Carson City supervisors honor Sportsman’s Warehouse employee who saved child

Holding a signed proclamation from Mayor Lori Bagwell, Kayla Sue Testa (middle, back) poses with her family, coworkers, and the Board of Supervisors. While she and Bagwell chatted in between picture-taking, she said that she has no recollection of the car crash at Sportsman’s Warehouse.

Holding a signed proclamation from Mayor Lori Bagwell, Kayla Sue Testa (middle, back) poses with her family, coworkers, and the Board of Supervisors. While she and Bagwell chatted in between picture-taking, she said that she has no recollection of the car crash at Sportsman’s Warehouse.

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When a Toyota Prius came crashing through the doors of Carson City’s Sportsman’s Warehouse in January, one employee wasted no time in pulling a young girl over the store counter, out of the vehicle’s path.
On Thursday, the Carson City Board of Supervisors commended her bravery and quick thinking, opening their meeting by declaring June 3, 2021 a day to honor Kayla Sue Testa.
“I actually went to the crash scene. I’m telling you, that was something else,” Mayor Lori Bagwell said after issuing the proclamation. “If any of you would have seen the inside of that store, I think you would have been in shock.”
The board also declared June Pollinator Month in Carson City.
Among other agenda items:
• The board discussed an ongoing push by the Public Works Department to change the traffic impact study process. TIS’s affect road requirements and fees placed on new development projects throughout the city. The Nevada Builders Alliance issued a public comment against higher development fees.
• The board approved a motion to redraw school zone boundaries at Pioneer High School, Carson Middle School, Eagle Valley Middle School, and Fritsch Elementary School. The redraw will take effect in the 2021-22 school year, with new signage and “While Children are Present” flashers to direct drivers.
• The board approved submission of a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant application for the William Street Complete Street Project. Supervisor Maurice White raised a comment on this agenda item to reassure residents that the city has flexibility in meeting Complete Street Project requirements to best fit the community.
The project is estimated to cost $16.9 million, and the city is seeking up to a 60 percent match in grant funding.
• Board members Stan Jones, White, and Bagwell carried agenda item 15A, approving allocation of Community Development Block Grant – COVID-19 funding through the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The Ron Wood Family Resource Center, Nevada Health Centers, Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Advocates to End Domestic Violence, and Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada will all receive funding for activities that help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Supervisors Lisa Schuette and Stacey Giomi disclosed conflicts of interest and abstained from voting on this agenda item.
• The board approved a 50-year ground lease between the Carson City Airport Authority and Ortiz Bros. Aviation. Ortiz Bros. will pay a base rent of $19,000 per year, subject to market adjustments.
• A representative from Nevada Rural RSVP used public comment time to ask residents for donations toward their Fourth of July Firework show at Mills Park. It costs $1,000 per minute to host the event, and the organization is looking to increase its budget for a longer show this year. More information is available on their website, https://nevadaruralrsvp.networkforgood.com/events/13366-4th-of-july-celebration-and-carnival-sponsorship-packages

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