October 2008 



A NOTE FROM LOIS
For several months our staff has looked at ways by which we could share more information with Ward 1 residents. Originally, we had hoped to be able to mail a quarterly summary of activities to each home. The $40,000 cost for each mailing, however, eliminated that possibility. We decided the most efficient means would be to send a monthly online newsletter.

I’ve spoken many times with you at neighborhood and town hall meetings about the importance of all of us working together to obtain and maintain high quality of life in our neighborhoods. No time is more important than now to make those extra efforts. We are experiencing hard economic times. Only by working together can we bring about the desired solutions. Becoming actively involved in your neighborhood association is an important step in that direction. If you don’t have a neighborhood association in your area and are interested in one, please contact Robin Munier at 229-1772 to help get one started.

I would also like to bring to your attention that our city, along with many other entities, is experiencing financial hardship. Some services have been cut. Some employee openings have been left unfilled. Please understand if it takes longer to accomplish some of our responsibilities.

The city is trying new ways of completing tasks. For example, our usual neighborhood clean-ups cost a lot of money due to the Saturday overtime involved. The city is now entering into a cooperative plan with Republic Services so that neighborhood clean-ups can continue at a lower cost. The clean-ups will be done by Republic Services and coordinated by the city's Neighborhood Services Department. The pick-ups will be done in conjunction with Republic’s regular collection day in your neighborhood. You will be notified as to pick-up times.

If you have received this newsletter and would like to remove your name from our mailing list, please click on the Subscribe/Unsubscribe link to the right. If you know of someone who would like a copy, but does not have access to e-mail, please call Adriana Martinez at 229-5392. In closing, I would like to ask all of you for any suggestions or feedback you may have for my staff and me.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Neighborhood Associations Provide Opportunities For Residents To Improve Their Communities
While many are familiar with homeowners associations, many have not heard of a neighborhood association. A neighborhood association is a group made up of volunteers in a particular neighborhood who want to maintain or improve the quality of life in their area. Generally, neighborhood associations require no dues.

Neighborhood associations can benefit residents in a number of ways. Since it is formed with city assistance, it is a great way to mobilize residents to improve communities. Residents can also tap city resources such as grant funding, access to planning professionals and free education classes for their community. Neighborhood associations also have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities such as clean-ups organized by the city or art projects in their area that combat graffiti. 

Dozens of neighborhood associations already exist throughout the city. To find out if there is a neighborhood association for your community, use our interactive map service or view a complete list of existing neighborhood associations .

Communities interested in organizing a neighborhood association should contact the city of Las Vegas Neighborhood Services Department at (702) 229-2330.

City Improves Public Notification Process For Development
The Las Vegas City Council recently adopted changes to the municipal code that make public notification mailing requirements consistent for all types of land use applications to be heard at both the Planning Commission and City Council meetings. 

In the past, some types of City Council hearing notices were published in the newspaper but not mailed to nearby residents.

Previously, Title 19 listed public notice requirements for Planning Commission hearings, but generally did not require mailings for applications that are forwarded to City Council. Now public hearing mailings are required for the following applications heard by City Council:

  • General Plan Amendments
  • Rezonings
  • Site Development Plan Reviews
  • Special Use Permits
  • Variances 

All notices are mailed to property owners as shown in the current Clark County assessor’s files within 1,000 feet and representatives of all of the city-registered neighborhood associations within one mile of the applicant property. A copy of the ordinance which includes the complete information about the public notification requirements by entitlement application type is available as part of the Aug. 6, 2008, City Council meeting agenda.

Martin L. King Boulevard Location Of Costco Closed For Renovations
The Costco Warehouse located on Martin L. King Boulevard is now closed for renovations. The store will be adding new landscaping and it is their hope to have a new store façade as well. When the store re-opens in February 2009, it will do so as a Costco Business Center.

As a Costco Business Center, they will no longer have a food court, photo shop, pharmacy and tire center; however, they will add a print and copy center, convenience store supplies, restaurant supplies, and office furniture and janitorial supplies. The bakery will remain, although they will no longer offer cakes. The meat and produce section will remain, although both will carry solely bulk items.  All food stuffs will be restaurant quality. They will also expand their health and beauty section to include individual sizes of products (think motel/hotel) and they will also expand their tobacco selections. The gas station will also stay, but it will keep reduced hours. The business center will also include delivery services.

The new Costco Business Center will be closed on Sundays. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
 
If you have any questions, you can contact the store at (702) 384-6247.

Two New Neighborhood Markets To Open
Two new locations of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets will soon open to the public. One location at Buffalo and Vegas drives will open later this month on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The second location, which will open in early 2009, will be located at the intersection of Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard.

