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3 recommended for Keep Roswell Beautiful board

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Keep Roswell Beautiful, an organization with a goal to educate and provide opportunities for the public to clean and beautify the community, will likely become even more visible in the coming year as it affiliates with a national organization.

The Roswell City Council at its meeting on Thursday will consider approving three people to the Keep Roswell Beautiful board. Creating the board is a requirement to become an affiliate of the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful.

Doing so will increase Keep Roswell Beautiful’s resources and grant opportunities, Program Coordinator Thalia Pantoja said. She was hired in May by the city as a marketing coordinator and is leading the revival of the program that was started several years ago.

“There’s a lot of different resources made available to us through that so that we’re running the program as effectively as possible,” Pantoja said of Keep America Beautiful.

The national group’s database will provide resources for creating programs, events and workshops, she said.

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“Also, the better standing that we are in, the better that reflects on grant funding, so grants will become available to us through Keep America Beautiful and also through the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful program,” she said.

In the last year, Keep Roswell Beautiful’s events have included April’s annual Arbor Day seedling giveaway in Cahoon Park with the city Parks and Recreation Department; a business clean-up in November prior to Shop Small Saturday with the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, Hispano Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet Roswell; and a pop-up art project in October with the Roswell Museum and Art Center to create a mural out of bottle caps.

The latter project proved to be popular and Keep Roswell Beautiful plans to do it again, Pantoja said.

“People really loved that. They learned how to repurpose something that was meant for the landfill or a recycling agency and how to use it. So we are looking to do again a recycled art project for families to participate in,” she said.

The organization will also look to partner again with other groups throughout the year.

“A lot of people decide to host their own cleanups but they don’t have supplies. We are hoping to help them out with some of those supplies,” she said.

Gardening workshops and graffiti eradication are other projects Keep Roswell Beautiful might also offer. A high school or college intern who will serve as an ambassador for the group is also a goal.

Mayor Dennis Kintigh’s recommendations for three board members are Matthew Pacheco, Megan Cederberg and Mike Clarke. Two other positions will also be open, Pantoja said. Applications will be available on the city’s Commissions and Boards webpage later in the week.

Anyone wanting to volunteer with Keep Roswell Beautiful can find a link to a form at the Keep Roswell Beautiful page on the city’s website.

Also on Thursday’s agenda, the City Council will consider a resolution that would create special funds for the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Spring River Zoo and the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. The 2021 city budget proposes each of those entities should be able to generate at least 70% of their own revenue within a year. City administrators said moving them from the general fund to their own funds within the budget will allow each to retain more money, as 66% of every general fund dollar goes to public safety.

The council will also consider approval of Kintigh’s recommendations for the Planning and Zoning Commission. His recommendations are Position 1, Daniel Lopez; Position 3, Steve Henderson; Position 5, Jesse McDaniel; and Position 6, David Storey.

Other action items the council will consider approving are an agreement for business retention, expansion and economic development with the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp; ordinances for public hearings and votes on airport hazards and obstructions and revising the airport ordinance; and a request for proposals for the installation of wayfinding signs in the city.

The consent agenda contains nine items, which will all be approved in one vote unless any items are approved for removal from the consent agenda. Those items include terminating an RFP to sell the Roswell Test Facility, awarding a contract for a sewer rehabilitation project on East Fifth Street; adoption of the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States for the Roswell Public Library; an RFP for preparing concept and engineering plans for the Railroad District; and approval of a contract with the FIS Company for a lease at the airport.

A closed session is scheduled to discuss personnel matters related to the city manager’s evaluation; the purchase, acquisition or disposal of property located at the Roswell Air Center; and attorney-client privilege pertaining to threatened or pending litigation.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

 

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