A NOTE FROM LOIS
We start 2009 with strong hopes that the economy within our city and country will show improvement during the coming months. In Ward 1 we have some good news. A large company project will be established soon in our area and will provide many jobs. We should be able to provide more specific information in February concerning this project.
In addition, I want to point out with great respect the steps taken by the Las Vegas City Employee’s Association to help the city meet a severe drop in tax income needed to support city services. The union members voted to give up a 1 percent cost of living salary increase in their current contract in order to help meet the funding gap. If needed, the amount that would be saved over the next five years is $22.5 million.
This is an excellent example of stepping up to the plate when help is needed. By working together we can meet the problem.
EVENTS IN WARD ONE
Ward 1 Children’s Book Drive
Councilwoman Tarkanian is hosting a children’s book drive throughout the month of January. If you wish to donate new or gently used children’s books, please drop them off at City Hall, located at 400 Stewart Ave., and place them in the red bins located on the 2nd and 10th floors. Bins also are being placed at the Mirabelli and West Charleston Community Centers. Collected books will be distributed to elementary schools in the most needed areas of the city during Nevada Reading Week. If you have any questions or need to have books picked up, please call Adriana Martinez at 229-5392
New Clifford The Big Red Dog Exhibit To Open At Children’s Museum
Families and children from all over the Las Vegas Valley can experience a book coming to life as Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog opens at Lied Discovery Children's Museum on Saturday, Jan. 17. The exhibit is locally sponsored by Target and Vegas PBS.
Inspired by Scholastic Entertainment's top-rated TV show Clifford The Big Red, the exhibit offers numerous immersive "paws-on" adventures. A nine-foot Clifford greets visitors in his backyard outside his doghouse. Children can take a seat next to Emily Elizabeth on the giant paws of her big red best friend and slide down Clifford's tail. Kids can "be responsible" by helping fill Clifford's giant dog bowl using a bone-shaped conveyor belt to keep the crimson canine's giant dog bowl full of bones.
Lied Discovery Children's Museum is located at 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North, across from Cashman Field. For information, visit www.ldcm.org or call 382-3445.
The exhibit continues through May 2009.
Northwest Area Command Neighborhood Watch Informational Meetings
Information meetings for the Neighborhood Watch program will take place on Jan. 12 and 26. Both meetings begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Northwest Area Command, located at 9850 W. Cheyenne Ave. For more information, call 828-4305.
There Is Still Time To Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Tree recycling continues at 20 locations throughout the valley until Thursday, Jan. 15. There is no cost to have your tree recycled. Just make sure to remove all non-organic items such as tinsel, lights, garland and ornaments. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.
For a complete list of drop off locations, call 822-7700.
Post-Holiday E-Waste Recycling Fair
Join the Blind Center of Nevada and the Wal-Mart located at 540 Marks St. in Henderson on Saturday, Jan. 17, for an e-waste recycling fair.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accepted e-waste includes computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, mobile phones and more. Both working and non-working items will be accepted. Television sets will not be accepted. There is no cost to recycle these items.
Items will be collected in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Look for the Blind Center of Nevada truck behind In-n-Out Burger. For directions, please call the store at 547-0551.
Ward One Holiday Events
On Dec. 17, Ward 1 sponsored a holiday event, known as K.E.E.N. (Keeping Everyone’s Eyes on the Neighborhood), at Clark High School for the surrounding Pennwood-Arville area. Even though snow threatened to cancel the event, Principal Ronnie Smith remained committed to the event and had Assistant Principal Laura Gault remain until the event ended. To our surprise, every single one of the 350 children who had registered for the event walked through rain and snow with their parents to attend.
The children had their photos taken with Santa and enjoyed cookies and milk donated by the area apartment complexes. Toys donated by Councilwoman Tarkanian were distributed.
The K.E.E.N. area is one where the councilwoman has committed to raising the standard to ensure all residents experience a better quality of life.
In addition to the successful event we had at Clark High School, some of the senior centers in Ward 1 celebrated the holidays with luncheons or dinners. Those centers celebrating were: Sartini Plaza, James Down Towers, Stella Flemming, Clark Towers, and Sunrise Gardens. We had a great time attending these events during the holidays.
State of the City / Annual Report
Mayor Oscar B. Goodman will deliver his annual State of the City address at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13. The address will be broadcast live on KCLV Channel 2 and on the city’s Web site at www.kclv.tv. The address will also be available to view on demand on the following day at http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/information/city_shows.asp.
In conjunction with the address, the city will release its Annual Report. In keeping with the city’s sustainability initiative, the report will not be printed this year, but will only be available online. The report will be available beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/2008annualreports. Also available will be the city’s Redevelopment Agency Annual Report.
