Winnemucca City Council in brief —

The Winnemucca City Council met for its regular meeting on Aug. 9 and with all members of council present:

• Members of the Winnemucca Youth Warrior Team and Humboldt County’s Frontier Community Coalition Coordinator, Brooke Esquibel, requested the Council’s approval to coordinate with city officials put signage on City properties reminding the public that there are no smoking and no vaping regulations on city properties and in other public areas.

The Youth Team brought examples of potential signs, which will be provided for by the Youth Team at no cost to the City, and agreed to coordinate with the City Manager, Alicia Heiser, the Parks and Recreations Department, and the Public Works Department to get the signs posted and keep them maintained. A motion of approval for the request was made by councilman Vince Memdiola and passed unanimously. 

• A request for a street closure on September 24, from Melarkey Street to Railroad Street to the entrance of the Winners Hotel and Casino parking lot for the Winnemucca Pride Parade was approved by the Council.

• A request by the Historic Resources Commission to close Bridge Street from First Street to Fifth Street on Oct. 29 for the Haunted Bridge Street event was approved by the Council. 

• Humboldt County Emergency Manager, Carol Lynn, updated the Council on the activities of the office, which have included engaging businesses to incur a plan for coordinating resources in the event of an emergency. 

• A request to set a zone change by Western States Investments LLC to public hearing for property at 1955 Bridge Street was approved. 

• A funding request for $10,000 by the Winnemucca Main Street Committee for upcoming local events and to hire a part-time director was approved. 

• A request to accept an offer to grant permanent and temporary easement, or a right to cross or use privately owned land for public utilities and street construction, by Business Properties Companies LLC, for the Hardgrave Lane project was unanimously approved by the Council. 

• An update on the $10.4 million American Rescue Plan Act funds to the City of Winnemucca was presented by the City Manager. The City, according to Heiser, is using the funds strategically for projects that fall under the sanctioned uses for the funding. The current uses have been to maintain the City’s water system.  

• No new updates were available in regards to the funding and development of a new aquatics center for the City. 

• The Council heard public comment from a member of the Historic Resources Commission in regards to a city-owned parcel set to be conveyed to a local non-profit and from a concerned citizen regarding public safety concerning the parking of trucks, trailers and other units along roads that block traffic visuals. 

• Minutes from the Council’s regular meeting on July 12 were approved.

• Warrants and expenses presented to the Council were approved. 

• No proclamation or award presentations took place at the meeting.