North Las Vegas Neighborhood News
July 4, 2011 - 11:20 pm
NORTH LAS VEGAS CITY COUNCIL
SCHEDULED TO MEET WEDNESDAY
The North Las Vegas City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 2200 Civic Center Drive. This will be the first meeting for new members of the council, including Pamela Goynes-Brown, who now represents Ward 2.
The Ward 4 race between dentist Wade Wagner and incumbent Richard Cherchio is still in contention and will remain empty during the meeting.
Wagner won the race by one vote on election day. However, city officials determined that an ineligible voter in precinct 4306 was allowed to cast a ballot on election night. That voter was registered in another ward and was allowed to vote there because he had moved into the precinct.
The council certified the election results in the other municipal races. When it came to the Ward 4 race, it was decided that another election would be held. Just minutes before the council was to set a date for a revote in one Ward 4 precinct, a judge granted a temporary restraining order that prohibited the council from proceeding. The order stopped the city from “preparing or conducting a new election in Ward 4.”
Former Mayor Michael Montandon and Jay King, both Ward 4 residents, filed the motion for the restraining order. The motion argued that the council violated the state’s open meeting law last week when it approved a new election because it was not listed on the June 15 agenda.
Wagner also filed a lawsuit against the city and four council members over the decision for a new election. Cherchio’s term has ended, leaving four members until the election is resolved.
U.S. ENERGY SECRETARY chu TOURED AMONIX FACILITY LAST MONTH
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited the new $18 million Amonix facility, 4975 N. Pecos Road, on June 23. Amonix received $5.9 million through the Manufacturing Tax Credit to build low-cost solar electricity systems. The project created 135 construction jobs. The company was expected to hire 278 workers once the plant reached full capacity, but more than 300 were hired by the May ribbon-cutting.
The company is manufacturing concentrated photovoltaic solar power systems, which means the products will directly convert the sun’s rays into electricity without the use of steam turbines. It’s a newer form of solar energy technology and is often much less expensive to produce because the concentration allows for the production of a much smaller area of solar cells.
north las vegas justice of the peace earns lifetime award
North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Stephen Dahl recently earned the Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award by the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction. The organization began presenting the award last year, making Dahl the third judge to be honored.
Dahl has served as Justice of the Peace since 1995. Before his election, he spent more than six years as the team chief over the death penalty litigation unit of the Clark County Public Defender’s office. He has been licensed to practice law in Nevada since 1984.
vaskov, barr honored on list
OF NEVADA’S TOP GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS
North Las Vegas Acting City Attorney Nick Vaskov and Deputy City Attorney Jeff Barr were named among the state’s top 15 government attorneys in the Legal Elite 2011 issue of Nevada Business Magazine. Vaskov and Barr are the only two municipal government attorneys on the list of 15 Best Government Attorneys. According to the magazine, Nevada has 10,584 licensed attorneys.
ALIANTE LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 26
The Aliante Library Book Club is scheduled to meet from 7 to 8 p.m. July 26 to discuss author James Collins’ “Beginner’s Greek,” and from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 to discuss author Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief.” For more information, visit cityofnorthlasvegas.com or call
NORTH LAS VEGAS LIBRARY LEGO CLUB scheduled TO MEET JULY 27
The North Las Vegas Library, 2300 Civic Center Drive, is scheduled to get out the Legos for children of all ages to show off their creative abilities on the last Wednesday of each month.
Jigsaw puzzles also are provided. At this time, no registration is required.
The group is scheduled to meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 31.
For more information, visit nlvld.org or call 633-1070.
North Las Vegas Police Department office hours change
The lobby hours for both North Las Vegas Police Departments — the south command at 1301 E. Lake Mead Blvd. and the north command at 3755 W. Washburn Ave. — changed June 13 to match those of City Hall.
Residents will be able to file station reports from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday only. Residents typically file station reports for non-emergency incidents including, but not limited to: burglary, destruction of private property, theft, harassing phone calls, injury to their vehicle and lost or missing property.
In order to reduce wait time, residents are encouraged to utilize the ePolice Reporting system available online at cityofnorthlasvegas.com. Response to emergency calls for service by uniformed police officers remains unaffected.
ALIANTE LIBRARY STORY TIME SCHEDULEd
The Baby Goose Story Time drop-in program is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursdays through July 26.
Teddy Bear Time for Two’s & Three’s is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesdays through July 27.
The “One World, Many Stories” Summer Story Time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturdays through July 30.
North Las Vegas Fire Chief Al Gillespie is scheduled to read aloud during “reading corner” at 4 p.m. July 18.
For more information about library events, visit the community calendar at cityofnorthlasvegas.com or nlvld.org or call 839-2980.
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
to host 51s night
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America plans to host Night at the 51s at 7 p.m. Friday.
Tickets to the Triple-A baseball game are $10 with a portion benefiting CCFA and its mission to find a cure for the 1.4 million Americans suffering from digestive diseases. Tickets must be reserved in advance through CCFA. The first 500 people admitted will get a free Las Vegas 51s baseball cap and entry into the 51s’ Beach Towel Night.
For more information, visit cctakesteps.org/lasvegas or contact Briana Mackey at 885-8650 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All tickets must be reserved in advance and will be available for pickup at the CCFA will call table on game night.
montandon BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
HOSTING SUMMER PROGRAMS
The Montandon Boys & Girls Club, 2627 Donna St., is scheduled to host a summer program that includes art, crafts, sports and computers, among other activities. Registration is available throughout the summer for an annual membership fee. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The program runs through Aug. 26.
The cost is $20 for 6- to 12-year-olds and $10 for 13- to 18-year-olds. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
A free lunch will be provided.
For more information about the programs, call 564-7378.
HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COULD REQUIRE BUILDING PERMITS
Building permits are required by the city of North Las Vegas for residential and commercial improvement, maintenance or new construction projects. The online building safety page offers tools and guidelines to navigate the permitting process, track inspections and more.
To find out of a home or business site improvement project requires a permit, call the city’s building division at 633-1550 or 633-1536 or visit the division offices at 2240 Civic Center Drive.
REGISTRATION, PASSES UNDER WAY
AT AREA YMCAS, INCLUDING SKYVIEW
Day camp registrations and sales of Sizzlin’ Summer passes, which provide four months of unlimited YMCA access, are now under way at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane, and the SkyView YMCA, 3050 E. Centennial Parkway in North Las Vegas.
Y day camp for kids 5 to 15 runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 26. The Y provides free care for campers from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Camp includes weekly themes and activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, group games and character development activities. Weekly camp prices range from about $100 to $200, and a daily drop-in rate of $45 is offered. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay. Financial assistance is available.
Sizzlin’ Summer passes are on sale through July. The pass is good for four months from the purchase date and can be used at all locations.
Nominations being taken
for Caregiver of the Year
Homewatch CareGivers, a provider of full-service home care will be accepting nominations for its National Family Caregiver of the Year award through July 29.
Semifinalists will win a yearlong scholarship to Homewatch CareGivers University, where they can take various courses in gaining an educational foundation, skill set and confidence to continue improving their caregiving. The semifinalists also will be given eight hours of respite care. One winner will be awarded the $10,000 grand prize and the title of National Family Caregiver of the Year.
For more information on the program, visit homewatchcaregivers.com.