Las Vegas City Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Below are some agenda items that may be of interest.
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Agenda Item 19 – Las Vegas Days Rodeo: City Council approved the ratification of the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial funding allocation of $180,000 for the production of the Las Vegas Days Rodeo. The funds will go to The Plaza Hotel & Casino as the producer of the rodeo which will take place May 7-9, 2020.
Agenda Item 20 – LED Sign at Main Street and Fremont Street: City Council approved the ratification of the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial funding allocation of $225,000 for the construction and installation of a LED sign on the east side of Main Street and Fremont Street. The sign has a fixed “Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas” sign and a vertical 430 square-foot split-flap style LED sign which will display various historic views of Fremont Street over the decades. The funds will to Fremont Street Experience to produce and install the sign.
Agenda Item 45 – Republic Services Monthly Rate Increase: City Council approved a request from Republic Services for a monthly rate increase of seventy-four cents per residential customer due to unforeseen economic circumstances.
Republic Services is seeking a monthly recycling adjustment of seventy-four cents ($0.74) per residential customer to be added to all residential billings for solid waste collection and residential recycling services rendered within the city commencing on December 1, 2019. Republic requests this increase due to unforeseen economic circumstances resulting from policies implemented by China regarding recyclable materials. Republic asserts that these policies have caused processing costs to rise, along with a declining market value for the sale of recyclables. Republic has met with staff over the last four months and has demonstrated that the significant changes in the market for recyclable materials have raised their costs to process the materials and greatly reduced the amount of revenue they can generate from selling those materials.
If approved, the adjustment will be embedded into the monthly residential solid waste and recycling rate for an initial term of five years, during which Republic will not seek an additional increase of the Recycling Adjustment. If the policies are still in effect at the end of the five year period, the Recycling Adjustment shall continue for another term of five years. If Republic seeks an additional rate adjustment due to National Sword Policies in the second five year term, City Council shall have the discretion to determine if an additional Recycling Adjustment is warranted based upon new unforeseen economic circumstances.
Agenda Item 52 – Items Not Allowed in the Downtown Area: City Council adopted a new bill that will generally prohibit within the Pedestrian Mall and surrounding areas the use or possession of certain types of weapons and implements, as well as toy and replica firearms. The surrounding areas include public sidewalks within the area bounded by the west right-of-way line of Main Street on the west, the north right-of-way line of Ogden Avenue on the north, the east right-of-way line of 7th Street on the east, and the south right-of-way line of Carson Avenue on the south. The bill is similar to one adopted by the Clark County Board of Commissioners several years ago regarding the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas.
Agenda Item 83 – Workforce Trends and Development Strategies Report: The City Manager’s Office, the Office of Human Resources and Organizational Training and Development presented workforce trends and development strategies for the city.
Agenda Item 85 – LVGEA Report: Jonas R. Peterson, President and CEO of Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), gave a report regarding business development services being provided to existing businesses located in, and new businesses relocating to the city.