Reno City Council

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The Reno City Council has four of its six seats up for election this year, but only two of them have challengers to the incumbents. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick looks into the race for the at-large position.

David Bobzien was serving as a Nevada assemblyman when he was appointed to the Reno City Council in 2014, after then Councilwoman Hillary Schieve was elected mayor.

Bobzien says it was perfect timing.

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The University of Nevada, Reno’s planned expansion toward downtown has raised concerns about the future of a few historic homes south of the university. Our Contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

The so-called gateway expansion is part of UNR’s master plan. It has drawn controversy and a number of citizens spoke out against the plan at last week's Reno City Council meeting

Idea Floated For Reno City Council In-House Reporter

Feb 16, 2016

A suggestion to have the Reno City Council hire its own reporter to cover itself was met with some resistance during last week's city council meeting.

Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

Reno Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus said that staff reductions at the Reno Gazette-Journal have impacted city hall news coverage and she wanted what she called more objective, in-depth reporting.

Reno Council Green-Lights New Verdi Development

Jan 17, 2016
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Reno City Council gave the green light last week to a new development in Verdi, despite objections from nearby residents. Our contributor Bob Conrad from our media partner ThisisReno has the story.

The Meridian 120 North development will allow for nearly 300 single family homes on about 100 acres.

The city's planning commission had approved the subdivision, but Verdi residents appealed, citing concerns about water availability for the planned unit development or PUD.

Reno's New Art Installation: The Light Chimes

Dec 31, 2015
ThisisReno

A new public art installation went up Thursday at Wingfield Park, as another effort to build the perception of Reno as an arts destination. Contributor Bob Conrad with our media partner ThisisReno has the story.

The sculpture is called The Light Chimes and is the brainchild of Nevada Artist Scott Morgan.

The Light Chimes uses photographic images to produce lights and colors,” Morgan explains. “If you can imagine wind chimes, only instead of metal rods that produce sound, imagine acrylic rods that produce light.” 

Reno Fire Department

The City of Reno will soon have a permanent fire chief in place. For the latest update on this week's city council meeting, we turn to Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick.

During the meeting, Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger recommended Acting Fire Chief Dave Cochran for the permanent post. Cochran started in August. Since then, he's modified labor contracts, hired new firefighters and negotiated an automatic aid agreement, which requires the nearest unit to respond to a report of a fire, regardless of jurisdiction.

The Reno Police Department doesn’t have a permanent police chief yet, but is one step closer after yesterday’s City Council meeting. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

When Jason Soto assumed the acting police chief role in April, he leapfrogged higher ranking officers for the position. Since then, he’s garnered a great deal of support from the community, the city council and within the department. Sergeant Paul Sifre and is one member of Soto’s staff who voiced his support.

“I have not seen morale at a higher point in my 15 years than it has been recently.”

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Reno City Council is considering outside legal review on its franchise agreement with Waste Management. It's a messy situation right now with council members criticizing the company on multiple fronts.

There's also a lawsuit, filed by a competing company, that's in litigation now.

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After nearly a year of gathering community input, Reno City Council has given the initial OK on new regulations for digital signs. A final vote is needed for approval and implementation.

To learn more about the proposed rules, KUNR's Michelle Bliss talked to Bob Conrad with our local media partner ThisisReno, who has been covering the story.

City Delays Decision On Renown Vs. St. Mary's

Oct 9, 2015
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  Reno City Council has postponed a decision on whether to switch its health care provider exclusively from St. Mary's to Renown Health. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Members of city council expressed concern this week that switching hospitals could create a monopoly for Renown, which recently gained contracts with the Washoe County School District and the city of Sparks.

All three are members of the Nevada Health Partners, a coalition of the area’s largest employers that negotiates hospital contracts for their insurance policies.

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