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SKCO Board Meeting

The June Board Meeting will be July 15th, 2020
at 7:00 pm

All meetings are open to the public and we
encourage your attendance.


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
Monthly Board Meeting
June 17, 2020

Unapproved Minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by President Ramie Pratt. The meeting took place online using the Zoom Conferencing software.

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board members present: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Marci Burke, Russ Earle, Rob Pierce, Alison Ross, Vicky Shea, Gina St. Ores, Janet Pratt, Oliver Ryan, Bob Tangren, Lenora Williams. Members Absent: 0

Approval of Minutes from May 27, 2020 Monthly Meeting. Unanimously approved as written.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance: $12,720.14. Total income: $459.00. Expenses: $0. Ending balance: $13,179.14.

Jerry will be reimbursing Russ $250.00 for the State Business License and $14.00 for Zoom membership. We also received a bill from TMCC for $200.00, for rental of the room used in the Fire Safety Class. He will send bill to Jerry for payment.
Legal Defense Fund: Current Balance: $9170.00 Expenses: $2370 from $5,000 retainer for attorney to respond to Lifestyle Homes appeal.

Corresponding Secretary Report: Several people have asked about Green Waste Day at the fire station. Nothing has been scheduled due to COVID. People have also requested CC&Rs. We don’t actually conform to CC&R’s . We are supposed to conform to county codes.

Membership Report: Current membership is 111 paid memberships

Old Business
1. Silver Hills Development: No new developments.
2. Yard Sale: to be rescheduled in the fall: Tentatively scheduled for the 26th and 27th of September

New Business:
1. Status of fire station availability for meetings: The fire station will not be open for meetings for the foreseeable future, so we will continue with Zoom meetings for now.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:
Casey Meaden said she sent out an updated board member list.
Attendees: Casey Meaden, Jan Bishop, & The Streeters.

Other Business:
There appear to be new, bright LED lights over the hangers. Russ spoke with Mike Scott at the airport but he doesn’t know what they are. Russ will investigate source of the lighting.

Next Meeting: July 15, 2020 @ 7:00 P.M.

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
Annual Membership Meeting
May 27, 2020

Approved Minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by President Russ Earle. The meeting took place online using the Zoom conferencing software.

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board members present: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Vicky Shea, Gina St. Ores, Janet Pratt, Oliver Ryan, Bob Tangren, Lenora Williams
Members Absent: Rob Pierce, Alison Ross

Approval of Minutes from February 18, 2020 Monthly Meeting.  Unanimously approved as written.

Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance: $13,526.75.   Total income: $3,126.00.  Expenses: $3,977.71.  Ending balance: $12,657.04.
Legal Defense Fund:  Current Balance: $9,170.00  Expenses: $2,370 from $5,000 retainer for attorney to respond to Lifestyle Homes appeal.

Proposed Budget for 2020/2021 Unanimously passed.
 
Corresponding Secretary Report: Nothing to report

Membership Report:  Current membership is 105 paid memberships

Old Business:
1. Silver Hills Development: Case appealed by Lifestyle homes.  Attorney wrote rebuttal and submitted it to the court.
2. Yard Sale to be rescheduled to the fall due to the pandemic's social distancing concerns.  Will revisit plans this summer. Casey will confer with the 4-H Group about Yard Sale dates & their providing BBQ at the firehouse.

New Business:
Election Results: Russ Earle expressed a desire to step down to become member at large and appointed Ramie Pratt President.  Casey Meaden to retain IT Position, not as a voting member.  Janet Pratt to retain Secretary position. Bob Tangren retains Vice President position. Jerry Beck retains Treasurer position. Oliver Ryan retains Membership Chair position, and Vicky Vaughn Shea was appointed as Corresponding Secretary.  Marci Burke, Pamela Becker, Lenora Williams, Gina St. Ores, are general members. Liz Howe retired from board.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:
Attendees:  Linda Zimmerman, Amy Zimmerman, Heidi Howe, Ramie Pratt, Marci Burke, Casey Meaden and Sean Shea.

Other Business:  Changes to signers on both checking accounts.  Remove Liz Howe, add Pam Becker and Ramie Pratt, retain Russ Earle. 

Next Meeting: June 17, 2020 @ 7:00 P.M. 

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 7:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
February 19, 2020

Approved Minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Russ Earle.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM:
 In attendance: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Liz Howe, Oliver Ryan, Alison Ross, Gina St. Ores, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, Rob Pierce, and Lenora Williams. Casey Meaden was also present. Absent: Janet Pratt

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The January 15, 2020 minutes were approved with no corrections. Jerry Beck moved, Gina St. Ore seconded; Passed Unanimously. Russ apologized for not having notes to get to Janet to help her fill in last month's minutes.

TREASURER'S REPORT:
 Treasurer Jerry Beck reported the February beginning balance was $11,638.94. Total income for month - none. Expenses: $1,000 was transferred to the Legal Defense Fund. Ending balance $10,638.94.
Russ Reported that our Legal Defense Fund added $100 during the month, bringing the current total to $12,620. Russ talked to our lawyer who stated that so far she had not spent much of our fund.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Liz Howe said there was nothing to report.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Paid memberships - 145

OLD BUSINESS:
A. Silver Hills Development Update (follows)
B. TMRPA Governing Board meeting Feb 13 review - The developer appealed to the Truckee Meadows Regional Governing Board to get the zoning amendment passed. Russ stated he spoke to 3 of the Sparks City Council members, 1 Reno Council Member, and Jenny Brekus over the phone, and also Vaughn Hartung. The vote was 8 to 2. The appeal passed. Silver Hills will move forward. The meeting was 2 in the afternoon so not many residents attended. Trevor Lloyd of Washoe Planning Was asked, Can they [LifeStyle Homes] get a single building permit until all the infrastructure was in place? Mr. Lloyd replied, Absolutely not. The roads would have to be widened, sewer treatment would have to be worked out, and water to the development would have to be in place. Russ is skeptical.

C. Lawsuit - Russ spoke to our lawyer who stated that case law shows, this is not a frivolous lawsuit. Statistically, winning a lawsuit like this against the County is very difficult. We have case law is on our side. Plaintiff is SKCO and the homeowners wishing to be named in lawsuit. (There are only 36 residents we hope might come forward who received the postcards from the County notifying them of the Silver Hills development.) Defendant is the County. Lissner is a 'Party of interest.' Another attendee questioned the source of the water Silver Hills will be using. Russ replied, Vidler Pipeline from extreme east Honey Lake, the Fish Springs ranch area.

NEW BUSINESS:
A. Initiation of monthly 'Positive neighborhood' topic. After all the negative times, Vicky and her husband hope we can do something like a community hike, or potluck, or help out a neighbor clean up their yard, or such.

B. Annual Membership renewals - Casey Meaden, Vicky Shea and Mindy Barrett volunteered to be the nominating committee. A quick poll of the Board noted that Russ Earle, Jerry Beck and Vicky Shea would like to step down next year. 

C. Drilling and pumping of groundwater from Heinz Ranch. 4(?) large wells (15 to 18" casings) have been drilled on the Heinz/Stonegate land. Talking about extracting 1000 acre feet of water. The state water engineer stated Heinz ranch has priority on water allocation due to it being 'older.' (Older allocations take precedence over new claims.) Now, Water Engineer is talking a moratorium. Russ feels this will be challenged. Something to watch.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES AND PUBLIC COMMENT:  John Howe, Mindy Barrett, Jean Meneley, Mike Ross, Robert & Bette Schmidt, Bonnie Klud, Gorgia Gordon, Teddy Winston, Linda & Martin Callmar, Doug Rhoades, Alan Ice, Lorna James, Tanya Ice, 

OTHER BUSINESS:
A. Russ stated that the Washoe Public Lands Bill would meet twice for information and public input... the next meeting will be 2/20, 4 - 7 pm at the Reno Convention Center. This would allow some BLM land around Reno and Sparks, to be sold to developers. Can submit written comments if can't make meetings.

B. Neighborhood Watch: Haven't heard of any further break-ins or problems. just that one night.  ...harden your homes, put up motion sensor lights

NEXT MEETING: March 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn. 7:34 pm

Respectfully submitted, Casey Meaden



SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
January 15, 2020

Approved Minutes


Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Russ Earle

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board members present: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Vicki Shea, Gina St. Ores, Rob Pierce, Janet Pratt, Oliver Ryan, Bob Tangren. Members Absent: Alison Ross, Lenora Williams

Approval of Minutes from December 18, 2019 Meeting. Unanimously approved as written.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance: $11,633.08. Total income: $24.00, Expenses: $18.14. Ending balance: $11,638.94.

Legal Defense Fund Report: $12,520 in donations. Retainer for $5,000. Balance $7,520. No bill received from attorney for filing of writ.

Corresponding Secretary Report: Nothing to report

Membership Report: Current membership is 116 paid memberships

Old Business
1. Silver Hills Development: Russ Earle gave an update.

2. TMRPA Hearing: On January 14 the Commissioners voted 4-1 to appeal the December 11 TMRPA decision. The Zoning & Master Plan change proposal will go back to the TMRPA for reconsideration Jan. 23, 2020.

New Business:
A. NVCAB Overview of proposed removal of Reno Stead Joint Corridor: The County is considering a proposal to get rid of the Stead Joint Corridor, by moving several parcels of land from the Reno- Stead Joint Corridor plan to Washoe County regulatory zoning categories, giving Washoe County sole jurisdiction.

B. Washoe County Commissioners to Silver Hills

C. Open Burning: First week of the month. Get permit online.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:
Attendees: Clint Appelt, Linda Collmar, Misty Collins, Jean Meneley, Peter St. Ores, Marcia Rambaud, Bonnie Klud, Theodora Georgia Gordon, and Mindy Barrett.

Other Business:
Crime in the neighborhood, several break-ins. Not everyone filed a police report.

Next Monthly Board Meeting – February 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 7:37 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

December 18, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Russ Earle

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board members present
: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Casey Meaden, Gina St. Ores, Rob Pierce, Janet Pratt, Alison Ross, Oliver Ryan, Bob Tangren and Lenora Williams
Members Absent:
Vicki Shea, Liz Howe

Approval of Minutes from November 6, 2019 Monthly Meeting. Unanimously approved as written.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance: $12,692.35, Total income: $24.00, Expenses: $1,059.28, Ending balance: $1,1657.08.

