Feb. 3, 2009 



Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs - An oasis in Ward 6 for all families to enjoy
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs - An oasis in Ward 6 for all families to enjoy.
In place of comments from the councilman, we will replacing this section temporarily with some of the tough questions that he and his staff get daily. One area of interest for many residents has been the proposed City Hall. We have been receiving many inquiries asking for information on the proposed City Hall Project. Certainly a lot has been written about this proposed project in downtown Las Vegas. The city would like to share a few points that sometimes get overlooked and why this project has been supported by so many in the city. 

The first is that the proposed project and all its related efforts could generate more than 13,000 permanent jobs and more than $4 billion in private investment. Those are big numbers even the harshest critics must acknowledge. Again, this is private investment at a time our city needs every dime. 

The proposed City Hall project in downtown Las Vegas involves a land swap that would allow a casino to be built on the 61-acre Union Park site. Again, this project is part of a downtown redevelopment plan that maximizes the use of city property to create 13,441 new jobs, $4.1 billion in new private investment and $16 to $20 million per year in new tax revenue. About 20 percent of the generated tax revenues go to education and public safety. Likewise, if there is no project, there will be no new tax revenue from this source for education, public safety or the new jobs. The project is funded from new Redevelopment Agency (RDA) revenues that are privately generated, and will be built on land that the city acquired in an exchange at no cost to the city or the taxpayer.

This project funding, like all RDA projects, does not take money from education or other critical public services. Actually, education and critical public services receive a significant share of RDA revenues. As RDA revenues grow, the share going to education and public services grows too.  In the past five years, the RDA has developed projects totaling $2.9 billion in private investment, which created 7,543 permanent jobs and 9,711 construction jobs, and tripled RDA tax revenues.  This was done in just five years. 

The city is working with several partners, not just on the City Hall project, to generate jobs in the redevelopment area. The RDA team is hoping to have an announcement soon about another company, which may be bringing additional jobs to the redevelopment area.  For more information, you can come to the councilman’s upcoming Information Fair where city representatives will be available to provide more information and answer questions on the specifics of the proposal.

OSO BLANCA DELAYS
This roadway is under the jurisdiction of the Nevada Department of Transportation. We have been working with many agencies attempting to find out why the project has slowed. Below is the developer’s response. It looks like the project should be done by the end of March or early April. 

“In response to your inquiry regarding the delays experienced on the Oso Blanca roadway improvements, unanticipated utility conflicts delayed the completion of the Oso Blanca paving operations by approximately 12 weeks. These delays, in-turn, created conflicts between Fairfield's crews installing the perimeter wall and landscaping (including the median landscaping) associated with their apartment complex which delayed the ability of the paving contractor to make adequate progress on the paving operations. To make matters worse, the final lift of asphalt (open grade) was defective and quickly started unraveling. The defective open grade was recently removed, but the new open grade cannot be installed until mid to late March when the ambient air temperatures have reached approximately 68 degrees plus. In the meantime, the roadway will be completely opened for traffic as soon as Fairfield has wrapped up their landscaping work and vacated the roadway, which is expected to be completed before the end of next week. Weather permitting, they anticipate paving operations will restart by March 16, with the work completed within three weeks. As is typical, the roadway will only be partially closed, with two-way traffic routed to the half opposite of that being paved at the time.”

WARD 6 INFORMATION FAIR
The Ward 6 Information Fair will be held on March 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Northwest Technical Academy located on Tropical Parkway and Durango. This is your chance to visit a one-stop information center with staff on hand from entities including NDOT (Interchange), redevelopment staff, Clark County School District (zoning changes), City Planning and Public Works staff, Regional Transportation Commission, Library District and more. We will also have some goodies provided by the students in the culinary program at the Northwest Technical Academy. You will also have the opportunity to update your voter registration information or register to vote with the City Clerk’s Office.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE
As part of the Jones Capital Improvement Project, the contractor has requested permission to close Joe Marcy at Jones for three to four days to accommodate installation of utility crossings.  This has been approved by public works. The closure is expected to last from Feb. 9, through Feb. 12. Traffic will be detoured accordingly.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING FOR PROPOSED CELL TOWER
When:  Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Where:  Centennial Hills Community Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive
Project:  Cell Tower at the Horse Mini Storage Partners located at 8525 Oso Blanco Road.

CIMARRON AND DEER SPRINGS
The city of Las Vegas Traffic Engineering is currently analyzing how we might be able to upgrade the existing pedestrian crosswalk on the south leg. The proposal would be to add a median refuge island so pedestrians can cross safely. This would also include upgrading the markings. This will help provide a higher level of safety for residents walking to the Centennial Hills Park or Centennial Hills Library.

