RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - The lame duck Reno City Council was supposed to talk one last time about striking a fire services agreement with the county over automatic aid - but the issue was pulled from the agenda with no explanation why - meaning it's in the new council member's hand now - many of whom say they are for automatic aid.
Newcomer Neoma Jardon says she realizes the current council has tried speaking out against deconsolidation for months, but hasn't been able to strike a deal with the county because of money.
But she thinks the change of officials might make help overcome firewalls of fighting and bickering between the agencies.
“I think there is some merit with some fresh faces in there with some new energy and new ideas to really work hard and get it done,” she said.
News 4 reached out to all the Reno winners - the three of them who responded indicated they would like to possibly reconsolidate but at the very least they want Reno to provide automatic aid because of concerns about response times if they don't.
“Reno has the higher capacity to provide services. And so the incorporated County is in a donut hole shape. Geography is leading this,” newcomer Jenny Brekhus said.
They said it's the clear will of the people after Tuesday’s ballot question where more than 80 percent of voters said local governments should be required to provide automatic aid.
“They all want us on the same page. Everyone wants to see that they have the service provided if a fire's there,” newcomer Oscar Delgado said.
News 4 reached out to the County for comment, but we’ve yet to hear anything back.