NV Energy (Power) Closing Walk-In Operations At West Sahara Avenue Location
Nevada Power, which recently changed its name to NV Energy, will be closing its business location at 6226 W. Sahara Ave., to walk-in customers. This includes all customer service transactions such as new or changes to service as well as bill payment whether walk-in, drive-thru and drop box.

The closure comes as the result of a drop in walk-in and drive-up traffic to the location as more patrons use online payment services and the shop and pay program, which allow patrons to pay their bill in more than 140 supermarkets, drugstores and other locations. A complete list of payment locations can be found online at http://www.nevadapower.com/home/paymentbilling/locations.cfm. Online payments can be made at http://www.nevadapower.com/home/paymentbilling/myaccount.cfm.

WARD 1 PROJECTS

Flood Control Improvement Project On Oakey Boulevard And Tenaya Way
A $746,000 storm drainage improvement project in the area of Oakey Boulevard and Tenaya Way is now underway. For the next four months, temporary traffic lane restrictions may be in effect on Oakey Boulevard between Tenaya Way and Rosanna Street, and on Tenaya Way between Del Rey Avenue and Oakey. Some work will also take place on Belcastro Street near Oakey and on Del Rey near Tenaya.

Work is scheduled to take place during the daytime hours. The Oakey Boulevard and Tenaya Way Storm Drainage Improvement Project will take approximately four months to complete.

As traffic delays and disruptions can be expected, Sahara Avenue and Charleston Boulevard are suggested as alternate routes for through east-west travel. Rainbow Boulevard and Buffalo Drive are suggested as north-south travel alternatives.

Ward 1 Project Update
Below is an update on the status of some of projects being conducted by various agencies in Ward 1.

Public Works / Construction Projects Recently Completed

  • Rose Warren – The project consists of lighting upgrades to existing playground equipment. The project was completed May 2008.
  • Dexter Park Phase I – Lighting was added to increase park security. This project was completed second quarter of 2008. 
  • Bob Baskin Tennis Court Replacement – This project was recently completed and consisted of new asphalt surfacing of the existing tennis courts and painting the fencing.
  • Hyde Park Middle School Basketball Courts – This project was recently completed and consisted of three new basketball courts over the existing abandoned swimming pool site. The existing basketball courts were removed and additional parking for school staff was provided in that area. A new commercial driveway was constructed for buses entering the existing parking lot.
  • Wasden Elementary School – This project consists of park upgrades to install play field lighting. 
  • West Charleston Lions Park – A splash pad water feature has been completed at this park located at Essex Circle.

Projects Currently Under Construction

  • Charleston Boulevard / Valley View Boulevard – This project consists of intersection improvements including a dedicated right turn lane from westbound Charleston to Valley View to the north. This project is approximately 30 percent complete. Completion is estimated during the fourth quarter of 2008.
  • Oakey Boulevard / Tenaya Way Storm Drain Improvements – Construction on this storm drain will start in September 2008 and will take approximately one year to complete.
  • Tenaya Way Overpass at Summerlin Parkway – This project consists of an overpass at Tenaya Way over Summerlin Parkway. It is being constructed with the Bonanza Trail Phase IA project, which will provide a critical link to the future trail system under the Tenaya Way overpass. This project opened bids on Aug. 26, 2008. Construction is expected to start during the fourth quarter of 2008 and will take approximately one year to construct.
  • Bill Briare Park – Fence extension is being completed. 

Upcoming Public Works / Construction Projects (within 6 months)

  • Dexter Park Phase II – With the remaining funds available after the lighting portion was completed, we are evaluating the design and construction costs associated with adding additional playground equipment and a dog park.

Miscellaneous Ward 1 Projects

  • Alta Drive Special Improvement District – We have been working for several months to improve the conditions of the landscaping along Alta Drive between Rancho Drive and Valley View Boulevard. A new gardening company has been hired and new plants will be placed in the area around mid-October. This should alleviate much of the problem.
  • Short Term Rentals – We were successful in getting an ordinance passed to gain some control over short term rentals, also known as “party houses.”  It has been of some help, but there are still significant difficulties. We plan to review the effect of the ordinance within two months. The problem is walking the fine line between homeowner rights and the rights of neighbors. 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Upcoming Symposium Will Provide Information For Healthy Children And Families
Mark your calendars for an upcoming symposium, sponsored by United Way, that will provide information on health-related topics including prenatal care and childhood immunizations.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
9 a.m. to noon
Thomas & Mack Center, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway

The symposium will include information on prenatal care and childhood immunizations.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please call (702) 892-2331 or e-mail rsvp@UWSN.org by Friday, Nov. 14.