Legal Defense Fund Report: $12,520 in donations. Retainer paid for $5,000. Balance $7,520.00.

Corresponding Secretary Report: Nothing to report

Membership Report: Current membership is 116 paid memberships for 2019

Old Business:

1. Silver Hills Development Update – TMRPA Hearing: Hearing was to decide whether or not to allow a change to the master plan. It required 6 people in favor to make the change. It was denied5 to 4. The motion to create the Silver Hills Management area was not heard due to the ruling on the master plan. If the developer appeals it, it will go back before the same commission again. If itis denied a second time, the developer has 30 days to appeal the second denial and then it would go before the Board of Regents. The soonest it would get to the Board of Regents would be sometime in February.

2. Status of filing of Writ of Mandamas: Kerry Doyle filed the Writ in Washoe County Court on December 11, 2019. It currently has only the Silver Knolls Community Organization as the petitioner. She will amend that with the homeowners that signed up earlier, but she wants to meet with them first.

New Business:

1. Stonegate: City of Reno has gone ahead and moved Stonegate forward one more step. They are still trying to do it as Super Pads.

2. Bright lights on back of Air National Guard Hangars: Russ spoke to the operations officer regarding the lights. According to the operations officer, they cannot do anything about them until they get complaints. Several people have made a complaint, so the operations officer is looking into making some kind of modification so the lights don’t shine back into Silver Knolls.

3. Ditch Maintenance: The county is doing ditch maintenance in the area. If anyone has a culvert or ditch that is not functioning as it should, they should call the roads department and put in a request and the county crew will come out.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:
It was suggested that we might get a speaker to come out and have a look at the ditches between properties and let homeowners know what they need to do to maintain them.

One attendee expressed concern that if the development goes in, current residents may be forced to cap their wells and hook up to public water, at their own expense.

Other Business: Russ emailed our attorney regarding a possible tack we can take regarding the fire danger to the area, should the Silver Hills development move forward. Chief Pimlott stated that we are replicating Coffey Park and Paradise in Wildland interface and he thought it was highly ill-advised. Russ asked the attorney if the City of Sparks and City of Reno representatives vote yes on the Silver Hills project, if it would open up those two entities to legal litigation for a class action lawsuit if we had a fire that resulted in loss of buildings and loss of life, since they pushed the project through. If the attorney advises that this could be a possibility, Russ will draft a letter to both the mayors of Sparks and Reno, advising them that they are opening their municipalities up to potential, future litigation. It could possibly encourage them to advise their council members to vote no in the upcoming hearing, giving us the 6 votes that we need.

Russ also reiterated that it is very important that we get more attendance at the commission meetings. They are very sparsely attended and its important that we present a solid front.

Next Meeting: Monthly Board Meeting – January 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees:Larry Stamps, Jean Meneley, Mike Ross, T. Georgia Gorden, Kim Jardine Reiley and Marcial Reiley, Mindy Barrett, Dona McManus, Doug and Dianne Rhodes, Allan Zane, Lorna James, Nicole Mertz, Fay Allen and Jeff Allen, Jan Bishop, John Boone, Peter St. Ores, and Jeff Russell.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

November 20, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Russ Earle

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board members present
: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Gina St. Ores, Rob Pierce, Janet Pratt, Alison Ross, Oliver Ryan, Bob Tangren and Lenora Williams Members Absent: Vicki Shea

Approval of Minutes from October 16, 2019 Monthly Meeting. Unanimously approved as written

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance: $12,692.35, Total income: $24.00, Expenses: $56.40, Ending balance: $12,659.95.

Russ paid out 656.60 in travel and speaking fees, to the retired Cal Fire Chief, and 15.00 for his breakfast. He also paid 67.12 in printing costs, 157.08 for mass mailer, and 107.07 in office supplies, for a total of 1002.87.

Corresponding Secretary Report: Nothing to report

Membership Report: Current membership is 117 paid memberships for 2019

Old Business:
1.
County Commissioners voted to overturn the Planning Commission and Planning Department’s denial on the Silver Hills Development. The Silver Hills Development plan did not meet the findings, required by the Planning Commission and Planning department, in order to be approved. The findings were never mentioned in the County Commissioners meeting until they were making a motion to overturn the denial. They read a prewritten statement that said they found that it did meet the findings, but never justified their position.

New Business:

  1. Filing a Writ of Mandamas: Our next step is to file Writ of Mandamas, is not a judicial review, but will eventually go to the courts. Since the SKCO will be one of the plaintiffs, it has to be filed by an attorney. Anyone who has property contiguous to the proposed Silver Hills Development, who will be in 750 feet of it, should be listed as plaintiffs in the case too.

  2. Hiring Kerry Doyle to file Writ: Kerry Doyle has offered to represent SKCO at a discounted rate of $200.00 an hour. It will take 5 hours to file the Writ of Mandamas. She will charge $1000.00 to do it. We also need to have $5,000 set aside in order for her to represent us. If at any point, Kerry feels this is a lost cause, she will let us know. Any money taken in that remains at that point, will be redistributed to the donors. A motion was made to take $1000.00 out of the SKCO treasury to pay for that. Motion was seconded and carried unanimously.

  3. Pledge form for attorney fees: Anyone who wants to pledge money toward SKCO legal fees can get a pledge form from Casey Meaden. Russ will open a separate bank account for the legal fund, which will be very transparent and anyone will be able to look at the books. Russ will also obtain a credit card reader.

  4. Next Steps Pertaining to Silver Hills: In December, the Regional Planning Commission will hear Silver Hills at their meeting. If they deny it, then Lissner will appeal that denial, again and it will go to the Governing Board. If they approve it, then we still have the Writ of Mandamas that will lock up Silver Hills in a court battle.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:
Public Comment
:
Questions raised about Silver Knolls being annexed into the City of Reno. Russ explained that Lissner annexed this particular property into the City of Reno once already, then put it back into the county, so he cannot do it again.`

Question: What other properties has Lissner been buying around Silver Knolls? Russ stated that as far as he knows, Lissner owns a portion of the pit across from the lake. He is 1/3 owner in Evans Ranch. He owns property north of American Flat, and the 780 acres in Silver Knolls.

Question: Do we know how long it will be before RTC starts working on making Red Rock Road a four lane? Russ: Not at this point. They don’t have a specific plan.

Question: Is there any way to hold the County Commissioners liable for any damages down the road. Russ: Not the Commissioners personally. You would have to go after the county, because they are representatives of the county.

Statement: Unidentified Woman stated she would be willing to send a letter to County Commissioners during the next election cycle stating that she was going to go campaign for their opponent, door to door, because they do not listen to what we say. Called for other volunteers to join her.

Statement: A proposal was made that we take any money left over from the legal fund to support opposition candidates in the County Commissioner election. Russ: Money left over will be refunded to the people who contributed and how they decide to use it is up to them. If that’s what they want to do with it, that would be a good use, but he doesn’t think the SKCO should get involved as a political organization.

Comment: Unidentified male stated that he had experience with building and development in Susanville, where he was forced to buy into the sewer system after a developer built in their area. He believes that if they put Silver Hills in, that we will all have to hook up to their sewer system because they won’t want us to have septic tanks. Russ responded that if a septic or leach field failed, that they could possibly make you hook up to their sewer system, but that they likely wouldn’t require us to hook up initially because they want as little going into the Stead treatment facility as possible right now, because they are already almost at maximum capacity.

Question: Mattias_______asked if he could be helpful, as a younger voice and someone who has seen this happen firsthand in California, with getting younger people involved. Someone suggested he use social media. Russ requested that he come up and talk with him after the meeting.

Comment: Unidentified male asked Russ to explain the Smart Build survey. Russ: It’s the same as the previous survey, but Richard Klein added one question, so now it is possible to go back and take it a second time. It has expanded the focus from Silver Hills/Silver Knolls, to the voters of the county. It's part of the countywide alliance to stop unrestrained building.

Comment: Unidentified woman stated that at the Commissioners meeting she noted that Lissner had a lot of young people with him, talking about how they need affordable housing and how this is a good project. She noted that our demographic skews older and that we need to draw as many younger people in, to help us, as possible.

Comments: Multiple people commented on the crime in Lissner’s Cold Springs development. Twenty- five registered sex offenders, and the public crime reports dealing with out of control teenagers, and the neighborhood watch were referenced.

Question: Is Stonegate part of our conversation in pursuing the lawsuit? Answer: No, that’s City of Reno. Their first tentative map will be submitted 11/7/19 to make the next step toward building 670 homes. The superpad plan was found to be illegal per NRS. They have to come up with plans for each phase.

Statement: Unidentified Woman stated that we need to keep track of where the second point of entry into Silver Hills is planned.

Next Meeting: Monthly Board Meeting – 12/18 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 8:00 p.m.

Attendees: Diane Walizer, Tammy Ferris, Bruce Ferris, Blake Ferris, Clifford Corey, Alice Hescox, Mike Ross, George McHenry, Dean Dorsey, Kayce Dorsey, William J. Conner, Lori A. Conner, Dona McManus, Kim Jardine Reiley Mindy Barrett, Tim and Norma Newell, Mike and Sue Miller, Duke and Tina Renslow, BJ & Desiree Marietta, Tom and Nancy Orzech, Pat & Jeannie McBride, Ray Lake, Mareia Rambaud, John Boone, Danny Cleous Hector Campos Jr. Nancy Lightfoot Gail Mattingly Douglas J. Brimhall, Lorna James, Lily Gabriel, Jan Bishop, Liz & John Howe Cameron Lewis, Lori & Mark Hanson, Alan & Tanya Ice, Don Kluznik, Ramie Pratt, Amanda Cranston, Jeff Russell, Kres & Diane Bishop, Scott Cimadon, Peter St. Ores, Lara Jennson, J. Allen, Anson Johnson, Russell Umbraco, Allan Zane, Pat & Shelly Doyle, Karen Selbael, Gary Herron, Linda Smith, Shawna Baker, Denise Ross, Shirley Paxton-Young, Doug Rhoades, Nancy Horvath, John Howe, Allan Bohl, Eric & Tammy Bender, Jean Meneley, Teresa Aquila, Linda Collnar, Douglas Wolfe, Claude Horner, Tony Coursey, Lou Christensen, Jane Wardlaw, Steve Mulligan, Mike & Wynn Lucke, Eric Johnson, Bob Pugh, Linda Zimmerman, Dustin Johnson, Linda Vogedes, Lisa Slook, Larry Stamps, Paul Richied, Steve Sherman, Kay Herron, Angela Hurt, Brian Amme, Eric Mansfield, Bette Stewart-Schmidt,  Dianne Rhoades,  Robert Schmidt, and Dave Popken

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

October 16, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Russ Earle

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board members present: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Gina St. Ores, Rob Pierce, Janet Pratt, Alison Ross, Oliver Ryan, Vicky Shea, Bob Tangren and Lenora Williams. Members Absent: 0

Approval of Minutes from September 18, 2019 Monthly Meeting.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance: $12,868.35. Total income: 0 Expenses: $176.00. Ending balance: $12,692.35.