UPCOMING HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION (HOA) MEETINGS
Here are the upcoming meetings the councilman is currently scheduled to attend. If you have an opportunity to stop by your HOA meeting to share your thoughts, good or bad, the Ward 6 councilman looks forward to hearing from you and appreciates all of the comments and suggestions you have been providing. Many issues have already been resolved, while staff is working on how to resolve others. Without your comments, we do not know about issues impacting your individual neighborhoods. 

2009 CURRENT DATES
Feb. 10 Northwest Area Residents Association
Feb. 19 Elkhorn Community Master Association
Feb. 25 Parkside Estates HOA
Feb. 25 Castle Bay HOA
March 3 Desert Creek HOA
April 8  Woodcrest Village HOA
April 13 Four Winds HOA
April 22 Canyon Mist HOA

PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Public Education Foundation is offering more than $700,000 in scholarships to high school seniors planning to continue their education at an accredited college, university or other post-secondary institution. Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 10, to be eligible for consideration. For more information regarding scholarship details visit, http://www.thepef.org/.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT CLARK COUNTY SHOOTING PARK
Clark County is recruiting volunteers for many opportunities including trade show representatives, park hosts, line safety officers, women and youth program, and retail business partnership project. All volunteer applications for the Clark County Shooting Park are handled through the Clark County Department of Parks and Recreation. The application form may be obtained at http://www.accessclarkcounty.com/depts/parks/locations/Documents/sp-volunteer-opp-notice.pdf

LAS VEGAS ACADEMY PRESENTS “THE WIZ”
The Las Vegas Academy will be presenting “The Wiz” on Feb. 19, 21 and 27, and March 6 at 7 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. show on Feb. 28. Tickets can be purchased by going to http://www.starticketsplus.com/ or coming to the school box office between 2 and 3 p.m.

NORTHWEST AREA COMMAND TO ASSIST HOAs
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Northwest Area Command Crime Prevention Office would like to offer crime prevention related submissions for your community neighborhood newsletters or publications. If you are interested in receiving these submissions please contact Kathy Perkins for details. There is a wide variety of crime prevention topics and information that can be shared in order to help make your community more aware and proactive in crime prevention efforts. Kathy can be reached at (702) 828-4305 or K2482P@LVMPD.com.

Also, the Northwest Command has provided the updated Neighborhood Watch Informational Meeting dates: Feb. 9 and Feb. 23rd at 6 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Northwest Area Command at 9850 W. Cheyenne Ave.    

DEER SPRINGS, BETWEEN GRAND CANYON AND HUALAPAI
As with many roadways in Las Vegas, roads are developed and completed by the property owner when the site is developed. However, there are times when the city and/or county need to do some minor improvements for public safety. The city is currently working with the county on Deer Springs Way, between Grand Canyon and Hualapai Way, which only has access paving to add a centerline and some edge lines to this segment of road since the traffic volumes on it have increased. These improvements will help improve public safety in the area.

CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT AZAC REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED
Clark County School Board Trustee for District C Chris Garvey is currently looking for a volunteer to serve on the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission. To find out more about the Commission, you can visit http://azac.ccsd.net/. These parents and community leaders work to find solutions for the rezoning of the schools. If interested, please contact Mrs. Garvey at cgarvey@interact.ccsd.net.

FARM AND TULE SPRINGS SIGNAGE
City traffic engineering will be installing big illuminated signs at Farm and Tule Springs roads.  They have not been installed because of supplier problems. In the interim, traffic engineering will be installing a temporary sign. While there have been requests to locate the signs in a certain location, the city of Las Vegas Public Works Department has very set criteria on where signs can and cannot be placed. In addition, they must follow minimum clearance requirements for the placement. We appreciate the Prairie Rose HOA for bringing this to our attention.

ELKHORN/JONES ZONING APPLICATION
The developer advised the councilman that he is planning to table the request to put a convenience store at the corner of Jones Boulevard and Elkhorn Road. He will work on a use that does not require a commercial zone change, but rather a special use permit. As more information becomes available, the councilman will, as always, include that in the upcoming newsletters.

We want to thank all of you who took time out of your busy schedules to attend the meeting and/or provide comments to the councilman. This is an example of another project that will not be going to City Council in its present form.