Packing Safe School Lunches For Your Child
Make sure you reduce the risk of foodborne illness when packing your child’s lunch by following a few simple tips provided by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

  • Try to use insulated, soft-sided lunch boxes or bags.  These are best for keeping food cold, though metal or plastic lunch boxes and paper bags can also be used.  To keep food cold, freeze something to be included with the lunch such as a juice box or a small plastic container of water, which will keep the food cool until lunchtime. A small refreezable ice pack, like those used in coolers, is also useful.  If using paper lunch bags, create layers by double bagging to help insulate the food.
  • Freezing sandwiches helps them stay cold. 
  • Use an insulated container to keep food like soup, chili and stew hot.
  • Prepackaged combo lunches that contain luncheon meats along with crackers, cheese and condiments must also be kept refrigerated or refrigerator cold.
  • Pack just the amount of perishable food that can be eaten at lunch. 
  • After lunch, discard all used food packaging and paper bags. Do not reuse packaging because it could contaminate other food and cause foodborne illness.

There are foods in which bacteria does not grow because they are high in acid or low in moisture. The following foods can be safely left at room temperature for four to six hours: nuts, peanut butter, bread, cookies, crackers, cake, jam, honey, syrup, candy, butter, margarine, cooking oil, dry cereals, powdered milk (until reconstituted), fruit; raw vegetables, pickles, relishes, mustard, ketchup, dry or hard cheeses, yogurt, dried sausages, canned foods (until opened), and fruit pies.

For more information, visit http://www.unce.unr.edu/

UPCOMING EVENTS

Flu Shot Clinic
Wednesday, Oct. 15
9 a.m.
Howard Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave.
For more information, call 229-1600

“Refuse To Be A Victim” Lecture
Monday, Oct. 20
1 p.m.
Howard Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave.
For more information, call 229-1600

National Make A Difference Day Event
Friday, Oct. 24
5:30 to 10 p.m.
Pioneer Park, located at Braswell and Pioneer Way
Join us for family fun, a food drive, recycling projects and a free movie plus raffles, prizes and much more.

October Is National Crime Prevention Month
National Crime Prevention Month has been celebrated each October since 1984. This month-long event celebrates the practice of crime prevention while promoting awareness of issues such as victimization and volunteerism.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will hold a free crime prevention event in recognition of National Crime Prevention Month. There will be information and demonstrations by Metro, the city of Las Vegas, Clark County and various vendors.

Thursday, Oct. 9 and Oct 23
5 to 8 p.m.
Police Memorial Park, located just behind the Northwest Area Command, located at 9850 - 9880 W. Cheyenne Ave.

For more information, contact Kathy Perkins at 828-4305 or Steve Fuquay at 828-7316.

Crime Prevention Community Safety Fair
Saturday, Oct. 18
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bonanza High School, 6665 Del Rey Ave.

Upcoming Tree Planting Events
As part of the city’s Urban Forest Initiative, seven tree planting events have been organized. Trees play an important role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and lowering the urban heat index by providing shade. The initiative is part of the city’s larger Sustainability Initiative, which aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs

City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave.
Monday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

Ethel Pearson Park, 451 W. Washington Ave.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.

All American Park, 1551 S. Buffalo Drive
Friday, Oct. 17, 3:45 p.m.
           
Rivera Park, 2850 Stewart Ave.           
Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.

Mountain Ridge Park, 7151 Mountain Ridge Road
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m.

Doc Romeo Park, 7400 Peak Drive
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.

Firefighters Memorial Park, 6401 W. Oakey Blvd.        
Thursday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.

For more information, please contact the city’s Planning Department at 229-2397.

Upcoming Halloween Events
The city has many fall and Halloween activities planned for the coming weeks. Below are just a few of the upcoming events. For a complete listing of events, please download the Halloween Happenings Brochure .

Howling Halloween Carnival (all ages)
Friday, Oct. 24, 4 to 7 p.m.
Fee: $5 per wristband
Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 229-6359.
Enjoy the haunted house and carnival games with candy prizes, eating contest, pumpkin patch extravaganza, performers and more. Treats available for purchase. Co-sponsored with Charleston Heights and Johnson community schools.

Free Halloween Spooktacular (ages 2-12)
Friday, Oct. 24, 5 to 7 p.m.
Clark Community School, 3074 Arville Street, 229-3686.
Enjoy the spooky haunted house and scary activities with fun, prizes and entertainment for kids

Harvest Social (age 50+)
Wednesday, Oct. 29, noon to 2 p.m. Advance registration required.
Fee: $2
Howard Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., 229-1600.
Enjoy a potato bar, fresh root beer, pumpkin carving and a performance by the Reader Theatre Club.

Mirabelli Haunted Fun House (ages 3-6)
Wednesday, Oct.29, 4 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $3 wristband
Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 229-6359.
Enjoy a haunted house that’s not scary.

Live Big Band Halloween Dance (adults)
Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 advance; $12 performance day.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383.
Enjoy dancing to the Big Band tunes of Boyd Coulter and the Good Times Band. Costumes are encouraged, though not required. Please join us for a magical evening.
 


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