Reno City Council meeting on July 29th

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Somersett United

Following is the Reno City Council agenda item pertaining to the previously posted Verdi Crushing Plant (39 Ventures) article

M  Public Hearings – *6:00 PM

M.1 – Council will consider an ordinance introduction to annex and make part of the City of Reno +/- 6.78 acres of Verdi property located immediately north and south of the intersection of Crystal Park Road and Quilici Ranch Road in the Community Commercial (CC), Public Facility (PF) and Cooperative Planning Area Overlay (CPA) zones. The annexation would relate to the 39 Ventures materials processing facility.

M.2 – Council will consider a request for special use permits by the 39 Ventures materials processing facility to 1) resume an abandoned nonconforming use of Outdoor Manufacturing, Processing, Assembly or Fabrication; 2) allow a nonresidential development to be located within 300 feet of residentially zoned property; and 3) to allow the use to operate between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. (24 hours.)

*A time listed next to a specific agenda item indicates that the specific item will not be heard before that time (not necessarily at that time).

Verdi Rock Crushing Plant Update

Posted by Carole Fineberg – Sierra Canyon Owner

Have you heard there is a rock crushing plant (39 Ventures) planned for Verdi?  Are you aware what it will do to our community? Here are a few highlights:

  • Wind travels west to east and we here in Somersett and Del Webb are directly in line for dirt, debris, dust, rock chips and radon (in the rock) blowing right through our community.
  • Verdi is a sleepy, little rural neighborhood where we dine, shop, gamble, go to the post office, hike and picnic. Is this really a suitable location for a rock crushing plant?
  • The Truckee River runs right through Verdi. What will our City look like with a rock crushing plant dropping dirt, dust, debris in it and carrying it into downtown and beyond?
  • What about the noise factor?  I can imagine crushing rocks being noiseless.  Again, rural Verdi doesn’t deserve that kind of industry.
  • What about traffic on that little 2-lane road all through Verdi?
  • 39 Ventures is asking for a special use permit allowing them to operate from 11 pm to 6 am.  You read that right: they want to operate 24/7.

It is my understanding that this has gotten this far because the City Council is considering “spot-zoning” an area of Verdi to allow it.  But we have got to show up and make some noise.

Wednesday, July 29, 6:00 pm, at City Council, 1 E. First St. (park in CalNeva parking lot and walk 1/2 block west on First St. to 1 E. First).  This issue will be debated and finally decided.  Some of us have been screaming, writing, calling for months.  We need to crowd the Council chambers and let our voices be heard. This is NOT ACCEPTABLE for our community.

Note:  In a separate email to Sierra Canyon residents, Janet Macy, Sierra Canyon Homeowner is also:

“urging as many of you as possible to attend this meeting as the number of people attending will make an impact on the council members. You DO NOT have to speak but signing in and indicating a “for” or “against” comment and being sure it goes to the city clerk for the record could make a huge difference in how they vote. …. Their website is  if you need more information or have questions.

If you are unable to attend, please send your comments to the city council members as well as the city clerk.   We live in a residential community with a lovely quiet area of parks, trails, elementary school, locally owned restaurants, farmland, and animals just around the corner.  Let’s try to keep it that way.”

Amenities Assessment Report Presentation Recap

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Somersett United

On July 22, a slide presentation on the “Somersett Owners Association Amenities Assessment Report” was conducted in the Canyon View Room at The Club at Town Center. This presentation was basically a summary of information contained the aforementioned report prepared by Hansford Economic & Freshtracks Consulting under contract to the SOA and issued on February 4, 2015. The slide presentation may be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Amenities Assessment Presentation July 22

The entire report has been previously published on this website and may also be accessed via the following link:

SOA Final Amenities Assessment Report

Attendance at the presentation was rather sparse, with about 25 homeowners.

The slide presentation focused on

  • Assessment Methodology and Amenity Planning Process
  • Somersett Demographics
  • Review of current amenity usage, future projections and recreation trends, both locally and industry wide.
  • Key lessons from other HOAs (Tahoe Donner, Arrow Creek, Whitney Oaks, Sun River)
  • Recommendations

Of particular interest are the short and long term planning and operational recommendations contained in Slides 30-37. None of which appear to have been acted or reported on to date. That is, the presentation did not include any definitive information on the status of the report recommendations. It was suggested by the Strategic Planning Committee that engagement of a “Master Land Use Planner” as the next step might be in order.

