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Keep Roswell Beautiful board selects leaders

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The board of directors of Keep Roswell Beautiful selected its chair and vice chair and heard about some upcoming projects in its first meeting Monday afternoon.

In a virtual meeting, board members elected Matt Pacheco as chairman and Mike Clark as vice chair. Other members are Megan Cedarberg and Meredith Hildreth, planning and zoning administrator for the city.

Two positions are still open on the board. Anyone wanting to apply can find an application on the Boards, Commissions and Committees section of the city website.

City Marketing Coordinator Thalia Pantoja, staff coordinator for the board, gave an update on upcoming projects for Keep Roswell Beautiful.

Those include a live-streamed gardening workshop with a New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service Agent, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21. The 30-minute workshop will be live-streamed, possibly on Facebook. Handouts and other materials will be available prior to the workshop.

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Cleaning supplies ordered by the organization have arrived, Pantoja said. Community organizations or individuals wanting to conduct clean-up projects can contact Keep Roswell Beautiful about using the supplies.

Pantoja said she will be contacting schools about a student internship with Keep Roswell Beautiful, but that will depend on state health orders.

“What the state decides for schools will determine the scope of work and how they will conduct their presentations in schools,” she said.

She will also be meeting with staff at the Roswell Museum and Art Center this week to determine this year’s recycled art project, which will likely also be a virtual event that people can do at home, she said.

“They are looking at doing an art contest of recycled materials, and we would provide some of the materials that they would need to create that art. Then it would be showcased virtually,” she said.

Pantoja also said Keep Roswell Beautiful had used grant money it received last year to place a bus shelter at the New Mexico Military Institute.

“We’ll see a lot more tangible things like that in the future,” she said.

Keep Roswell Beautiful is working on landscaping and pollinator gardens at the Spring River Zoo, she said.

The next meeting of the board will be Sept. 28.

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

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