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City council to hear results of chamber of commerce audit

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The results of an audit of Roswell Chamber of Commerce finances requested by the city more than a year ago will be presented to the Roswell City Council on Thursday.

The audit, conducted by Kubiak Melton & Associates of Albuquerque, found no surprises and no wrongdoing, said Roswell Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Andrea Moore.

Moore is scheduled to give a presentation on the audit early in Thursday’s meeting of the Roswell City Council, which starts at 6 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel. Those wanting to participate electronically can do so through GoToMeeting virtual meeting software.

By computer, tablet or smartphone, the meeting can be joined at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/815060573. To join by phone, call 669-224-3412 and use access code 815-060-573.

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Moore said the audit has been presented to the chamber’s board of directors and will be shared with its members after the presentation to the city.

“Nothing was found. Just things we already knew. Nothing that we didn’t know and no illegal activities,” Moore told the Roswell Daily Record on Tuesday.

The audit was requested by the city after the chamber board abruptly terminated its business retention service contract with the city in March 2020. Then-executive director Candace Purcella read a letter from the board regarding the termination at a city council meeting at which she presented a required annual report to the city council.

Under the three-year contract, which began in July 2018, the city allocated $76,700 a year to the chamber. At that March 2020 meeting, Councilor Jeanine Best grilled Purcella about the chamber’s finances and requested an audit because the chamber received public funds from the city and Chaves County.

Purcella resigned as director in August 2020, and Moore, who was president of the board of directors, filled in as executive director until the board officially named her to that position in January.

The board will hear a second presentation Thursday on the city’s Clean and Safe Program from Property Technician Todd Verciglio, Code Enforcement Officer Toby Franco and Community Development Director Kevin Maevers.

The council also will take up the task of selecting its top five projects for the Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan from a list of recommendations.

Local governments and public entities that request state funding are required to submit ICIP plans, which will be used by the Legislature and the governor’s office to make funding decisions in the 2022 legislative session.

The city council’s five standing committees have made recommendations for projects from each of the city’s departments. The master list contains 63 projects totaling more than $50 million.

City Manager Joe Neeb prioritized a list of 10 projects from the master list, but councilors can include projects from the entire list.

The top 10 projects recommended by Neeb are improvements at the Roswell Adult Center for $235,000; an additional water well and irrigation system at South Park Cemetery for $235,000; additional lighting at the Convention Center for $150,000; upgrades and replacement of playground and other equipment at parks throughout the city for $575,000; plumbing upgrades and a scoreboard at the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center for $133,000; wayfinding for city services and attractions for $400,000; expansion and infrastructure improvements at the Roswell Air Center for $5 million; emergency generators for the Aquatic Center for $550,000; repair of a wastewater storm pond for $350,000; and improvements at Spring River Zoo for $137,740.

Among other projects on the master list are a tourism trolley, sewer line work for the Convention Center; street projects; air scrubbers, new carpeting and other improvements at the library; golf course improvements; replacement of fire engines; and a new terminal and firefighting training facility at the Roswell Air Center.

The council also will conduct an executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss litigation involving the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. Following the closed session, the council will return to open session to consider approval of a settlement with the state tax department. The state has offered to pay $50 million to 44 counties and municipalities to resolve a lawsuit that alleged that the department made incorrect reductions to cities’ and counties’ distributions of gross receipts taxes.

The following items are also among the new business for the council’s approval.

• A schedule of fees for the review, projects and permits for cannabis facilities;

• Advertising to conduct a public hearing and vote on a proposed amendment to city code regulating cannabis; (The amendment would create a framework for the development and review process for projects related to cannabis.)

• Design concepts and cost estimates for the wayfinding project;

• A renewed lease agreement with Roswell Vegetable Farms Inc. for Allison Farm;

• An amendment to a professional services agreement for $496,225 for design and construction services for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Dewatering Facility to HDR Inc. of Albuquerque;

• Procuring augmentation services for the Engineering Department for $100,000;

• A service agreement with the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce;

• The purchases of a dump truck for $185,191 and a Toro mower for $111,277 for the Roswell Air Center and five new three-quarter ton pickup trucks for the Water Production Department for $151,885;

• Approving up to $250,000 in budgeted funds for purchasing and equipping police vehicles;

• An option to connect Spring River Trail and the trail at Cielo Grande Recreation Area; and

• Awarding rooftop ductwork renovations at the Roswell Museum and Art Center to RoofCare for $97,191.

Items on the consent agenda include approval of a purchase order agreement with Dustrol Inc. of Pueblo, Colorado, for hot recycling pavement maintenance for $744,007; approval of scope of work for on-call engineering and architectural services; awarding a pavement project for Constructors Inc. of Carlsbad for $667,264; awarding construction of a waterline to Mountain View Elementary School to White Cloud Pipeline of Roswell for $587,901; a contract with Waide Construction of Roswell for construction of two honor guard shelters at McBride Veterans Cemetery for $139,904; and approval of several software and technology services.

All items on the consent agenda will be approved in one vote unless a councilor requests an item be removed and placed on the regular agenda for separate discussion and vote.

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

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