June 2012 | News and information from the City of Henderson 

    I am pleased to report that the City of Henderson continues to maintain a strong financial position as we begin our new fiscal year July 1. While we are still projecting a deficit in our budget, we are taking steps to bridge the gap with help from our employees. Recent negotiations with our Fire, Teamsters and Police unions have resulted in contract savings that are equivalent to 2 percent for each of the next two years. This was accomplished through mutual effort and respect and I want to take a moment to thank our employees for helping us cut costs without cutting programs and services to our residents. The City continues to have one of the highest bond ratings of any city in the state, which has allowed us to restructure past debt to produce cash flow savings of almost $4 million. While it may take some time for our community to recover from this economic downturn, I am convinced that we will come back stronger than ever.
    Join us on Independence Day at Mission Hills Park and enjoy live entertainment on three stages beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the time-honored traditional fireworks display at 9 p.m. This year’s activities include a Battle of the Bands competition between five area high school bands, the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, the Randy Anderson Band, a basketball tournament, facepainting, henna artists and spin art. Local high school clubs and groups will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, sno-cones and icecream, with all proceeds benefiting the school. Admission is free and there will be complimentary shuttle service beginning at 5:30 p.m. from Foothill High School, located at 800 College Drive. No sprinklers or fireworks, alcohol, glass containers or pets are allowed. For more information, visit HendersonLive.com.
    The Henderson Fire Department asks for your help this summer to keep children and pets out of hot parked cars. Even with the windows partially down, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can reach 125 degrees in just minutes. Kids, the elderly, and pets are more sensitive to the heat and can quickly suffer heat stroke and death. No one thinks they could ever leave their child unattended in a hot car, but even the most responsible parent can suffer a momentary lapse in memory and forget a sleeping child in the back seat. Volunteers will be distributing red awareness ribbons at Henderson Smith’s locations that you can tie to your key chain, to remind you to check your own car and the cars around you for kids left in the heat. If you do spot a child left unattended in a locked car, dial 9-1-1.
    The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains residents to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their community. During an emergency, CERT members can provide critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue operations. The six-week long CERT course is free, and will be offered twice in Henderson: on Mondays, beginning September 10, and on Wednesdays, beginning September 12. All courses will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Henderson Fire Training Center, located at 401 Parkson Road. Register for one of the CERT courses at ncvert.org, course #2012-16 or #2012-17. If you would like to be better informed about emergencies in your area, sign up to receive alerts through SoNevada.onthealert.com.
    The City of Henderson is now streaming City Council meetings live online, making it easier for you to see what is happening in your community and be involved with your local government. Henderson City Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of every month beginning at 7:00 p.m. You can watch the live stream on the City’s website at cityofhenderson.com, where you can also view the agenda and supporting documents for every item. Meetings for the Redevelopment Agency, held the third Tuesday of every month, and Planning Commission, generally held on the Thursday prior to the second City Council meeting, can also be viewed via live stream. If you happen to miss any meeting, minutes and video archives will be available within a few days after the meeting.
    I hope you are looking forward to a fun and safe Fourth of July in Henderson. Please join me at the City of Henderson fireworks celebration, moved this year from Basic High School to Mission Hills Park, which has great amenities for families and kids. Live entertainment starts at 6 p.m. followed by the fireworks display at 9 p.m. Don’t be afraid to enter the new Battle of the Bands Competition and the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. To learn more about these competitions and all the evening’s activities, visit HendersonLive.com. And don't forget to check out the new St. Rose Parkway pedestrian bridge and the St. Rose Parkway Trail, which should provide walking, running, and bicycling enjoyment for all our residents, and particularly those in Ward IV, year round. Have a great summer.

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