Some City Of Las Vegas Functions Now Closed On Fridays

As a cost-cutting measure, some city of Las Vegas administrative functions will be closed on Fridays, beginning the week of Jan. 9. City Hall will expand its hours Mondays through Thursdays, with most offices opened from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Essential functions, such as fire and rescue, animal control, parking enforcement, jail, Municipal Court and sewage plant operations will continue as normal. City parks will remain open as usual, as will city recreational facilities and some cultural activities. City staff will be available to deal with other issues that may affect the community, including code enforcement for graffiti removal and neighborhood complaints; traffic safety and maintenance; and standard building inspections. A phone bank will be staffed on Fridays during normal business hours to answer questions. Callers can access that line by using the city’s main number, 229-6011.

In Oct. 2010, members of the city’s largest union, the Las Vegas City Employees Association (CEA), and the city agreed upon a number of concessions that would save the city and taxpayers millions of dollars. One of the agreed-upon concessions includes a new 38-hour workweek of four, 9-and-a-half hour days. The concessions, which include the suspension of cost of living adjustments for two years starting in June 2011, and the suspension of annual step increases for two years starting in January 2011, are expected to save the city between $20 and $24 million over the next two-and-a-half years.

To date, all four of the city’s unions have either agreed to concessions or new contracts that will save the city millions of dollars. These new agreements with the bargaining units have helped reduce the city’s projected budget shortfall from $47 million to about $12 million in the next fiscal year.

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