Reno City Council Takes Action on Several Topics

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RENO, Nev. - Busy Wednesday for the Reno City Council, as they took action on several proposals.

The Council unanimously approved to adopt the Downtown Special Assessment District (SAD) expansion. The expansion will result in more police coverage in downtown Reno.

They also unanimously approved changes to Titles 4, 5 and 8 of the Reno Municipal Code. The title changes would further protect artisans' First Amendment rights by giving them the freedom to express themselves and/or sell their art without having to obtain business licenses and city park permits.

An amendment to Title 4 was unanimously approved, it suspends the acceptance of business license applications for pet stores that include the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits. The suspension allows City of Reno staff the time to work with Washoe County to establish new application requirements. The moratorium will last a maximum of 180 days.

Council members unanimously agreed to enter into a three-year short-term contract with The First Tee of Northern Nevada regarding the management, operations and development of Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. The long-term five-year agreement also passed with a 5-to-1 vote. The contract agreements relieve the City of some of the financial burden in operating the golf course. The First Tee of Northern Nevada plans to reopen the 18-hole golf course and driving range to the general public in May.

Medical marijuana establishments within the City of Reno were unanimously approved.

The council agreed to review the feasibility and financial resources needed to implement the recommendations of the Anti-Graffiti Task Force. The Task Force's report includes 11 specific recommendations.

Specific recommendations include strengthening nonprofit relationships, developing an education campaign, re-establishing the Graffiti Enforcement Team (GET), conducting media outreach, coordinating a citywide "Adopt-A-Block" program, conducting an annual graffiti count, and engaging citizen volunteers toward graffiti abatement.