Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 | 1:59 a.m.
The City Council unanimously approved a $234,000, one-year budget for the Space and Science Advisory Board, the City Council-appointed body of volunteers that is trying to build a space and science center in Henderson.
The money comes out of the projected $500,000 in interest that the city expects to make on the more than $25 million it has in its land fund. Most of that money, $21 million, had been given to the board in June to fund its activities and help pay for the estimated $63 million center.
However, the current City Council that was seated later that month subsequently voted to hold onto the money in case of emergencies and instead fund the activities of the board using the interest. Council members have said the money in the land fund will still be available to help fund the center’s construction when the time comes.
The $234,000 budget includes an estimated $80,000 contract for project consultant Ray Shubinski, who has guided the board’s efforts thus far and is expected to be retained in that capacity.
Other budgeted expenses are $50,000 for consultant fees, $40,000 for marketing, $15,000 for board members’ travel and research, $12,000 for Web site design, $10,000 for board development, $10,000 for educational outreach, $10,000 for printing, $4,000 for insurance and $3,000 for professional dues.
Eagle Scouts honored
Recently elected Mayor Andy Hafen began a new tradition at the Aug. 18 Henderson City Council meeting, issuing commendations for two Henderson residents who have earned their Eagle Scout awards.
Hafen, who was himself given a commendation at the meeting from the Las Vegas International Scouting Museum for his involvement in the scouting program, said he hopes the new tradition will encourage young men in Henderson to pursue the Eagle rank. He also said he’d take any Eagle Scout recognized by the city to lunch.
Landon Michael Roberts, who was unable to attend the meeting, and Jared Coleman Lee were the first two scouts to be honored.
“I really want to impress upon our community how important scouting is,” Hafen said. “I didn’t get my Eagle Scout and I’ve always regretted it. This is kind of my way of repaying the community and encouraging this program.”
Interchange to receive traffic signals
Increasing traffic volumes at the Auto Mall interchange at Auto Show Drive and U.S. 95 in Henderson prompted the City Council to authorize city staff to seek bids for the installation of traffic signals.
The interchange, which was completed in 2006 by the Regional Transportation Commission, did not receive enough use at the time to justify the signals, according to a city memo. The wiring for the signals, however, was built into the interchange and all the necessary equipment was placed in storage until needed.
City engineers estimate that it will cost as much as $134,000 to install the signals.