This is a fairly packed agenda, with a presentation on the Truckee River Flood Control Project, presumably the portion in the Redevelopment District. Also on tap: Presentation of the RTC BRT Station Development Project, Overview of the East Fourth Street Planning Charette, Direction of use for leftover ReTRAC Enhancement Funds, and Update and Discussion on the Golden Eagle Land Exchange in northeast downtown.
Some interesting tidbits here: Discussion regarding the creation of a Downtown Alcohol Advisory Committee to Review Proposals regarding Alcohol related issues. According to the staff report, "Lately, the City has received numerous complaints from citizens regarding the number of alcohol related businesses in the downtown core that diminish the quality of life for residents. Several issues have been raised by citizens, including but not limited to noise, fights, public intoxication, violence, damage to property, litter and graffiti. These issues continue to create a significant drain on City services. The City is committed to balancing the safety and welfare of the residents in the downtown area with the vitality for business owners. The intent of this proposal is to create a stakeholders advisory committee to act as an advisory board on alcohol related issues as they impact the downtown area within the confines of the existing downtown tax assessment district or area defined by City Council."
There are three options City staff came up with to create this committee comprised of stakeholders.They would provide recommendations to the City Council on how to deal with licensed alcohol businesses that serve and sell alcohol, and balance our entertainment district with the residents who live downtown.
Here's the details on the proposed structure of the group, regardless which option is selected.
Here are the options the staff report outlines
Option 1 – Create a Downtown Alcohol Advisory Committee (DAAC)
The DAAC would consist of the following Stakeholders: Two (2) voting Police Special Assessment District Advisory Committee members, Two (2) voting Business Owners, Two (2) voting Cabaret Licensed Business Owners, Two (2) voting Residents of the Special Assessment District, and One (1) voting member at large.
The open meeting law, as referenced above, applies to this option.
Option 2 – Create a Sub-Committee to the existing Downtown Improvement Association (DIA)
This sub-committee would utilize an existing, active downtown merchant group that currently is comprised of stakeholders from the Downtown Improvement Association, and would follow the listed perimeters of Option One. The open meeting law, as referenced above, applies to this option.
This committee would not report directly to City Council; it would report back as a sub-committee to its originating committee.
Option 3 – Direct the existing Downtown Police Special Assessment District Advisory Board or the Compliance Review Group to create a stakeholders sub-committee under the existing Board(s) to review proposals regarding alcohol licensing and other related alcohol issues. This sub-committee would utilize an existing, active Board that currently is comprised of businesses and residents in the downtown special assessment district. This sub-committee would follow the listed perimeters of Option 1.
The open meeting law, as referenced above, applies to this option. This committee would not report directly to City Council; it would report back as a sub-committee to its originating committee.