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Letters to the Editor, April 19

Boarded up buildings sign of city officials’ failure

Boulder City is a pretty little town with a rotten tooth smile. I’ve watched for decades and approved of the town’s efforts to make downtown more attractive. About 25 years ago, this started to pay off. There were downtown trees, renovated sidewalks and smart, new parking.

More recently, a great new entrance arch, extensive new landscaping and modern lighting (were added). This is all topped off with many new street sculptures and murals on walls.

But when you get to the blinking red light, there it is. A rotten tooth where Mel’s Diner used to be. Then you turn right and there it is: our pride and joy, the historic and beautifully maintained Boulder Dam Hotel. Directly across the street is the second, perfectly located big rotten tooth.

When this restaurant is open and thriving, Boulder City thrives. I know. I ran Carlos’ Mexican Cafe there for 10 years and downtown bustled.

I don’t know exactly why the owner, Charles Lawson, is in such a snit. His disagreements with the city of Boulder City have resulted in him saying that he will leave the buildings boarded up forever or until he dies. He is only in his forties.

Something has to be done about this. I don’t care if the City Council has to apologize, eat crow, grovel, bargain with or bend over backward — or use eminent domain against him. Anything.

Boulder City looks like another failed small town. But we the people know we haven’t failed. Our civic leaders have failed us. Downtown is turning into a flea market.

City Council, here’s your chance. Do something. Let’s get rid of Boulder City’s rotten tooth smile.

Carl “Carlos” Raines

Greater effort needed to control off-road vehicles in desert

Thank you to Police Chief (Tim) Shea for his effort to get control of the off-road vehicle problem in Boulder City. His program is a good start, but does not address the real problem or the inadequacies of the existing city code.

The proposal for an off-road vehicle trail system will supposedly allow access to permissible areas while protecting the rights and quality of life of residents. Residents have a reasonable expectation that Boulder City officials will consider all prevalent issues at stake in the desert areas around our neighborhoods.

Given the asbestos issue, Boulder City residents should expect the planners of the trail system be required to complete an environmental assessment of the impact any proposed routes will have on our inhabited areas. I suggest that the planners consult with UNLV geologists to recognize areas known to contain (naturally occurring) asbestos that would not be suitable for public trails. The asbestos problem was not mentioned in either article in the March 22 Boulder City Review.

I believe the city is currently in noncompliance with our public nuisances code. Code 8-1-1 states: “It shall be unlawful to erect, (contrive,) cause, continue, maintain or permit to exist, any public nuisance within the city.”

Code 8-1-2 C.9 clearly defines “unhealthful matter” as a public nuisance. The soils of a large area of Eldorado Valley within and adjacent to Boulder City are known to contain asbestos. By allowing unregulated off-road vehicle activity on city-owned lands known to contain asbestos the city is “permitting to exist” a delivery mechanism for “unhealthful matter” to be liberated into our air.

Action is required by Boulder City leadership to revise the city code to properly adjudicate the chronic off-road vehicle problem. A 1,000-foot prohibition zone around our neighborhoods is simply not enough to protect our quality of life.

Mark Reischman

Make a new plan, Stan

A plan is a method for achieving a desirable objective. It’s a program of action, usually memorialized in writing. Plans start with goals and ideas. But ideas alone (even good ones) don’t constitute a plan.

Time to recognize unsung heroes

We have so many functions within the Boulder City Police Department, from school resource officers to road patrol to the detective bureau. The work that they do keeps Boulder City among the “Safest Cities in Nevada” (newhomesource.com, alarm.com) year after year. One unit is the backbone of our public safety response: Public Safety Dispatchers.

Honoring National Public Health Week

In my eight decades of this amazing life, I have worn a great many hats: son, brother, father, major (USAF), grandfather, council member, state representative, state senator.

Shhhhh… Don’t tell anyone

So, there was this guy I used to know. And, yes, a million stories told in bars have started with that exact phrase.

How my career has come full circle

This time next week it will have already been a year since I took over as editor of the Review.

Housing opportunities many for veterans

Veterans who buy real estate with what is known as a “VA loan” can get some real bargains.

Rock, Roll ’n Stroll … senior style

This Saturday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Senior Center of Boulder City is hosting its annual Rock, Roll and Stroll fundraiser at Gazebo Park behind City Hall and the Rec Center.

City Talk: Start 2024 fresh with the Big Clean

As the weather warms up, we all start considering spring cleaning activities around the house.

Bumps in the road of life

Driving up to a meeting in Las Vegas, I started thinking about how life is symbolically a highway. The interstate was smooth. Then – all of a sudden, there was traffic jam – stop and go for a few miles, slowing me down.