At a special meeting today, April 10, 2020, the Las Cruces City Council approved an additional $684,000 in emergency funding to assist with the impact to our community caused by the Public Health Order to address the Corona Virus. The money is from the City’s Telshor Fund, money the City receives for the lease of Memorial Medical Center that is jointly owned by the City and County.
- Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico: $150,000 for COVID-19 emergency relief fund.
- Families and Youth Inc.: $100,000 for expanded meal service.
- Catholic Charities: $74,500 to for the poverty assistance program
- Cruces Creatives: $21,600 for the production of personal protection equipment for City staff.
- Dona Ana Communities United: $22,000 for Los Amigos COVID-19 Connections.
- Community Action Agency: $152,000 the for Thriving Families-COVID community assistance program.
- CSFP Loaves & Fishes: $7,500 for food boxes for the elderly.
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- Economic Development Department: $74,500 for microloans technical support.
- Various Departments: $25,000 for hygiene stations and sanitation kits in the community.
- Various Departments: $56,900 for hotel rooms for 1st responders.
On April 3, 2020, the City Council approved $1,072,500 in emergency financial assistance.
Also, today the council voted to extend for 14 days the emergency proclamation signed by the mayor on April 7, 2020, that allows the mayor and City Council to take immediate action in the event of a declared emergency.
The action stated in the ordinance is for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations. This also allows the City the opportunity to seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for qualified expenses as part of the public health emergency
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City Council also approved an emergency ordinance authorizing the City of Las Cruces to amend the procurement code to accommodate emergency procurement measures.
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