August 16, 2011 

City to Celebrate Construction of New Fire Station in West Las Vegas
Join Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Myers and me to celebrate the ongoing construction of the new fire station to serve the Enterprise Park area in Ward 5 at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22. The new station will be located at 1888 Stella Lake Drive.

The Enterprise Park area of Ward 5 continues to grow and this new fire station will help to not only safeguard the new businesses that are moving in, but also all of the residents of Ward 5 and the city of Las Vegas. We all look forward to this state-of-the-art fire station opening in late spring 2012.

The cost of the station is approximately $4.3 million, and when completed it will be a 7,640-square-foot, two-bay building. The contractor on the project is Hardy Construction. An advanced life support fire engine with a crew of four firefighters and emergency medical personnel will be stationed at the new building when it opens.

New Flashing Yellow Arrow Left-Turn Signals Begin at Two Intersections
Drivers at two intersections in the city of Las Vegas will notice a change when they enter the left turn lane at the intersections of Alta and Town Center drives today and Smoke Ranch and Decatur by Thursday. Instead of the green ball indicating the driver must yield to oncoming traffic, a new flashing yellow arrow turn signal will be in effect.

The two intersections are part of a pilot program by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), the Nevada Department of Transportation and the various government agencies in the valley to replace existing left-turn signals with new flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals at selected intersections to make it safer for drivers and pedestrians. The pilot program intersections in the city of Las Vegas will be monitored by staff for at least six months before the remaining signals are changed over to the flashing yellow left-turn signals.

A flashing yellow arrow means a vehicle is allowed to cautiously enter the intersection only to make the turn indicated by the arrow, but the driver must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians, then proceed with caution. A national study showed that drivers had fewer crashes with the flashing yellow left-turn arrow than with the traditional green ball, indicating a yielding left-turn.

Drivers are urged to proceed with caution as they familiarize themselves with the intersections. The RTC produced a public service announcement that illustrates how the flashing yellow arrow signals work.  The announcement is being broadcast on KCLV Channel 2 and on the RTC's website.

"Images of America West Las Vegas" Reception
Please join the community on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. for a gathering at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, located at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Everyone in the community is invited to join in this celebration of pioneers who blazed the trail for the West Las Vegas community into the 21st century. Admission is free. Longtime residents will enjoy reminiscing, and newcomers will learn much about how our community developed. You'll have the opportunity to review the book, "Images of America West Las Vegas" by Patricia Hershwitzky and meet the author. Call 229-4800 for more information.

Walkable Community Plan Neighborhood Meetings

Another opportunity for you to be involved! Please join me and staff of the city of Las Vegas Planning and Development Department at one of two remaining public input meetings to discuss a proposed "walkable community plan" for the area of Ward 5 depicted by the map at left. The proposed project may not pertain to the entire highlighted project site.

A walkable community plan assesses the ability of residents to walk to essential services and activities easily, safely and comfortably, while creating a self-sufficient and less auto-dependent community. The plan will not change the zoning or land use designation of properties, but will focus on physical improvements, such as crosswalk enhancements, completing the sidewalk network, adding shade trees along sidewalks and other similar improvements.

The purpose of these initial meetings is to obtain input from residents and business owners within the proposed plan area. Staff will be present to take your suggestions, hear your concerns and answer any questions about improving the overall walkability of your neighborhood. For more information, to learn about walkable community plans, or to take an online survey, please visit the city website or contact Richard Wassmuth at (702) 229-2080.

I would highly encourage your involvement, so that together we can make this area of Ward 5 pleasantly walkable. Please choose one of the following meetings that is most convenient for you:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6 to 7 p.m. at Elks Lodge #1508, 600 W. Owens Ave.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club, 800 N. Martin L King Blvd.

Job Fair
Barrister Global Services Network, Inc., an information technology services company headquartered in Hammond, La., plans to open a new operations facility in the Development Services Center at 333 N. Rancho Drive. This facility will serve multiple purposes, including diversifying Barrister's operations for disaster recovery, allowing easier access to their growing number of West Coast customers, and providing an alternative location for service operations. The company needs to hire various positions by Sept. 15. Positions will include telephone technical support for personal computers and printers, channel developers, business developers, client relationship specialists and technician assignment group staff. Bring your resume and be prepared to interview at a job fair on Friday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Human Resources Training Rooms on the second floor of City Hall, located at 400 Stewart Ave. My staff will be there to help. Free parking will be available in the City Hall covered parking garage at Las Vegas Boulevard and Stewart. For more information on this new employer, go online to

Free Day at the Springs Preserve Sept. 5
This Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 5, visitors will have unlimited access to all Springs Preserve attractions, museums and exhibits, thanks to a generous donation from Target.  Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the Springs Preserve, go online or call (702) 822-7700.

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