Better schools protection, city lot sold for $300K , new R/V “resort” approved, efforts to bring run-down motels in line, and Carson still on the grow…
Efforts on prevention, rather than incarceration:
The Carson City Board of Supervisors today accepted a $626,000+ grant from the state to hire additional Carson City Sheriff’s personnel to patrol Carson City Schools (with emphasis on Middle Schools) to head off student behavior problems which includes drugs and violence.
The role of the additional “School Resource Officers” is to enhance patrol coverage within schools but not with a heavy hand. Officers told the City Supervisors that getting to know the “problem” students and shepherding them through their life challenges is the primary directive. Officers will familiarize themselves with students who may have a challenged home life that spills out onto Carson City streets and into Carson City Schools. Referrals to social workers and psychology experts is seen as an effective method for saving problem children from dangerous lifestyles.
This stepped up law enforcement “compassionate” approach toward troubled kids is paid for with state funds for the next two years. Sheriff’s deputies said if after two years there occurs a change in funding, the Sheriff’s Office and the city appears to be open to creatively maintaining the program, although no specific funding scenario was mentioned. The hope is, of course, that the state will continue to fund such over-sight and enforcement activities in our schools and that it will take root and become even more effective for our kids and our community.
Brown Street property purchased by realtor/developer
Long time realtor/developer Dwight Millard was the sole bidder on some city-owned surplus property on Brown Street, west of Edmonds. It was initially targeted for affordable housing rentals or condos, but the lot was deemed too small. So Millard told the Supervisors that his plans for the property include commercial uses. Millard paid $300,000 for the lot which was the minimum bid requested by the city. Millard was the only bidder for the property.
New upscale R/V park approved by Supervisors
The Supervisors Thursday approved a 227 unit R/V condo-type park at 1400 Old Hot Springs Road. The R/V spaces are owned by private individuals who, based on the sale conditions, can live in the park 180 days at a stretch, but then they must move out for at least 30 days. The idea is to capture the “high income” travel-birds that want to be home-based somewhere yet be free to travel for a month, and then come back home. During those 30 days another customer to the park can use the space during the thirty day gap. The park will have a clubhouse, central kitchen, restrooms, tennis courts – even a golf course. The developer says the use-style is unusual because it’s aimed at higher income retirees who like the “high-desert-next-to-the-mountains” lifestyle but still want to travel around the country. During the 30 day intervals another R/V customer can use the space for up to thirty days – the arrangement tightly managed by the R/V park administration.
City twisting owners’ arms of below standard motels to come up to standards
Carson City Supervisors got an update on what is a near-constant struggle to get a number of Carson City motels to bring their facilities up to city code and safety standards. Common problems with most of the seven motels circle around heating, hot water, bed bugs, general sanitary conditions even electricity. So many local residents who are financially forced to rent from substandard businesses are said to be often pressured by motel owners who know there’s no other place else to go other than the streets. But city officials told the Supervisors that they’re making good headway on most of the violations.
City Supervisors quickly arrived at the conclusion that this situation cannot go on and asked city inspectors to keep close tabs on motel owners who are not operating according to city laws and regulations. But city staff again reminded the Supervisors that there is a “humanitarian” element in the mix so they’re trying to shepherd the worst violators to “straighten up and fly right.” Several properties appear to be in ownership transition.
Economic Update from the Planning and Building Departments
City Manager Nancy Paulson gave an economic update on building permits and other economic factors:
1. New building permits valued at $7.5 million during September, $118 million for the year so far.
2. Of that $118 million – $82 million for residential and $18 million for new commercial, industrial and remodeling.
3. Residential permits for September, 15 single family stand alone homes, 6 single family attached homes. Total for the year 238.
On the economic development front:
1. Grandma Hatties on South Carson will be demolished and a new casino built on the site.
2. 42 new single family homes on Emerson Drive near College Parkway and the Freeway.
3. 126 new apartments on the south side of Little Lane, next door to the Post Office.
4. A new Chase Bank will be built once the old IHOP restaurant is demolished.
5. A new Dutch Brothers Coffee outlet on the corner of Appian Way and south Carson Street.
So although there’s a constant low-level drum beat that an economic recession is around the corner, you couldn’t tell it from what’s going on in Carson City.