April 2012 | News and information from the City of Henderson 

    It is with great pleasure that I introduce our new City Manager, Jacob Snow. As the former General Manager of the Regional Transportation Commission, Jacob has a wide range of experience and a unique background that will undoubtedly benefit Henderson. His experience in managing large-scale government finances will be especially relevant as we continue to weather the economic downturn and look to trim even more from our city budget. Jacob is a visionary with fresh ideas and a can-do management style that will help make our city run more efficiently and improve services to our residents. As the City Manager, Jacob will be responsible for the city’s policy direction, strategic planning and oversight of all departments and divisions of the second largest city in the state of Nevada. Henderson has been Jacob’s home for more than 23 years, and we welcome him to the city family.
    You will soon see a new type of left-turn traffic signal in Henderson. Over the next several months, all traditional “dog house” left-turn signals will be replaced with the flashing yellow arrow signal. The traditional signal uses a solid green circular ball to indicate when motorists must yield to oncoming traffic to make a left turn. A common traffic accident results when a motorist sees the solid green ball and falsely assumes he can go, pulling in front of oncoming vehicles. The flashing yellow arrow left-turn traffic signal has been found to be more intuitive by using a flashing yellow arrow to indicate when motorists must yield to oncoming traffic. Both signals use a solid green arrow to indicate when a protected left turn is permissible. The new signal will be installed throughout Henderson by the end of June 2012. Visit cityofhenderson.com to see how the new signal works.
    Swim season is fast approaching and with it our need to be watchful with children around pools and spas. About one in every four single-family homes in Henderson has a swimming pool in the backyard, and the Fire Department is bringing the message for pool safety to as many of those homes as possible. During the first two weeks of May, Henderson firefighters will be going door to door in many neighborhoods to remind residents with backyard pools about the importance of pool safety and how to respond to an aquatic emergency. Drowning is easily preventable if you remember the A, B, C & D’s of pool safety: Adult supervision, Barriers around your pool, Classes for CPR and swim lessons, and Devices for keeping kids safe while in the water. The loss of a child is devastating to their family and demoralizing for our community, so the Fire Department urges everyone to Be Water Safe this summer.
    Are you ready to improve your landscaping, or lower your water bill by replacing your grass with water-efficient plants, but could use some help paying for it? Neighborhood Services is accepting applications for two landscape loan programs for up to $5,000 toward your yard improvements. The Homeownership Enrichment Landscape Program is designed to help residents install drought-tolerant landscape or improve a blighted yard. You do not need to pay back the loan until you sell your home or there is a change in ownership. The Turf Removal Program offers a low 3% interest rate amortized over a seven year period to replace water-thirsty grass with desert landscape. Applicants can sign up for the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Water Smart Landscapes rebate program to help pay down the loan. Eligible applicants must meet minimum requirements. Visit cityofhenderson.com for more information on these loan programs.
    The Henderson Fire Department received a grant for the purchase of nine thermal imaging cameras that will help save the lives of people and pets trapped in a burning structure. Firefighters will use the cameras to quickly locate victims in dark or smoke-filled rooms, even if they are trapped in the closet or hiding under the bed. The new technology will also increase safety for firefighters by allowing them to search a burning structure in a fraction of the time it would take without the camera. The cameras can detect the heat signature of a human or animal in temperatures up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermal imaging cameras work by rendering infrared radiation or “heat” into light that is visible to the human eye. The cameras can even help firefighters locate the source of a fire before it is visible, such as smoldering embers within a wall or overheated electrical wiring.

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