Tahoe Ridge Winery production, along with the restaurant and marketplace already expected to open next month, will come to Carson City.
The Board of Supervisors, acting with Sheriff Ken Furlong as the Liquor and Entertainment Board, was told that by Howard Jacheus Thursday when he appeared for a routine liquor license. He said the restaurant and marketplace opening at 1105 S. Carson St. is slated for early opening next month. He then gave the Nevada Appeal more detail on bringing the winery production facilities up from Airport Road in Minden, which should take two months.
Jacheus said roughly half the 10,000 square foot building at the north end of the Carson Mall parking lot being converted for Tahoe Ridge’s facility will house the restaurant, bar and marketplace, with the other half going to production. The building was used to house Station Grill, but has been vacant for years. It’s owned by the Carrington Co. of California, which also owns the mall.
“We’re looking at Feb. 2,” Jacheus said when Mayor Robert Crowell asked about the restaurant and marketplace opening date. The license application showed the part opening then would involve a restaurant, bar, catering and wine tastings with 75 dining seats and a bar for 16. Estimated work force is 25. The combination liquor license allows sales for on and off premises, including general wholesale.
Thursday’s city governing board session included honors for Fire Chief Stacey Giomi and Treasurer Al Kramer, both of whom are leaving city government. Giomi is entering private sector employment after three decades with the fire department. Kramer has been with the city two decades and is leaving for a job with the state treasurer’s office.
In addition, the board handled routine items that pave the way for an $18 million bond issue as part of the bonding authority to upgrade Carson City’s sewage treatment plant and sewer system. Approval for the two items came after the Public Works Department offered an update presentation on the plan to improve plant working order, which is aimed at avoiding the potential for violations of federal environmental standards.
Director Darren Schulz and Utilities Manager David Bruketta provided the update, reminding board members of the rate hikes and a previous bond issue for $22 million that got things started in 2013 and last year.
“We plan on starting the whole project this summer,” Bruketta said, though several millions already have been committed. He said bio-reactors will be “the heart of the system” to lower nutrients like nitrates and phosphates.
The board later in the day gave approval to a $50,000 Moss Adams LLC Lean Management Training and Green Belt Certification program sought by City Manager Nick Marano. That came after a presentation by Rishi Malhotra, who said it provides companies or communities continuous improvements via a small step process to save time and promote efficiency. The cost will be taken care of by city contingency funds. The vote was 4-1, with Supervisor Jim Shirk dissenting.
In other morning and afternoon work, the board heard reports on how street maintenance is funded and why the city is $2.2 million short in repairing roads, from the federal Bureau of Land Management on a resource management plan that includes Carson City and, acting as the Board of Health chaired by Dr. Susan Pintar, city Health Officer, additional reports from Pintar and various staff at city Health and Human Services.
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