The newsletter for Commission District A looks a little different this month. You will notice that the commissioner's picture and name have been omitted, which is the County's practice for those who file to run for election to public office. But the District A office will continue to provide a monthly newsletter so that you have access to information about what is going on throughout Clark County and in your respective neighborhood.
Greetings District A,
May is the heart of spring in the desert. It's the perfect time to get out and enjoy all that the Mojave desert has to offer from Red Rock and Valley of Fire to Lake Mead National Park, Gold Butte and more.
This month's issue has tons of information on great ways to enjoy the outdoors.
Also included in this issue is a reminder about the upcoming Government Surplus Auction and the County's annual free concert series.
And if you haven't had your say about new proposed rates by the RTC, there is still time. The RTC is accepting public comment through mid May.
As always, if there is anything you need assistance with, please don't hesitate to contact the District A Commission Office at (702) 455-3500 or send an email to ccdista@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
In This Issue:
Clark County commissioners had a full agenda to deal with in April. In case you missed it, here's what made the news:
Item 1: Solar Jobs Join Harry Reid to Chinese Billionaire in Price Drop
Item 2: Commissioners Look at Safety on the Strip
Item 3: Report: Hundreds of public employees make $200K and up
Item 4: Las Vegas firefighters may be limited to off-duty charity fundraising
Item 5: Airport cellphone lot too costly
Item 6: Boot drive
Item 7: County, North Las Vegas close to deal on Sloan Channel algae, bug problem
Item 8: Former constable deputies sue, say they were told to lie
Item 9: Report: Residents of unincorporated Clark County subsidize services used by all
Item 10: Let the Clark County Commission make the Strip safer, but leave the entrepreneurs alone
Item 11: County official on North LV’s overtures to Metro: How it would save any money?
Item 12: County to expand parking lot at Las Vegas welcome sign
Item 13: Health District's new report highlights old problems
Opportunity Village Employee Staffer Gets Recognition From the County Commission
County Commissioners recognized Michael Thomas with a proclamation at an April County Commission meeting. The proclamation follows:
WHEREAS, it is the policy and pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners to honor and recognize those individuals who take pride in the service they provide to the community; and
WHEREAS, Michael “Mike” Thomas has been employed by Opportunity Village and assigned to the Clark County Government Center since February of 2007; and
WHEREAS, Michael is an extremely hard working individual who takes a great deal of pride in his work and always has a smile on his face; he is a strong team member and has recently been involved in training new co-workers; and
WHEREAS, Michael is responsible for cleaning on the third through sixth floors and his areas are always sparkling and fresh, and he assists with special projects as needed; and
WHEREAS, Michael enjoys going to the movies and watching football, basketball, and wrestling with his friends in his free time.
NOW, THEREFORE, WE, the Board of Commissioners of Clark County, Nevada, do hereby congratulate
Michael “Mike” Thomas
on his promotion to a supported Custodial position through Opportunity Village at the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse. He will be missed by his friends at the Clark County Government Center
Arbor Day Celebrated
Workers prepare a 12-foot Modesto Ash for planting at Helen Meyer Community Center. Commissioners and children from the Early Childhood Enrichment Program planted the tree on April 27 in recognition of Arbor Day.
Government Surplus Auction Set for May 19
The second government surplus auction of the year will take place Saturday, May 19, at a County storage lot at 4320 Stephanie St. off Flamingo Road near Dog Fancier's Park.
Auctions are held three times each year.The next auction, set for May 19, will begin at 9 a.m. The final auction for 2012 will take place Nov. 17.
A three-day preview and preregistration period opens in advance of each sale. Anyone who wants to bid at the auction is urged to preregister as a bidder at a registration office set up on site at the County’s storage lot. The registration office for the May 19 sale opens on Wednesday, May 16. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 16 as well as Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18. During the preview, the public can see some vehicles and merchandise being offered for sale. The auctions, which draw large crowds, feature items used or acquired by government agencies ranging from cars and trucks to office equipment and lost and found merchandise.
TNT Auction, the contractor that manages the sales, posts a complete listing of items that will be sold at the auction on its website at www.tntauction.com. The postings get updated regularly as the date of the auction approaches and participants submit more items for sale.
In addition to Clark County, frequent participants in the sales include all the local cities, the state of Nevada, UNLV, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas Convention Center, Clark County School District, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, St. George, and Washington County, Utah.
