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Jul 01, 2019

Las Vegas City Council will met on Wednesday, July 3. Below are some agenda items that may be of interest. Get the agenda here. Watch the recap video.

Agenda Item 5 – Oath of Office Administered to Elected Officials: Three new City Council members were sworn in:

Councilman Ward 1 Brian Knudsen. 

Knudsen moved to Las Vegas in 2005 and worked for a city for nearly a decade before opening his boutique-consulting firm which focuses on improving efficiencies and management culture in the nonprofit and education sectors. He is a founding member of Downtown Achieves which inspired the city’s Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in health education and mass communications from the University of Utah and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He was sworn in with his husband and their two adopted children by his side. 

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Councilwoman Ward 2 Victoria Seaman

Seaman has lived in Nevada since 2005 and spent one term and two special sessions in the Nevada State Legislature representing Clark County’s Assembly District 34. She has 26 years of business experience. She holds Real Estate and Business Broker licenses and is also a licensed esthetician who has created, founded and owned day spas. She also has a passion for giving back to her community and serving others and regularly volunteers for her church, charities and various nonprofits. She was sworn in with her husband by her side; they have been married for 16 years and share their home with their beloved dogs.

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Councilwoman Ward 3 Olivia Diaz

Diaz was borns and raised in Ward 3; she continues to live in the same neighborhood with her husband and son. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master of Sciences in bilingual education from NOVA Southeastern University. She was an elementary school teacher for 16 years and served on the Nevada State Assembly representing District 11 from 2010-2018. She was sworn in with her family by her side. 

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Agenda Item 33 – Economic Development Projects and Initiatives: Director of Economic and Urban Development, Bill Arent, gave a report on the current and planned development projects.

Agenda Item 34 – Director of Parks and Recreation: Greg A. Weitzel was ratified as the Director of Parks and Recreation. Weitzel holds more than 20 years’ experience in the urban parks and recreation administration field. Most recently he served as the Department Director of two of the largest parks and recreation agencies in Pennsylvania and Idaho. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Recreation and Park Association and chairs the Public Policy Committee. He received his Master Degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Park Administration from Illinois State University and Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Management, Community and Therapeutic Recreation from Pennsylvania State University.

Agenda Item 35 – Chief Community Services Officer: Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler was ratified as Chief Community Services Officer. Dr. Morris Hibbler, Director of the Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation, began with the city of Las Vegas in 1997. During her tenure, she has led many successful projects with the unique insight and expertise on developing strategic public and private partnerships to address community needs. She is a proven strategist with extensive hands-on experience in the areas of community development, workforce development, community capacity building, youth development, code enforcement, homeless prevention and public/social policy. Dr. Morris Hibbler has received numerous awards, accolades and recognitions at the local, state and national levels, including contributing to winning the All-America City Award. In 2016, she completed Leadership ICMA and the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Agenda Item 36 – Mayor Pro-Tem: Councilwoman Michele Fiore was appointed to serve as the Mayor Pro-Tem. 

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Agenda Item 42 – Unified Development Code Amendments: This bill amends the Unified Development Code to repeal and replace Chapter 19.09 thereof, pertaining to Form-Based Code and Transect Zones. The repeal and replacement includes a combination of corrections, additions and updates that have been identified as necessary and appropriate in order for this chapter to encourage and facilitate development that is consistent with current planning objectives.