Remembering – Garth Elliott

Sun Valley General Improvement District is saddened by the loss of one if its Trustees, Garth Elliott. Garth served the Sun Valley General Improvement District Board for 8 years. He was a proud community member and represented the Sun Valley community on the Sun Valley Citizen Advisory Board and the Washoe County Senior Advisory Board. Garth was best known for his voice for the Sun Valley “Ratepayers” and looking out for the best interest of the Sun Valley community. Garth enjoyed the great outdoors and all that northern Nevada has to offer. Sun Valley General Improvement District thanks Garth Elliott for his dedication and service to the Sun Valley community.

Remembering – Patricia Lancaster

Patricia Lancaster was a long standing Trustee for the Sun Valley General Improvement District and served for 16 years. Patricia was an active community member and sat on multiple boards and committees either as a Sun Valley General Improvement District representative or as an at-large community member. Patricia led the District through the process when acquiring the Sun Valley Parks and Pool from Washoe County in efforts to keep them open for the Sun Valley community to enjoy. Patricia was also an active member with the Sun Valley Food Pantry in her spare time as another way to give back to her community. Sun Valley General Improvement District thanks Patricia Lancaster for her service and positive impacts to the Sun Valley community.


Please join the District as it partners with Washoe County Human Services to hold the 10th Annual Veterans Celebration on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center at 115 W. 6th Ave., Sun Valley, NV. The ceremony, with words of thanks and recognition, honors all veterans, active and non-active military, then is followed by a free pancake breakfast. Various veteran agencies will be present to provide information and resources to those who may be interested.


Sun Valley General Improvement District Board of Trustees appointed Michael Rider on September 12, 2019 to fill its current vacancy on the board, term ending December 31, 2020. Mr. Rider has attended the District’s Board meetings for the past 8 years and is familiar with all of the agenda items over this time period. He is a long-term Sun Valley resident, a member of the Sun Valley Citizen Advisory Board, and is active with the Sun Valley Cal Ripken Baseball League. Welcome to the Board of Trustees!

R. James was also hired in July as the District Accountant. Ms. James has over 20 years of accounting experience with Bachelor’s Accounting degree from UNR and AAS Accounting degree from TMCC. Ms. James background has been diverse, working for multiple industries such as mining, commercial real estate development, engineering, health care and federal government. Ms. James is grateful for the opportunity to work for the District.


The Family Resource Center which has operated out of the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center for 20+ years has moved! They are now located at Desert Skies Middle School, 7550 Donatello Dr., Sun Valley, NV and can be reached at (775) 327-1511. The District thanks them for all of the resources and assistance they have provided to the community and wish them much success in their new location.


The District would like to remind you to prepare for freezing temperatures that could create frozen and/or possibly broken water pipes. A few simple precautions to take are to keep your plumber’s phone number handy, disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and swamp coolers, know where your master shut off valve is to your home, and make sure to insulate your water pipes or any water pipes that are exposed to the freezing temperatures. Please stop by the office to pick up a free “Winterizing Your Water Pipes” brochure or call and request one be mailed to you.


The District is part of a new task force formed by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to help combat the growing problem of abandoned vehicles. In the meantime while the task force works on tightening rules and repercussions for individuals who illegally abandoned vehicles, there are alternative solutions. Consider donating used vehicles to non-profits; these organizations will take vehicles to help someone in need. A list of organizations/businesses who accept castoff vehicles can be found at
If you spot someone actively abandoning a vehicle call Washoe County Sheriff’s Office immediately (775) 785-WCSO (9276).
To report an existing abandoned vehicle along the side of the road call (775) 328-3001 (option 7).


The recreation season started off with the 7th Annual Dive into Summer event with a movie in the park featuring Hotel Transylvania 2 and the opening of the Robert & Norma Fink Sun Valley Pool. The Sun Valley Pool Aquatics staff did an excellent job this past summer, overseeing the pool and keeping our patrons safe. The 2019 pool season extended over a total of 9 weeks and had 381 registered youth swim lessons during the 3 sessions. The Parent & Me swim lesson was a huge success and will be offered again in the summers to come. Over 1,000 patrons in total attended the three swim days hosted by the Fink Family, Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson and Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung. The pool fun culminated in an end of summer pool party, followed by Family Classics held their 2nd Annual Show & Shine at the Sun Valley Community Park. The District wishes to thank all the donors and sponsors who helped add to the festivities and events this past recreation season.


  • October 10th         District Board Meeting
  • October 24th         District Board Meeting
  • October 25th         Nevada Day (District office closed)
  • November 9th       Veterans Celebration
  • November 11th      Veterans Day (District office closed)
  • November 14th      District Board Meeting
  • November 28th     Thanksgiving (District office closed)
    and November 29th
  • December 12th       District Board Meeting
  • December 24th      Christmas Eve – Office closes at 1pm
  • December 25th      Christmas Day (District office closed)                     
  • January 1st              New Year’s Day (District office closed)