The Las Cruces City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Main St. for a work session.
At Monday’s work session, City Council will review and discuss concept maps for Council redistricting. Four concept maps will be presented.
The Las Cruces City Charter requires a “periodic review of the boundaries of the districts” and that each Council district “shall contain as nearly as possible substantially the same population-based upon the most recent federal census.” City Council passed Resolution 22-031 creating an ad hoc committee to work with Research & Polling, Inc. to provide public input and evaluate various redistricting proposals.
Since April, the committee met every two weeks. It reviewed 10 different concept maps and has narrowed those down to four for the council to review.
Also at Monday’s work session, Tim Chappell, president of the Las Cruces Sister Cities Foundation, will provide an update of that organization to City Council. The presentation will include overviews of Sister Cities International, Las Cruces Sister Cities and its two current affiliates, Nienburg, Germany and Lerdo, Mexico; summarize the Nienburg, Germany and Lerdo, Mexico affiliates, with pictures and maps; a summary and discussion of a proposed affiliation with Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, with pictures and map; and a list of upcoming events, Las Cruces Sister Cities meetings and exchanges.
The City’s Economic Development Department will present a mid-year update of the economic outlook of the City at Monday’s work session. The presentation will focus on labor force trends, industry trends, and general business trends of the local economy.
Additionally, at Monday’s work session, City Council will review how American Rescue Plan Act expenditures are reported, including periodic reports to the U.S. Treasury Department and real-time reporting on the City’s website. In response to the economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City was allocated $24,759,826 in ARPA funds to aid in recovery efforts.
City Council adopted a resolution for the funding to be allocated in the following manner: $2 million to support public health emergency response, $6.9 million to replace public sector revenue loss for capital needs, $11.4 million to address negative economic impacts, $3.5 million to improve water and sewer infrastructure, and $1 million for premium pay.
The agenda for Monday’s work session is available online at https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=393.
Monday’s City Council work session will be televised live on Comcast Cable channel 20 and will be available in high definition on Comcast Cable channel 928. The work session also will be available online at YouTube.com/clctv20.
Immediately following Monday’s work session, a brief Agenda Setting Meeting will be conducted in Council Chambers. The Agenda Setting Meeting will determine the agenda for the Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, City Council meeting.