Carson City board simplifies permits for airport tenants

The Carson City Board of Supervisors approved several grants, contracts and agreements Thursday.

The board also passed an ordinance allowing tenants at the Carson City Airport to use over-the-counter building permits for small construction projects such as replacing a water heater without waiting for Airport Authority approval.

Airport Authority employees can now participate in the health, dental, vision and life insurance plans available to Carson City employees.

The board voted to approve that request after discussing reviewing the agreement, which goes through 2020, to ensure it doesn’t come at a cost.

“I will vote for this, but I have reservations,” said Commissioner Lori Bagwell. “I have concerns it could affect rates.”

The city already allows employees from the Carson City Visitors Bureau and the Carson Water Subconservancy District to opt in to its benefits program.

Two employees from the Airport Authority would be eligible.

The board approved an interlocal agreement between Carson City and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California for law enforcement mutual aid.

Either party can now respond to incidents within the other’s jurisdiction if requested.

The two sheriff’s offices had already been working together in response to calls involving methamphetamine.

The board approved a $199,931 contract with Atkins North America Inc. to do a sewer system master plan update.

The plan will update the inventory of city assets, move to an industry standard management system and look at future needs.

The city operates and maintains four lift stations, 250 miles of pipes and 5,000 manholes, said Daniel Rotter, engineering manager.

The board also approved a $15,000 amendment to an existing contract with Community Counseling Center for counseling for defendants who have been sentenced to complete the Misdemeanor Treatment Court and can’t pay the fees that normally cover the cost.

The supervisors voted to accept a $35,000 grant from the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety to partially fund the position of DUI case manager for the Department of Alternative Sentencing.

The supervisors asked about the three-year program’s effectiveness.

“As far as I know no one has returned to the program,” said Tad Fletcher, chief of the department, who said they were looking for ways to track recidivism in case graduates violate again in other counties.

The board voted to accept an $11,566 grant to fund the Sheriff’s Office Cops and Kids Community Prevention Program, which includes Elementary DARE and DARE Plus classes, Red Ribbon Campaign, Cops & Kids Spaghetti Dinner, Cops & Kids Open House and National Night Out.

The board also voted to allow Carson City Health and Human Services to apply for a state grant to fund a position for a treatment adherence counselor who assists people with HIV/AIDS to get back in treatment and apply for Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance.


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