The annual report will focus on the City Council’s vision for Las Vegas as a world-class city. The city’s focus on four initiatives - sustainability, diversity, efficiency and health and wellness – helps us reach this goal of our city becoming world-class. Throughout the annual report, we list the many accomplishments in these areas, and how they have helped the city in becoming world-class.
Applications Available For Nevada League Of Cities And Municipalities Youth Awards And Scholarships
The city of Las Vegas is accepting applications for the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities youth awards and scholarships. Applications are available online at the city’s Web site, www.lasvegasnevada.gov. Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. to: Kelly Woods, City of Las Vegas / City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave., Neighborhood Services – 2nd floor, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.
The awards/scholarship program is designed to recognize youth who have contributed to the Las Vegas community through their public/volunteer service, and to motivate more youth to get involved in making Las Vegas a better place. Winners are selected based on their citizenship, leadership and positive community involvement.
To qualify for the awards applicants must be a student (under age 19), enrolled full-time in an accredited Clark County school, in middle or high school, within the city of Las Vegas.
Awards will be given in three categories:
• Middle school: One first-place winner of a $100 savings bond and three runners-up of $50 savings bond each.
• High school: One first-place winner of a $500 check and three runners-up of a $100 check each.
• Seniors only: Two awards of $1,000 upon submission of college certificate of enrollment full-time student status.
For more information, call Kelly Woods at 229-5267 or visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov.
Neighborhood Spotlight – Rancho Springs Neighborhood Association
The Rancho Springs Neighborhood Association, established in February 2006, is located at Rancho Drive and Mesquite Avenue just south of the U.S. 95. Its officers are President Chuck Godman and Vice President Richard Hardesty.
Residents in the area originally sought help from the city in addressing problems associated with two drug houses and problems with thieves using the Rancho Springs neighborhood to climb the Mesquite wall into Rancho Bel Air. They worked closely with Metro police and problems were eliminated or greatly lessened.
Activities in 2007 largely focused on neighborhood beautification. A large neighborhood memorial sign was placed on the corner of Mesquite and Rancho. Bel Air residents donated large decorative rocks for accent use.
In 2008, both Rancho Springs and Rancho Bel Air residents celebrated the second anniversary of their community beautification partnership with a block party co-sponsored by the Ward 1 office. The festivities culminated on W. Mesquite Street where residents teamed up with Transitional Living Community (TLC) volunteers to abate weeds in preparation for the Neighborhood Partnership Fund (NPF) grant they recently had been awarded. The NPF grant provided matching funds of $3,800. Funds will enhance the beauty of this rural neighborhood by replacing weeds with decorative rocks and large boulders on public right of way. A landscape maintenance agreement will take the place of an encroachment agreement to allow the work in this area. Additionally, several large boulders were pledged as part of the matching grant by Boulder Rock.
The next generation has already begun to take on a role of its own in the neighborhood. 13-year-old Josh Godman and his friends who ride their bikes and skate near the soundwalls teamed up as the Rancho Springs Youth Group and enlisted the help of his grandfather Chuck Godman. They applied for a Youth Neighborhood Association Fund Grant (YNAPP) for paint and supplies to paint southwest murals on the gray freeway walls. Josh completed the YNAPP application and went before the City Council to make his case. After getting the thumbs up and words of praise from the City Council, Josh and his friends got to work finding sketches on the internet and working with the Neighborhood Services Department to get the supplies. They completed their original project with a southwest design at the end of each cul-de-sac, which is quite riveting when driving past each street entrance on Mesquite.
Association members continue to press the Nevada Department of Transportation to clean and beautify areas that were damaged when the freeway was built. It is hoped that this will be accomplished in 2009.
WARD ONE PROJECTS
Tenaya Way Overpass And Trail Project Underway
Councilwoman Tarkanian celebrated the start of the Tenaya Way Overpass and Bonanza Trail Project on earlier this month.
The project includes construction of approximately one-half mile of street improvements to connect Tenaya Way from Westcliff Drive to Washington Avenue. An overpass bridge structure will be built over the Summerlin Parkway, along with retaining walls, barrier rails and median islands. Streetlights, traffic signals, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and a pedestrian underpass will be constructed. Sanitary sewer and storm drainage improvements are also part of the project.
In addition to the overpass, a 1,350-foot shared use pathway on the north side of Summerlin Parkway with fencing, lighting and signage will be constructed to connect Bill Briare Family Park to the Kellogg-Zaher Sports Complex. Known as the Bonanza Trail, this pathway will eventually connect the Summerlin trail system to downtown Las Vegas.
Work will take approximately 10 months to complete. Most work will take place weekdays during daytime hours, and traffic delays and disruptions can be expected in work zones. Traffic lane restrictions and temporary road closures will occur on Summerlin Parkway, Tenaya and some adjacent side streets.