The Carson City Board of Supervisor had a mixed bag of issues facing them Thursday morning. Right off the bat the Supervisors got a report from their District Attorney Jason Woodbury that two incidents were dealt with requiring a monetary settlement to a minor who was lightly bitten by a police dog during a “Citizen’s Training Academy,” as well as another case where a city parks and recreation volunteer was accused of inappropriately touching a number of young participants in a summer recreation program. Between city funds and insurance coverage for both incidents the grand total of agreed-to damages is around $1.3 million.
The dog bite incident occured during a police dog training exercise when the animals were put through their paces and then paraded passed high school student trainees. One of the dogs was reportedly still emotionally “excited” from the training and nipped a student. The Sheriff’s Department has changed protocols so that during future training exercises with school kids looking on, it will be arranged in a way that dogs exhibiting their “take-down” talents in the field do not co-mingle with the students afterwards. The settlement for the family was $58,137.
After reported instances of “inappropriate touching” minor participants in a city recreation program, a volunteer instructor in the program was fired. Damages awarded to the victims amounting to $1.25 million – payments coming from both the city and the city’s insurance carrier.
In other Supervisors’ action they preliminarily approved 18 condominium airplane hanger units at the Carson City Airport. But it doesn’t mean airport officials can instantly move ahead with the project. The first in a series of final design maps must be approved by the city Supervisors within the next four years with construction to follow sometime after that. The project follows many years of complaints from the private aviation community that there hasn’t been enough airplane hangers being built to keep up with the growth in private aviation.
A much talked-about planned-unit-development just south of the airport at 1400 Old Hot Springs Road, involving large travel trailers, has been approved by the Supervisors. Although one citizen in the audience said the 227 RV lot development is too close to the airport, the Supervisors approved the project anyway indicating that the R/V Park should be okay – that there’s considerable real estate between the project and the airport itself. Amenities to the project include a sales office, gatehouse, pickleball courts, a cafe, a 9-hole golf course and open space.
The Supervisors then selected a name for the newly designated open space area between Ash and Vicee Canyons. In 2018 the city purchased the land with state funds from the Gerald and Luann Hamm family which opened up public access and general use within the 206 acre boundaries of the open space which was formally renamed by the Supervisors as Eagle View Open Space.
And finally, thanks to a generous grant by the Nevada Department of Wildlife with additional financial help from the city, the Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range will be undergoing some major upgrades to improve the use and safety of the Range. Improvements include earthwork and improved drainage for the shooting bays, removal of of concrete target frames from the long range bays, and compliance signage. City officials say all the improvements should be up and ready for the public by Spring.