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Posted on: September 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City Council to Meet on September 8

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The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 

The meeting will be televised live at 1 p.m. Tuesday on CLC-TV, Comcast Cable channel 20, and will also be accessible online at clctv.com and at YouTube.com.clctv20

The meeting will also be the first for new City Manager Ifo Pili, who begins his duties on Tuesday. 

At Tuesday’s meeting, City Council will consider adoption of a resolution to request an adjustment of $500,000 to the City of Las Cruces’ adopted 2021 fiscal year budget for extraordinary pay for City employees who are emergency responders or critical infrastructure workers. The resolution can be accessed here

The City has not passed any measures to increase pay for essential workers who were asked to keep working with the public during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The resolution, if approved, would approve a budget adjustment to the City’s adopted Fiscal Year 2021 budget by providing $500,000 from the Telshor Fund to establish funding for a one-time, extraordinary pay to emergency responders and critical infrastructure workers that may qualify and are considered essential through the Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s “All Together New Mexico” Plan. 

The one-time, extraordinary pay will be administered through a City Manager operational policy to be developed. The one-time extraordinary pay amount per person has not yet been defined. The City’s Human Resources Department developed a database on April 17, 2020 of emergency responders and critical infrastructure workers that will be used to determine who may be qualified under the proposed City Manager operational policy. 

At Tuesday’s meeting, City Council will also consider a resolution to name the Las Cruces Utilities Water Quality Lab, at 2485 W. Amador Ave., the Jorge A. Garcia Water Quality Lab, in honor of Garcia, who retired in late August after a nearly 31-year career with the City of Las Cruces. 

Garcia, who earned a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering, served as the City’s Utilities Director from 2001 until his retirement. He began his career with Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) in November 1989 as a design engineer. 

A certified Professional Engineer in New Mexico and Colorado, Dr. Garcia was instrumental in establishing the LCU Board of Commissioners, and the City’s utility rate setting processes. He also oversaw the construction of the Griggs/Walnut Water Treatment Facility and had an important role in the City’s acquisition of Jornada Water Company and the associated water rights. 

Dr. Garcia was extensively involved in the Texas vs. New Mexico and Colorado Water lawsuit as well as in the Consent Decree Settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. National Guard, related to Griggs/Walnut Superfund Project. During his distinguished City of Las Cruces career, Dr. Garcia instructed, mentored, inspired, and supported hundreds of LCU associates, interns, students, officials, and partners. 

On the consent agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, City Council will consider approval of a resolution supporting the inclusion of immigrants in the 2020 U.S. Census count and reapportionment. 

The full agenda for Tuesday’s meeting can be found here

Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, City Council will conduct a closed meeting, also by video conference, at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Two items will be discussed during the closed meeting and those include: 

  1. Pending litigation regarding Jacob Sanchez vs. Isaiah Baker, John Does one through five, and the City of Las Cruces, Case No. 2:19-CV-00196, 10th Circuit No. 20-2071, which is closed pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1H(7). 

  1. The purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property, which is closed pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1H(8).

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