The Las Vegas City Council chose not to approve the Mainstreet de Las Vegas 2022 fiscal year contract at Wednesday’s meeting, following a heated discussion between Mainstreet Director Michael Peranteau and Councilors David Romero and Michael Montoya. 

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When Mayor Louie Trujillo asked for a motion on the item on the agenda, no motion was made, meaning the item died on the floor. It can be brought back to the council at a later date. 

Discussion between Peranteau, Romero and Montoya became heated earlier in the meeting during a presentation regarding Mainstreet de Las Vega and the results of the organization’s 2021 contract. The councilors brought up issues with the organization’s bylaws, including having fewer than the required number of board members. The group’s bylaws specify that Mainstreet should have 15 board members, which has not occurred in at least the past three years, according to Peranteau. Councilor Romero also brought up concerns related to conflicts of interest within Mainstreet de Las Vegas, because he claimed businesses owned by current board members benefited from the recent USDA Rural Development Grant awarded to Mainstreet de Las Vegas for $102,000. 

Romero also brought up the lack of physical deliverables in the Mainstreet contract, and how he had issues with certain elements of last year’s contract not being completed, which Peranteau said was due to COVID-19. Montoya said he was hesitant to support Mainstreet as it does not represent his ward in the city, but at least partially impacts all the other wards. 

Peranteau said the city not supporting the contract for Mainstreet de Las Vegas could lead to at least $500,000 being lost for the city because of the projects they are working on, as well as upcoming projects. Mainstreet represents the Plaza area of the City and the Railroad District, though they occasionally branch out to help with other projects. 

Romero said he supports the mission of the organization, but he would like to see the contract reworked to define specific deliverables for the city, and to make sure the projects included in the contract are completed by the end of the year. 

There is no word at this time when, or if, this contract may be brought back to the city council. 

 

Salute to the Troops

 

In addition, the City agreed to fund the annual Salute to the Troops event, held each year Labor Day weekend in Plaza Park. The city also agreed to adopt the event as an official city function, which will take pressure off musician Gonzalo, who conceptualized and has organized the event since its inception. 

The city adopted the event to ensure it continues long term and to make sure they did not lose it to another city in the state, several of whom have previously reached out to Gonzalo to inquire about having it held in a new location. 

The event costs approximately $15,000 for musicians, with additional costs due to vendors and staffing. In an effort to keep costs down, Gonzalo’s band, which headlines the show annually, has not taken a salary for the show, instead relying on merchandise sales to make up for the loss. 

The council indicated they would like to see his band be compensated for their work, especially now that they will be taking over the event in future years. 

This year’s event will be held on Sept. 5, the day before Labor Day. Though concerns were brought up regarding the ongoing construction in that area of Las Vegas, the show is expected to go on as scheduled. 

 

Other business

 

The council took action on several other items during the meeting, including:

•Applying for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant offer in the amount of $22,000 for the City of Las Vegas Municipal Airport.

•Authorizing the donation of a 2007 Autocart Expediter packer truck to the Village of Wagon Mound.

•Adopting a resolution which would enable the City’s Governing Body to have the option to permit one or more members of the Governing Body to attend meetings of the Governing Body in a virtual manner when necessary.

•Approving the 2022 fiscal year contract for the Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce. 

•Approving a $30,000 annual raise for City Attorney Scott Aaron, increasing his annual salary to $130,000. 

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