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Posted on: May 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] City Council Recap for May 3, 2021

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The Las Cruces City Council adopted a Resolution that establishes $400,000 in funding priorities and allocations for 16 Las Cruces nonprofit organizations during City government’s Fiscal Year 2022. The funding will come from the City’s Telshor Facility Fund.

Approval of the Resolution came at City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 3, 2021 

The 16 nonprofit organizations who will receive allocations from the Telshor Facility Fund include:

  • Mesilla Valley CASA, $27,500.
  • Community Action Agency, $27,500.
  • El Caldito soup kitchen, $27,500.
  • Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, $27,500.
  • Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach, $27,500.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, $27,500.
  • Casa De Peregrinos, $27,500.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces, $27,500.
  • FYI-El Crucero, $23,500.
  • Jardin de los Niños, $23,500.
  • La Casa, $23,500.
  • Roadrunner Food Bank, $23,500.
  • Catholic Charities, $23,500.
  • St. Lukes, $23,500.
  • Mesilla Valley Hospice, $23,500.
  • La Piñon, $23,500.

The funding is to be used to help support the physical, mental, developmental, emotional, or social continued well-being, safety, or improvement for the lives of sick, indigent, and low-income Las Cruces residents. Applications were solicited in accordance with the adopted Health Related Public Services Policy Guide.

Applications were reviewed and evaluated in March by the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee, and the committee made its recommendations for grant awards to local providers of health-related public services for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins July 1.

The Telshor Fund receives its assets from lease payments the City receives for Memorial Medical Center. On Nov. 18, 2019, City Council approved Resolution No. 20-061 which earmarks $400,000 a year from the Telshor Fund to help fund health-related public service programs for the City’s 2021 and 2022 fiscal years.

Additionally, at Monday’s meeting, City Council unanimously approved a Resolution adopting the City’s 2021 to 2025 Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, and the 2021 Action Plan for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership program.

The City, as an entitlement community for the CDBG program and a participating jurisdiction for the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program, both administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), must develop and adopt a five-year plan that identifies the community development and affordable housing needs the City will attempt to address during the plan period. The plan has been developed by City staff and Crescendo Consulting, a City-hired consultant from Portland, Maine.

The 2021 Action Plan allocates approximately $1,049,641 in CDBG and $546,071 in HOME funds during the City’s 2022 fiscal year.

City Council also acted on the following agenda items at Monday’s meeting:

The Council adopted a Resolution approving contracts with Huitt-Zollars, Inc., of Las Cruces, not to exceed $186,200, plus applicable taxes, for master plan development and management structure recommendations for the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope campus, 999 W. Amador Ave.

Council also adopted an Ordinance modifying Las Cruces Municipal Code Chapter 28, Utilities, Article III, Sewers, Sections 28-121 and 28-122 to require existing septic systems in the City to connect to the City’s sewer system.

Tabled indefinitely by City Council was a proposed Ordinance that would have authorized the City to issue and sell $13,500,000 in Taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds, Series 2021, to provide funds to finance the acquisition and installation of equipment for an industrial revenue bond project involving an expansion of the Saputo Cheese USA manufacturing plant, at the Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park.

After a closed meeting, requested by Mayor Ken Miyagishima, the Council decided not to bring forward for formal Council consideration a proposed real estate purchase agreement between the City and Silicon Ranch Corp.

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