Corresponding Secretary Report: Nothing to report

Membership Report:
Current membership is 116 paid memberships for 2019

Old Business:
a. Silver Hills Development Update: TMCC presentation tomorrow night regarding smart growth.It costs less to build and maintain infrastructure where it already exists than to pull it out to outside areas. Twenty-five page report available via email from Russ.

b. Info flyer sent out to Silver Knolls residents

c. County Commissioners meeting on October 22 @ 3:00 PM, with vote on Silver Hills appeal: They denied the move to have it at 7:00 at night.

d. Info meeting at TMCC on October 17 @ 7:00 PM. Sierra Building, room 108

New Business:
a. Appeal tactics if the Commissioners approve Silver Hills: We will have 10 days to file a Writ of Mandamas. Russ will file that, but we will require an attorney after that. Russ suggested asking every family to kick in $100.00. We will be very transparent about the money, and publish the accounting online.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:

Public Comment :
Mike Ross: Update on what he has found out about California water law and export of water from Honey Lake Basin. Its not on the watchlist at this point because there is not a lot of water coming out of there yet. It will become an issue when we are in drought conditions and we start pulling water over to this side of the state line, out of that aquifer. When it impacts the ranchers and they shut off our access, then it will become an issue.

Tom Taber: Suggested that we might try for a pushback on the October 22 meeting. Suggested a study, similar to what we have. Believes that we will have a 4:1 vote with the County Commissioners. Suggests that we petition for a reversal of the decision. Suggested that Russ try to get on the radio to get the information out.

Lily Gabriel: We want to reach the voters to put pressure on the council members to do growth in a better way. They are trying to inform voters from all over the county in a very short amount of time. Also says the survey is very important. We need 2000 people to do the survey.

Attendees: Tom and Joyce Riffel, Lou and Mary Anne Christensen, Robert and Bettie Schmidt, Lily, Louis and Rich Gabriel, Kelly and Jeff Culver, Tom Taber, Georgia Gordon, Shawna Baker, Bonnie Klud, Rich Langelius, Russel Umbraco, Steven P. Keller, Mike Ross, Lisa and Larry Stamps, Doug and Dianne Rhoades

Next Meeting: Monthly Board Meeting - November 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

September 18, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Russ Earle

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board members present: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Gina St. Ores, Janet Pratt, Alison Ross, Oliver Ryan, Vicky Shea, Bob Tangren and Lenora Williams. Members Absent: Rob Pierce

Approval of Minutes from August 21, 2019 Monthly Meeting. Approved with no corrections

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance: $13878.44 ,Total income: $48.00, Expenses: $1011.00, Ending balance: $12915.44

Corresponding Secretary Report: Nothing to report

Membership Report: Current membership is 115 paid memberships for 2019

Old Business:
A. Silver Hills Development Update: October 22 County Commissioners will hear appeal by Lifestyle Homes.

B. SKCO Welcome Pamphlet: Still on back burner

New Business:
A.  Appeal tactics going forward with Silver Hills with Richard Klein: Thanks to the Gabriel family, Richard Klein has been preparing vast amounts of information regarding Silver Hills to counter the appeal of Lifestyle Homes to the County Commissioners. He has created a 25 page analysis of options for gaining the benefits of growth without traffic tax and wildfire impacts. They are trying to choose, out of many concerns, the top three that are of life/safety and importance to people in the area. Taxes are always a very important concern. Traffic has been a continual complaint. Russ suggested wildfire, because we have only one way in and one way out. The extra 4-5,000 cars trying to exit the area and you are creating a disaster. Russ feels that putting a high density development on an urban interface is not a good idea. The analysis created by Richard Klein contains a traffic study that shows that even a six lane road, once Evans Ranch is complete, would not serve the thoroughfare. There isn’t enough space for that to happen. Red Rock Road can only accommodate four lanes. Once the report is finalized it will be distributed to the County Commissioners, Planning Commission, The Regional Planning Board, Reno City Council, etc. And have it there for everybody to look at as hard data, refuting what Lifestyle Homes has been saying. Richard Klein has also suggested that right before the County Commissioners' meeting, we have, in addition to the Silver Knolls area briefing, that we incorporate county wide, to get people in from the other 4 districts.

B. Mailing out information flyer: We will be sending out a one page informational mailing. It will go out around the first of October. It will include each commissioner’s email address and phone number. It is suggested that people write as a Washoe County resident, detailing what their objections are to the out of control development. There will also be a survey.

C. Bringing Retired CalFire Chief up to speak at an information seminar: Retired CalFire Chief has said that due to the potential for a catastrophic fire in a high-density development on an urban interface, he recommends a moratorium on all building in regions such as this. He is willing to come up and speak to this area. He charges a five hundred dollar speaking fee and travel expenses. Russ made a motion to spend no more than $900.00. It passed unanimously.

D. County Commissioners meeting will be on October 22 at 10 AM correction 3:00 pm

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:

Public Comment:
Michael Welling: Attempting to get County Commissioners meeting moved to evening so people can attend without missing work.

Other Business: Gina proposed a sign campaign asking questions to invoke the community to get involved in what is going on.

Next Meeting: Monthly Board Meeting - October 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

August 21, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Russ Earle

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board members present: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden Rob Pierce, Gina St. Ores, Janet Pratt, Alison Ross, Oliver Ryan, Vicky Shea, and Lenora Williams. Members Absent: Bob Tangren

Approval of Minutes from July 17, 2019 Monthly Meeting: Approved with 1 correction to the Richard Kline update.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance: $1,3878.44. Total income: Expenses: $1,011.00 Ending balance: $12,867.44 ($1,011.00 was for insurance.) Motion made that Casey Meaden be reimbursed for map. Seconded and passed.

Corresponding Secretary Report: Nothing to report

Membership Report: Current membership is 115 paid memberships for 2019

Old Business:
A. Silver Hills Development Update
1. Roger Pelham’s revised staff report: Recommended against changes proposed by Lifestyle Homes.

2. County Planning Commission August 6, 2019 vote: Planning Commission voted with us and denied the Silver Hills development. Lifestyle Homes appealed this decision. So, now, the case will be heard by the County Commissioners, in late October. Expected vote by Commissioners is 4 to 1 in favor of Lifestyle Homes.

B. SKCO Welcome Pamphlet: No progress so far

C. Insurance: Two policies purchased. One from Travelers for the Board, and one from Farmers for General Liability.

New Business:
A. Reno City Council meeting recap: They will be spending a million dollars to do a feasibility study regarding an effluent reservoir above Silver Knolls, which, if constructed, would cost ninety-five million dollars. Five parcels were identified for the possible location of the reservoir. Many people spoke in opposition, due to safety concerns, however the council voted to proceed.

B. Joint meeting approving spraying of Swan Lake water north of American Flat: There was a joint meeting between the Airport Authority, City of Reno, and the Washoe County Commissioners, where they approved the pumping of water from Swan Lake, 4 miles across airport property, which the airport will get paid for, out to the 450 acres owned by the county, north of American Flat, where it will be sprayed out via pivot irrigation. It was opposed by many residents, due to contamination concerns, but passed anyway.

C. Silver Knolls is a dark skies area: Security lighting needs to be motion sensitive or shaded.

D. Appeal tactics going forward with Silver Hills: Writ of Mandamus will be filed if the County Commissioners do not vote in our favor.

E. Stead Fire and Issues: Discussion regarding the pallet fire in Stead earlier in the month. There was a lack of water to supply all the engines that showed up.

F. Air Races: Saturday, September 7 they will have a family event with a parade and flyover. Families are invited to attend at no charge. They will also have free admission on Wednesday, the 11th, for anyone from the zip codes 89508, 89506 and 89512.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:
Dale Hildebrandt, Tom Riffel, Heidi Howe, Lori Conner, William Conner, Jane Wardlaw, Jan Bishop, Bette Schmidt, Robert Schmidt, M Welling,  Linda Zimmerman, Mike Ross, Shawna Baker, Jean Meneley, Bonnie Klud, & Don Coon

Public Comment:
Dale Hildebrandt, President of Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. announced that the Silver Lake Volunteers would like to give Silver Knolls a free pancake breakfast on October 12, 2019, from 8:00 to 11:00. They will be sending out flyers.

Other Business:
A. We need the largest attendance we can get at the County Commissioners meeting.

B. Septic tank pumping: Russ suggested having septic tanks pumped every 5 years

C. Rob Pierce is on the NVCAB board

D. NV Energy is working on North Virginia street Power lines all along North side being redone.

Pile of dirt moved at 5am near PetCo. It's for the road behind Anytime Fitness to get equipment to the area where the new road is built.

Next Meeting: Monthly Board Meeting - September 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 7:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
  Board of Directors Meeting
July 17, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Russ Earle

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board members present: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe,  Rob Pierce, Gina St. Ores, Janet Pratt, Alison Ross, Oliver Ryan, Robert Tangren, and Lenora Williams. Members Absent: Vicky Shea

Approval of Minutes from June 19, 2019 Monthly Meeting: Approved with no corrections.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance: $13,526.75. Total income $668.00. Expenses: $316.31. Ending balance: $13,878.44.

Corresponding Secretary Report: Nothing to report. Casey Meaden added that we have received several emails through our website pertaining to CCR’s and manufactured homes.

Membership Report: Current membership is 115 paid memberships for 2019

Old Business:
A. Silver Hills Development Update
1. Back on track with the Gabriels and Richard Klein: Russ stepped away from the partnership, temporarily, when Mr. Klein suggested allowing more than the 780 homes. Russ felt that would open the door to zoning changes. No negotiating meeting ever took place because Peter Lissner’s attorney never got back to them, an indication that they are unwilling to negotiate. Nothing was ever put forward. So, we are now back on track with Richard Klein helping the Gabriels and SKCO figure out how to go forward to fight the over-development. Klein has also been in contact with Steve Wolgast regarding how to get more voter involvement in Washoe County.

