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Dec 12, 2018

Las Vegas City Council met on Wednesday, Dec.19. Here's a recap of some agenda items that may be of interest. Watch the recording.

Agenda Item 12 – Project Enchilada Neon Signs: A fund request in the amount of $762,000 was approved by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial at the July 30, 2018 Board meeting for the expenses related to the restoration, installation and maintenance of the neon signs for Project Enchilada. City Council ratified the funding. 

Agenda Item 16 – $15,000 Donation for West Las Vegas Art Center: In August 2018, Frank Hawkins donated $15,000 for the West Las Vegas Performance Ensemble to travel to the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference in Dayton, Ohio in January 2019. Frank Hawkins’ recent donation in the amount of $15,000 will be used to support the performing and visual arts programming provided by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs to high-risk youth, ages 10-15, who reside in low-income areas of the city. Frank Hawkins is a long-time supporter of the program and a member of the West Las Vegas community. City Council approved the acceptance of the donation. 

Agenda Item 41 – Strong Start Academy at Wardelle: The Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA) is redeveloping the site located at Wardelle & Bonanza to increase comprehensive community services being provided in one central area to families. SNRHA reserved 1.5 acres for the city to construct the Strong Start Academy at Wardelle, an early childhood education center. City Council approved a long-term lease at no-cost with SNRHA for the land. The Strong Start at Wardelle is expected to cost $7.5 million dollars of which $7 million will be obtained by bonding the RDA Education Set-Aside; the remainder will be covered by CDBG funding previously approved by the City Council to build a pre-K center. The Strong Start Academy at Wardelle will be a 10,000 square foot building licensed for up to 200 children. The Clark County School District is in support of this project.

Agenda Item 43 – Clark County School District Report: Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara made a presentation to provide updates on various education related matters. Dr. Jara spent the past few months having 125 community meetings with over 4,500 people; his key takeaways:

  • All means ALL. Every student deserves access to a rich and rigorous education and a quality teacher. 
  • We need to improve teaching and learning conditions. 
  • We must build public trust.
  • We must focus on the safety and security of our schools. 

In order to accomplish some of the items listed above, CCSD is focused on the students and plans to increase the base funding formula to:

  • Invest in staff and students, including more adults on campus and incentives at Title 1 schools. 
  • Fund professional development for teachers and administrators, along with research-based instructional materials to ensure rigorous, standards-based instruction in every classroom. 
  • Ensure a safe learning environment. 

Agenda Item 44 –MOU with Downtown Las Vegas Alliance (DVA): City Council allocated $50,000 for the advancement and promotion of downtown Las Vegas. The purpose of the DVA is to serve as a collaborative leader, devoted to creating an attractive, vibrant, diverse and sustainable downtown. The partnership between the city and the DVA supports the continued growth of the DVA, provides community engagement and educational events, and increases communication and coordination between the two entities. The MOU allows for three (3) one-year renewal options.

Agenda Item 46 – Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2017/18 Fiscal Year: The city is required to conduct an annual audit of financial statements through an independent public accounting firm.  Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern was hired to conduct the audit and reported to City Council; council approved.