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Sparks City Council Meeting 9/14/2020 2:00:00 PM

Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/96712069902
Meeting Dial-in #: 669-900-6833 Meeting ID: 967 1206 9902

General Business: 9.11

Title: Consideration and possible ratification of an agreement (AC-5687) for a grant award from the City of Sparks to the Moonridge Foundation for the Delivering with Dignity Reno-Sparks program in the amount of $100,000.00.
Petitioner/Presenter: Neil C. Krutz, ICMA-CM/John A. Martini, P.E., Assistant City Manager
Recommendation: That the Council ratify the agreement.
Financial Impact: $100,000 to be paid from City of Sparks CARES Act funding
Total Costs: $100,000.00
Fund: Sparks Grants & Donations Fund    Account: 603125
Program: Family Food Assistance, Coronavirus Relief Funding (059804)
Amount: $100,000.00    Budget Status: Budget Exists
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
    
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

On March 15, 2020, the City Manager declared a state of emergency in the City of Sparks related to the global outbreak of COVID-19.  On July 27, 2020 the City Council provided direction to the City Manager for possible uses of CARES Act funding received by the City of Sparks that included general uses of the funds related to community assistance.  The City of Sparks received a request for a grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Moonridge Foundation to fund the Deliverying with Dignity Reno-Sparks program.The Moonridge Foundation is working in conjunction with the United Way of Northern Nevada to provide this much needed and innovative program to our community.  The grant will provide for the delivery of over 15,000 meals to eligible citizens who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will help to preserve at least 4 jobs at a small independently owned catering company located in Sparks.  Because time is of the essence, the City Manager authorized the grant award on  August 26, 2020.  This agenda item requests that the City Council consider ratification of the City Manager’s action and memorialize the agreement.



Background:

In December 2019, a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared the virus to be a severe public health threat. As of August 28, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 24,299,923 confirmed cases of COVID-19 leading to 827,730 deaths in 206 countries: 7,024 of those cases and 136 of those deaths were reported in Washoe County. 

On March 15, 2020, the City Manager declared a state of emergency in the City of Sparks related to the global outbreak of COVID-19. 

On April 1, 2020 Governor Sislolak issued a stay at home order for Nevada. 

On July 27, 2020 the City Council provided direction to the City Manager for possible uses of CARES Act funding received by the City of Sparks that included general uses of the funds related to community assistance.

On August 18, 2020 the Moonridge Foundation, working in conjuction with the United Way of Northern Nevada, provided the City of Sparks with a request for a $100,000 grant for the Delivering with Dignity Reno Sparks program.  Delivering with Dignity is an innovative program that provides meals to eligle citizens in the community who have been impacted by the COVID-10 pandemic. The $100,000 grant award will provide for the delivery of over 15,000 meals and will help to preserve at least 4 jobs at a small independently owned catering company located in Sparks.

 



Analysis:

Sections 1.30.010 and 2.20.025 of the Sparks Municipal Code empower the City Manager to proclaim the existence of a local state of emergency and to request state and federal assistance when the City of Sparks is affected by, or in imminent danger of, a public calamity and the City Council is not in session. State law authorizes local governments responding to an emergency to “enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to combat such an emergency or disaster, protect the health and safety of persons and property and provide emergency assistance to the victims of such an emergency or disaster.” NRS 414.090(3).  On March 15, 2020 the City Manager declared a state of emergency in the City of Sparks related to the global outbreak of Covid-19.

On August 26, 2020 the City Manager authorized the grant award for the following reasons:

  • The terms and conditions of the grant award  have been reviewed by staff and deemed acceptable.
  • The goals of the Delivering with Dignity grant will provide services needed by the community and will support local business that are in the best interest of the health and safety of our citizens.
  • The services provided through the grant are needed and time is of the essence.
  • The use of CARES Act funds are appropriate to pay the cost included in the grant agreement; the grant award is a necessary expenditure due to the public health emergency, the costs were not accounted for in the City’s FY20 or FY21 budgets, the costs will be incurred during the period of March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020, and the use of CARES Act funds are not being used to offset a revenue shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Alternatives:
  1. The City Council may ratify the agreement as recommended.
  2. The City Council may regect the agreement and provide direction to the City Manager.


Recommended Motion:

I move to ratify agreement (AC-5687) for a grant award from the City of Sparks to the Moonridge Foundation for the Delivering with Dignity Reno-Sparks program in the amount of $100,000.00.



Attached Files:
     Moonridge Foundation 2020.08.26.pdf

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