2. Roger Pelham’s Staff Report: Retracted after Lifestyle Homes withdrew their application for a couple weeks due to the denial. The denial was because it didn’t meet the criteria of the Master Plan and contained some engineering issues that didn’t meet county ordinances. Lifestyle pulled the application back and supposedly fixed problems and then resubmitted it on the fifth of July. Roger Pelham was out of town at that time and the Staff Report has not been reissued at this time. It likely will not be reissued until the week before the County Planning Commission meeting, around the 31st of July.

3. Silver Hills Plan goes to Planning Commission August 6, 2019 for a vote then to the County Commissioners. It is important to get as many people to attend as we possibly can.

B. SKCO Welcome Pamphlet for new residents: Casey and Vicky have been working on it. Nothing new to report.

New Business:
A. Working on insurance renewal: Insurance was not renewed because we did not get a bill.

Travelers has issued a quote for $665.00. We have been paying over $1100. Russ is working on getting all the information to the insurance company.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment: Joyce and Tom Riffel, Heidi Howe, Gabriels, Georgia Gordon, Douglas Lance, Debra Egenberger, Sean Shea, Nancy Horvath, Bette and Robert Schmidt, Mike Ross, Casey Meaden, Linda Zimmerman, and Don Coon

Public comment: Don Coon from Truckee Meadows Fire Prevention introduced himself and let us know that he will be handling community liaison duties due to a personnel change within the department.

Other Business:
A. Casey gave away a bottle of honey that was given to her by a family from Antelope Valley, in appreciation for facilitating the yard sale.

B. Report shooters due to the high volume of cheat grass.

C. NVCAB has a vacancy. Casey has information for anyone who is interested in the position.

Next Meeting: Monthly Board Meeting August 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 7:22 p.m.


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
  Board of Directors Meeting
June 19, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order
Meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Russ Earle. New members Rob Pierce, and Gina St. Ores were welcomed to the Board.

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum
Board members present:
Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Rob Pierce, Gina St. Ores, Janet Pratt, Oliver Ryan, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, and Lenora Williams. Members Absent: Alison Ross

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from Annual Board Meeting, May 15, 2019 approved with the following corrections:
1. Oliver Ryan was in attendance. He arrived after roll call.
2. Addition of Treasurer’s report
3. Change title to Annual Membership Meeting

Passed Unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report
Beginning balance: $ 13,526.75, Total income: $668.00, Expenses: $601.69. Ending balance: $14,128.44

Russ Earle was reimbursed for paying the annual State Business License.
Motion to replicate last years budget for this year’s 2019/2020 budget numbers. Seconded and passed unanimously.

Corresponding Secretary Report
Nothing to report.

Membership Report
Current membership is 113 paid memberships for 2019. 18 are new. Oliver will send out emails to the members that did not renew, encouraging them to continue their membership as we need everyone to be aware and participate in efforts to curb Silver Hills.

Old Business
1. Silver Hills Development Updates:
A. Parting of ways with Richard Klein: After conference call with Richard Klein, Russ was unable to agree to the increased number of homes, slightly more than 780, proposed by Mr. Klein, because anything over 780 requires a zoning modification, which Silver Knolls residents have strongly opposed. As of two weeks ago, SKCO is no longer participating in Mr. Klein’s efforts, but will continue monitoring them.

B. NVCAB meeting review: Lifestyle Homes made another presentation for their Silver Hills development. Nothing was changed except the number of homes was increased by 220. Total number of homes is now 1,872, using both the east and west sides of Red Rock Road. NVCAB voted unanimously to Deny the plan.

C. Roger Pelham’s Staff Report: It will change because they submitted it then retracted it two days later because developers didn’t like the conclusions of the staff report and want time to respond to and address the engineering shortfalls of the plan. According to Roger Pelham and his boss, they don’t think that even addressing those would change the final conclusions, so it should still say 'Denied' on both sections of the staff report. The new report should be out in about 3 weeks.

D. Reno's proposal to place an effluent reservoir off Red Rock Rd: Reno removed it from the agenda, so it is on hold, for the moment. Russ will provide email address, on the SKCO website, to the City Clerk, so that the next time it comes up on the agenda we can send emails to be read into the record that we are opposed to it.

E. RTC’s plans for Red Rock: No specific plan for Red Rock until its funded. They could use eminent domain and take the homes in the middle of Red Rock Rd, buying them out and increasing the cost of the project. Widening from Moya to Evans Ranch location would cost 51.8 million dollars. Impact fees don’t come anywhere near covering it, then it would be paid for by the gasoline tax.

F. Plan was to go to Planning Commission July 2, 2019 for a vote then to the County Commissioners: Due to the developers addressing the issues in the staff report, the plan is delayed in going to the Planning Commission, until August 6th, and then to the County Commissioners at the end of August, and most likely, Regional Planning around September.

New Business
A. SKCO welcome pamphlet for new residents: SLVFD Auxiliary Support Group is discussing putting together a welcome packet for new residents. Mostly pertaining to fire prevention. Casey suggested that we might be able to create a welcome pamphlet for SKCO to put in with it. Casey and Vicky will work on that.

B. Peter Lissner may possibly be approaching Osage residents with an offer to pay for the rights to come through their property with the water and sewer lines. If those lines are placed in front of the homes on Osage, those residents could be forced to hook up to water and sewer, at a later date, at great expense, if their well or septic fails.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:
Shawna Baker, Tom Orzech, Diane Walizer, Georgia Gordon, Bonnie Klud, Robert Schmidt. Bette Schmidt, M Welling, Jan Bishop, Jean Meneley, Heidi Howe, Linda Zimmerman, Jon Cook, Lou Christensen, Casey Meaden.

a. Jan Bishop gave a recommendation for Double R Water and Well.

Other Business
a. Cheatgrass is rampant. It’s a fire hazard and needs to be controlled. b. Gunfire and fireworks on Osage. Call the non-emergency line.

Next Meeting – Monthly Board Meeting July 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment
Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
 Annual Membership Meeting
May 15, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order
Meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Russ Earle

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum Board members present:
Jerry Beck, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, and Lenora Williams. Oliver Ryan was late.

Board members Absent:
Pamala Becker, Alison Ross, and Janet Pratt.

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from April 17, 2019 approved with no corrections. Passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report
(Unavailable) Beginning balance $ Total income $ Expenses $
Ending balance $11643.50

(Recording starts here.)
Liz Howe will call insurance company regarding inability to get a bill. Russ will be paying the Secretary of State Filing fee next week with his credit card and get reimbursed by the board.

Corresponding Secretary Report
Recording device too far away. Unable to understand entire statement...Casey received a lengthy email regarding (unintelligible). Joel will address the subject later tonight.

Membership Report
Current membership is 111 paid memberships with 11 new members for 2019. Russ suggested that we send emails to the approximately 46 members that did not renew to find out why they did not renew their membership.

Guest Speakers
A. Steve Wolgast: Spoke on advocating for responsible development in Washoe County. He is one of the founding members of Washoe Residents for Appropriate Planning (WashoeRap.com) informing the community about what is happening with development in Washoe County. He also spoke on how SB327 limits oversight on development.

B. Joel Falgout – American Arborists: Spoke on problems with red turpentine beetles moving into the area. These beetles have killed off a lot of California forestry. There is no 'kill on contact' method of destroying the beetles. They have to be dealt with preventatively. They cause the pine trees to dry out which creates a fire hazard. He answered questions from those in attendance.

Old Business
A. Yard Sale: Nine people registered so far.

B. Silver Hills Petition: It was decided to ask people holding yard sales to make the Silver Hills petitions available for signature at their sale, as well as having them available at the 4-H food area. There are 300 signatures right now. Russ would like to have at least 500 signatures before it comes before the County Commissioners and the Planning Commission.

C. Silver Hills Update: Lifestyle homes submitted their revised plan on May 15. The number of homes is still at 1,872. Roger Pelham has approximately 5 weeks to do his staff report. The new revised report will go before the NVCAB for the June meeting. His approval or denial letter will be made public by June 21. It will go to the Planning Commission on July 2nd. How they vote determines where it goes next. A 'no' vote allows LifeStyle Homes to appeal. A 'yes' vote sends it to the July Commissioner’s meeting.

D. The second draft of the letter by Richard Klein, environmental advocate, on behalf of Lilly Gabriel, has been circulating. Russ has requested a 3rd revision stating our position more firmly. When the letter comes back, Russ will send it to all the board members for an online yea or nay vote for approval of the letter. Once approved, Russ would like to have the letter sent out to all members so they can see where we stand on the development.

E. Russ addressed a misconception that SKCO felt it was OK change the zoning. He stated that we have never, and will never, agree to changing of zoning and that we want to adhere to our Master Plan.

New Business
A. Annual Election Ballot Results: Twenty ballots. Everyone who ran was approved. With one correction to the ballot. Russ Earle should have been listed as president, not vice-president.

B. There will be a regional meeting for responsible development at the Tamarack Junction on June 2nd at 4:00 p.m. Some of the County Commissioners will be in attendance. As many people who are able should attend.

C. SB327: WashoeRAP.com has a link to continuously updated information.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment
Tom & Joyce Riffel,  Casey Meaden, Diane Walizer, John Howe, Rob Pierce, Joel & Amber Falgout, Gina & Peter St. Ores, Jan Bishop, Mindy Barrett, Bette Schmidt, Steve Wolgast, Lorna James, and Bonnie Klud.

Next Meeting – June 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment
Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
April 17, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Russ Earle.

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum – Board members present: Jerry Beck, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Janet Pratt, Alison Ross, Oliver Ryan, Robert Schmidt, and Lenora Williams

Board members Absent: Pamala Becker, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren

Approval of Minutes:
Minutes from March 20, 2019 approved and passed unanimously with two corrections.
1. Old Business Silver Hills update says that number of homes planned has increased five times. It should say, “The plan has changed 5 times.”
2. Minutes state that “They had planned on putting in convenience stores and gas stations." Should have said that the builder was allowed by county ordinance to put in convenience stores and gas stations, but the builder had already told us they were not going to do that. The most recent plan made it look like they were going to do it and have now eliminated them.

Treasurer’s Report:
Beginning balance $12,243.17, Total income $696.00, Expenses $0. Ending balance $12,243.53.

