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Grants, Road Reconstruction on Tech Review Agenda
Posting Date: 07/16/2012

By Barbara Ellestad

The Community Grant Application process for non-profit organizations seeking funds from the City is back on the City Council Technical Review meeting agenda for July 17. The item was pulled from the last meeting agenda after City Staff requested more preparation time.

The Council directed staff to revise the application process during the budget hearings in May after several organizations were denied funding.

The revisions "will allow applicants a longer time period to become self-sustaining and allow operating expenses and indirect costs as eligible requests. Applicant will still need to apply on an annual basis," says the background material for the agenda item.

A bid award for residential street reconstruction project is also on the Technical Review agenda. The project proposes to include the following streets: Osprey, Condor, Falcon, Eagle, Hawk (Rising Star Subdivision) Bannock, Piute, Navajo (Arrowhead Subdivision Phase I), Blackfoot, Cherokee, Shoshone Circle, Sioux Circle (Arrowhead Subdivision Phase II) Pheasant Drive, Partridge Lane, Quail Run (Mountain View Estates Subdivision) Habib Court, Owen Lane, Gloria Lane, West Lane Amina Circle (Leavitt Estates Phase II).

City Council will also review a 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) required by Nevada Revised Statutes. The CIP shows a total of $6,236,205 projected for projects in Fiscal Year 2012-13.

Much of the funding for the projects comes from outside sources like the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), SNPLMA, and grants.

Two zoning items are up for review, both dealing with the City Sign Ordinance that

prohibits or severely restricts Light Emitting Diode (LED) signs.

The first change would permit the City to erect LED Community Event signs that the Chamber of Commerce and the business community have asked for. Staff is recommending approval after the necessary public hearings.

The second zoning request is from Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) on behalf of Eureka Resort Hotel and Casino who wants to install LED electronic message center/reader signs on billboards near The 19th Hole and Mesquite Suites Apartments.

Staff has included an extensive "Impact to Residents" statement in the background material that suggests, "If some form of approval is granted, staff believes that each proposed sign conversion should have to go through a Conditional Use process, with a public hearing before the City Council so that neighbors are notified and have an opportunity to provide their input."

The background documents also advises that if the code amendment is approved, 21 billboards along I-15 could also be affected.

The councilors will also be asked to approve a settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by Lincoln County in 2010 that protested the annexation of land north of the City across the county line. The agreement requires the City of Mesquite to "detach" the property owned and planned for development by C & O Holdings, in essence withdrawing its annexation action.

The meeting begins at 1:30 pm in the City Hall second floor training room and is open to the public.


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