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Posted on: December 13, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Recap of December 12 City Council Work Session

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The $35.6 million in 2018 General Obligation Bond Projects approved by Las Cruces voters will be encumbered and all but one project will be completed by the end of December.

That is what the Las Cruces City Council was presented during a brief work session on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Main St.

The Rinconada Dog Park, a new Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley facility, and final upgrades to walking, jogging, and biking trails within the City all are expected to be completed by the end of December. The new dog park and animal shelter are each approximately 92 percent complete and are anticipated to be finished by December 27. Additional benches, pet waste stations, and waste baskets requested by the Parks & Recreation Department are to be installed along walking, jogging, and biking trails once they are received by the supplier.

City staff also told the Council that as of Monday, $34,117,725 of the $35.6M GO Bond has been spent and all the money will be allotted by the end of December.

About 52 percent of the East Mesa Public Recreation Complex has been built and this phase of the project is anticipated to be completed in early February 2023. American Rescue Plan Act funds of $3 million will be used to supplement construction costs.

Additional 2018 GO Bond projects that have been completed include:

  • Lighting, irrigation, restroom, and concessions improvements at the Hadley Avenue recreational complex.
  • Reconstruction, including the addition of a splash pad, at Unidad Community Park.
  • Parks and sports courts improvements.
  • Construction of a new dog park at Burn Lake.
  • Fire Station No. 3 on Valley Drive.

In November, City voters approved $23 million in 2022 GO Bond projects. Of those bonds $6 million will be used to enhance affordable housing opportunities; $10 million will pay for construction of a new Fire Station 9; $2 million will be used for safety, lighting, and shade enhancements at La Llorona Park, and Salopek/Stull, Tellbrook, La Fonda, and Hess Terrace neighborhood parks; and $5 million for continued construction of the East Mesa Public Recreation Complex.

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