Thursday, May 21, 2009 | 10:33 a.m.
City attorney honored
The Henderson City Council presented retiring City Attorney Shauna Hughes with a commendation at its May 19 meeting.
Hughes, who has held the position since 1983, accepted the buyout that the city offered veteran employees earlier this year as a cost-saving move. She plans to start a private legal practice.
Hughes said her time as City Attorney was the best of her life.
"There really are no words to describe it," she said. "It's been magnificent."
Homeowners association wins pride award
Residents of the Village Green Homeowners Association received the Community Pride Award from the City Council in recognition of their efforts to convert their neighborhood to desert landscaping.
The neighborhood is located at Green Valley Parkway and High View Drive. Homeowners have been removing turf and replacing it with drought-tolerant plants and bushes in an effort to save water.
To receive a Community Pride Award, an individual or group must be nominated. Henderson's Commemorative Beautification Committee decides who gets the award.
City award donated to literacy program
Last year, the National League of Cities honored Henderson's Development Services Center with the Gold Award for Municipal Excellence, an award that came with a $2,000 prize.
On May 19, the city passed the award to the All People Promoting Literacy Excellence (APPLE) Partnership, a joint venture between the city, Clark County School District and Henderson Libraries that began in 2004.
The program aims to help every Henderson student to read at grade level by third grade.
Henderson to aid in census effort
The Henderson City Council formally responded to a request for help from the U.S. Census Bureau to help in Nevada's Census 2010 Campaign with a proclamation assuring the city's cooperation.
The proclamation calls for Henderson to play an active role in the census organization and promotion efforts that will be coordinated by the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Commission, which includes Henderson.
According to a analysis compiled by the Nevada State Data Center and Legislative Counsel Bureau, each Nevada resident missed in the census means $917 less in federal funding for state and local programs.
The proclamation also states that Henderson, with its rapid growth, stands to gain more representation in the State Legislature with an accurate count of its population.
Stimulus money to fund local improvements
The City Council accepted more than $300,000 in federal stimulus funding to help pay for sidewalk upgrades in one of Henderson's oldest neighborhoods.
The Triangle Neighborhood, so named because of the shape that Water Street, Boulder Highway and Lake Mead Parkway make around it, is due to receive sidewalk and curb upgrades to bring the it up to code and make it more wheelchair-accessible.
The $1 million project is also being funded by the federal government's Community Development Block Grant program and local gas tax funds.
Henderson has previously replaced sewer and water lines in the area, as well as aging fire hydrants. The new phase of work will include removal and replacement of 12,167 linear feet of curb and gutter, removal of 47,660 square feet of aging sidewalk and installation of 60,835 square feet of new sidewalk.