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Verdi Community Update: July 26, 2016

As we move into the heat of the summer, we hope this newsletter finds you well and safe!

Here are a few updates on issues in Verdi. We assemble these from activities, County and City permit filings and meetings with people hoping to move into our community. If you find an issue the Verdi residents would like to hear about please send them our way.

Our last update invited everyone to a meeting put on by the City of Reno at Boomtown which was held Saturday May 21st. There were over 100 residents in attendance and the City has updated their email database with those present to receive updates. City Staff presented a basic area plan as it currently exists, explained the “sphere of influence” (what it allows and does not allow), and touched briefly on their internal role/process as development projects are presented. They set up “break out” groups for presentations including: Transportation, Public Safety, Water/Sewer and Schools. The forwarded email below is what has been provided as a recap. If you were unable to attend please feel free to email Barbara DiCianno at the email listed below should you like to be included on future City email updates.

Unfortunately the State water engineer did not make the meeting, which was obviously one of the greatest “of interest” items for our residents. Councilmember Jardon requested the State Water Engineer’s Office present information related to Verdi and water allocation. Representatives from the State Water Engineer’s office will make that presentation to City Council at the Wednesday, July 27 City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 10am and the item is J.4 on the agenda, entitled:

“Presentation regarding the allocation of water to various projects and the process the state uses to allocate and monitor water rights and groundwater supplies, including development proposals in the Verdi area”.

While we just received notification of this email Friday we appreciate it is short notice, if your unable to attend you can watch the meeting at your convenience at: http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

Another take away from this meeting by our County Commissioner Herman was that Verdi needs an active voice. Several requests have been submitted to “reinitiate” our Community Advisory Board (CAB). This item was discussed by the County Commissioners June 28th, where it was suggested to combine the existing West Truckee Meadows CAB with the inactive Verdi CAB… to have one CAB. The board item is to be represented August 9th to the commissioners where they will determine how many positions will be made available (two are being recommended), as well as particulars on procedures moving forward and details on submitting applications. We strongly believe this will assist in keeping Verdi in the loop on upcoming projects/plans in our community and provide a platform to address any concerns or issues that affect our residents. We will be sure to provide updates as this progresses

In speaking with the Developer of West Meadows Estates, it appears they anticipate to start grading by the end of this year, 2016. The water infrastructure extension is tentatively scheduled to begin in approximately two months. So big changes/construction forth coming.

There is a new owner of the Wells Manufacturing warehouses who is also going to be making significant improvements to the property starting in the next six months. He is a native Nevadan who graduated from UNR and resides in the area. The location has been approved through Washoe County to be used as a medical marijuana cultivation and extraction operation. No dispensary operations, retail sales or distribution of any kind will be conducted at the Verdi site. There will be minimal employees, no signage and traffic does not appear to be a concern. The buildings south side (facing the street) will be renovated and all entry locations removed. Product will be moved in unmarked vehicles. No large trucks involved. Unlike previous reports by others concerning a large “ground plume” moving from the building, no evidence of this has been found to date. The property will be thoroughly landscaped and re-shelled. All business will be conducted on the North East side of the property. The owner is extremely proactive and sensitive to our small town feel and seems to simply want to “fit in” to the area. As always, water is the biggest concern. They opted to not hook into TMWA’s water infrastructure and will be installing a large water tank behind the fencing to address State Fire code.

Lastly, Village 6 of Sommerset was presented at the July 11th Neighborhood Advisory Board. It appears this particular “Village” is going to be the most invasive to the Verdi Community as it will build out the back portion of the development( located on the Eastern hill above West Meadows). Access to the presentation documents for this project can be accessed your reference at the link to the calendar page of Reno.gov. This item is currently scheduled to be heard by the planning commission August 17th.

As always, should you have any questions, concerns or feedback feel free to contact us. Thank you!

Carly Borchard

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Land Use

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Schools

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Transportation

Verdi Community Meeting 5.21.16 – Waste Water

Verdi Community Meeting Presentation 5-21-16 – Fire

Verdi Community Mtg 5.21.16 – RPD

Verdi Water Facility Plan 10-6-15 map

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Crystal Peak Park Cleanup Event June 14

Team and Park Enthusiasts,

It’s time for our second park clean-up at Cabela’s adopted county park and your local gem, Crystal Peak, on Tuesday, June 14 from 9 to 11am. Please park in the lower lot by the river and ponds and we’ll do whatever chores and maintenance the county park ranger has organized for us. If you have an ATV/UTV and want to bring it to help haul debris, that would be great. Just email me by June 12 so I can let the park ranger know a couple days in advance how many of us will be there so he can have enough tools, bags, etc., for us.

For Cabela’s outfitters, you can either sign the sign-up sheet in the break room or just email me. Thanks and see you at our beautiful neighborhood park June 14. Feel free to share this with your neighbors and friends via email or social media.

