2023 Winter Newsletter


Sandra Ainsworth has dedicated the past 12 years to the residents and community of Sun Valley. She never imagined going into politics until residents of Sun Valley continually approached her to run after her husband Jim, also a former Chairperson of the District, termed out. During her tenure, Sandra ran three times and was honored to be the community’s popular vote each time. She spent her first year on the Board as a Trustee, and the last 11 years as Chairperson. Her proudest accomplishment during her time with the District was providing safe quality drinking water and advocating to keep rates as low as possible. Sandra is excited to enjoy her home, family, yard and gardens in her retirement.

We wish Sandra well, and know that she will continue to be an amazing supporter of Sun Valley.



The Sun Valley General Improvement District Board of Trustees approved a new meeting schedule for 2023. The Board of Trustees new meeting schedule has been reduced to one meeting a month; meeting on the second Thursday of each month; starting at 6pm. (Additional meetings maybe scheduled throughout the year on a as needed basis.) Meetings are held at the Sun Valley General Improvement District Administrative Building – Board Room, located at 5000 Sun Valley Blvd. Sun Valley, NV.
The Board of Trustees unanimously nominated Susan Severt as Chair, Michael Rider as Vice-Chair, Joseph Barstow as Secretary, Mark Neumann as Treasurer and Carmen Ortizas Trustee. Board of Trustees would like to hear any comments and/or concerns you might have. Click HERE to contact the Board of Trustees.



The District proclaims January as Radon Detection Month. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in the ground from the natural decay of uranium. It is the primary cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Customers can pick up a FREE radon detection kit at the District’s office during the months of January and February. For more information on radon please contact University of Nevada, Reno Extension at 775-336-0252 or visit radonnv.com.



Congratulations to our 2022 Photo Contest Winners! First Place – Anna Kutulas, Second Place – Alta Ellis, and Thir Place – Kaylin Aytes. There photo’s are on display in the District’s lobby for all to enjoy. Thank you to all of those who participated in the 2022 Photo Contest.



The District recognized Hobey’s Casino for their continued community partnership allowing Sun Valley residents the use of Hobey’s banquet room for the Sun Valley Community Advisory Board meetings at no cost to Washoe County.

The District also recognized Laura Petersen, former Principal of Desert Skies Middle School, for her dedication and work to better the Sun Valley Community and its students. Ms. Petersen has spent a total of 18 years shepherding many Sun Valley students as Dean, and eventually Principal, of Lois Allen Elementary School and becoming the Principal of the educational jewel of Sun Valley, Desert Skies Middle School. Ms. Petersen’s vision for the new school was to begin a culture of caring and servitude, which continues today.



On September 13, 2022, through funding by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Washoe County awarded the Sun Valley General Improvement District with a $250,000 grant for the rehabilitation and implementation of efficiencies within the Sun Valley Recreation Department to assist in continuing to provide healthy and safe recreation facilities. The project includes the following:

  • Acquiring a professional irrigation consultant to evaluate irrigation systems and turf areas for all Sun Valley Parks to improve water efficiencies while preservign water resources; 
  • Rehabilitation of all park and building exterior lighting to LED, which will improve the safety of park users, and deter vandalism to recreation facilities;
  • Rehabilitation of the Sun Valley Community Park existing basketball court and walking path;
  • Creation of a part-time Park Maintenance position to perform maintenance at the Sun Valley recreation facilities to ensure they are safe from any potential hazards and provide a clean and healthy environment for the general public.


On November 5, 2022, the District held its Annual Veterans Appreciation Celebration in partnership with Washoe County Human Services. Giveaway bags included information and resources from the District, Reno Veterans Center, Adopt-A-Vet Dental Program, Veterans Guest House, Veterans Upward Bound Program and Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada. A special thank you to Washoe County Human Services for providing the pancake breakfast and to Girl Scout Troop 272 for helping serve breakfast to veterans and community members in attendance.



During winter months, driving can become hazardous with ice and snow. The District has no jurisdiction over roads or snow removal. Washoe County Roads is responsible for clearing residential streets and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is responsible for clearing Sun Valley Boulevard. For more information on these services, dial 311 for Washoe County Roads and 775-888-7000 for NDOT. Thank you to both of these agencies for clearing the roads and making them safe for drivers and pedestrians.



  • January 7th – SVCAB Meeting Hobey’s Casino Banquet Room
  • January 12th – District Board Meeting
  • January 16th – District Office Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr
  • February 4th – SVCAB Meeting Hobey’s Casino Banquet Room
  • February 9th – District Board Meeting
  • February 20th – District Office Closed in Observance of President’s Day
  • March 4th – SVCAB Meeting Hobey’s Casino Banquet Room
  • March 9th – District Board Meeting
  • April 1st – SVCAB Meeting Hobey’s Casino Banquet Room
  • April 13th – District Board Meeting