Animal Services Receives Grant to Purchase Evacuation Rescue Vehicle
Washoe County Regional Animal Services received a grant from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation in the amount of $15,000, to be used for animal rescue response during wildfire season. WCRAS will use this grant to purchase an emergency animal trailer that is self-contained and temperature-controlled to house up to 43 animals and all necessary supplies in the event of evacuations during wildfires. View staff report details about the grant at tinyurl.com/yf22tm55.
~ Washoe County press release
Artown Reaches Benchmarks in Fulfilling “10/20/30 Pledge”
Northern Nevada nonprofit arts organization Artown, which produces the nationally acclaimed month-long multidisciplinary festival of the arts every summer in July, was an eager signatory of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ “10/20/30 Pledge,” a 10-year commitment to address reversible structural and institutional inequities by providing opportunities through benchmark inclusion goals. Building Artown’s diverse board composition has long been a top priority for Artown Executive Director Beth Macmillan, and is a reflection of the organization’s commitment to mirroring the community at large in which it serves.
The Association of Performing Arts Professionals, the national service, advocacy, and membership organization for the live performing arts field, hosts the annual APAP conference in New York City. Macmillan serves as one of APAP’s officer-at-large members on the board of directors.
In its first year of participation, Artown exceeded its APAP pledge goal to focus 30% of its annual budget for programming, leadership and personnel, and for vendors. In 2021, 58% of Artown’s mainstage programming over 31 days at host venue Rancho San Rafael Regional Park included Black, Native/Indigenous, People of Color, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQIA2S+ persons.
Artown, celebrating its 26th festival season, is a nonprofit Nevada corporation that has been inspiring the community through the arts since 1996. Each year the festival hosts 300,000-plus attendees at over 130 venues, set against the backdrop of northern Nevada’s Washoe County basin.
~ Artown press release
Majority of Judges Support Term Limits for Supreme Court
The nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely attended school for judges surveyed its alumni and found that about six in 10 judges support term limits for Supreme Court justices. The rest favored keeping the status quo of lifetime appointments.
The National Judicial College’s question of the month for October asked judges whether there should be term limits for the SCOTUS and, if so, for how long. Four choices were given.
Of the 632 alumni who responded, 10% chose 10 years or less; 33% chose 11 to 19 years, and 18% chose 20 years or longer.
Forty percent supported continuing with lifetime appointments. Some judges in that category argued that having term limits could create the potential for age discrimination.
“A justice appointed in their 50s should be able to hold that position for 20 years or longer,” wrote one anonymous judge. “Forcing them to retire before they are ready isn’t fair or in line with the Constitution.”
On the other side, one anonymous judge argued that having term limits would actually provide more stability: “Knowing when a justice’s term is ending would allow some predictability and consistency in the appointment process. Abrupt ideological shifts in the court do an enormous disservice to us all.”
Among the 194 judges who left comments, many offered suggestions that fell outside of the poll question. These included staggering justices’ terms or allowing past justices to continue to advise the court after their terms expire.
~ National Judicial College press release
County Launches Public Feedback Campaign on Its Master Plan
Washoe County is seeking public input as it updates its master plan, Envision Washoe 2040, a document that will guide growth and development for decades to come.
The master plan is a community vision with goals, policies, and actions that guide the location of development. It contains maps that explain and define the overall development suitability of all land within Washoe County, and is intended to be a road map for the next 10 to 20 years.
This affects every resident in the region, and Washoe County is asking residents to participate in surveys and provide feedback throughout the process, which will continue through summer of next year.
Residents can begin to engage with the update in December at “information hubs” placed in public meeting areas throughout the county. The full list of locations will be available on the Envision Washoe website, envisionwashoe2040.org. These hubs will feature large-scale informational panels that illustrate the guiding principles and high-level goals of the process. Residents can then take short surveys via QR codes or directly on the website.
~ Washoe County press release
Truckee Sanitary District Receives Award for Operator Ingenuity
TSD announced Dec. 6 that it has received the 2021 WEFTEC Operator Ingenuity Award from the Water Environment Federation. The award recognizes TSD for developing a novel product to reduce infiltration and inflow in the sewer collection system, thus preventing spills, backups, regulatory fines, and worker injuries. The product was developed by TSD employees looking for better solution to the problem of storm water overloading the collection system during large rain events.
“Our operators came up with an ingenious idea of repurposing an existing plumbing product used for the water industry to effectively seal sewer manholes,” said TSD General Manager, Blake Tresan, in a press release. TSD then reached out to the manufacturer of the plumbing product, Oatey Co., through their website to let them know of the market potential of this repurposed product for the sewer industry, and TSD and Oatey have now filed a patent on the product and entered into a royalty agreement.
Under the terms of the agreement, TSD will receive unlimited product for its own use plus a percentage of gross sales over a 5-year period. The product, called Hercules MH Shutout, is expected to become commercially available in February of 2022. In the meantime, TSD staff plan to present their findings at local, state, and national wastewater conferences.
Residents can begin to engage with the update in December at information hubs, placed in public meeting areas throughout the county. The full list of locations will be available on the Envision Washoe website, envisionwashoe2040.org. These hubs will feature large-scale informational panels that illustrate the guiding principles and high-level goals of the process. Residents can then take short surveys via QR codes or directly on the website.
~ TSD press release