JB Mapes and Co, Oxbow Park, Hanging Flower Baskets at City Council Meeting

by Mike Van Houten / Sep 21, 2010

Alright enough horseplay and pool parties let's get down to business shall we?

Here are some interesting items from both the City Council and Redevelopment Agency Board meetings for Wednesday's meeting.

- New alcohol License - JB Mapes & Co., 50 North Sierra Street, Suite #103. Dining Wine and Beer
Looks like the new Bistro to go in next to Subway is getting their licenses in order.

- Approval of Award of Contract to Northern Nevada Excavating for the Oxbow Park Streambank and Infrastructure Protection Project in the amount of $349,777 (FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Truckee River Fund - Grant Funding).
This sounds like great news for the Oxbow Nature park.

- Presentation: Status of Virginia Street Corridor Projects including Streetcar/Light Rail and Complete Streets/Streetscape- RTC and City of Reno Staff -
This should be an interesting presentation.

- Staff Report: Resolution No. Resolution allocating $12,599,999 of the City of Reno's $65,604,000 Volume Cap for Recovery Zone Facility Bonds to Washoe County for purposes of financing the IMG Energy Project pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; and providing the effective date thereof.
H.5 Staff Report: Resolution No. Resolution allocating $25,000,000 of the City of Reno's $65,604,000 Volume Cap for Recovery Zone Facility Bonds to Energy Matrix for purposes of financing a 4.5 mW solar and energy-management project pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; and providing the effective date hereof -
Two very cool projects.

- Discussion and potential direction to staff regarding expenses associated with hanging flower baskets in public areas, and the possibility of raising private funds to pay for the program.
D. Aiazzi -
Flower Baskets!

- Staff Report: Report and discussion regarding the financial status of the Redevelopment Agency, discussion and potential direction to staff to amend the Fiscal Year 2010/11 Redevelopment Agency budget, and direction to staff regarding funding and implementation of Redevelopment projects. -
Oh boy this one should be about as depressing as watching a 15-mile-wide meteor strike the earth.

Post your comments
  • September 22, 2010 - 7:30:43 AM

    What time and where is it?

  • September 22, 2010 - 7:58:11 AM

    BRING BACK THE FLOWER BASKETS! Heck, I'll personally collect donations to help pay for them if I have to or help with the watering/maintenance. I know they aren't a vital necessity, but they add so much charm and color to downtown. I really missed them this year.

  • September 23, 2010 - 8:06:45 AM

    The Ward 1 NAB has put forwarding funding for the flower baskets so I hope that has taken care of it, at least for this year.

  • September 23, 2010 - 9:25:43 AM

    What was the deal with yesterday's city council meeting? It got off to a dicey start when the mayor pulled item B1 from the redevelopment agenda. Item B1 would have provided an overdue staff report on the current and future status of our current and future redevelopment projects. Poof! Squelched before the meeting started. On the city's website, a redevelopment meeting date was scheduled, but the agenda remained marked "unavailable," even as the meeting was in progress. Free of any obligation to account for redevelopment , a relieved council went on to hear the rapid transit plan. No one even flinched at the suggestion of diverting more property tax increment or creating more special tax districts to muster the local financing portion. The council also expressed continued support for an interest-free recovery zone loan for the Freighthouse -- any discussion of which would have been contained in pulled item, B1. The redevelopment meeting was over in a flash, with no discussion about redevelopment and no request for future agenda items. When Jessica Sferrazza recommended the need for a town hall meeting, the mayor's response was tepid. He suggested November, presumably after the election. When is the Stadium/Freighthouse payment due?

  • September 30, 2010 - 10:08:09 AM

    I just returned from Portland and used the Light Rail system. I am floored by people who don't like the idea of light rail. The system in Portland is absolutely amazing. If we want our community to continue to grow, we have to take the steps to run with the big boys, one of those steps is a useable mass transportation. One route that is needed and should be considered is an aiport route.