VETERAN’S TRIBUTE CAREEER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY DEADLINE
Veteran's Tribute Career and Technical Academy will open with 9th and 10th grade students fall 2009 with transportation provided throughout the district. The Veterans Tribute CTA will offer three academies including police officer, police, fire, and ambulance dispatch; and crime scene analyst as the first academy; emergency and fire management services as well as emergency medical technician for the second academy; and security and protective services including computer forensics specialist for the third academy. Students and/or parents can call 799-4710 for more details. Those interested should hurry as the deadline for the application is Feb. 9.

CENTENNIAL HILLS UPDATE 2009
Booth space is now available for those businesses wishing to participate in the upcoming Centennial Hills Update 2009 and Community Expo on Feb. 19, at the Sante Fe Hotel and Casino. The Ward 6 councilman and Mayor Oscar B. Goodman will be the keynote speakers. To register or get more information, the link is:  http://www.annrd.com/BusinessRegistration.htm.  All residents are invited to attend and get information on area businesses and up and coming projects.

ACTIVE ADULT/SENIOR CHATS WITH YOUR COUNCILMAN
Back by popular demand, the councilman will join our active adult participants for two senior chats in February. This is your opportunity to visit the Active Adult Center located at 6601 N. Buffalo Drive (access in the rear), get information on programs and share your thoughts with councilman on things happening in Ward 6.
When:  Thursday, Feb. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. and Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERS FUND (NPF) APPLICATION PROCESS
The Neighborhood Partners Fund (NPF) application process has begun. The NPF program allows registered neighborhood associations to apply for up to $5,000 each year to implement neighborhood improvement projects. There is $55,000 available for the 2009 NPF grant process. NPF informational workshops have been scheduled. It is recommended that residents who have never applied for an NPF grant attend one of these workshops where an application and other pertinent materials will be provided. Applicants are also required to match requested grant funds with volunteer labor, funding or other matching resources.  

The last workshop will be on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Durango Hills Community Center (YMCA) at 3521 Durango Drive (at Cheyenne Avenue). Applications must be submitted to the Neighborhood Services Department, by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 15, at 400 Stewart Ave., second floor, Las Vegas, NV 89101 for consideration. All applicants will be required to make a 10-minute presentation to the Neighborhood Partners Fund board as part of the grant evaluation process. The board is scheduled to make its recommendations to the City Council on June 17, 2009.

CENTENNIAL HILLS UPCOMING FAMILY EVENTS
Make Your Own Woobie (467200)
Thursdays, Feb. 19 and 26 at 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is free.
A Woobie is a blanket used simply for its comforting characteristics. This two-day quilting workshop will have you making your very own Woobie! Pre-register to get list of supplies needed ahead of time.

FORECLOSURE HELP LINE
The city of Las Vegas has set up a Web page and a Help Line at 229-HOME (4663) to help struggling homeowners that may be facing foreclosure. This service is available to the public. The Help Line at 229-HOME(4663) is an avenue to access available resources, programs and/or contact information such as qualified credit counselors, nonprofit agencies working on the foreclosure crisis and address other related questions.

The Web page, which can be accessed at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/foreclosure, provides information and resources homeowners can use to prevent or deal with the prospects of foreclosure. Those who would like to be updated when new information is posted on the foreclosure page are encouraged to sign up for an RSS feed (click on the RSS feed icon on the right side of the foreclosure page). A link on the page also enables users to e-mail their thoughts and questions to Neighborhood Services.  Neighborhood Services is also coordinating with IT to establish a Web-based system that will enable individuals to start the process of a loan modification online. This will make the process more convenient and save time.

The cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Fannie Mae partnered by hosting a Foreclosure Forum at Centennial Hills in December to get homeowners face-to-face with Bank of America and Countrywide to avert foreclosure. Many of the homeowners who attended the forum were able to make arrangements to keep them in their homes with manageable payments. Neighborhood Services is currently working to arrange more forums in upcoming months. Dates for those upcoming forums will be posted on the foreclosure Web page. The city of Las Vegas is continuing efforts to help residents maintain stability through these tough times.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies occur, CERT members can provide critical support to the first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

In the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue provides training for and coordinates the CERT program for the Las Vegas Valley. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations and light search and rescue operations.

Be part of the Community Emergency Response Team. There will be training at the Centennial Hills Community Center from April 22 through May 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday nights.  This six week course will provide all the training needed to provide critical support. The class is free. If interested in attending, contact Rick Diebold at (702) 229-0067 or e-mail Michelle Thackston and she will forward the information.

