Shifting role for Open Space Division weighed |

Shifting role for Open Space Division weighed

Sandi Hoover

An action plan designed to shift the focus of the city's Open Space

An action plan designed to shift the focus of the city’s Open Space Division from one of acquiring property to managing it was discussed Thursday by the Board of Supervisors in relation to its activity plans.

Open Space Manager Juan Guzman told the board about issues facing the division, such as target shooting and off-road vehicle use – traditionally popular activities in unpopulated areas of the city.

They are no longer allowed along most of the Carson River on the east side of town, and he is getting some push-back when signs are posted.

“Shooting is not allowed in any areas where people congregate, like open spaces,” Guzman said.

Supervisor John McKenna suggested that any future management plan should include a more thorough public awareness campaign to address shooting, off-road vehicles and dogs off leashes.

City Manager Larry Werner said shooting and hunting could also become a problem on the west side of town.

Guzman gave a report on the division’s activities for 2011, including land management efforts, volunteer activities, preservation of lands and financial considerations.

In other action Thursday, supervisors:

• Prioritized the Community Development Block Grants for 2012-13 and opened a 30-day public comment period through April 14 for review of the draft annual action plan. Requests totaled $282,975, but only $266,732 is available.

• Allocated Community Support Services Grant funding. Requests totaled $224,528, but only $185,000 is available.

• Approved an Open Space Division Work Program for 2012.

• Appointed Ronni Hannaman, executive director of the Carson City Area Chamber of Commerce, to the Carson City Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee for a two-year term ending in January 2014.

• Appointed Robert Stansbury to the Carson City Cultural Commission for a three-year term ending in January 2015.

• Heard a report from Wes Henderson, director of the Nevada Association of Counties, on the ability of a governing body to continue to function during and after an emergency.

• Introduced an ordinance that would update the current process and procedures for beekeeping within an urban setting.

The change would provide an opportunity for more residents to keep bees in a healthy and safe environment.

• Presented a proclamation for National Public Health Week.

• Approved an agreement giving operational and fiscal control of a Nevada Division of Forestry fire district to the city.

As the Board of Health, officials:

• Heard the director’s report on Carson City Health and Human Services activities.

• Heard a presentation about the department’s newest division, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.