October 17, 2011 

I hope you can join me at these events!

Ward 5 Neighborhood Meeting Postponed To Nov. 2
Our neighborhood meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 18, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at Doolittle Community Center, located at 1950 N. J St.

Residents of West Las Vegas will receive an update on the numerous projects taking place in Ward 5, as well as information on the master plan for the community, the potential expansion of the redevelopment area, and more. There is so much excitement and energy taking place in Ward 5, that I want to have a meeting where I can update the public on all of the progress taking place in our community – new businesses opening, public works projects and more. I encourage everyone to attend to hear what's taking place in our community, and also to give me their feedback.

Ward 5 Clean & Green Make A Difference Day Oct. 22
I invite Las Vegas residents to bring their recyclable items, electronic discards, documents to be shredded, hazardous materials (batteries, oil, paints), and any bulk trash (broken furniture, mattresses, etc.) to the Ward 5 Clean & Green Make A Difference Day event at Lorenzi Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. Republic Services will be present to collect recyclable materials, large trash and hazardous wastes. The Blind Center of Southern Nevada will accept and recycle discarded electronic items and computer parts. Bring up to five boxes per car of your personal papers that need shredding for The Opportunity Village shredding truck to dispose of for you. There is no charge for these services.

This is a great time to work together to make our homes and neighborhoods cleaner, safer and less cluttered — and recycle at the same time!

Volunteers are needed for this event.  If you would like to make a difference in your neighborhood, please volunteer for this event by calling the Ward 5 office at 229-5443.

Lorenzi Park is located at 3333 W. Washington Ave. Recycling areas will be located in the park parking lots, accessed from West Washington Avenue. This event is a continuation of the Ward 5 Clean & Green campaign that began this summer.

"A Beautiful Country" By Anthony Brady Oct. 22
Bring the family to enjoy a musical tribute to Louis Armstrong, reflecting his love for America, on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Arts Center Gallery Theatre, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Part of the West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Artist Series, the performance will feature "A Beautiful Country" by Anthony Brady. Admission is free. Call 229-4800 for more information.

Final Meeting For Historic Westside School Master Plan Oct. 25
I invite West Las Vegas residents, and alumni from the Historic Westside School, to the third and final community meeting to unveil the final site plan design for the Historic Westside School and Variety Early Learning Center sites. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Doolittle Community Center, located at 1950 N. J St. The final master plan is based on the public's recommendations for uses and amenities at two community workshops over the past several months. The city's architectural consultant, KME Architects, has been working on a master plan to restore the school's significant historic features and rehabilitate the building for reuse as a community gathering place for West Las Vegas.

At the second workshop in July, KME Architects presented the residents with two versions of the master plan for the Historic Westside School – a pedestrian and vehicular option. A majority of the residents who attended selected the option that allowed one-way vehicular access to the site, connecting D Street to C Street.

The master plan includes a plaza for outdoor events, art festivals, etc; an art sculpture, retail space, offices, bookstore, exhibit hall, and new facilities for KCEP Radio. The master plan is pedestrian friendly and incorporates a sustainable design with a wind turbine and solar power elements. The plan also features an open plaza for kiosks, shopping and historical markers, as well as outdoor seating. Other amenities include a sound system, street lights, tree-lined streets, banner displays and security fence.

Based on the feedback received at the second workshop, the architects have refined the master plan and will present the updated concept to the public during the final meeting in October. The next step will be to begin construction drawings.

The city of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, whose mission it is to preserve historic buildings, pursued funding to restore the Historic Westside School in 2005. The idea for a master plan, to include improvements to the adjacent Variety Early Learning Center site, came from Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow, who has a vision to restore the school as a community gathering place and gateway for West Las Vegas. The city of Las Vegas received $550,000 from the Las Vegas Commission for the Centennial for the master plan phase of the project and hired KME Architects.

At the Oct. 5 City Council meeting, the council approved issuing a $4 million medium-term loan to help pay for construction costs for the Historic Westside School, to be repaid with license plate revenues provided by the Centennial Commission. The Redevelopment Agency also has set aside an additional $900,000 in funding for the project.

More information can be found online by visiting the Historic Westside School page on the city website, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Teen Town Hall Oct. 26
Tune in to KCLV-TV 2 or watch online at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, to watch this Teen Town Hall live in City Council chambers. Frank Mir, Ultimate Fighting Championship former heavyweight champion and current competitor, will co-host with me. We will discuss current events related to teen youth with invited school groups.

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