Here are the highlights from today’s meeting of the Washoe County Council of Commissioners:
1. Council approves the resolution of intention to transfer the Wildcreek Golf Course to the first tee: Washoe County Commissioners approved a resolution declaring the county’s intention to transfer the Wildcreek golf course to the Northern Nevada Youth Golf Foundation, dba First Tee of Northern Nevada. The resolution sets a date for a public hearing. If ultimately approved, First Tee would be required to operate the golf course for charitable or civic purposes for the community. This means that the entire property will be used for golf and golf related activities including the course, pro shop, food and drink, driving range, putting green, event space and everything. what is happening on the property. It also means that the land must be made available to the public at a lower cost than private golf courses in Washoe County, and must still be used as a golf course.
“If First Tee is no longer able to perform the service or chooses not to do so, it cannot sublet this property and it would revert to Washoe County,” Deputy County Manager Dave said. Solaro, explaining the next steps for the property. A public hearing is scheduled for later this fall.
2. Approved Sierra View Library Branch Lease Amendment: The Sierra View Library branch has been located at the Reno Town Mall since 1987 and is well used by residents. In today’s action, the Council approved an amendment the lease between Roter Investments LP and Washoe County to continue occupancy for a five-year term valued at just over $ 891,000.
Roter has lent his support and generosity to Washoe County, making donations to cover the base rent of the Sierra View branch, allowing the library to continue operating in this popular location and to extend its hours of operation. opening. The lease amendment approved today includes a commitment to replace the library carpet at a cost shared by Roter and Washoe County. Roter will replace rugs while Washoe County will be responsible for moving furniture and furnishings, up to $ 160,000. Any expenses exceeding this amount will be shared equally between Roter and Washoe County.
3. Council awarded a bid for ADA improvements to South Valleys Regional Park: In July 2021, the county called for tenders to improve the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Southern Valleys Regional Park. No bids were received, so county staff sought bids from multiple contractors, with only one bid received. Facilities Management Inc.’s bid totals $ 134,000 and will address barriers to park accessibility. Table approved the offer at today’s meeting.
4. The COVID-19 Incident Commander provided an update on the Washoe County pandemic: Deputy County Director Dave Solaro, the COVID-19 Incident Regional Commander, presented a situation report on COVID-19 in Washoe County. Since Solaro’s last update on August 16, the rate of COVID cases per 100,000 has doubled and the test positivity rate has increased from 18.4% to 20.1%. One of the goals of the incident management team is to reduce the test positivity rate to less than 5%. The active cases a month ago were just over 3,100; today there are nearly 9,000 active cases in Washoe County.
Medical resources are a major concern, and the Nevada Hospital Association tracks critical COVID resources such as personal protective equipment, supplies, ventilators, staff, percentage of COVID patients, percentage of intensive care patients with COVID, the occupation of the hospital and the occupation of intensive care. A month ago, all resources except intensive care occupancy were at a “not of concern” level. Today, staff are on alert, the percentage of hospitalized patients with COVID is at the alert stage, and hospital and intensive care occupancy is at the surveillance level.
“Being vaccinated, I’m not worried about going to the hospital with COVID. What worries me is having a car accident on my way home from work, and I have nowhere to go because emergency rooms are crowded with people with COVID or other illnesses in the city. our community and it clogs our system, ”Solaro said.
5. The Board approves the grant to the Sheriff’s Office to cover the costs of the Joining Forces program: The Nevada Department of Public Safety has awarded a Grant of $ 96,000 at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to cover overtime related to the Regional Joining Forces program. This program performs roadside checks throughout the federal fiscal year, from October 2021 to September 2022.
6. Human Services Agency receives numerous grants for child, family and foster care services: The Council accepted $ 255,000 from the John H. Chafee foster care program, a sub-grant from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services, to support youth as they age outside the foster care system. The Washoe County Human Services Agency (HSA) has received support from the John H. Chafee Foster Care program since 2013. The funds will be used for case management, to provide educational advocacy and mentoring to improve outcomes. education for youth in foster care, and to support an active and involved Youth Advisory Council in Washoe County.
The Board of Directors accepted other grants for the HSA, including nearly $ 50,000 for family support services, $ 55,000 for family reunification services, $ 62,000 for family preservation services and $ 125,000 for adoption promotion and support services.
7. Board Approved Employee Health Benefit Program for 2022: Each year, the Insurance Negotiations Committee (INC) recommends changes to employee benefits – medical, dental, vision and life insurance – to control costs to the county while providing valuable benefits to employees. The 2022 calendar year health benefits program for employees, retirees and their dependents is estimated at an approximate annual cost of $ 57.8 million.
The INC has not recommended changing the benefits of any of the three types of health plans offered: HMO, Self Funded PPO and Self Funded HDHP, or Self Funded Dental Plan. The INC recommended improvements in benefits to the self-funded vision plan, which includes increased frame allowances and primary eye care. The Council approved the CY2022 plan as presented.