animals dangerous or vicious.  I want to thank the Animal Services Committee and the Nevada Humane Society for helping me bring this ordinance forward. 

I have been receiving requests to deal with the leash law in Carson City.  This is another difficult task.  The animal services committee and the Nevada Humane Society are reviewing our ordinance and determining if amendments could be made to meet the public interests and those of dog owners.  We will try to bring a proposal to the Board of Supervisors in the next year.  If you have ideas, please forward them to me at lbagwell@carson.org. 
 
JUMP AROUND CARSON (JAC) BUS SYSTEM 
During a recent RTC meeting, the Commission requested information concerning the bus system.  Just in case you are not familiar with the bus system in Carson City, I thought I would share a few bits of information.

Last year 22,299 rides were provided to disabled residents needing transportation.  74,363 rides were provided for free to seniors (bus costs paid by State Aging and Disability).  We have seven fixed route vehicles and seven paratransit vehicles in the fleet. 

The bus service is available from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.  We have four fixed routes.  The fare to ride the bus is $1.00 for adults, $0.50 for youth and free for children age four and under. 

The JAC transit system serves the purpose of providing access to essential services:  education, employment, medical and shopping.  
 
POINTS OF INTEREST

Shine Blue Lights is a national trend in a  number of cities during the month of May, which celebrates National Police Week, May 14-20.  Merchants and residents who value the risky work of law enforcement can show their support by shining blue lights as a beacon to officers and tribute to those who died in the line of duty. 

A free blue light-bulb will be offered to all by Dick Campagni at his Campagni Auto Group Toyota, Ford and Hyundai dealerships. 

Carson City will participate in the 20th Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony May 4, 2017, on the Capitol grounds at 12:00 p.m.  Memorial attendees will be offered a blue light-bulb. 

SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT - TURN ON THE BLUE PORCH LIGHT.

CONTACT YOUR BOARD
Ward 1
                      Supervisor Karen Abowd                     
Ward 2
   Supervisor Brad Bonkowski
       BBonkowski@carson.org  
Ward 3
    Supervisor Lori Bagwell
     LBagwell@carson.org
Ward 4
 Supervisor John Barrette
   JBarrette@carson.org

While these board members must live in one of the four wards, they represent the entire city.  If you have any concerns, please contact us.   
 
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