5:48am – Traffic crash on southbound Carson Street at Medical Parkway. There are injuries. Traffic is blocked. Emergency entrance to the hospital is just a block away.
Road Report as of October 17, 2019. The following information applies to the period of October 21-27:
Road closures expected at the following locations due to road/utility work:
* Washington Street and intersecting side streets will have intermittent block closures between Phillips Street and Ormsby Blvd., all week, travel delays up to 10 minutes should be anticipated
* Phillips Street will be closed at Washington Street, all week
* Elizabeth Street will be closed at Washington Street, all week
* Mountain Street at Washington Street will be closed, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, may have traffic holds, possible 10 minute delays
* Sunset Way will be closed at Washington Street, all week
* Richmond Avenue will be closed at Washington Street, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, travel delays up to 10 minutes should be anticipated
* Bulette Drive will be closed at Washington Street, all week
* Bunker Hill Drive will be closed at Washington Street, all week
Lane restrictions are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work:
* College Parkway will have reduced lanes between Carson Street and Northgate Lane, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
* Washington Street will have narrowed lanes with possible holds on traffic between Ormsby Blvd. and Division Street, all week, travel delays up to 10 minutes should be anticipated
* Ormsby Blvd. will have reduced lanes and holds on traffic between Comstock Circle and Newman Place, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
* Saliman Road will have reduced lanes between Fairview Drive and Fifth Street, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
* S. Carson Street will have reduced lanes for southbound traffic between Rhodes Street and Sonoma Street, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
* Longview Way will have narrowed lanes with possible holds on traffic between Waterford Place and Washington Street, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, travel delays up to 10 minutes should be anticipated
* I-580 will have day and night-time lane closures and periodic ramp closures between East Lake Blvd. and Fairview Drive, through next year
* US 50 will have 24-hour single lane closures between Tahoe Golf Drive and Spooner summit, Monday-Saturday, travel delays between 10 and 30 minutes should be anticipated – lane closures expected through late November
Special Event: Nevada Day Parade (October 26th), Saturday between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the following roads will be closed:
o Carson Street between Winnie Street and Fairview Drive
o Bath Street between Division Street and Carson Street
o Adaline Street between Division Street and Carson Street
o Fleischmann Way between Division Street and Carson Street
o Long Street between Division Street and Stewart Street
o Adam Street between Division Street and Stewart Street
o Park Street between Division Street and Stewart Street
o John Street between Carson Street and Stewart Street
o William Street between Nevada Street and Stewart Street
o Musser Street between Nevada Street and Stewart Street
o Fifth Street between Nevada Street and Stewart Street
o Stewart Street between Carson Street and Fifth Street
Other Roadway News: I-580 exit numbers are being changed per federal requirements which ensure consistent nationwide freeway signs and mileposts to convey a clear message and help guide, warn, and regulate traffic. Current I-580 exit numbers reflect U.S. 395 mileage beginning at the Nevada-California state line near Topaz Lake. Exit numbers are being changed to reflect interstate mileage beginning at the I-580 junction with South Carson Street. All roadway names will remain the same.
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.
The owners of the long-shuttered Ormsby House Hotel-Casino have revealed that a possible sale of their 15-year empty prime property on Carson Street has fallen through. No explanation has hit the streets as to why the sale went stale but there were many local business people who are knowledgeable about the “OH” and the resort industry said the business model didn’t add up – that very wealthy senior citizens who were the target market for the property would not likely pay the sky-high rents proposed by the prospective buyer – even if the building was home to a medical care unit aimed mainly at aging seniors.
So the “Olde Gal” Ormsby House remains a financial wallflower until somebody comes up with a viable plan to breath life back into the long-closed resort.