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City Manager Newsletter - July 26, 2019

Posted on July 23, 2019 at 2:41 PM by Dominic Aragon

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff Tuesday Outside of All City Buildings

The President has authorized all U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday,Image of Barbara DeLeon July 23, 2019. Flags at City facilities will be lowered in honor of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stephens, 99, who died July 16, 2019.

Anthony Garcia, Custodial Supervisor, Angel Benavente, Building Operations Supervisor, and their respective staffs, will take care of raising and lowering the U.S. and other flags at certain City buildings where there are designated custodial and operations staff, and other facilities. The Police, Fire, and Parks & Recreation departments, and Las Cruces International Airport will handle these directives through their individual protocols.

The President has issued a “Proclamation on the Death of John Paul Stevens.” The full text of the Proclamation is at the following link:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-death-john-paul-stevens/.

A private funeral service and interment for Justice Stephens will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.


Work Session Topic on Recent Crime and Mental Health Issues

The Las Cruces City Council will hold a work session on Monday, July 22, 2019 in  Council Chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Main St. with discussion about recent crime and mental health issues. The work session will be preceded by two meetings involving City Council that include a Tax Increment Development District (TIDD) Board meeting, starting at 1 p.m. Monday, followed by a special City Council meeting.

The Las Cruces Police and Fire departments will facilitate the work session item with public discussion regarding public safety in Las Cruces specifically focused on crime and mental health issues. An overview of recent criminal activity and related mental health issues in Las Cruces will be presented along with strategies designed to address these pressing community problems. The Las Cruces Fire Department will share response and dispatched data of mental and behavioral calls within the City of Las Cruces, and will briefly discuss the successful results of its Mobile Integrated Healthcare program. LCFD is looking to expand this program to a Mobile Mental and Behavioral Healthcare program.

The community is welcomed to attend the City Council work session, which also can be viewed online at www.las-cruces.org.

City Council Preview for July 22, 2019

The Las Cruces City Council will convene at 1 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2019 for a Tax Increment Development District (TIDD) board meeting. Immediately following the TIDD board meeting the could will conduct a special meeting and that will be followed by a work session. The three meetings will be televised live on CLC-TV, Comcast Cable channel 20. The three events will also be webcast on the City’s Facebook page. The TIDD board meeting, special meeting, and work session will be in Council Chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Main St.

Also, the Council will conduct a closed meeting at 9 a.m. Monday.

TIDD Board Meeting

The TIDD board will consider approval of minutes from the board’s May 28, 2018 regular meeting. Also, the board will discuss three items: a financial update; an update of the Church-Water Two-Way Conversion Project, and TIDD policies.

Special City Council Meeting

Immediately following the TIDD board meeting, a Special City Council Meeting is scheduled. Resolutions for discussion and consideration include:

Resolution No. 20-015: A resolution to adjust the adopted Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget allowing for adjustments within various line item budgets and transfer accounts due to final end-of-year review of revenues and expenditures.

Resolution No. 20-016: A resolution authorizing the City of Las Cruces to accept various budget adjustments for various City departments through an amendment to the City’s adopted Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget, and, as applicable, the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Capital Improvement Plan.

Resolution No. 20-017: A resolution approving the quarterly financial report to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration for the period ending June 30, 2019.

Work Session

Immediately following the Special Meeting, the Council will conduct a work session. Two topics will be discussed:

  1. Workforce Connections update
  2. Recent Crime and Mental Health discussion

Closed Meeting

The Las Cruces City Council will conduct a Closed Meeting at 9 a.m. Monday in Administrative Conference Room 3608 at City Hall, 700 N. Church St. The purpose of the Closed Meeting is:

  1. To discuss threatened or pending litigation regarding the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County vs. United States of America, et. al., case No. CV-00809; and City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County vs. The Travelers Indemnity Co., et. al., case No. CV-00931; and threatened or pending litigation regarding opioid litigation, which is closed pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1H(7).
  2. To discuss real property matters, regarding the purchase, acquisition, or disposal of real property, which is closed pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1H(8).
  3. To discuss limited personnel matters regarding the Interim City Manager, which is closed pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1H(2).