The following Comments were submitted by Jeff Church:
“Not sure how to comment here, first time. Wanted to make members aware of closure of the Somersett Fire station #19 on Hawk Meadow Tr. It is closed virtually 100% of the time. We are being taxed for fire services we are not receiving. See Reno Fire Ballot R-3 1996 or see http://www.RenoPublicSafety.org I have retained an attorney, possibly tax deductible if it is rental/income property. I believe I have a strong case. There is an Attorney General Opinion listed that seems to support this legal action. How much $$? Maybe about 25 cents per $100 of assessed value.
As homes are added, it increases demands for police & fire services yet Somersett Station 19 at Hawk Tr sits empty. 98% of fire calls are actually medical. Boards should pursue getting Reno to open it as a REMSA station with extra staffing. Our taxpayer dollars pay specific police & fire taxes we are not receiving. Bing “Safety 88″ and “Reno Fire Ballot R-3 (1996)” or Reno Public Safety and Safety 88″. Totals about 25c per $100 assessed value. I believe we are due a tax refund and am pursuing such. My accountant says legal fees tax deductible if used to protect rental/ income prop.”
Perhaps someone on the BOD would care to comment on the status of Somersett Station 19, and what plans the city has, if any, on its use.
The city of Reno has released their conceptual plan for the Sierra Vista Park. For those interested in reading it, it may be accessed via the following link. It is also accessible on the SOA’s mysomersett.com website.
The Sierra Vista Park came into existence following the demise of the Northgate Golf Course, which was operated by the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA). Closure of the course by the RCSVA resulted in the land reverting back to the heirs of the original owner (i.e., RJB Development Company). Subsequently, the City of Reno and a group of neighboring property owners worked tirelessly to come up with a plan to purchase the property from the RJB heirs and convert the land into Reno’s largest park. Specifically active in this endeavor were several Somersett residents in the Whisper Rock area.
Rather than selling the land to other interests (e.g., residential developers) the RJB heirs allowed time for the City of Reno and neighboring property owners to raise funds to purchase the property. This was subsequently accomplished when a deal was reached to purchase the property for approximately $2.5M, $1.2M of which was generated via a “Special Assessment District” imposed on those property owners adjacent to the Park. Again, Somersett owners in the Whisper Rock area were very active in obtaining the required two-thirds approval of adjacent property owners via petition. The remaining funds were obtained from existing City and County project funds.
To further reduce the cost to the city, several Somersett residents purchased land adjacent to their existing lots that totaled approximately $200K. In the context of the idiom “no good deed goes unpunished”, these residents are now embroiled with the SOA Board over CC&R and access issues to their newly acquired property.
Kudos are certainly in order to those Somersett owners who devoted their time and effort to convert the Northgate Golf Course property into the now realized Sierra Vista Park. The service they performed not only benefited Somersett residents, but all of Washoe County as well.
In September of 2014, the Somersett Owners Association (SOA) Board of Directors (BOD) issued a $25K contract to Hansford Economic Consulting for an “Amenities Assessment and Planning Process”. The scope of work to be performed was summarized as follows: “Objectively analyze existing and potential demands on SOA amenities and provide recommendations for any changes to existing and planned facility offerings. Design and facilitate a process to create a five year plan with short-term and long-term goals/projects.”
The consulting firm’s final report has been issued and published on the SOA mysomersett.com website. This report may also be accessed by clicking on the following link: