August 19, 2009 



Councilman RossA NOTE FROM COUNCILMAN ROSS

I want to thank the more than 5,000 people who came out for my annual Back to School Fair and Movie in the Park as well as School Board Trustee Chris Garvey. I was thrilled that with the help of Wal-Mart, we were able to provide school supplies to so many young families. It is my goal to continue to work with the city agencies and private businesses to bring programs and resources to the families in Ward 6.  Speaking of businesses, it is with great excitement that we have some new businesses opening in the Northwest. Laptop Express will be opening this Monday, just in time for school, at Centennial and Ann. We also had the opening of Target at Decatur and CC-215 and Walgreens, located on Dorrell and Durango, just broke ground.  The Lowe's development at Durango and El Capitan is moving forward and Providence continues to post positive numbers in sales. We have started to see some new applications for businesses in the Northwest and I believe that is because of each of you. As we continue to support those businesses in Ward 6 from our favorite pizza shop, restaurant or hair place, we will continue to keep those businesses in our area and attract new ones. It is up to all of us to support our community.

VEHICLE MILES TRAVEL (VMT) FEE STUDY
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) are conducting a “distance based user fee study” or simply a vehicle miles of travel (VMT) fee study, to examine a possible replacement of the current fuel tax revenue system. They have partnered with UNLV and UNR to conduct the research. This study would basically “fee or tax” individuals based on the number of miles they travel. This study is getting input from various local and regional entities including citizens, the trucking industry and public officials. They are looking at issues, possible solutions and technology, oversight and how this new “fee or tax” would be implemented. For example, one proposal was when you register you vehicle each year and another was at the gas pumps themselves. If you would like more information, you can contact Dr. Gibby at agiby@dot.state.nv.us.  Please copy your councilman on that correspondence so he is aware of your questions and concerns. Councilman Ross also serves as a commissioner for the Regional Transportation Commission.

DETENTION AND ENFORCEMENT TO CONVERT TO ONE TELEPHONE NUMBER
The Department of Detention and Enforcement has implemented a new automatic call distributor, expected to improve performance and  increase convenience for the public to request services and information from the City Jail, Deputy City Marshals, Animal Control and Parking Enforcement.

Residents requesting services need only remember one number, 229-6444; from there, callers will be prompted to select the work unit they wish to contact and will be routed to the appropriate unit. Affected telephone numbers will have a recording advising the number dialed has been changed. The caller will, then, automatically be transferred to the new number. The recording will remain on the old numbers until Jan. 1, 2010.

INTERCHANGE SCHEDULES
There have been some questions as to why the “Service” Interchange was built at CC-215 and Aliante, near Aliante Station, before the System-to-System Interchange at CC-215 and US 95.  Clark County Public Works was able to get Station Casinos to contribute to their "service interchange." Aliante Stations contributed $6 million toward this interchange. With this contribution the county moved up the construction of the interchange. The System-to-System interchange at US95/CC215 of course is much larger and costlier than a regular service interchange. This is a System-to-System interchange that is currently under design by NDOT and Clark County and is scheduled to begin construction in 2013. NDOT will be managing the design of the interchange and just awarded the contract. We can expect to see some public meetings in the near future.

PARKING ENFORCEMENT AT CENTENNIAL HILLS COMMUNITY CENTER (YMCA)
Patrons should be careful not to park in the travel lanes or red zones at the Las Vegas Centennial Hills Community Center. Parking enforcement has stepped up patrols and residents will be ticketed or towed. In addition, Parking Enforcement will be stepping up patrols at area parks for individuals who park in handicapped spaces. These fines start at $250.

BOZARTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TRAFFIC CHANGES IN THE WORKS
The Clark County School District is working to get all the traffic control changes for Bozarth Elementary done before Monday, Aug. 24, 2009. Street sign activity will be done by the end of this week. The crosswalk striping work will be reviewed by an architect/contractor and is scheduled to be complete by Saturday. Crosswalks at the front of the school are awaiting completion of paving, which is expected to be done on Saturday afternoon. 

In addition, they are installing a 15mph school flasher on Egan Crest (not Shaumber), which is the 80' collector street the school runs adjacent to. The school has no frontage along Shaumber so it would not warrant a school flasher nor would it be legal to place one in this area.  Intersections where kids may cross along Shaumber (at Farm and at Dorell) are existing multi-way stops. In addition, Egan Crest/Farm Elkhorn/Farm, and Farm/Hualapai are also multi-way stops. 

City of Las Vegas staff is currently reviewing the walk routes this week and ensuring that there are no missing crosswalks or signs in those areas. In addition, city staff will visit the area the 3rd week of school to observe traffic operations, because that is when traffic patterns will be established. Typically, the first two weeks of school many parents are taking their students to and from schools until they feel comfortable their children know the routes. As the city does with all schools, our Public Works Department will work closely with the school principal to address any traffic concerns that may pop up as time goes on.

NORTHWEST BUSINESS AND RETAIL EXPO
Meet hundreds of new customers! The Santa Fe Station supports their neighbors and local businesses. This Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., they will be opening their doors to the neighborhood. They will be providing their huge ballroom for a table top expo. Join 100 local businesses and retail shops like Home Depot to promote your business under one roof.  Showcase your services for local residents for $200/table. For more information contact Roger Price Owens at (702) 667-4723.

MANDATORY SPAY AND NEUTER ORDINANCE
Every year more 50,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in Clark County. That puts us well above the national average. This fall, the city of Las Vegas will be considering introducing an ordinance that will require dogs and cats be spayed or neutered.  Councilman Ross has been asked to sponsor that ordinance.

This is not a popular topic, and it generates a lot of emotion. There are compelling arguments both for and against such an ordinance. These types of ordinances have been in existence for the past few years, and truthfully, the evidence is not conclusive as to whether they work or not. However you feel about this issue, the simple fact of the matter is, we must do something to stop the proliferation of unwanted animals in southern Nevada.

The councilman is aware that the problem stems from many sources. He is also aware that responsible breeders are not the problem, and he has considered including in the ordinance exceptions for service animals and for those animals who are shown in recognized shows, field trials, obedience, or are used for working and hunting.

There are people who breed their animals constantly as a source of income. They do not do health testing, they do not evaluate temperaments in the animals they breed, and they do not care what happens to the puppies or kittens they sell after they leave their household. The city currently has no way to stop this. This ordinance is proposed to give the city Animal Control officers the ability to substantially fine individuals who indiscriminately breed their animals.

The ordinance would also include a provision that would allow the city of Las Vegas, sometime in the future, to explore a voluntary spay/neuter program and to secure funds to provide financial assistance. But for now, the ordinance would require spay and neutering until the city could get control over our animal population.

If you would like to share your thoughts on this ordinance, or would like to provide comments, please contact Tuesday James at tjames@lasvegasnevada.gov or at 229-5463.

SCHOOL SAFETY
In just a few days, many of our valley’s children will go back to school. With more children, cars, bicycles and school buses on our valley roadways, it’s a great time for everyone to review some basic school safety tips. You’ll find a list of helpful safety tips below covering topics such as school zone, bicycle and school bus safety. Another helpful tool to consult is the city’s list of suggested school routes. The city’s Public Works Department has developed suggested routes for children traveling to and from elementary schools within the city limits. The map for each school includes the preferred route, school zones, crosswalks and traffic signals. They can be found on the city’s Web site .

School Zone Safety

  • Give yourself extra time. With school zones in effect, you may need a few extra minutes for morning and afternoon commutes.
  • Slow down and follow posted speed limits.
  • Don’t pass another vehicle in a school zone.
  • Scan between parked cars and other objects for children who might dart in front of your car.
  • Follow the lead of school crossing guards in the area.
  • Avoid potential distractions such as cell phones.
  • Report those who create a hazardous situation in and around school zones.

HEALTH DISTRICT TO OFFER EXTENDED HOURS FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS
The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is currently offering back-to-school immunizations at its four public health centers – East Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and its main location at 625 Shadow Lane. From Monday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Sept. 1, the district will hold immunization clinics between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at its Shadow Lane campus. In addition, SNHD will provide back-to-school immunizations between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Shadow Lane location. Parents must bring immunization records; children with no immunization records will have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Most immunizations are free of charge; however, an administrative fee of $16 per patient for one immunization or $20 per patient for two or more immunizations will be collected. For more information, contact the Southern Nevada Health District’s immunization office at (702) 759-0850 or visit www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.

The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolling in public or private school: chickenpox (varicella); hepatitis A; hepatitis B; polio; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP); and measles, mumps, rubella (MMR). Parents who have recently moved to Nevada should note the chickenpox and hepatitis A vaccinations are not required in all states, so immunizations that were up-to-date in other states may not be current in Nevada.
Immunizations are also available at each of the Southern Nevada Health District’s satellite public health centers. For locations, hours and dates, call the health district immunization project at (702) 759-0850.

The Southern Nevada Health District will also conduct immunization clinics at locations throughout the valley. Parents are asked to bring a copy of their child’s immunization records.

Health District Community Immunization Clinic Dates and Locations in the West/Northwest are:

Desert Breeze Community Center
8425 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 455-8334
Ongoing/second and fourth Friday of the month
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rainbow Library
3150 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128
(702) 507-3710
Ongoing/first, third and fourth Tuesday of the month
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Spring Valley Library
4280 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 507-3820
Ongoing/first and third Monday of the month
9 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

NEIGHBORHOOD PROBLEM ON-LINE REQUEST
Residents can contact the councilman’s office for neighborhood issues or request help with neighborhood problems online at all hours of the day. Examples of neighborhood issues include:
• Dangerous buildings
• Housing code violations
• Garbage/litter violations
• Graffiti
• Illegal signs or vehicles

To begin, log onto the city’s website at:  http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/RequestHelp/neighbor_issues.htm?ID=#

All you do to begin is to enter the location of the problem you are reporting:
By address or by cross streets. Note: Do not enter the direction (E,W,N,S) or a suffix (St., Ave., Blvd., etc.)

