The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 for a regularly scheduled meeting.
City Council will consider the adoption of a Resolution to build a new park within a one-mile radius of Mesa Grande Road and Central Road, in City Council District 5. Since 2004 two subdivisions and several housing developments have been built along Mesa Grande Road, but no parks have yet been built.
There are approximately 941 single-family homes within a one-mile radius of Mesa Grande Road and Central Road. Many of the residents living in that area are first-time homeowners raising children in affordable homes in the neighborhood.
The estimated costs to purchase land, design and build the park are $180,000 for the land purchase and $491,000 for the design, construction, contingency, and taxes. The funding source would need to be determined by Council.
The size of the proposed park would be at least two acres and its amenities would include a playground for children 5 to 12 years old, a picnic shelter with a table, benches, trash receptacles, a bike rack, pet waste bag dispensers, a drinking fountain, and appropriate landscaping and irrigation.
City Council will also consider three Resolutions at Monday’s meeting that are related to the pandemic. One Resolution would support the creation of a COVID-19 vaccination task force in Las Cruces.
Communities across the state must work to coordinate an effective vaccine distribution program that addresses the needs of all persons who want to be vaccinated. In addition to providing the proper channels for distribution, it is important for municipalities to also have the proper support mechanisms in place to promote vaccination.
Implementing appropriate support mechanisms, through this task force, will allow the City to work effectively with relevant agencies, partners, and other municipalities. Such support will also ensure that communities most in need of the vaccination are aware of the means for them to acquire the vaccine.
Another Resolution would approve agreements between the City of Las Cruces and various nonprofit partners of emergency assistance programs to address the community impact of COVID-19. If approved by the Council, the Resolution would allow for service agreements, of as much as $150,000, between the City and nonprofit organizations to provide direct services to sick and indigent residents.
A third Resolution for the Council’s consideration could include businesses in the distribution of face masks for their continued operations. The Resolution has been proposed by the Las Cruces Economic Recovery Ad-Hoc Board (LCERB), which recommends strategies to the Mayor and City Council for gradually reopening the City’s economy in a smart, safe, and effective manner.
On Nov. 5, 2020, LCERB approved a recommendation to City Council to include businesses as entities that can receive masks for workers’ and customers’ protection against COVID-19. The recommendation stipulates that each business would receive a package of 50 disposable masks and shall use them to continue their operations or for their customers and not resell the masks.
The meeting will be televised on CLC-TV, Comcast Cable channel 20. The meeting will also be available online at clctv.com and at YouTube.com/clctv20.
The full agenda for Monday’s meeting can be found online at this link.