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News Briefs, Jan. 30

City named one of five finalists for Good Government award

Boulder City has been selected as one of five finalists for the Cashman Good Government Award after winning the category for cities under 100,000. The award honors government entities and individuals whose ingenuity provides services to residents better, faster and less expensively.

A winner will be named next month.

The city is a finalist because of its refinancing efforts with the outstanding debt from the raw waterline that resulted in approximately $3.5 million in savings.

“My staff has made fiscal responsibility, prudent financial stewardship and transparency priorities for the city,” said Diane Pelletier, finance director for Boulder City. “The ingenuity displayed by the team has served the citizens in a cost effective and fiscally responsible manner and provide an exceptional example worthy of the 2019 Cashman Good Government Award.”

“This finance team continues to lead the way in cost savings and finding new and improved revenue streams for the city,” said Al Noyola, city manager.

“I am proud of the hard work and dedication of Diane and all who work in finance to keeping Boulder City a great place to live, work, play and retire.”

The award is sponsored by the Nevada Taxpayers Association.

Roads repairs in recreation area set to begin in early February

A $5.6 million pavement preservation project to improve roads within Lake Mead National Recreation Area is scheduled to begin in early February.

The project will include cleaning, patching, resurfacing and re-marking roads and parking areas at Katherine Landing, Temple Bar, Eldorado Canyon, South Cove and the park headquarters and warehouse complex. The work is scheduled to take place during daylight hours on weekdays through April.

During construction, visitors may experience short delays along the roadways and parking areas may be closed for a limited time.

This is the second phase of the park’s overall pavement preservation project. Phase one, which was around $5 million, was completed in 2019.

It’s (un)official

“Every vote counts and every vote has not been counted.”

City council to mull recruitment firms

When departing and now former city manager Taylour Tedder was on his way out, he took some steps to try to smooth out the transition to a new city executive in the form of five recruitment firms vying for the call to be hired to conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

Brown proud to represent BC in Nationals

For those who are into the rodeo scene, you may want to remember the name Aiden Brown in years to come.

Church seeks senior housing

Leaders of the Boulder City United Methodist Church have a project in the works that they feel will benefit many in the community but understand those who may have concerns.

Fancier/foster permit back on city council agenda

If you call in to a city council meeting for public comment twice in one meeting, you officially qualify as a gadfly. (noun: 1) a fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly. 2) an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.) Fred Voltz, already quoted in these pages for comments on other issues, also addressed the issue of pet breeding, likening the practice to prostitution or the dealing of narcotics.

Liquor Board approves BC Company Store request

In the 1930s, the original Boulder City Company Store included a “club room.” The city was officially dry until the late 1960s, so booze would not have been officially served. Except it was.

Dollar Tree takes over 99 Cents

Chances are that many will be giving their two-cents worth regarding the news that 99 Cent Only Stores, including the one in Boulder City, have been thrown a lifeline by a former competitor — Dollar Tree.

Master plan to accommodate energy storage

The moves to develop much of the Eldorado Valley for solar energy uses that has brought Boulder City millions of dollars in lease revenue — enough to make it feasible for a city of just 15,000 souls to consider spending upward of $40 million on a new municipal pool complex — took another step forward on May 28 as the city council voted unanimously to amend the master plan and zoning map that would allow for the creation of a battery-based energy storage facility.