UPCOMING HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION 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, Councilman Ross looks forward to hearing from you and appreciates all of your comments you have been providing and suggestions. Many issues have already been resolved, while others staff is working on how to resolve. Without your comments, we do not know about issues impacting your individual neighborhoods. 

08/25/09 Valley Crest HOA-Terra West Management, 6628 Sky Pointe
09/01/09 Cimarron Village North-Durango Hills Community Center

NEW DESERT NATURE PRESERVE TRAIL PROJECT
The city of Las Vegas recently began work on the new Desert Nature Preserve Trail Project. Construction is expected to be complete in six months. The new, multi-use trail will start at Hualapai Way, between Town Center Drive and Alta Drive, and extend easterly for approximately one-half mile adjacent to the Tournament Players Club at The Canyons. Both sides of the 10-foot-wide trail will be landscaped. Other amenities will include rest areas, benches, trash receptacles, pet waste stations and trail lighting.
 
Work will take place weekdays during daytime hours. Funding for this $3 million trail project is provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. This act keeps money from Nevada federal land sales in the state for parks and trail projects. Construction of the Desert Nature Preserve Trail is slated for completion in February 2010.

SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Will my child receive bus transportation?
The Clark County School District provides bus transportation for students living two or more miles from their assigned school, excluding students with zone variances. New student transportation registration is completed when you register your student for school. If your student is currently enrolled in CCSD and you have moved, changed schools, and/or need transportation, please complete the Student Information Update form available at your child’s school. Go to http://transportation.ccsd.net/ or ParentLink® for more information.

How do I know which school my child should attend?
Information about school attendance areas may be obtained at http://ccsd.net/schools/ or by calling the district’s zoning office at 799-6430.

If my child is zoned for the same school as last year, is it necessary to register again?
Generally, parents do not need to register their children if they are returning to the same school. However, parents are required to update their child’s information sheet each year.

What school supplies will my child need?
It is important for every child to have needed supplies for the new school year. Most schools and/or teachers provide a list of suggested supplies at the beginning of the year. Parents are advised to obtain this information from the school and/or teacher before purchasing school supplies to prevent the expense of buying unnecessary items.

PLANNING COMMISSION ITEMS OF INTEREST FOR WARD 6: 
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.

August 27, 2009 Planning Meeting Items:

TXT-34044,
APPLICANT/OWNER: CITY OF LAS VEGAS 
Discussion and possible action to amend The City of Las Vegas Zoning Ordinance "Title 19" to implement recommendations of the Transportation & Streets and Highways Element of the Las Vegas 2020 Master Plan related to Site Development Plan Review submittal requirements, All Wards

SDR-34893
MINOR REVIEW SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW
APPLICANT/OWNER: NEVADA H.A.N.D., LLC
Request for a Minor Amendment to an approved Site Development Plan Review (SDR-18642) TO ADD A 6,660 SQUARE-FOOT RECREATIONAL BUILDING TO AN APPROVED 240-UNIT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY on 1.54 acres at the southwest corner of Decatur Boulevard and Deer Springs Way.  The senior assisted living has already been approved, this application is to include a recreation center for the seniors who would live in this facility.

September 10, 2009 Planning Meeting Items:

TABLED – RENOTIFICATION
SDR-32534
PUBLIC HEARING - APPLICANT/OWNER: MFE, INC.
Request for a Major Amendment to an approved Site Development Plan Review (SDR-5893) FOR A PROPOSED 3,600 SQUARE-FOOT CONVENIENCE STORE WITH FUEL PUMPS AND 1,300 SQUARE FEET OF RETAIL WITH WAIVERS OF THE TOWN CENTER COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, LANDSCAPE AND STREETSCAPE STANDARDS WHERE A 3,500 SQUARE-FOOT CONVENIENCE STORE WITH FUEL PUMPS WAS APPROVED on 1.12 acres at the southwest corner of Tenaya Way and Azure Drive
NOTE: THIS APPLICATION HAS BEEN AMENDED FOR A PROPOSED 3,334 SQUARE-FOOT CONVENIENCE STORE WITH FUEL PUMPS AND 1,750 SQUARE FEET OF RETAIL WHERE A 3,500 SQUARE-FOOT CONVENIENCE STORE WITH FUEL PUMPS WAS APPROVED

SUP-35224
APPLICANT: HOUSE OF VINO, LLC - OWNER: TETON DURANGO 2008, LLC
Request for a Special Use Permit FOR ACCESSORY PACKAGE LIQUOR OFF-SALE WITHIN A PROPOSED 2,510 SQUARE-FOOT CONVENIENCE STORE at 8053 North Durango Drive, Suite #160.

SUP-35346
APPLICANT: WYNONA PERDUE - OWNER: TONOPAH CRAIG ROAD COMPANY, LLP - Request for a Special Use Permit FOR A PROPOSED 6,000 SQUARE-FOOT THRIFTSHOP at 4460 North Rancho Drive. (K-Mart Center)

Any questions or comments regarding zoning proposals should be sent to Councilman Steve Ross using the contact information above.


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