The Las Cruces City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution establishing the City's top 10 capital outlay project priorities to be submitted to the 2022 New Mexico Legislature for its state funding considerations.
City Council’s adoption of the Resolution came at its Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall, 700 N. Main St.
The total amount for the projects is $19,850,000. The projects are not in any specific order and include:
- $7 million for East Mesa roads and drainage.
- $4.6 million for septic tank replacements in Las Cruces.
- $1.5 million for improvements to the Telshor Boulevard and Spruce Avenue intersection.
- $180,000 to purchase equipment for the Las Cruces Police Department.
- $750,000 for building improvements for the Las Cruces Police Department.
- $750,000 to purchase equipment for the Las Cruces Fire Department.
- $840,000 for building improvements for Las Cruces Fire Department stations.
- $2 million for skate parks in Las Cruces.
- $2 million for an expanded parking area and related infrastructure, utilities and flood control at Veterans Memorial Park, on Roadrunner Parkway.
- $230,000 for improvements to the Juvenile Citation Program building.
The 2022 legislative session begins a 30-day session at noon Jan. 18, 2022, in Santa Fe.
All the priority projects are on the approved state Infrastructure Capital Improvement Project list. The projects selected were based on readiness, the amount of funding required to complete the project, and the potential to complete the project in phases. Each project was also aligned with the Elevate Las Cruces and the City’s Strategic Plan and were capital improvements with a life of at least 10 years.
Additionally, City Council unanimously adopted an Ordinance that adds a new division and corresponding sections to Las Cruces Municipal Code, Chapter 2, Administration, Article V, Finance, Division 4, which dedicates a two percent apportionment of eligible General Obligation funds for public art.
Setting aside a percentage of public funds for art is a common funding mechanism for public art in communities throughout New Mexico and in peer cities across the U.S. The Ordinance becomes one funding mechanism for the Las Cruces Public Art program. Other funding for public art should come from diverse sources that could include grants, private fundraising, the City’s General Fund, and if appropriate, from revenue bonds.
City Council also adopted a Resolution titled “Pathway to Citizenship for New Mexico’s Immigrant Families.” The City has made commitments to welcome undocumented immigrants and to uphold and protect their civil rights.
The Resolution supports a pathway to citizenship for as many as 60,000 undocumented immigrants living in New Mexico and 11 million who are living and working in the U.S. The Resolution states nearly one in 10 New Mexico residents is an immigrant, and the state’s undocumented immigrants help drive the economy by being members of the state’s labor force in the industries of agriculture, hospitality, food services, construction, building and grounds maintenance, and commercial transportation.
Immigrants are vital members of New Mexico’s communities and labor force, accounting for two-fifths of New Mexico’s fishers, farmers, and foresters, and about one-quarter of employees in the construction industry.