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Legal committee holds Perry’s last meeting; Airport leases, city advertising, right-to-work items pass to full council

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Passing all three items on the agenda, the Legal Committee met on Thursday evening.

For renewing Roswell International Air Center leases, the committee passed the first item, which will appear at the next meeting of full council. The renewals of leases in consideration are for Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell of the current lease the old Airport, portions of Hangar No. 91, and for Karen Maynes’ lease agreement on “T” Hangar Building No. 120.

The second item, RFP 18-011, brought up the city’s current contract with a firm in Santa Fe, who runs the advertising and marketing for Roswell. City Attorney Aaron Holloman said the city’s current agreement is nearing completion, which means it will go out to bid.

Of this RFP, Perry said, “It’s a broadly painted brush to allow us to get some insight from other companies to see what may be out there.”

This item passed and the direction and scope of services for future proposals for potential agencies interested in pursuing the position further will be available.

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The third item passed and will appear before the full council to adopt the resolution 18-03, which supports right-to-work legislation in New Mexico. Some states have passed “right-to-work” legislation. This protects employees’ choices on whether to join or not join unions, but will still be entitled to benefits that union members already have.

“New Mexico currently does not have any statute or constitutional permission that addresses this issue,” Holloman said. “A right-to-work statute prohibits agreements, usually in the private sector, requiring that an employee be a member as a condition of employment.”

Perry said this item could benefit the city’s economic viability in the future if this resolution were to go to legislation in Santa Fe.

Foster said he worked in a right-to-work environment and that the right-to-work is something he strongly supports.

This meeting was Perry’s last time as chairman and the next meeting on Jan. 11 will be his last full council meeting.

Larry Connolly said, “Jason, this is your last legal committee meeting. I brought my crying towel. You’ve done a good job. Enjoy your retirement.”

Connolly asked if Perry would become State Republican Chairman, which Perry denied.

Regarding city politics, Perry said, “I wouldn’t think that I am going to stay out of this for long. Let’s wait and see.”

City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.