RSVP to:  james.klund (@) cabelas (dot) com

Reno Hosting Verdi Community Meeting May 21st

Ward 5 Councilmember Neoma Jardon would like to invite you to a Verdi community meeting on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Boomtown from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. Representatives from the City of Reno and a number of other agencies will be there to present information on several topics related to development within the City of Reno and Verdi Sphere of Influence.
After an opening presentation on land use history and existing entitlements, there will be four breakout sessions on specific topics. They are:
1) Water/Sewer Service

2) Traffic/Roads

3) Public Safety

4) Schools
Each breakout session will last approximately 45 minutes, include time for questions and answers, and be repeated on the hour.  This will allow attendees to participate
in more than one session.
DAY:             Saturday, May 21, 2016

TIME:           9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.

WHERE:       Boomtown Reno, Verdi Meeting Room 2100 Garson Road, Verdi, NV
We hope you can join us for this informational meeting.
For more information about the meeting, please contact Claudia Hanson, Community Development Planning Manager, at hansonc@reno.gov.
As space is limited, please e-mail your RSVP to diciannob@reno.gov.

Crystal Peak Park Cleanup – April 23rd

Join us at 10 AM on April 23rd at Washoe County’s Crystal Peak Park for a Cache In/Weed Out event. You will learn how to recognize and kill several types of Invasive Weed Species. This event will be co-sponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space. They will provide us with a Ranger (our own Geocaching Ranger Nick), instructions, and some basic tools. You should bring some tools yourself if they are available to you. Consider bringing: a hat, sunscreen, water, gloves, shovels, clippers, and rakes. The county will be providing disposal bags for the weeds. We will have a “We’ll bring the hot dogs and you bring something too.” potluck after the CIWO ends at about 12 PM. Kids and pets (bring a leash) are welcome.

RSVP: Nick Steuer, nsteuer(at)washoecounty.us

River Clean-up

Please see the event announcement from Nick Steuer, Truckee River District Park Ranger:

“We wanted to inform you that Crystal Peak Park is one of the clean-up sites for KTMB’s River Clean-up coming up on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00am – Noon. We would love it if you all could be a part of this project! The focus will be removing the vegetation and invasive weeds from around the ponds. We will also be working on raking leaves, litter pick-up and popping Mullein from the field. We will have a green waste dumpster on-site as well.”

If you are available, please go to ktmb.org and click on the “sign up to volunteer today” link.

Thanks,

Nick Steuer

Park Ranger I, Truckee River District

Washoe County Community Services Department

(775) 828-6659 (office)

(775) 828-6614 (fax)

nsteuer@washoecounty.us

6000 Bartley Ranch Rd., Reno, NV 89511

Verdi Community Council Update: Verdi Library Meeting This Wednesday

Message from the Verdi Community Library:

“There is a Washoe County Library Board of Trustees meeting this Wednesday August 19th at 4pm at the NW Reno Library if anyone is available to attend to show support for keeping the Verdi Community Library open. At the board meeting in June Duncan Traner library supporters overshadowed the Verdi Community Library supporters. Continue reading

“Stop the Crusher” information table in downtown Verdi!

Verdi Community Council is providing information to Verdi residents about this week’s Reno City Council meeting and HOW TO SAVE VERDI’S RESIDENTIAL AREAS FROM BECOMING AN INDUSTRIAL ZONE.  Stop by and visit (and bring your neighbors).

Don’t forget to participate in the July 29th (at 6pm) Reno City Council meeting that will determine Verdi’s future!!! (see item M in the linked page)

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Reno City Council Meeting for LDC15-00016 (39 Ventures Materials Processing Facility)

WHAT: Reno City Council is hearing Verdi residents’ opinions on the 39 Ventures materials processing facility (the “rock crusher/screening machine”)

WHO: ALL VERDI RESIDENTS SHOULD ATTEND!

WHEN: July 29th (time TBD; 6pm has been requested but won’t be verified until approximately July 19th)

WHERE: Reno City Council Chamber, One East First Street, Reno, NV 89501

WHY: To hear Verdi residents’ (and 39 Ventures’s) opinions on this project, and (hopefully) vote to approve or deny the application.

HOW:

1) SHOW UP!  If you don’t show up, the city council thinks you don’t care.

2) Be prepared to speak for up to 3 minutes to the city council to describe exactly why you feel the 39 Ventures project should or should not be allowed to proceed (use facts – not simply “I don’t like it” or “it hurts property values”…  a better point would be specific, quantifiable impacts on local traffic/wildlife/cyclists/pedestrians/etc.)

3) Need help?  Contact Gene Gardella at genegardella(at)yahoo.com for help formulate your presentation.

Further Info on the meeting: http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=1274