Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 | 6:02 p.m.
The Henderson City Council opened its Tuesday meeting with the presentation of a $150,000 rebate check from NV Energy in recognition of the city's implementation of solar energy panels at the new North Police Substation.
The substation, which is located on Sunset Road east of Boulder Highway, opened earlier this year and incorporated recycled materials and sustainable development principles in its construction, including a 30-kilowatt solar energy array built onto the roof of the parking garage that is expected to provide up to 15 percent of the facility's energy needs.
NV Energy presented the $150,000 rebate check to the city through is SolarGenerations Incentive Program, which pays customers for installing solar panels on their homes, businesses or public buildings.
Henderson is pursuing a gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council for the North Police Substation.
New contract to save Henderson on office costs
The City Council unanimously approved a new, five-year contract with Xerox for all the city's copy and printer hardware, ink and maintenance that is expected to save Henderson $10,000 a month in office expenses.
The savings were achieved by consolidating several existing Xerox contracts and bringing other contracts that had been held by other vendors into the Xerox agreement.
Council members praised City Manager Mark Calhoun for securing the deal at a time when falling tax revenue has prompted several cost-savings and budget cutting measures by the council.
Surplus fire equipment donated to CSN
The College of Southern Nevada is set to receive 24 self-contained breathing apparatuses that the Henderson Fire Department no longer needs.
The Henderson City Council unanimously authorized the donation Sept. 1. The apparatuses, which allow firefighters to breathe in low-oxygen environments created by fire, were rendered obsolete with the department's recent acquisition of updated equipment.
The donated apparatuses will be used in CSN's Fire Science Department, which according to a memo outlining the donation, has expanded to include 150 students in its entry-level class this year.