Amodei: Committee OKs funding for Carson City, Churchill projects

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Carson City may be one step closer to receiving $3.5 million in federal funding for three projects, U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., announced in a news release on Monday.
But in the release issued by his office, Amodei, who represents Nevada’s second congressional district, was quoted as saying “I can’t vote for numerous costly, and politically driven measures in this legislation.”
The release said more than $9.5 million in Community Project Funding was approved for Nevada by the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations during markups for fiscal year 2022. The funding would be divided among 10 projects.
The Carson City projects are the Quill Water Treatment Plant, Southeast Sewer Extension, and Safe Routes Pedestrian Improvements.
Churchill County also could receive $300,000 for a water treatment plant.
“Congratulations to the entities in Nevada’s second district who were attentive to the rules and worked within the process to get the funding they requested,” Amodei was quoted in the release. “We expect these measures to pass on the House floor and move to the Senate for consideration.
“Unfortunately, in typical post-COVID cultural fashion, these legitimate funding requests were included in massive pieces of legislation filled with irresponsible spending that advances partisan, progressive agendas. I can’t vote for numerous costly, and politically driven measures in this legislation.
“Areas of concern for me include funds for developing and expanding the gun buyback and relinquishment programs through a $10 million pilot program that is entirely unproven even at this concept level; limiting school choice for low income students by including new restrictions on the D.C. private school voucher program; cutting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection funding by $927 million, at a time when the border is essentially open; and abandoning decades old, long-standing, bipartisan Hyde Amendment language that prevents federal tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions, just to name a few.”
The Nevada projects, according to the release, are:
• $1.5 million, Quill Water Treatment Plant Filtration Upgrade, Carson City
This project will replace the existing filtration system at the Quill Water Treatment Plant with a modern package treatment system, ensuring compliance capability with existing water treatment regulations, while also serving to meet potable water needs for Carson City’s growing population.
• $1 million, Southeast Carson City Sewer Extension, Carson City
This project is to aid in the construction of sanitary sewer infrastructure in the southeast area of Carson City to convert approximately 140 residences currently utilizing septic tanks. Completion of this project will eliminate septic systems as a source of nitrogen contamination in Carson City’s domestic water supply wells in the project vicinity.
 • $1 million, Safe Routes Pedestrian Improvements, Carson City
This project improves over 40 intersection and pedestrian crossing safety enhancement projects that have been identified in the 2020 Carson City Safe Routes to School Master Plan. These projects will improve traffic and pedestrian safety around school areas and work to make bicycling and walking safer transportation options.
• $300,000, Churchill County Water Treatment Plant, Churchill County
This project will aid in the construction of a new water treatment plant, which will consist of a new well(s) with the ability to produce 1,000gpm. The well water would be pumped into the valve vault and then to the arsenic treatment system filter. A filter media is used to remove the iron, manganese, and arsenic from the incoming water supply. Once the water is treated, it is pumped via a booster pump to a 1-million-gallon storage tank for future distribution.
$1 million, McCloud Neighborhood Septic Sewer Conversions, City of Reno
This project is to aid in the construction of sewer infrastructure in the McCloud Area of Reno, a low- and moderate-income neighborhood, to allow for approximately 110 single-family homes to convert from septic tanks to public sewers. The current septic systems are a public health hazard and threaten the city’s groundwater supply.
 $1.056 million, City Park Restrooms ADA Upgrades, City of Reno
This project will bring restroom facilities in the City of Reno parks into compliance with Americans with Disability Act requirements. The projects include widening doorframes, removing obstructions, adjusting sink heights, and adjusting or replacing flooring in 14 identified park restrooms.
 $1 million, First Responder Communications Equipment, City of Sparks
This project allows for the purchase of 470 P25 radios for First Responders in the City of Sparks, Nevada. With aging and outdated equipment, there is a need to replace all of the outdated 800 MHz radios that First Responders use throughout the City of Sparks.
 • $1.96 million, Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility Upgrades, City of Sparks
This project will aid in capital upgrades to the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility, including replacing the failed coating on the aeration deck, rehabilitating a secondary clarifier, and installing a fiber optic connection between the TMWRF and Sparks City Hall, creating a more secure connection and preventing outages due to high winds.
 • $376,000, Police Interoperability Equipment, City of West Wendover
This project is to purchase additional repeater antennae for the West Wendover Police Department. This will increase signal penetration while adding secure data transmission/communication capability to integrate the use of GIS and related law enforcement/emergency services information from dispatch to personnel on the street via secure wireless data transmission. These upgrades would also interlink with future upgrades under consideration by Elko dispatch, thus providing redundancy across Elko County.
 • $320,000, Community Health Clinic X-Ray Machine, City of West Wendover
This project is for the purchase and installation of a new digital X-ray machine at the West Wendover Clinic.  The project includes funding to provide for hardware and software upgrades to the X-ray terminal as well as needed facility modifications, given design changes in X-ray machines over the years.


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