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Council to hear State of the Staff from city manager

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The Roswell City Council will hear a State of the Staff Address from City Manager Joe Neeb at its regular meeting Thursday evening.

Also on the agenda will be items related to the construction of a new cell at the landfill, the mayor’s recommendations for several commissions and other groups, and two requests concerning planning and zoning.

The meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main.

The public is encouraged to participate electronically through virtual meeting platform GoToMeeting. From a computer, tablet or smartphone the meeting can be accessed at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/815060573, or by calling 669-224-3412 and using access code 815-060-573.

At last month’s council meeting, Neeb described the State of the Staff Address as a presentation updating the City Council on staffing and what the city administration is looking at in order to manage buildings. The presentation will be early in the meeting, after opening ceremonies and announcements from Mayor Dennis Kintigh.

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Among new business the council will consider are a resolution, a proposed ordinance and professional services regarding the financing and construction of a new cell at the municipal landfill.

Resolution 21-16 would authorize the city to submit an application for financial assistance from the New Mexico Finance Authority for $5.7 million for the construction of Cell 5a at the municipal landfill and to finance the purchase of a new compactor at the landfill.

Construction of the new cell is estimated at $4.5 million. The city approved purchase of the $1.2 million compactor in December and in January authorized obtaining a loan to reimburse the cost to the Solid Waste Department’s funds.

Administrative Services Director Juan Fuentes told the Finance Committee last week the cost of the compactor could be paid out of existing funds without the reimbursement, but it is important to keep cash reserves for unexpected costs.

The proposed ordinance would authorize the city to enter a loan agreement with NMFA if the application is approved. A public hearing is required for the ordinance, so the council will consider approving advertising and scheduling the hearing at Thursday’s meeting.

The council will also consider approving a professional services agreement for $162,316 for the bidding and construction administration of the landfill cell.

All three items were recommended for approval by the Finance Committee, 3-0. The Infrastructure Committee also gave its recommendation for the professional services agreement, 4-0.

A second proposed ordinance will also be considered for a public hearing. That ordinance would change city code Section 2-20, which requires the council’s regular meetings to be at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The change would permit meetings to be rescheduled to another time or date in the event of a holiday or other conflict. The Legal Committee recommended that item for approval 3-0.

The council will also consider for approval the mayor’s recommendations for people appointed to the Airport Advisory Commission, the Chaves County Joy Center, the Extraterritorial Zoning Authority and the ETZ Commission.

Two Planning and Zoning cases will also be before the council for consideration of approval. One would approve the final plat for a 20-lot single-family residential subdivision on the west side of North Union Avenue and south of Country Club Road. The second would consider a request from a property owner for the city to vacate an alley right-of-way in the 700 block of South Kentucky Avenue so the owner can consolidate two lots.

Both cases were recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission, 6-0.

Also among new business, the council will consider resolutions to create a water utility asset management plan and for the sale of surplus items, and a request to approve a grazing lease agreement for the Kerr Ranch.

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

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