District 3 Councilman Brian Byrd is hoping a barbecue dinner will bring Las Vegas Trail residents to the table for the next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 at Western Hills Elementary School.
While more than 220 people attended the first public introduction of Byrd’s Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project at a meeting on Oct. 24 at Birchman Baptist Church, one vital constituency was conspicuously absent: the thousands who dwell in the apartments that line the mile-long stretch of Las Vegas Trail and are most desperate for a lifeline out of poverty.
So Byrd is changing tactics for the second installment. The venue was moved to the more easily accessible elementary school on Laredo Drive, just a few short blocks east of Las Vegas Trail. Byrd is also bringing barbecue. A free dinner will be offered to anyone who attends the meeting, which aims to engage residents and encourage them to join one of five focus groups built into the project: economic development, housing, education, public safety and social services.
Byrd hopes to attract another 200 people to share with the project’s team of business, education, civic and public safety leaders first-hand accounts of the most pressing issues facing the area, but with far greater participation from an apartment population that includes a large segment of single mothers desperate for a lifeline out of poverty.
Monday’s Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project meeting is designed to engage local residents who can help identify the most pressing issues, ranging from crime to housing to substance abuse, in the Las Vegas Trail area.
The city’s first significant step was to summon the owners of the problematic Mira Monte Apartments located at the corner of Las Vegas Trail and Calmont Ave., and then later the owner of the Knights Inn at Las Vegas Trail and I-30, as warnings to meet code compliance standards and cooperate with police. Wyndham Hotel Group, which owns the brand name Knights Inn, has also warned the owner to comply or risk having the Knights Inn name stripped.