April 20, 2011 

Here are two upcoming events I hope you can attend!

I invite all of you to a community workshop on Monday, April 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Doolittle Community Center, located at 1950 N. J Street, to provide your input on future plans for the Historic Westside School. We are looking for input from you on the types of uses and amenities you would like to see at the campus. The city and our consultant, KME Architects, are working to prepare a master plan to restore the school’s significant historic features and rehabilitate the building for reuse as a community gathering place.

Located in the historic Westside, the “Las Vegas Grammar School Branch No. 1,” as it was originally known, was built in 1923 in the Mission Revival style. The school is one of very few historic examples of this style remaining in Las Vegas. The building was the first grammar school in West Las Vegas and is the oldest remaining schoolhouse in Las Vegas. The school was important in the development of the Westside. The building was added on to in 1948 to accommodate the large post-wartime population increase. The school also is listed on the city of Las Vegas Historic Property Register and the Nevada and National Register of Historic Places.

I have a vision for the campus to make it into a gathering place and gateway for West Las Vegas. The city received $550,000 from the Las Vegas Commission for the Centennial for the master plan phase of the project and hired KME Architects. We are currently pursuing several funding options for the construction/restoration phase.

We are hosting several community workshops to seek input on future programming for the Historic Westside School, so I encourage you to get involved. Information can be found by going online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.  

I also invite you to attend a free upcoming pre-retirement meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Doolittle Community Center, located at 1950 N. J St.

Experts on Social Security, Medicare and Medicare gap/supplement programs will be on hand to answer such questions as:

  • What are your retirement options?
  • When are you eligible for Medicare?
  • What benefits are available under Medicare?
  • How do you plan for gaps with Medicare?

I know many of you are nearing the age where you are thinking of retiring. By providing all the information you may need in one place at one time, we are helping you to make more informed decisions about your future.

Also, here is some road information for those of you who travel downtown!

A flurry of activity will soon be under way on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, as crews begin preparations for Helldorado Days 2011 festivities. Las Vegas Helldorado Days will feature a host of activities including rodeo events, a carnival, fireworks, a parade and more. To ready the area, temporary road closures and traffic restrictions can be expected.  Now through May 30, Mesquite Avenue is closed to traffic, between Las Vegas Boulevard and Seventh Street. Also, Sixth and Seventh streets are closed, between Mesquite and Stewart Avenue. The closures are necessary as crews transform this area to the Helldorado rodeo grounds.

Starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, through midnight on Sunday, May 15, Stewart Avenue will be closed from Las Vegas Boulevard to Seventh, to accommodate pedestrian traffic during the Helldorado events.

On Saturday, May 14, during the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., the Helldorado parade will close Fourth Street, between Charleston and Ogden avenues. Coolidge, Hoover and Gass avenues will also be closed, from Casino Center Boulevard to Fourth.

New Traffic Signal At Bonanza Road And Tonopah Drive Goes Into Service Monday

City of Las Vegas traffic crews plan to put the traffic signal on Bonanza Road and Tonopah Drive into full green-amber-red operation Monday, April 25. The signal will be placed in red flash mode, signaling an all-way stop, early on Sunday morning to minimize disruption to the traveling public.

The new traffic signal will service an intersection that carries approximately 22,000 vehicles per day. The signal was installed to improve overall traffic operations of the intersection and in particular, for southbound left-turn traffic and crossing pedestrians.

The new signal cost $287,573, and was funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Cultural Corridor Trail Improvements Begin April 25
Periodic Lane Closures And Walk Detours Will Be Required Through July

Improvements to curbs, gutters and sidewalks, and the installation of new Cultural Corridor banners, will begin along what will be sections of the Cultural Corridor Trail in downtown Las Vegas Monday, April 25. Lane closures and walk detours should be expected on Casino Center Boulevard from Stewart Avenue to Bonanza Road, on Bonanza from Casino Center to Las Vegas Boulevard, and on Las Vegas Boulevard from Bonanza to Washington Avenue for the next three months between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Work close to intersections that requires lane closures will be done between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The work will include installing sidewalk ramps, new banner poles, stamped concrete sidewalk panels and concrete embellishments for 12 city blocks along the urban trail that leads to several cultural institutions. 

The contractor is Preferred Contracting, Inc. The city of Las Vegas Department of Public Works is managing the project. Funding for the $461,544 in improvements is provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. This act allows money from Nevada federal land sales to be used in the state for park and trail projects. Funding for the public art portion of the improvements is provided in part by the city of Las Vegas Arts Commission.

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