Corresponding Secretary Report:
a. Received letter from Steven Keller with a copy of letter to commissioners about how to control development.

Membership Report:
Current membership of 81 paid memberships, 12 of which are new for 2019, with 146 pending renewals.

Old Business:
a. Silver Hills Development Update: The Silver Hills Project did not submit the revised plan on time, so process is delayed. If they make it by May 15 Roger Pelham has 5 weeks (June 28th) to write his report as to whether they suggest approval or denial to the Planning Commission in July, most likely not making it on to the County Commissioner’s agenda until August. Also, if they get it in by May 15 it will go to the NVCAB by the beginning of June. There is a possibility that the revised plan may also contain their idea for how to deal with the sewer effluent by creating a containment basin in the hills between Silver Knolls and Cold Springs. The majority of the County Commissioners appear to be primarily pro development. Russ will also be investigating details pertaining to infrastructure.

b. Election Candidate Update and Ballot: Gina St. Ores and Rob Pierce will be running for election on Board. Casey Meaden has been appointed as media consultant, vacating her seat on the board, assisted by Vicky Shea. Motion to accept ballot as projected, seconded and passed. Robert and Casey will step down. Liz will step in as corresponding secretary.

c. Junk the Junipers reminder: May 4th at the firehouse from 9:00 to 1:00. Burn Days be sure to call the 326-6000 number and check before you burn. Residents get 4 trips to the dump, annually, at 3 cubic yards per trip, with a copy of your bill and ID.

New Business: a. Annual Meeting Speakers Selection: Russ asked Jeanne Herman to come and speak. Russ had a suggestion that an arborist come and speak regarding issues in the area pertaining to diseases and pests. Casey suggested Steve Wolgast speak regarding the county in general and fighting urban sprawl.

b. Commissioners funding: Russ will be going to the Secretary of State’s website and research our county commissioners to find out where their money is coming from per their quarterly statement, checking for conflict of interest.

c. Representation of SKCO by Legal Defense Services: The Gabriel Family has been working to find legal representation for SKCO regarding the Silver Hills development. Most local attorneys have a conflict due to having worked with the Lissner family or Lifestyle Homes. They did find The Community and Environmental Defense Services, in Owensville, MD. They have worked with Sierra Club and similar organizations and are experienced in negotiating a better resolution or outright stopping development. The Gabriel Family has retained their services for 1050 out of their own pocket. It was suggested that we as a community organization reimburse them and start a legal defense fund. Louis Gabriel declined the reimbursement and suggested that it be directed into the legal defense fund. Mr. Klein of the Community and Environmental Defense Services will be drafting a letter expressing the concerns of the residents of Silver Knolls. There is a website, Silverknollsgoals.com, to express our concerns, which he will use to draft the letter.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment: Tom Riffel, Joyce Riffel, Jon Cook, Mike Ross, Rob Pierce, John Howe, Jean Meneley, Louis Gabriel, Amy Zimmerman, Diane Walizer, Heidi Howe, Larry Stamps, Peter St. Ores, Gina St. Ores, Georgia Gordon, Rich Gabriel, Lily Gabriel, Sarah Horner, Claude Horner, Bette Schmidt, Kate Tangren, Jan Bishop

Other Business:
a. Websites to know: Silverknollsgoals.com, WashoeRAP.com, SilverKnolls.org.

b. Someone drilled a well down the street from Casey earlier this month. She spoke with the man doing the drilling and found that they hit water at 125 feet, producing 5 gallons per minute. The well was drilled to a depth of 300 feet. He stated, “There’s a lot of water down there.” AB-95 pertaining to domestic wells in ground water basins that were being over pumped, does not really qualify here, but could at some point in the future, at which time they could have the option of making residents put meters on their wells, passed the Assembly. It will be moving on to the Senate.

c. Dale Hildebrand is working on the info sign and is meeting with the sign company this Friday.

d. June Yard sale will be the 1st and 2nd. Signups at Casey’s house. 4H club will provide breakfast and lunch at firehouse.

Next Meeting – Annual Membership Meeting May 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 7:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
March 20, 2019

Approved, corrected Minutes

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Russ Earle. Roll Call and Verification of Quorum

Board members present: Jerry Beck, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Janet Pratt, Oliver Ryan, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, and Lenora Williams

Board members Absent: Pamala Becker, Alison Ross

Approval of Minutes:
Minutes from February 20, 2019 approved with one correction. 4H Club Sale netted between 9,000 and 10,000 dollars after expenses, not 47,000 as previously recorded. Passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report:
Beginning balance $ 11352.17. Total income $1032.00, Expenses $284.64 Ending balance $12243.53. Expenses were for printing, supplies and postage.

Corresponding Secretary Report:
A. Casey is in talks with several people interested in being on the board.

B. Our website is due to expire in July 20, 2019. Casey requested and received approval to pay the webhost $105.85 to renew the domain name for five years.

Membership Report: Current membership is 146 current memberships with 46 paid renewals for 2019

Old Business:
A. Silver Hills Development Update: NVCAB meeting. Plan changes based on community input. Number of homes planned has changed five times. Plans have changed 5 times. Newest plan is to develop both sides of Red Rock but to only develop the east side to the one home per acre average. They have increased park acreage, which increases the home density. They want to have a community garden and build an “agrihood.” They have changed the number of square feet for commercial property, also. They also revealed they had been planning on putting in convenience stores and gas stations, although they said they wouldn’t, but now have eliminated them. Lifestyle homes is also seeking to remove their building site from the Silver Knolls requirements and Character Management Plan in order to write their own ticket as far as requirements. If they get their plan resubmitted by mid April, it will go before the NVCAB in May and the County Planning Commission in June and the County Commissioners later that same month.

Public discussion regarding multiple building issues followed.

B. Election Candidate Update: Two people are interested in a spot on the board. Rob Pierce, and Gina, St Ores. We may have one position opening up.

C. Junk the Junipers reminder: May 4th at the firehouse from 8:00 to 1:00. Also, during the months of May Waste Management allows an additional 6 bags of trash for pickup without stickers. They will not take anything in non-Waste Management Trash cans.

New Business:
A. Stead Airport Development Update: It is still progressing forward, but very slowly. Currently talking about the 92 acres on the southwest corner, near Echo and Moya. They are requesting taxpayer funds for putting in power, water, etc.

B. 395 Update from NDOT: Phase I: From McCarran interchange to Lemmon Valley interchange. It will include a 3rd southbound travel lane, auxiliary lanes between interchanges in both northbound and southbound directions, the reconfiguration of the Lemmon Valley interchange into a divergent diamond interchange, and rehabilitation of the existing roadway. Phase II limits are from the Lemmon Valley interchange to Stead Blvd. It will not help with anything beyond Stead. All plans are dependent on funding.

C. Lemmon Valley flooding: Water level is currently as high as it was 2 years ago. Conduit is already backing up. Hesco Barriers and Pumps are running at a cost of 70,000 dollars per month. Public discussion of general flooding concerns in Lemmon Valley and Silver Knolls.

D. Annual Yard Sale: will be held June 1st and 2nd. Sign ups start 6 weeks out. Slips are on Casey’s front porch in a basket.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:
Tom Riffel, Ramie Pratt, Sean Shea, Gordon Gossage, Diane Walizer, Rob Pierce, Steven Keller, Mike Ross, Linda Zimmerman, Alan Ice, Don Coon (TMFPD), Maureen O’Brien (TMFPD), Russel Umbraco, Lou Christensen, Howard Shafer, Jean Meneley, Jan Bishop.

Other Business:
A. Discussion on creating a pool of money to hire a lawyer to help fight the developers.

B. Russ Earle requested approval to speak for SKCO in meetings he will set up with County Commissioners in an attempt to get more votes on our side regarding area development. Moved, seconded and unanimously passed.

Next Monthly Meeting: April 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Adjournment: Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 8:15 p.m.


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
February 20, 2019

Approved Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 7pm by Russ Earle.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM:
In attendance: Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Janet Pratt, Alison Ross, Oliver Ryan, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, and Lenora Williams. Absent: Jerry Beck

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes for January 16 were approved no corrections. Passed Unanimously

TREASURER'S REPORT:
Beginning balance $ 11663.38, Total income 0, Expenses $225 for bulk mailing permit. Ending balance $11438.38

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:
One person responded regarding serving on the board and Casey is following that up.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT:
Paid memberships – 145

OLD BUSINESS:
a. Silver Hills Update: We haven’t heard anything from Lissner yet. Their next step is to be heard at the NVCAB, to get feedback on all the feedback from visioning seminars. It is possible we may have to retain an attorney since they didn’t really have any interest in our input at the visioning meetings. NRS Codes seem to protect the developers more than they protect the existing citizens. We might consider lobbying legislators to change some of the NRS codes to protect existing residents and give them standing to file court cases against the developer.

NEW BUSINESS:
a. Formation of Nominating Committee for Annual Elections: Coming up in May are the elections for the board again. Casey Meaden will be heading the nominating committee. Poll taken to see how many vacancies will be coming up. There are no expected vacancies, but anyone who wants to run can run for a seat against a sitting member.

OTHER BUSINESS:
a. Renewal notices: Renewal notices will be sent out on the back of letters encouraging residents to stay aware and be ready to attend community meetings pertaining to all the building and zoning changes. Letter will go out approximately the 1st of March. Memberships will be collected for 45 days and the people who send in checks will be mailed ballots for the upcoming election. People will have 30 days to vote. Ballots are counted at the May meeting.

b. Snow plowing: City of Reno has not been plowing their portion of Red Rock Road, from 395 to the Petco Warehouse.

c. Echeverria Project Update: Initially tried to get zoning changes that was only going to allow 56 homes but then they were asking for a small variance allowing 2 or more homes per acre which would give them 260 on 500 acres. They are trying to get it all within the confines of Reno, which has been approved.

d. Junk the Junipers on May 4th at the Fire Station from 8:00 to 1:00. BLM will be there to chip.

e. Open Burning: Tentatively set for March 1st. Permits available online.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES AND PUBLIC COMMENT:
Ramie Pratt, Linda Zimmerman, Dale Hildebrandt, Steven Keller, Tina Drakulich, Jan Bishop, Jean Memleuy (?) Mike Ross, Russ and Kitty Umbraco, Sean Shea, Jon Cook, Betty Schmidt. Shawna Baker.

