The following are the highlights of today’s Washoe County District Commissioner meeting:
1. Board approves resolution on the intention to transfer the Wildcreek Golf Course to First Tee: Washoe County Commissioners approved a resolution declares the county’s intention to transfer the Wildcreek Golf Course to the Northern Nevada Youth Golf Foundation, dba First Tee of Northern Nevada. The decision sets a date for a public hearing. With final approval, First Tee would be required to operate the golf course for charitable or civic purposes for the community. This means that the entire property can be used for golf and golf activities, including the golf course, pro shop, food and drink, driving range, putting green, event space and everything that takes place on the property. It also means that the course must be made available to the public at a lower cost than private Washoe County golf courses and must always be used as a golf course.
“If First Tee is no longer able to perform the service or chooses not to do so, they will not be able to sublet this property and it would return to Washoe County,” said Dave Solaro, Assistant County Manager, explaining the next steps for the property. A public hearing is scheduled for autumn this year.
2. Change to Sierra View Library Branch Lease Approved: The Sierra View Library Branch has been located in the Reno Town Mall since 1987 and is well used by residents. In today’s action, the board did agreed to a change on the lease between Roter Investments LP and Washoe County to continue occupancy for a period of five years valued at just over $ 891,000.
Roter generously endorsed and supported Washoe County and made donations to meet the basic rent of the Sierra View Branch. The lease change approved today includes a requirement to replace the library carpet, sharing the cost of Roter and Washoe Counties. Roter will replace the carpets, while Washoe County will be responsible for moving furniture and fixtures up to $ 160,000. Any expenses in excess of this amount will be shared equally between Roter and Washoe Counties.
3. Board of Directors awarded for ADA improvements in South Valleys Regional Park: In July 2021, the county published a tender for improvements to the Americans with Disabilities Act for the South Valleys Regional Park. No offers were received, so the employees of the district requested offers from several contractors, with only one offer being received. Facilities Management Inc.’s offering is valued at $ 134,000 and will address barriers in the park. The whiteboard approved the offer in today’s meeting.
4. The COVID-19 incident commander presented an update on the Washoe County pandemic: Deputy District Manager Dave Solaro, the regional commander of the COVID-19 incident, presented a Status report on COVID-19 in Washoe County. Since Solaro’s last update on August 16, the COVID case rate per 100,000 has doubled and the test positive rate has increased from 18.4 percent to 20.1 percent. One of the goals of the incident management team is to reduce the test positive rate to below 5 percent. A month ago there were just over 3,100 active cases; Today there are nearly 9,000 active cases in Washoe County.
Medical resources are a primary concern, and the Nevada Hospital Association tracks key COVID resources such as personal protective equipment, supplies, ventilators, staff, percentage of patients with COVID, percentage of ICU patients with COVID, hospital occupancy, and intensive care unit occupancy. A month ago, all resources except ICU occupancy were at a “no concern” level. Today staff are on alert, the percentage of hospital patients with COVID are at the warning stage and the occupancy of hospitals and intensive care units is at wakefulness.
“Since I am vaccinated, I am not worried about going to the hospital with COVID. What I worry about is getting into a car accident on the way home from work with nowhere to go because the emergency rooms in our community are overcrowded with people with COVID or other diseases and our system is clogged. “Said Solaro.
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 received a $ 96,000 grant to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to cover overtime expenses related to the regional union of forces program. This program carries out checkpoints for traffic monitoring throughout the entire federal financial year, from October 2021 to September 2022.
6. The Human Services Agency receives numerous grants for child, family and care services: The board accepts $ 255,000 from the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program, a grant from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services, to support aging youth out of the care system. The Washoe County Human Services Agency (HSA) has been supported by the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program since 2013 and supports an active and committed youth council in Washoe County.
The board accepted additional grants for HSA, including nearly $ 50,000 for family support services, $ 55,000 for family reunification services, $ 62,000 for family support services, and $ 125,000 for adoption promotion and support services.
7. Employee health care program approved by the Board of Management for 2022: Every year the Insurance Negotiations Committee (INC) recommends changes to employee benefits – health, dental, vision, and life insurance – to help control costs for the county while delivering valuable benefits to employees. The 2022 calendar year health benefits program for employees, retirees, and their dependents is valued at an approximate annual cost of $ 57.8 million.
The INC did not recommend any benefit changes to any of the three types of health plan offered: HMO, self-funded PPO, and self-funded HDHP, or the self-funded dental plan. The INC recommended performance enhancements to the self-funded vision plan, which includes increased allowances and primary eye care. The board approved the CY2022 plan as presented.