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City Council Recap for the Jan. 18, 2022 Meeting

City Council Chambers

The Las Cruces City Council voted at its Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 regular meeting to adopt a Resolution to postpone the development of an administrative program for the City’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) policy.

The deadline to develop an administrative program will be postponed to June 14, 2022.

The additional time will enable the Animal Care Task Force, the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV), and the City to meet and establish a budget that will pay for surgeries needed to sterilize feral cats humanely trapped in the City, and for additional human resources to be identified. A meeting is scheduled the first week in February to begin determining a budget and more resources needed for the TNR policy.

The Council was told there was an incredible response to City’s TNR policy since City Council adopted Ordinance 2983 on Aug. 16, 2021. The Ordinance repealed and replaced Chapter 7, “Animals,” of the Las Cruces Municipal Code 1997, as amended.

From the middle of August until early December, sterilization surgeries were performed on more than 500 feral cats by four veterinarians contracted by ASCMV.

Additionally, City Council adopted a Resolution supporting proposed legislation that could advance sustainability and climate initiatives that will be presented during the 2022 New Mexico Legislature. At least 10 bills will be introduced in this year’s New Mexico Legislature that have the potential to advance energy, the environment, and financing for the environment that could create resilient, equitable, and prosperous communities for current and future generations.

The proposed bills will apply in many sectors, including the Clean Fuel Standards Act, the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Act; the Utility Affordability and Relief Act; an Electric Vehicle and Charging Unit Tax Credit,  a Clean Futures Act; water conservation; an Environmental Rights (Green) Constitutional Amendment; budget support for the New Mexico Environmental Department and the state’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department;  support of a Public Bank of New Mexico; and the Public Power Memorial.

The New Mexico Legislature began a 30-day session at noon Tuesday, January 18. It is clear state leaders are committed to advancing the City’s objective of creating resilient, equitable, and sustainable communities now and for the future.

Also Tuesday, the Council postponed to Feb. 8, 2022, its consideration of a Resolution that appeals a decision by the City’s Community Development Department to revoke a business license for Speak Easy, a limited liability retail company that was investigated for possessing, distributing, selling, and bartering cannabis products before retail sales were legalized.

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