PUBLIC COMMENT
a.Thanked Russ for clearing driveways during the heavy snow.
b. The Silver Spurs 4H Tack sale raised about 9,000 dollars for the group.

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
January 16, 2019

Approved Minutes

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Russ Earle.

Roll Call and Verification of Quorum:
Board Members Present: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Casey Meaden, Janet Pratt, Alison Ross, Oliver Ryan, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, and Lenora Williams. Absent: Liz Howe

Approval of Minutes: Minutes from November 21, 2018 approved with no corrections. Passed unanimously. December’s meeting was cancelled.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance $ 11663.38, Total income $0, Expenses $86.21 Ending balance $11577.17. Expenses were for printing.

Corresponding Secretary Report: Received notice that the price of mailing is going up.

Membership Report: Current membership is 145.

Old Business:
1. Silver Hills Visioning Workshops Review: Visioning workshops were held the week before Christmas with very little notice. They only notified property owners within 750 feet of the proposed project. Roger Pelham had residents answer a series of questions that appeared to be slanted toward the developer. Once all the questions were answered over the course of the three meetings, the consensus was that Silver Knolls residents do not want the zoning changed in any way and believe that we need improvements to infrastructure prior to any development. When asked, at the last meeting, to comment, Peter Lissner stated that they were going to continue to push forward.

New Business:
1. Robert Schmidt position on the board: N/A, Robert is recovering well.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment:
Alice Hescox, Linda Zimmerman, Amy Zimmerman, Heidi Howe, Pat McBride, Lisa Slook, Allan Zane, Bette Schmidt, Peter and Gina St. Ores, Lonnie and Georgia Gordon, Jean Menelay, John Russ, Jan Bishop, Rob Pierce, and Lorna James.

Other Business:
1. Discussion on possibility of retaining an attorney regarding the proposed development.
2. Russ Earle brought up the problem with speeders in the area.
3. Casey Meaden requested permission to add a sign to the community sign giving notice of the 4H Tack Consignment sale. It was approved.

Next Monthly Meeting:  February 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Adjournment:
Moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn at 7:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
December meeting Cancelled


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
November 19, 2018

Approved Minutes

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Russ Earle

Roll Call: Russ Earle, President; Bob Tangren, Vice-President; Casey Meaden, Corresponding Secretary; Liz Howe; Pam Becker; Lenora Williams. Excused absent:  Jerry Beck, Treasurer; Janet Pratt, Recording Secretary; Robert Schmidt; Vicky Shea; Oliver Ryan, Membership Chair; and Alison Ross. No quorum.

Approval of Minutes from Oct 17, 2018: tabled for lack of a quorum.

Treasurer’s Report: No change from last month.

Corresponding Secretary’s Report:  One email received not in favor of the Marine’s Training at Stead Airport that went on until 11 PM one night.

Old Business:
A. Silver Hills update: Russ Earle talked to Roger Pelham at the Planning Commission. Roger reported that Peter Lissner of LifeStyle Homes submitted some questions regarding a visioning workshop he planned for Nov. 28th. Russ pointed out that such a workshop needs to be held in a public venue. Those impacted must be mailed postcards informing them of the meeting.

On a related note, Russ stated that when asked, Reno said “Absolutely not!” to Lissner’s proposed creation of a huge ‘pond’ for sewage effluent storage up on the hill between Cold Springs and Silver Knolls.

B. Nov. 2018 Election Recap: Jeanne Herman retained her seat as Commissioner District 5. Heidi Howe was not elected to the sheriff position.
C. Holiday Dinner meeting: Russ will send out email what to bring. Casey will decorate. Casey will invite Sarah Chvilicek to the Board’s Pot-Luck.

New Business:
A. Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission 11/14 meeting recap: The Echeverria property (CR18-015) at the south end of Red Rock Road, on the foothills of Peavine, was taken out of the Reno/Stead planning corridor. This means the City of Reno now will oversee any development. (So there are now fewer restrictions on the developer.)  Also, TMRPA was asked to change the Master Plan to allow increased housing density on the Echeverria property. This was denied by the TMRPA Commissioners 6 to 2, the 2 being the Sparks Commissioners.

B. Dale Hildebrandt re: Info Sign: Dale caught us up on what Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. has planned, including funding our sign repairs (at the corner of Osage and Red Rock Road.) She wants the lines of text on the sign to slide out to the side which would be safer than the current scheme for changing the text.

Recognition of public attendees and public comment: Linda Zimmerman, Heidi Howe, Jan Bishop, Dale Hildebrandt, John Mosby, Mark & Laurie Hanson, and Steve Keller.

A public attendee asked about the well that’s being drilled at the north end of our Stead airport. Russ Earle replied that he had spoken with the people doing the drilling. The well is 732 feet deep. They are are pumping it to be able to use the extraction data to do a mathematical calculation as to a theoretical amount of water they could possibly inject into the aquifer at a future date.

Next monthly meeting December 19, 2018 is planned for 6:30 pm. There will be a short business meeting followed by a potluck for the Board members and family.

Respectfully submitted, Casey Meaden


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
October 17, 2018

Approved Minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by Russ Earle.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM: In attendance: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Janet Pratt, Oliver Ryan, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, Alison Ross, and Lenora Williams

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes were approved with no corrections. Passed Unanimously.

TREASURER'S REPORT: Beginning balance $ 11805.38, Total income $24.00. Expenses $166.00. Ending balance $11663.38.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Green waste day is planned for November 10th.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Paid memberships - 145

OLD BUSINESS:
A. Silver Hills Update/D.A. Follow-up: They have requested to have their property removed from the character management area. This requires a series of visioning workshops that have not been held. Roger Pelham assumed, incorrectly, they were done during the CAB meetings. Russ spoke with the D.A, who agreed that the visioning workshops needed to be held separately. Peter Lissner then scheduled the meetings for the 16th and 18th at his clubhouse. Russ objected because that was not a public forum. The D.A. agreed to that, as well. Russ reserved the room at the fire station for the 16th and 18th, but later received a call that the meetings were cancelled with no explanation.

B. Jeanne Herman: She is currently in the middle of negotiating between the Lissners (LifeStyle Homes) and the County, to take some of his useless land  between Cold Springs and Silver Knolls, that is too steep to build on, and donating that to the County so that they can build a 100-million-gallon effluent retention reservoir above Cold Springs and Silver Knolls. Russ questioned the prudence of putting that amount of water above any proposed development. Her response was that they had really good engineering, which led Russ to question if she was the best representative that we could have.

NEW BUSINESS:
A. Comparison of merits of Lindsey Judd vs Jeanne Herman. Everyone needs to get out and vote.

B. Holiday Dinner and December 19 Meeting. Meeting will begin at 6:30 followed by potluck for members of the board and their families. Email will go out asking what people would like to bring. Moving November meeting to the 14th, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, was agreed upon. Later it was moved back to the original date of the 21st due to the room not being available on the 14th.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES AND PUBLIC COMMENT: Mike Ross, Rob (Rigle?), Linda Zimmerman, Joyce Gillespie, Ramie Pratt, Allan Zane, Bette Schmidt, Lorna James, Nancy Horvath, Pat and Jeannie McBride.

OTHER BUSINESS: Discussion regarding illegal dumping. Illegal dumping along Red Rock Rd. should be reported to the county via the dumping hotline, with a license plate number and photo if possible.

NEXT MEETING: November 21st, 2018 at 7:00 pm

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
September 19, 2018

Approved Minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by Vice President Robert Tangren.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM: In attendance: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Janet Pratt, Oliver Ryan, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, and Lenora Williams
Absent: Russ Earle, Alison Ross

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes were approved no corrections. Passed Unanimously.

TREASURER'S REPORT: Beginning balance $ 118051.38. Total income $24.00. Expenses $166.00. Ending balance $11,663.38. We will be dropping the Craft Fair sales tax item from the budget.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Casey Meaden discussed a letter that will be going out to everyone in Silver Knolls pertaining to the proposed building projects.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Paid memberships - 145

OLD BUSINESS:
a. Silver Hills Update/DA letter follow-up: An update from Russ was read, stating that the Silver Hills project has been put on hold until the proper procedures have been followed to get the zoning change. Primarily a series of 3 visioning workshops.

b. In addition, Lissner is working with the county to possibly “donate” some of his land between Cold Springs and Red Rock to be used as a large retention reservoir for sewer effluent. Very little information is available at this point.

NEW BUSINESS:
a. Lemmon Valley Development Approval: The Prado Development plan for about 500 homes was approved by the Washoe County Commissioners, even though the Planning Commission had voted it down unanimously due to it not following the master plan on numerous issues. The plan will now be taken to court where a judge will rule on the merits of the plan.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES AND PUBLIC COMMENT: Joyce and Tom Rawl, Jan Bishop, Nancy Horvath, Ramie Pratt, Shawna Baker, Linda Zimmerman, Georgia Gordon, Howard Schafer, John Stamps, Mike Burke, Lorna Jamison, Larry Stamps.

OTHER BUSINESS: Russ does not want to update the Info Sign anymore. A sign committee was formed to handle the updating of the sign, with guidance from the Board. Casey and Lenora and Pam will be the committee.

It was suggested that an addition to the letter going out to the community be made, letting people know that the SKCO dues are only $24.00, in hopes more people might attend the meetings.

NEXT MEETING: October 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
August 15, 2018

Approved Minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by Russ Earle.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM:
In attendance: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Janet Pratt, Oliver Ryan, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, and Lenora Williams
Absent: 0

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes were approved with no corrections. Passed Unanimously

TREASURER'S REPORT:
Beginning balance $11781.38, Total income $24.00, Expenses $0, Ending balance $11805.38. Motion to increase yard sale budget from $100.00 to $178.62 to match amount already spent on maps and ad, passed unanimously.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT:
Handling a lot of email asking questions about what’s going on in Silver Knolls, i.e: homes for sale and the development plans.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Paid memberships - 144

OLD BUSINESS:
a. Vacancy on Board- At large position: Alison Ross was nominated and approved unanimously as a fill in for the next 1 year and 9 months.

b. Revised Silver Hills Plan and NVCAB meeting on Monday: 7/15 Rubicon Design team submitted to the planning commission a letter outlining proposed amendments to their design plan. Mainly not developing the 221 acres on the east side of Red Rock and only developing the 551 acres on the west side of Red Rock, with the caveat that that property would be removed from the North Valley Master Plan, Silver Knolls Care and Management area, so that they would not have to abide by any of the zoning requirements that go with Silver Knolls. That went before the NVCAB meeting and the NVCAB Board unanimously gave a NO vote.