RTC Continues to Seek Community Input about Proposed Transit Fare Recommendations
Article courtesy of the RTC
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) continues to hold community outreach events and public hearings from now until May 17 to discuss the transit fare adjustments proposed by the Fare Working Group.
Like many government agencies, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s (RTC) budget has been strained during the economic downturn. Due to these fiscal challenges, the RTC formed a Fare Working Group comprised of local stakeholders tasked to provide policy and fare recommendations that would allow the RTC to address its long range budget shortfall.
The Working Group’s recommendations were presented to the RTC’s Board of Commissioners on March 8, and the Board authorized the RTC to hold a 60-day public comment period to obtain input from the community on the proposed fare adjustments.
The RTC Board has not made any decisions about the recommendations. The 60-day public comment period is designed for the RTC to obtain community input about the fare recommendations before any decisions are made. The recommendations include modifications to transit fares for the residential market, resort corridor and ADA Paratransit service.
Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend any of the upcoming public outreach sessions to learn more about the transit fare proposals:
- May 1, 4 to 6 p.m. at Albertsons, 4850 W. Craig Road
- Friday, May 4, 5 to 7 p.m. at Albertsons, 2575 S. Maryland Parkway
- Wednesday, May 9, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Centennial Hills Transit Center, 7313 Grand Montecito Parkway
In addition, the RTC will hold two public hearings on the proposals:
- Saturday, May 12, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bonneville Transit Center, 101 E. Bonneville Ave.
RTC staff will also ride transit routes throughout the valley to obtain additional input and will provide comment cards to riders. The public may review the proposed fare adjustments online at rtcsnv.com.
Public comments will be accepted through Thursday, May 17. Comments can be submitted via email to email@example.com, online at rtcsnv.com, by phone at (702) 676-1557, by fax at (702) 676-1589, or by U.S. Postal Service mail to: RTC Administration Office , 600 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106-4512, Attention: Proposed Fare Adjustment. Comments can also be provided in person at the Bonneville Transit Center or the RTC Administration Office.
Following the public comment period, all comments will be submitted to the RTC Board at its May 17, 2012 meeting. Since no decision has been made, none of the approved recommendations would be implemented before September 2012.
The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning agency and regional traffic management agency for Southern Nevada. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use alternate commute modes to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit rtcsnv.com.
Clark County Fire Department Supports Wildfire Awareness Week
The Clark County Fire Department is partnering with local, federal and state agencies to support Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week and remind residents about the potential for wildfires during the spring and summer months when vegetation is driest.
Wildfire Awareness Week is April 28 through May 5 in Nevada this year, but cleaning up dry debris and brush is encouraged throughout the warmest months to reduce fire-burning fuels.
“Our hot, dry and often windy environment can provide a lot of fuel for brush and other wildland fires to spread and threaten homes and property both in the Las Vegas Valley and forest areas like Mount Charleston,” said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington. “It’s important to reduce debris around your home to limit the fuel that can spread fires.”
Fire officials recommend the following actions to reduce the threat of wildfires:
- Clear vegetation and debris around your home to limit the potential amount of fire fuel.
- Properly soak and dispose of cigarette butts, charcoal briquettes and any materials that can start fires.
- Adhere to posted fire restrictions in National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management areas in Southern Nevada, including Red Rock, Mount Charleston and Lake Mead.
- Equip all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and similar vehicles with spark arrestors.
- Use fireworks labeled with a “safe and sane” seal only from June 28 until July 4 when fireworks are legal under Clark County code. Legal fireworks include sparklers and fireworks that keep to a small, circular area on the ground and don’t explode in the air. Illegal fireworks include firecrackers, roman candles, sky rockets – any item with highly combustible materials. No fireworks, including the safe and sane ones, are allowed on public lands.
- If you are warned that a wildland fire is threatening your area, listen to your battery-operated radio for reports and evacuation information. Follow the instructions of local officials.
The Logandale Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Wildfire Awareness Week educational event on Friday, May 4, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Volunteer fire stations and citizen advisory groups also have scheduled cleanups on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountain Springs near Highway 160 and mile marker 19, and Mount Charleston on Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about wildfire safety, visit Nevada’s multi-agency “Living With Fire” website at www.livingwithfire.info.
