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Carson City RV ordinance a work in progress

Carson City’s recreational vehicle ordinance remains a work in progress.

The Board of Supervisors Thursday told Iris Yowell, deputy district attorney, to keep working on an update of the ordinance after considering some possible changes.

“This is only a rough draft. The intent today is to get feedback on the proposal, get public comment, and then revise again,” said Yowell.

John Strahan, an RV owner, gave the sole public comment, suggesting the city suspend enforcement of its existing RV codes except in cases involving safety and reach out to RV owners, RV park owners and others before revising the ordinance.

Strahan said one issue he’d like to see addressed is uniform enforcement of the ordinance.

“Enforcement is selective. The city acts when it gets a complaint,” he said.

Among the proposed revisions the board wants to look at are changing the time allowed to park an RV on a residential street to 48 hours with at least 48 hours elapsed between each parking occurrence.

The board is also considering allowing a visitor to park and occupy an RV on residential property for up to seven days.

The supervisors heard a brief presentation on the Leadership & Resiliency Wilderness Program for at-risk youth, which included testimony from one of the program’s graduates.

“I am an official first degree black belt Tae Kwon do and I was also on the Carson Tigersharks national swim team. I did both for about 10 years but once I started getting involved with the wrong crowd and started doing all the wrong things, I lost my passion for sports and it was at this point in my life I started using,” said Leonardo Miranda.

Miranda talked about how the summer program got him back into shape and taught him how to be a team player and leader, and he thanked everyone involved.

“I commend you for recognizing where your life was going and making the effort to turn it around. Everything we do in life is a choice,” said Supervisor Brad Bonkowski. “I commend you for making the right choice.”

One item, on selling properties owing three years of property taxes, was postponed to a later date.

The supervisors approved the treasurer’s policy for investing surplus money with the intention to remove in next year’s policy update two complex and costly investment instruments the city never uses — repurchase agreements and securities lending — that are allowed by the Nevada statute.

The board also approved two contracts with Community Counseling Center for $37,000 and $56,339 for substance abuse counseling for juveniles; $82,000 for the purchase of medical equipment and supplies for the fire department’s emergency services; the revised cooperative agreement for the creation of Nevadaworks; and authorized a $36,000 easement agreement along Clear Creek Avenue for the purpose of roadway, utilities, and the associated improvements.