STUDENTS TO PERFORM “OH WHAT A NIGHT” REVIEW SHOW
Local Teens who are members of Hollywood Kids Academy (HKA) for the Performing Arts will be performing “Oh What a Night” review show at the HKA Theater at 4161 N. Rancho Drive #140 at 7 p.m. The show will run through Feb. 7. Students will sing, dance and act to popular songs and scenes. For both shows, ticket donation prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $3 kids & $5 adult for the group rate. All are welcome to come and enjoy a fun filled evenings of acting, dance and song from broadway to the radio.

OFF-HIGHWAY RACE (LAS VEGAS TO RENO) - BLM SEEKING COMMENTS
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking input on a proposal for a Special Recreation Permit. The applicant, Best in the Desert Racing Association, proposes to conduct a three day off-highway race over a 1,000 mile course. The BLM will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the impacts of the proposed race, and invites public input to identify potential issues and concerns. Written comments will be accepted until March 6. The BLM will host two public meetings, one in Beatty and one in Goldfield. The meetings will be in an open house format from 6 to 8 p.m. Comment forms will be available at each meeting.  Representatives from Best in the Desert Racing and the BLM will be present to answer questions. These will be held on Tues., Feb. 24, at the Beatty Town Hall and Wed., Feb. 25, at the Goldfield Community Center. 

This 1,000 mile, “point-to-point” race begins north of Pahrump and ends near Dayton. The three day race will begin on Aug. 20 and end on Aug. 22. Time trials for the race will be conducted on Aug. 18 on a five-mile course on the Upper Knight Ranch Road near Las Vegas. The race route utilizes a combination of smooth and rough existing dirt roads on public lands in Nye, Esmeralda, Mineral, Lyon and Douglas counties. The proposed course includes routes that have been raced upon in the past.  Motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs, high clearance SUVs, 4X4 trucks and dune buggies are expected to compete. Approximately 350 race vehicles could be entered.  There will be twenty-four pit areas, several stop check locations and several highway and road crossings along the route. Spectators would be able to view the race at the start/finish areas, and designated pit and check point areas. These areas will be monitored by Best in the Desert Racing personnel throughout the event.

PLANNING COMMISSION ITEMS OF INTEREST FOR WARD 6 – Feb. 12, 2009  Planning Meeting

The agenda items posted in this newsletter are preliminary and are subject to change. Please consult the posted agenda for final item language. For complete meeting agendas, please visit the city’s website and access the meetings and agendas Web page.

SUP-32821 (Oso Blanca)
APPLICANT: VERIZON WIRELESS - OWNER: HORSE MINI STORAGE PARTNERS, LLC - Request for a Special Use Permit FOR A PROPOSED 70-FOOT TALL WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FACILITY, STEALTH DESIGN (MONOPALM) at 8525 Oso Blanca Road

GPA-27003
APPLICANT/OWNER: CITY OF LAS VEGAS
Request to adopt a Transportation and Streets and Highways Element and revise the 2020 Master Plan, All Wards

WVR-32158
APPLICANT: ROYAL CONSTRUCTION - OWNER: SPINNAKER HOMES V LLC
Request for a Waiver of Town Center Development Standards TO ALLOW A FOUR-FOOT SIDEWALK WITHOUT AN AMENITY ZONE ALONG A 40-FOOT AND A 50-FOOT PORTION OF DEER SPRINGS WAY WHERE A FIVE-FOOT SIDEWALK WITH A THREE-FOOT AMENITY ZONE IS REQUIRED on 0.21 acres adjacent to Deer Springs Way, approximately 400 feet east of Fort Apache Road.

SDR-32790
APPLICANT/OWNER: CITY OF LAS VEGAS
Request for a Site Development Plan Review FOR A PROPOSED CITY PARK on 8.2 acres on the northwest corner of Tropical Parkway and Durango Drive.

TXT-32864
TEXT AMENDMENT 
APPLICANT/OWNER:  CITY OF LAS VEGAS
Discussion and possible action to amend the Town Center Development Standards Manual to update standards for the Car Wash use.  This changes the use to a conditional use, instead of a permitted use in the C2 category. 

TXT-32865
TEXT AMENDMENT
APPLICANT:  CITY OF LAS VEGAS
Discussion and possible action to amend The City of Las Vegas Zoning Ordinance "Title 19" to update and revise various requirements and make corrections and clarifications as appropriate to Chapters 19.04, 19.06, 19.08, 19.16, 19.18, and 19.20, All Wards


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Senior Chat
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive
Feb. 5, 2009
10 to 11:30 a.m.