April 17, 2013
Reno City Council
Agenda Item – General Public Comment
Good morning, my name is Kimberly *******
At this time, I would just like to make some general comments about development.
I have been before this council more times than I can remember. More times than I should have had to, to protect upper south east Reno. I have reasoned, I have stated facts, I have begged for your help to protect us, I have threatened,…. but one thing I have not done is ever come up here and not given you a good enough reason for denial of yet another project that will strip away just a little bit more of our “protection”.
“Protect the Protection”. I never even knew that’s what I was doing until I heard that. I guess it does not seem like you’re destroying that “protection” when you only do it 10 to 100 acres at a time.
**** This is what you have done to us since the flood of 1986. Just around the farm. Out of all those dots maybe five have any flood retention or detention on site. Each of these dots that are in Reno were brought before Council and deliberated and approved with blessings and good wishes with almost no thought of what you are doing to us.
****This is everything you have done to us since 1997. Everything that was approved here is mitigated to protect them only. So what did they do? They channeled all their water to us. Faster too. All this was deliberated and approved with blessings and good wishes with almost no thought of what you are doing to us.
I have no doubt that later you are shortly going to approve another item that will strip away just a little bit more of that “protection”. You can’t deny them now; you already gave first approval to UNR just a few weeks ago. It’s practically guarantied that you will give UNR second approval today. But these guys aren’t going to wait to develop. Most likely they will be out there next week clearing ground.
I have been trying to remember the last time you denied something in upper south east Reno……yeah, I’ll have to get back to you on that.
I have come before you and stated many times, people have died in every flood that we have had around here since records started being kept in 1864. Accidents? Most likely. Ignorance? Absolutely. But you can’t claim that. Since 1997 this body has worked, on one hand, for the protection of the people of the Truckee Meadows. (Or was it for the protection of Downtown and the Airport? Sometimes those lines get blurry don’t they?)
But on the other hand you have never met a developer you didn’t like. Especially in the flood plains of this town. My goodness, we can’t let flat land go to waste can we? What an abomination! So here we are 16 years later and we have a fraction of the flood plain that we had in 1997. Do you even realize that the majority of what you have done to us is for the benefit of people who do not even live in our area?
You wonder why people don’t come to the NAB’s anymore? At least in Ward 3? Because you don’t care. You listen, you placate, then you do what you had always planned on doing and approve whatever comes down the pike in upper south east Reno. Sometimes, if we are lucky, you will add conditions that staff says will benefit not just the development, but those that surround. Lucky us if that works.
When the next person dies because of what you have done, it will not be just the price of development. It will not be involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide. You have deliberated and made your choices, sometimes over a period of time, but you have always chosen development, and that will be pre meditated murder.