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Special council meeting to be live-streamed

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The Roswell City Council special meeting to consider easing business restrictions is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention & Civic Center and will be live-streamed. While state orders remain in place requiring social distancing and limited gatherings, the city has indicated that besides live-streaming meetings, it will also use other remote or virtual means to allow public viewing and participation.

The vote on the resolution is due to follow a presentation about city finances. According to the resolution, the city is budgeting for a 23% drop in gross receipts taxes, which provide a major source of the city’s revenues.

The resolution also states that current public health orders requiring “non-essential” businesses to close effectively have ended all tourism-related business in the city and harmed its agricultural enterprises. It also notes that the oil and gas downturn, which has been even more severe due to the coronavirus situation, is hurting the local and southeastern New Mexico economy.

Many other cities and counties in New Mexico, including Chaves County, have passed similar resolutions asking Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to allow businesses to reopen. In the case of the proposed Roswell resolution, city leaders are asking her to work with them in implementing policies for business resumption.

The resolution indicates that Chaves County does not have the same severity of contagion as other parts of the state. The time for the doubling of cases in the county is in excess of 12 days, it states.

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As of Saturday afternoon, the county had 22 of the 2,660 diagnosed coronavirus cases in New Mexico (0.83%) and reported one of the state’s 93 coronavirus-related deaths. The county has 3.1% of the state’s population. Statewide, 632 people have recovered from COVID-19.

More information on live-streaming city meetings can be found at: https://www.roswell-nm.gov/1091/Live-Stream.

 

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