Carson City Manager identifies goals for year

Economic vitality, working with neighboring counties, the freeway project and improving media relations may be the top priorities for Carson City's new manager.

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday is expected to finalize a list of goals that City Manager Linda Ritter plans to accomplish by her first performance review in December.

If successful, she will be eligible for a pay bonus of $4,950. The board approved the bonus and a hiring package of a $94,050 salary and $3,000 car allowance when Ritter was hired.

Ritter said she referred to goals adopted by supervisors in February as a guide when drafting her priorities.

"In December, we'll go through the goals and see how far I've gotten," she said. "I can do my best to bring them to completion."

If adopted by the supervisors, Ritter's first goal will be to support the city's Economic Vitality Coalition, a group of city and business officials charged with finding ways to strengthen Carson's economy.

She plans to complete the public outreach activities associated with the work group charged with business corridor revitalization by holding public hearings about the Corridor Plan and reporting to supervisors.

Also, she plans to assist the Auto Mall Work group in its pursuit of an auto mall or auto row and present a conceptual plan to the board.

Ritter said she plans to also work with representatives from the Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center in its pursuit of a new medical campus.

Ritter's second goal is to establish a positive and proactive relationship with the press and other media using existing staff -- a departure from the board's goal of hiring a public information staffer, she said.

Ritter also set goals to pursue agreements with Lyon County concerning "areas of mutual interest along our common boundary" and continue working with Douglas County staff in areas of mutual interest.

Her plan is to sign an interlocal agreement between Lyon County and Carson officials, but her ability to pursue regional cooperation might be hindered with Douglas, in light of recent events, she said.

"We will continue working with Douglas County, despite issues with the land sale," Ritter said. "We do want to continue working with staff on issues."

Her last goal is to pursue agreements with the Nevada Department of Transportation for the second phase of the Carson City freeway.

In other action Thursday, an agreement between the city and Princeton Development Corp., a California developer, regarding the development of renewable energy projects will be taken off the consent agenda and be openly discussed by staff and the board, Ritter said. The discussion and presentation is expected to be near the beginning of the meeting, which starts at 8:30 a.m.


What: Carson City Board of Supervisors' regular meeting

When: 8:30 a.m. Thursday

Where: Sierra Room, Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.


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