Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

City council adopts investment priorities, 2 percent for public art, routes to immigration

Press release from the City of Las Cruces

At its regular November 15th session, Las Cruces City Council unanimously passed a resolution setting the city’s top 10 project priorities to be presented to the New Mexico Legislature in 2022 for their state funding considerations. The legislature will meet in Santa Fe for a 30-day session from January 18th.

The projects with a total volume of $ 19.85 million are

  • $ 7 million for roads and drainage in East Mesa;
  • $ 4.6 million to replace septic tanks in Las Cruces;
  • $ 1.5 million for improvements at Telshor Boulevard and Spruce Avenue;
  • $ 180,000 to purchase equipment for the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD);
  • $ 750,000 for LCPD building improvements;
  • $ 750,000 to purchase equipment for the Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD);
  • US $ 840,000 for improvements to the LCFD fire station building;
  • $ 2 million for Las Cruces skate parks;
  • $ 2 million for expanded parking lot and related infrastructure, utilities, and flood control at Veterans Memorial Park; and
  • $ 230,000 for improvements to the Juvenile Citation Program building.

All projects are on the list of approved government infrastructure capital improvement projects and were selected on the basis of willingness, the funding required to complete the project and the potential to complete the project in phases. The projects are also based on the city’s long-term planning.

Also at the November 15 meeting, the city council unanimously passed an ordinance that inserts a new subdivision and corresponding sections into the city regulations that provide for a 2% allocation of the creditable general bond fund for public art.

The funds generated by the ordinance will become a source of funding for the city’s public arts program.

Additional funding for public art comes from grants, private fundraising, and the city’s general fund.

The city council also passed a resolution entitled “Road to Citizenship for New Mexico Immigrant Families.” The city is committed to welcoming undocumented immigrants and to upholding and protecting their civil rights.

The resolution supports a path to citizenship for up to 60,000 undocumented immigrants living in New Mexico and 11 million living in the U.S. and working the economy by recruiting members of the state workforce in the agriculture, hospitality, hospitality, construction, and building industries – and property maintenance and commercial traffic.

Immigrants are vital members of the New Mexico communities and workforce, making up two-fifths of New Mexico’s fishermen, farmers, and foresters and about a quarter of the construction industry.

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