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North Las Vegas, Union Negotiate to Balance Budget

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Monday is the deadline handed down by a Clark County District Court judge for the City of North Las Vegas and its Police Supervisors Association to finalize a deal. This a critical agreement and the two sides have been working on it for months with no deal made.

It's part of the city's efforts to cover a $4.9 million budget shortfall and balance the city's budget.

On August 11th, both sides claimed they reached a tentative agreement, but it doesn't seem as if any progress has been made.

Everyone was so optimistic about the tentative agreement because it took months just to get to that point. Over the last two weeks, both parties said they added their final stamp of approval and details of the agreement were expected to be released. But instead, things have changed.

New Fire Station Construction Under Way in West Las Vegas

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Las Vegas city officials are marking the start of construction on a new fire station in the West Las Vegas neighborhood.

City spokeswoman Diana Paul says Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Las Vegas Fire Chief Mike Myers and area Councilman Ricki Barlow are among those taking part in Monday's ceremony at the site on 1888 Stella Lake St.

Fire Station 106 is due for completion next spring. It'll serve the Enterprise Park area near Lake Mead Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard. That's near the Las Vegas FBI office, a Las Vegas police area command, a U.S. Post Office and a future Nevada Health Centers medical office.

The 7,640-square-foot fire station will have two bays. It'll cost $4.3 million and be built by Hardy Construction Inc. of Las Vegas.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

North Las Vegas Votes to Close Rec Centers

North Las Vegas Votes to Close Rec Centers

Financially strapped North Las Vegas managed to balance its budget but the city council voted to close city-run community centers and pools plus layoff 21 people to do it.

The decision was made during a city council meeting Wednesday night. The city needs to bridge a $4.4 million budget gap. City leaders are vowing to find the money to keep the recreational facilities open but residents are worried they’ll have no place to go.

The center on Bruce Street and Owens Avenue has been around since 1973. It provides a place for seniors and families to enjoy art classes, play basketball and connect with other people in their neighborhood. But if the city can not find the money it may close.  

"If they close the center, I don't know what I'm going to do because it keeps my spirit alive here,” said Vita Torres, a senior citizen who uses the recreational center on Bruce Street.

North Las Vegas: Hardest Hit City?

North Las Vegas: Hardest Hit City?

 

The alarming billboards appeared overnight on the street corners and empty lots of North Las Vegas, the hardest recession-hit city in the hardest-hit state in the nation.

 "Warning: Due to recent police layoffs, we can no longer guarantee your safety!"

Once the country's fastest-growing city, the middle-class haven of 220,000 outside Las Vegas is now teetering on the brink of insolvency. The state is threatening to take over the city and desperate officials are even considering selling the brand new city hall.

The billboards came down after a court blocked mass police or fire layoffs, but the problems remain in the state's fourth-largest city. Property values have plummeted. After spending more than it earned for four consecutive years, the city will not be able to make payroll come October, state auditors said.

Looking for Solutions to North Las Vegas' Financial Woes

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A judge has decided to force the City of North Las Vegas and it's police supervisors back to the negotiating table over a $1 million contract. This highlights the nearly $5 million budget shortfall the city already faces.

Judge Scann decided in court to send the 50 police sergeants, lieutenants and captains and the city to mediation. This brings further questions in North Las Vegas' attempts to balance its budget and keep city services alive, and some neighboring political leaders are talking about the end of North Las Vegas as we know it.

North Las Vegas, incorporated 1946, has a population of 216,000 residents. But there is another number plaguing it.

"The new shortfall number was $8.6 million. Since then the city has, through a variety of different means, was able to shave off about $4 million from that and we're down to about $4.9 million," said North Las Vegas Finance Director Al Noyola.

National Downgrade Has Local Agencies Watching Their Credit

LAS VEGAS -- Local cities and government agencies are also nervously looking at their credit ratings, as some, including North Las Vegas, have seen recent downgrades.

The downgrade of local city credit ratings will not directly affect the interest rates charged for mortgages and credit cards. However, downgraded cities will need to pay bond holders higher interest rates, costing taxpayers in increased fees and taxes.

The credit ratings game on Wall Street is watched with anxiety in local cities and government agencies. Clark County says they've taken the steps needed to keep up their near perfect rating.

See how Nevada agencies rate

I-Team: Bugs Bugging Residents Near Wastewater Plant

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Some residents in North Las Vegas are more than a little bugged. Nuisance flies called midges are swarming the neighborhoods near the Sloan Channel, the discharge point for the city's treated wastewater.

As Clark County works to combat the pests, it points to the insect invasion as one more reason a federal court should stop the flow.

You may remember the City of North Las Vegas began discharging treated wastewater into Clark County's Sloan Channel last June without the county's permission. Each entity believes they are within their legal rights, and a lawsuit is pending in federal court.

Yet while both sides wait for a ruling, nearby residents wait for relief from thousands of tiny pests.