Jazz in the Park Series Kicks Off This Month
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Four80East with Shilts & Matt Marshak
Spyro Gyra will open the Clark County Parks and Recreation’s Jazz in the Park concert series, on May 12. In its 23rd year, the free series will also welcome Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on May 19, Jeff Golub on May 26, 480 East, featuring Shilts and Matt Marshak on June 2 and Yellowjackets on June 9.
Audiences that come early will be treated to the local jazz sounds of the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo. Seating for those with picnic baskets, blankets and low-back chairs will begin at 7 p.m. with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Food vendors also will be available on site. Admission and parking are free.
Jazz in the Park favorite Spyro Gyra will launch the series on Saturday, May 12. The group brings an energy to the series that has made it popular for more than 30 years. Since its first release in 1979, Spyro Gyra’s music and style have made it an original force in the music industry. It started in 1974 when bandleader and saxman Jay Beckenstein and keyboardist Jeremy Wall developed an ensemble. Through the years, Wall made his mark as a producer while members Scott Ambush, bass; Julio Fernandez, guitar and Tom Schuman, keyboards joined Beckenstein in the honored Spyro Gyra tradition. Genre icon Boney James described Spyro Gyra’s music in Jazziz Magazine as combining “accessible pop qualities with happy uplifting tones, bringing together elements of jazz, Latin and R&B effortlessly and unconsciously. What they’re doing with electric jazz and unique instrumentation has always had a timeless quality to me.”
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue makes a Jazz in the Park debut on Saturday, May 19. At only 26 years old, this trombone and trumpet player has already worked with jazz, funk and rap music and has been playing with the band Orleans Avenue since 2009. The younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews and the grandson of singer and songwriter Jessie Hill, Trombone Shorty – also known as Troy Andrews – has music in his blood.
American jazz guitarist Jeff Golub brings his contemporary stylings to Jazz in the Park on Saturday, May 26. With 11 solo albums and three CDs under his belt as the leader of the instrumental band Avenue Blue, Golub made a name for himself, working with Rod Stewart from 1988 to 1995 and in his early days with Billy Squier. Last year, he was blinded due to a collapse on his optic nerve, but he hasn’t let it stop him from playing music.
Four80East, featuring Shilts and Matt Marshak, will pick up with pace with electro jazz on Saturday, June 2. The Canada-based band consists of musicians Rob DeBoer, keyboards, bass and guitar; and Tony Grace, percussion; and other session musicians. With five CDs in the repertoire, it’s difficult to believe the band began as a studio project in the late 1990s. Guitarist Marshak joins the groove, bringing his crowd pleasing originals to the stage, and Shilts adds a contemporary jazz feeling to round out the evening.
The Yellowjackets round out the series on Saturday, June 9 with smooth jazz and jazz fusion and a storied career in the jazz genre. The Grammy-nominated artists bring a repertoire dating back to 1981 to the stage. The band’s most recent release, Timeline, released in 2011, featured former member and founder Robben Ford and was the band’s 24th album.
Those interested can call Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-8200 or visit this Web page.
Summer Watering Restrictions
Article and graphic courtesy of SNWA
Watering restrictions allow watering any day of the week from May 1 through Aug. 31.
While daily landscape watering is permitted, landscapes can stay healthy and look great with less water. Monitor your landscape closely during the hot summer days and adjust watering times or add watering days only as needed.
Time of Day Watering Restrictions
Mandatory watering restrictions prohibit sprinkler irrigation between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. from May 1 until Oct. 1.
During the hottest hours of the day, water is often lost to evaporation from the heat and high winds. Watering during restricted hours is considered water waste and may result in a water waste citation.
You may hand water your landscape at any time of day, but use a hose with a positive shut-off nozzle.
When to Water
Water your landscape after sunset and before sunrise to reduce evaporation caused by wind and heat. Mandatory watering restrictions permit watering any day of the week until the end of August.
Take a Day Off One way to keep your water bill down during peak temperatures is to cut one watering day per week out of your daily sprinkler schedule. Taking just one day off can reduce your water use by as much as 10 to 15 percent.
Sprinkler Watering Tips
Use the cycle and soak sprinkler irrigation method, which allows the soil to absorb water slowly and reduces the risk of runoff. Water four days per week and increase the schedule only if your landscape needs more water.