NEW BUSINESS:
a. Letter to Washoe Planning, Washoe Planning Commission, Washoe DA and Washoe Commissioners: Russ Earle read the letter that he wrote outlining the problems with the proposed plan by Lifestyle Homes, and the concerns of the residents of Silver Knolls. Followed by many unscheduled questions and comments from public attendees.

b. Air Races: September 13 – 16. If there are traffic problems, residents are advised to call the county. Neighborhood Watch will be patrolling to try to keep the streets open for ambulance and fire truck access.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES AND PUBLIC COMMENT:
Ramie Pratt, Linda Zimmerman, Mike Ross, Russ and Kitty Umbraco, Shawna Baker, Alan Zane, Lorna James

OTHER BUSINESS:
Discussion of removal of abandoned Expedition. Owner was supposedly going to have it towed.

NEXT MEETING: September 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
July 18, 2018

Approved minutes

CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 7pm by president, Russ Earle.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM: In attendance: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Oliver Ryan, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Robert Tangren, Lenora Williams, and Janet Pratt
Excused: Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Oliver Ryan

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes were approved with no corrections.

TREASURER'S REPORT: (Month) Beginning Balance: $ 11,766.92 Total income: $ 24.00, Expenses: $9.54, Ending balance: $11781.38

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Casey Meaden reported that she has been receiving a high volume of email on various subjects. She also sent a card to K Hirsch, thanking her for her service on the board.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Paid memberships - There are presently 143 members.

OLD BUSINESS:
a. VACANCY ON BOARD: Russ Earle announced that we have an At Large position, vacant on the board, and asked if there are any volunteers.

b. MINI STORAGE AT MOYA AND RED ROCK: Reno City Council approved, 5:1, plans for an 11 acre mini storage facility, to be located on the west side of Red Rock Road, across from Moya. No information on when construction will begin.

c. REVISED SILVER HILLS PLAN: The revised plan for the Silver Hills development states that they are not going to develop the 215 acres on the east side of Red Rock Road, but will continue with plans to develop the 551 acres on the west side. The proposed density remains the same, with 215 acres held for later development. Also proposed is using Bighorn for a major ingress into the development. [Update: Bighorn will be a gated emergency entrance only.] Although the developers say a traffic study was done, it didn’t take into consideration a large portion of Silver Knolls in the area around Plata Mesa. There was discussion regarding concerns about Lifestyle Homes violating the open meeting law.

d. PETITION SUBMISSION: We have 223 Signatures on the petition. Petition will be submitted to each individual commissioner and each person on the planning commission, and to the Washoe County Planning Division, Roger Pelham, and his supervisor.

NEW BUSINESS:
a. Inability of Reno Fire to quickly access airport gates: Gate 90, between the airport and Silver Knolls is locked and fire crews do not always have the correct key to get it open, resulting in the need to cut the lock. Russ Earle will be talking to the Battalion Chief to make sure that all local fire crews have a key to that gate.

b. Budget for 2018 was adopted unanimously.

c. Russ Earle made a motion that we should add a member of the board as 4th signer to the bank account. Motion was passed unanimously to add Pam Becker as the 4th signer on the account.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES AND PUBLIC COMMENT
Also in attendance : Alan Ice, Shawna Baker, Brian Amme, Leigh and Chris Rasmussen, William and Kathleen Pearce, Linda Zimmerman, Jane Wardlaw, Russel and Kitty Umbraco, Doug and Diane Rhoades, Lorna James, K Hirsch, Marty Pollmer, Bill and Bonnie Klud, WL Momenak, Ramie Pratt, Betty Schmidt, Mike and Alison Ross, Alan Zane, and Heide Howe.

OTHER BUSINESS:
a. Discussion regarding community yard sale. Overall, people seem to like the 2 day format. BBQ was handled by the Silver Spurs 4-H this year and it was proposed to allow them to do it next year. Set aside for discussion later.

b. The new Budget was discussed and approved. Details need clarification and will be included in next month’s minutes.

NEXT MEETING: August 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted, Janet Pratt


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
June 19, 2018

Approved minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by vice president, Bob Tangren.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM: In attendance: Pamala Becker, Janet Pratt, Jerry Beck, Casey Meaden, Bob Tangren, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, and Lenora Williams
Excused: Russ Earle, Liz Howe, Oliver Ryan

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes were approved as corrected. Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Kim Meyer’s name to be amended from Mayer.

CHANGING OF BOARD MEMBERS: Outgoing members, Jan Bishop, K Hirsch, and Joyce Gillespie thanked for their service. New members, Janet Pratt and Oliver Ryan welcomed. Discussion regarding need for another Member at Large.

TREASURER'S REPORT: (Month) Beginning Balance: $ 11,643.50 Total income: $ 552.00, Expenses: $178.62, Ending balance: $12,016.88
(Annual) Beginning Balance: $9,825.22 Total Income: $4,636.25 Total Expenses: $2,817.97 Ending Balance: 11,643.50

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Casey Meaden reported that cards are being sent to outgoing members, thanking them for their service.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Paid memberships - There are presently 142 members.

OLD BUSINESS:

a. YARD SALE: Casey Meaden reported that the Yard Sale had 48 homes participating. Down from 55 last year. 480.00 was raised. 46.00 was paid for an ad in The Big Nickel. 132.65 was used to print the yard sale maps. Profit was 301.38. She further stated that the sale was two days, instead of one, this year, and that people seemed to like the change. She also expressed thanks for those who came to hand out maps. Bob Tangren thanked all those who participated in the yard sale and asked for feedback. The community BBQ was discussed for next year. This year the 4-H did a great job with the BBQ.

NEW BUSINESS:

a. BUSINESS LICENSE REIMBURSEMENT: Russ Earle paid for the business license renewal with a personal check. He will be reimbursed by SKCO.

b. STORAGE UNIT PROPOSAL: Russ Earle is absent from meeting tonight in order to attend a planning department meeting regarding the proposed 11 acre storage facility behind the Shell station. He will report at next meeting.

c. CRIME: There have been two attempted child luring incidents at the bus stop on White Hawk and Silver Knolls Blvd. There have been car break-ins at multiple locations. At a residence on Bighorn the resident had the window of their camper shell shot out, and several valuable items stolen, at 5:30 in the morning. Neighborhood watch and local camera database was discussed.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES AND PUBLIC COMMENT
Bob Newell expressed concern over the sighting of two snakes and reminded everyone to be aware.

Also in attendance : Jerry Guzman, Lou Christensen, Ramie Pratt, Georgia Gordon, Betty Schmidt, Gayle Mattingly, Rick Peterson, Mike and Alison Ross, Alan Zane, Jan Bishop, and Heide Howe.

OTHER BUSINESS: Discussion on various building projects that have been proposed in North Valleys. NEXT MEETING: July 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn.


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
May 16, 2018

Approved minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by President Russ Earle.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM: In attendance: Pamala Becker, Jan Bishop, Russ Earle, Joyce Gillespie, K Hirsch, Liz Howe, Casey Meaden, Bob Tangren, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea. Excused: Lenora Williams and Jerry Beck.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes were accepted as amended. The names of attendees at the April meeting were not included in the minutes. Because of the large attendance, the list will be entered on the web site. The approval of the minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting took place at the June, 2017 meeting.

CALL FOR CASTING OF BALLOTS FOR THE SKCO BOARD ELECTION: The ballots were cast, and Jan Bishop and Melinda Golightly tallied them. Elected were: Bob Tangren-Vice President, Janet Pratt- Recording Secretary, Oliver Ryan-Membership Chair, Pam Becker, Vicky Shea, and Bruce Dewing- Board Members.

TREASURER'S REPORT: 2017-2018 beginning balance $9,825.22. Total income $4,492.25, Expenses  $2,690.98, Ending Balance $11,626.49.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: Casey Meaden reported that a thank you email was sent to those who provided the service for the green waste removal on the previous Saturday. There were 129 individual loads of green waste deposited.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: There are presently 139 members.

GUEST SPEAKERS: Three of the candidates for the office of County Commissioner of District 5 spoke: Greg Smith, Lindsay Judd, and Jeanne Herman. Five candidates for the office of Washoe County Sheriff also spoke: Kim Meyer, Heidi Howe, Adam Hopkins, Alan Fox, and Sherman Boxx.

OLD BUSINESS:

a. The Annual Yard Sale is to take place the first weekend of June. This year the sale will take place on both Saturday and Sunday. Help is needed with the BBQ and handing out maps.

b. Russ Earle reminded everyone to sign the petitions that were drawn up to contest the proposed changes which would allow builders such as Lifestyle Homes' Silver Hills to continue their projects as they have outlined.

c. Russ Earle stated that a new project has been placed before the Planning Commission-the Echeverria/Peavine plan for a housing complex. Also, the plan for the Stonegate project of 540 acres an 3400 homes was voted down and will have to resubmit their revised plan.

NEW BUSINESS: No new business.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES: Danny Cleous, Tammy Holt-Still, John Howe, Paul Tueller, J. Bradbery, Jeanne Herman, J. Allen, F. Allen, Janet Pratt, Susy Martin, Alissa Jokela, Hailey Martin, Melinda Golightly, Daniel Metheny, Rob Pierce, Bill Klud, Bonnie Klud, Dar Meredith, Ramie Pratt, Sarah Boxx, Kathy Fox, Aimee Costa, Sean Shea, Lorna James, Gary James, Martin Collmar, Bette Schmidt, Angie Ruiz Centeno, Daniel Garcia, Lou Christensen, Travis Wilmoth, Oswaldo Vargus, Bill Johnson, Terry Shackelford, and Alan Ice.

OTHER BUSINESS: Russ Earle encouraged everyone to attend all meetings regarding the projected housing projects in our area. Everyone in the community needs to stand up and have their opinions heard.

Also, everyone is encouraged to sign up for the email from Silver Knolls.org. You will be kept informed about important meetings to atttend. In addition, be sure to check the Silver Knolls Community Organization Facebook group.

NEXT MEETING: June 20, 2018

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted by K Hirsch


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
April 18, 2018

Approved minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by President Russ Earle.

SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING APRIL 18, 2018

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by President Russ Earle.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM: In attendance: Pamala Becker, Jan Bishop, Russ Earle, Joyce Gillespie, K Hirsch, Liz Howe, Diane Walizer, Casey Meaden, Bob Tangren, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, and Lenora Williams

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes were approved as corrected. The spelling correction: Lemmon Valley not Lemon Valley. The class action lawsuit was filed by Danny Cleous and three others, not just by Danny Cleous.

TREASURER'S REPORT: April beginning balance $11,482.48, Total income $144.00, Expenses none, Ending balance $11,626.49

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: No correspondence

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Paid memberships -133

OLD BUSINESS:
a. The ballot for the 2018 election is ready for mailing preparation.

b. Planning for the Yard Sale slated for June is progressing.

c. The Earth Day Cleanup will be brought up again in May or June. It was proposed that we might be able to get a roll off (dumpster) for the collected trash.

d. TMFPD-Reno FD Automatic aid issues. Russ Earle stated that he hadn't gotten the letter written.

NEW BUSINESS:
a. Silver Hills Q&A: Russ Earle introduced Peter Lissner and Mike Raley who answered questions from the Board members and a very large representation of the homeowners from the area. The discussion was lively and lengthy addressing the many concerns of the audience regarding the proposed development. Mr. Lissner and his representatives expressed their appreciation for the comments and assured the audience that they would consider them as they finalize their plans for the development.

b. There may be guest speakers at the next meeting who are candidates for the upcoming election for Sheriff and County Commissioner.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES: Attendees list to be posted soon.

OTHER BUSINESS: None

NEXT MEETING: Annual Meeting-May 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted by K Hirsch


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
MARCH 21, 2018

Approved corrected minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by President Russ Earle.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM: In attendance: Jerry Beck, Pamala Becker, Jan Bishop, Russ Earle, Joyce Gillespie, K Hirsch Liz Howe, Diane Walizer, Casey Meaden, Bob Tangren, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Lenora Williams

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes were approved as written.

TREASURER'S REPORT: March beginning balance $10,305.49.  Total income $1,009.00. Total expenses None. Ending balance $11,314.49.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: No correspondence

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Paid memberships-- 126

OLD BUSINESS:
a. The guest speaker from TMRPA, Kim Robinson, was contacted, but no date was set.

b. 2018 Elections for the Board-- Casey Meaden will be in charge of the nominating Committee and ballot. Openings on the Board: K Hirsch is stepping down as Secretary. Joyce Gillespie would like to be replaced. Jan Bishop offered to step down. Janet Pratt and Olivia Ryan indicated an interest in serving on the Board.

NEW BUSINESS:
a. 23rd Annual Silver Knolls Community Yard Sale: The sale will be on June 3, 2018, the first Sunday in June. Signups will begin May 1st.

b. Earth Day cleanup: Russ Earle indicated that he hadn't heard from Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. He felt that he may get a group of volunteers to do some cleanup on our own. Michael Welling suggested that we might be able to contact the Commissioner so we could get a dumpster for cleanup purposes.

c. Dumping: Russ Earle stated that he followed two people who appeared to have a truck load of discards and were looking for a place to dump them. He stated that Washoe County has a dumping hot line: 775-329-3867.

d. Effluent and storm water runoff in North Valleys: Casey Meaden attended the meeting and shared her notes from the meeting. She stated that a meeting regarding the Prado Development in Lemon Valley would take place on April 3, 2018. A meeting regarding the Silver Hills Development will take place on April 9, 2018. All were urged to attend.

e. Lemon Valley Class Action lawsuit: Casey Meaden stated that several homeowners in Lemon Valley whose homes were damaged by the flooding of Swan Lake, have filed a lawsuit against the City of Reno. The judge to whom it was submitted has decided it has merit and will move forward.

f. TMFPD- Reno Fire Department: Russ Earle spoke to the fact that the Truckee Meadows and Reno Fire Departments need a seamless dispatch system because the present system is putting people at risk due to the increased response time caused by their lack of cooperating with one another. He stated that there needs to be pressure placed on the departments to solve this problem. He asked permission to draft a letter from SKCO to the two departments explaining the problem and requesting a solution. It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to have a letter drafted.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES: John Williams, Bette Schmidt, Oliver Ryan, Shannon Johnson, Kirk Johnson, Sue Fisher, Van Fenner, Terrie Fenner, Janet Pratt, Nancy Horvath, Russel Umbraco, Allan Zane, Linda Collman, Martin Collman, Rich Hollman, Brenda Hollman, Lorna James, and Michael Welling.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Sue Fisher stated that she felt it would be a good idea for someone to put together a plan to prove that there should be a moratorium on building.

OTHER BUSINESS: None

NEXT MEETING: April 18, 2018

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded , and unanimously passed to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted by K Hirsch


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
FEBRUARY 21, 2018

Approved minutes

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by President Russ Earle.

ROLL CALL AND VERIFICATION OF QUORUM: In attendance: Jerry Beck, Jan Bishop, Russ Earle, Joyce Gillespie, K Hirsch, Liz Howe, Diane Walizer, Vicky Shea, Lenora Williams. Excused: Pamala Becker, Casey Meaden, Bob Tangren, Robert Schmidt.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes were approved as written.

TREASURER'S REPORT: February beginning balance: $8,859.02. Total income: None. Total Expenses: $359.53. Ending Balance: $8,499.49.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT: No correspondence

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Paid memberships--75

OLD BUSINESS:
a. Update on Stonegate-- The project has been approved by the Reno City Council. There were comments from the public attendees to the effect that the builders have volunteered to delay the building of the project until Highway 395 is fixed. There also was further discussion regarding the impending Lissner project.

b. Russ Earle stated that he was still attempting to contact Kim Robinson from TMRPA to have her as a guest speaker.

NEW BUSINESS:
a. Casey Meaden stated that she would be in charge of the formation of the Nominating Committee for the upcoming election.

RECOGNITION OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES: Janet Pratt, Bill and Bonnie Klud, Sean Shea, Oliver Ryan, Allan Zane, Steve Keller, Jennifer Huang, and Lorna James.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
Sean Shea stated that motorcycles were cutting across the area. He asked if we could ask the BLM to step up and do something about it. He also asked if we could have Commissioner Herman come and speak at the meeting, and if the speaker from UNR who spoke about the area after the fire could come and give an update.

Bonnie Klud gave an update on the recent mailbox theft and vandalism.

Allan Zane asked what would happen if Reno tried to annex this area. The feeling of the group was that Reno wanted no part of this area. He also asked if the group who came to clean up the area would come back and do it again.

Jerry Beck asked if anyone had any manure or chips that he might pick up for his garden.

NEXT MEETING: March 21, 2018

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved, seconded, and unanimously passed to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted by K Hirsch


SILVER KNOLLS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
Board of Directors meeting
January 17, 2018

Approved minutes

1. Call to Order: Vice-President Bob Tangren called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm.

2. Roll Call: Board Members present - Vice President Bob Tangren, Treasurer Jerry Beck, Pam Becker, Jan Bishop, Membership Chairperson Joyce Gillespie, Liz Howe, Robert Schmidt, Vicky Shea, Corresponding Secretary Casey Meaden and Lenora Williams.
Board Members absent - Russ Earle, K Hirsch, Diane Walizer
A quorum is present. In K Hirsch's absence, Casey will take the minutes.
3. The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved with one correction.
4. Treasurer's Report: Starting balance $9051.85.  Jerry Beck reported expenditure of $28.14, and that the Bulk Mail Permit check for $225.00 was going out this week. There was also an expense of $15.83 for printing new checks. Total expenditures $268.97.

5. Corresponding Secretary Report:  Nothing to report but receiving the invoice for the Bulk Mail Permit renewal.

6. Membership Report: 135 members.  Joyce Gillespie reminded the Board that it's time to write a renewal membership letter to mail to Silver Knolls residents. Casey Meaden and Joyce will work on the letter.

7. Old Business
A. Update on Silver Hills Development - no new information to report.

B. Guest speaker Kim Robinson from TMPRA (Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency)  - Russ Earle is trying to schedule for SKCO's March meeting.

C. Checking account - Treasurer Jerry Beck reported nothing further to report.

D. Erosion Control in burned area from July 14 wildfire - Russ Earle has printed out a pdf that gives information on erosion control and will mail it to the homes mostly directly impacted.

E. Contact page - Casey Meaden reported that the page is posted on our website listing our contacts in public office and how to reach them.  www.silverknolls.org/contacts.html. Casey apologized that it had taken longer than anticipated to gather the needed information and get this page up and running.

8. New Business
A. NVCAB update - Bob Tangren, Bonnie Klud and Casey Meaden expressed their thoughts on the Joint NVCAB & NAB meeting in the Stead Airport Terminal meeting room January 16.  Bob felt that the County employees aren't capable of dealing with all the development planned. 
The 559.3 acre Echeverria property on the Peavine foothills south of the south end of Red Rock Road was presented at this meeting. At this point, the owners want to remove the property from the Reno-Stead Corridor Joint Plan so that they can change the zoning and build more homes per acre than currently allowed.  Also discussed was changing the Master Plan Amendment on Lemmon Drive just north of the current Walgreen's, to allow building a United Federal Credit Union. Several other small developments with little impact on Silver Knolls were discussed.
The last item on the agenda, the scheduled Stonegate project, was not discussed.
Finally, everyone was reminded to attend the next Reno City Council meeting Tues, Feb 14th starting at 4:00 pm when the Stonegate development will be discussed.

9. Recognition of public attendees and public comment - Attending were Jennifer Huang, Bette Schmidt, Allen Zane, Mindy Barrett, Oliver Ryan, Bonnie & Bill Klud, Shawn Shay, Lorna James, and Heidi Howe, who introduced herself and announced her candidacy for Washoe County Sheriff.

10. Other Business
Bob Tangren gave a brief report on the Silver Hills SKCO Committee, which has not met yet. It consists of himself, Liz Howe, Joyce Gillespie, Russ Earle, Lily Gabriel, and Michael Welling. Mindy Barrett volunteered to be on the committee as well. The Committee wants the freedom to contact the community. Some discussion followed about possible funding, or creating a budget, for the committee. Treasurer Jerry Beck stated that he would not be releasing any funds not directly approved by the SKCO parent organization.
Board member Jan Bishop expressed concern that with all the new development there will be many more latch key kids in our area with nothing to do after school while their parents are still at work.  She feels this will get forgotten in all the mass development.

Next Meeting February 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Adjournment at 7:41 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Casey Meaden



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