Homeowner comments included 1) a recommendation that the pool hours and dates be extended with the use of solar heating, 2) concern over the accuracy of Somersett demographics based on 2010 data and the 2013 homeowner survey results and its effect on amenity planning, 3) current planning for use of the SOA purchased property in the Town Center Square (none to date).

Canyon9 Pipeline Project Meeting Result

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Somersett United

On July 22 the BOD convened a special meeting for the sole purpose of reviewing and approving the Canyon Nine Irrigation Pipeline Project. The purpose of the project being to provide an alternate source of water to the lake adjacent to TCTC, which provides the irrigation source for the SOA’s Canyon Nine golf course. The primary source of water for this lake is via a Truckee River pumping system, which currently has been curtailed due to low river water conditions.

Given the SOA has access to ground water sources that feed the Somersett Golf & Country Club (SGCC) lakes, the BOD felt it prudent to be able to tap into this source if necessary due to loss of the Truckee River water. To address this issue, the Association hired Far West Engineering to conduct a study ($5,000) on how to implement transfer of water between the SGCC Lakes and the Canyon Nine Lake. The study concluded that a pipeline with appropriate valves could be installed to accommodate the transfer via gravity feed. That is, no pumping system would be required. As a result of this study, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was prepared and bids were solicited from four suppliers.

The BOD received quotes from two suppliers, which were opened at the meeting with the following results

  • DF Drumm Inc. – $39,523
  • Arizona Pipeline – $34,300

The BOD approved Arizona Pipeline for the project under the condition that its proposal meets the requirements of the RFP. The proposed solution calls for installation of a buried pipeline connecting the SGCC Hole 11 Lake to the Canyon Nine Lake. No impact on SGCC golf operations is anticipated.

Note that the SGCC Lakes also have access to Truckee River water from the Canyon Nine Lake via an installed pumping system.  However, this is a one way system, hence the requirement for the proposed pipeline project.

SOA Amenities Assessment Report Presentation

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Somersett United

A presentation by Hansford Economics & Freshtracks Consulting pertaining to the “Somersett Owners Association Amenities Assessment Report” will occur on Wednesday, July 22 at 5:30 PM in the Canyon View Room at The Club at Town Center

As background information, in September of 2014, the Somersett Owners Association (SOA) Board of Directors issued a $25K contract to Hansford Economic & Freshtracks 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.” This report was finalized in February 2015, and may be accessed by clicking on the following link: SOA Final Amenities Assessment Report

Note that this presentation will follow the Special Board Meeting on the Canyon Nine Pipeline Project (see previous post dated July 13th) to be held at 4:00 PM, same date, same place.

In response to a homeowner comment on the Canyon Nine Pipeline post inquiring, “Any thoughts of raising fees for course usage to cover the cost of course maintenance”, the following data derived from the SOA 2015 Budget is offered.

  • Annual operating expenses for Canyon Nine – $324K
  • Annual revenue realized from Canyon Nine – $41K
  • Monthly unit assessment to support Canyon Nine – $10

Given the above it is obvious that raising usage fees to cover a $283K deficit is not practical.  As with all Association amenities Canyon Nine is not self supporting and therefore reliant on homeowner assessments.

Homeowners are encouraged to attend both meetings to become informed on future planning for our community and to offer their comments, questions and/or concerns.

July 22 BOD Meeting on Canyon9 Pipeline

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Somersett United

The SOA Board of Directors has called a Special Meeting set for July 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM in the Canyon View Room at The Club at Town Center. Purpose of the meeting is to:  “Review and Approve the Canyon Nine Irrigation Pipeline Project”.  Details of this project are discussed below.  It is anticipated that bids will be addressed and a supplier for the project approved.

Note that while this is a single agenda open meeting, all homeowners have the right to address the BOD on any other topic they desire while keeping within the designated three minute time limit.

Canyon9 Pipeline Project

This issue was brought about by potential cutoff of Truckee River water (due to low level or other restrictive conditions), which feeds the Association lake adjacent to TCTC. Given that this lake provides the Canyon9 irrigation source it was determined that a contingency plan was necessary in the event of cutoff of the Truckee River water source. The Association has access to ground water which feeds an upper lake located on Country Club grounds, which could be used as an alternate source of irrigation water. However, no pumps or pipelines exist to transfer water from the upper Country Club lake to the lower Association lake. To address this issue, the Association hired an Engineering firm to conduct a study on how to implement transfer of water between these lakes. The study concluded that a pipeline with appropriate valves could be installed to accommodate the transfer via gravity feed.  That is, no pumping system would be required.  As a result of this study, an RFP was prepared and sent to potential suppliers.