- 3 times a day
- 1 hour apart
- 4 minutes each watering
Don't Water on Windy or Rainy Days
Winds can send sprinkler water in unintended directions, saturating the sidewalk more than the lawn. Watering during rainy periods can cause soil over-saturation and wasteful runoff. Shut off the sprinklers on windy or rainy days and save as much as 500 gallons of water a day.
If you notice brown spots in your lawn, check your sprinklers to see if any of the heads are broken or twisted. Also check to see that your sprinklers are popping up 4 inches above the grass. You may water by hand with a hose. To break down surface tension and allow for better water absorption, add a tablespoon of liquid soap to a gallon of water and drench the brown spots with the mixture.
Drip Watering Tips
During summer, SNWA recommends running your drip irrigation system in a single cycle of 30 to 90 minutes, three days a week. The length of each watering should be determined by the emitter flow rate, soil type and weather conditions. Experts agree that running drip irrigation less frequently is much better for plants than daily watering. See our drip watering tips for details.
May First Tuesday Looks at Graffiti & Gangs
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department substations will open their doors on Tuesday, May 1, from 7 to 8 p.m., as part of the agency’s popular First Tuesday program.
Metro’s First Tuesday program is an excellent opportunity for citizens to get involved with their police department. Residents are invited to ask questions and get to know the police officers who patrol their neighborhoods.
Each month a different area of law enforcement work is highlighted so the community can get a better idea of what goes on behind the scenes throughout the different sections of the police department. Graffiti and Gangs will be the focus this month.
Please find a substation near you and join the conversation:
6975 W. Windmill Lane Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 828-2843 and (702) 828-2844
Southeast Area Command
3675 E. Harmon Ave. (at Pearl and Harmon)
South Central Area Command
4860 Las Vegas Blvd. South (at Las Vegas Boulevard South and Russell
Convention Center Area Command
750 Sierra Vista
Operation Claim It! !
Article courtesy of State Treasurer Kate Marshall
'Operation Claim It' is a concerted effort by the Nevada State Unclaimed Property Division to locate the rightful owners of unclaimed property being held by the division for safe keeping.
The program is being spearheaded by Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall.
Unclaimed property includes many financial instruments, including the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes. The contents of these safe deposit boxes are delivered to the Unclaimed Property Division for safekeeping by Nevada financial institutions.
To check to see if you or a relative might have unclaimed property to which you are the rightful owner or heir, simply go to http://www.NevadaTreasurer.gov/UPSearch and type in your name or that of a relative to search for any other unclaimed property which may rightfully belong to you. You can also call the state treasurer's office at (702) 486- 4140.
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The Animal Foundation receives more than 50,000 homeless, lost, neglected, unwanted and abused animals each year, and cares for 800 to 1000 daily. This feature, nicknamed Bandit's Buddies, sheds light on the growing number of adoptable pets in Clark County. If you are considering a pet, save a life and adopt one. You may call (702) 384-3333 ext. 131 to learn about any of the pets listed below.
||Hello. My name is CACTUS and My Id# is A636328. I am a female, black Domestic Shorthair. The shelter staff thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar. 24, 2012.
||Hello. My name is SHELBY. I am a spayed female, white Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The shelter staff thinks I am about 2 years and 2 months old. I have been at the shelter since April 6, 2012. My Id# is A627015.
||I am a female, white and black Shorthaired Rabbit. My age is unknown. I have been at the shelter since April 19, 2012. My Id# is A641374.
||Hello, I am a female, brown Chicken. My age is unknown. I have been at the shelter since April 19, 2012. My Id# is A641278.
||Hello, my name is VINCE and my Id# is A640111. I am a neutered male, gray Domestic Longhair. The shelter staff thinks I am about 8 years old. I have been at the shelter since April 13, 2012.
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Neon to Nature
It's the perfect time of year to get out and get fit! 'Neon to Nature' offers fun, easy ideas for doing just that.
Each month, we will bring you information about trails, area destinations and various other kinds of activities and programs going on in and around Clark County. So, go ahead and become acquainted with this wonderful Neon to Nature online tool that can take you from the indoors to enjoy the outdoors!
Fun in the Sun
County Parks and Recreation offers an array of exciting activities and events for the entire family to enjoy. So, if you are looking for a great way to enjoy all that this great community has to offer, take a look at the County's Parks Department calendar, and let it help you get started.
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