City Council to Consider Contract Approval for the New City Manager
The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2020 for a regularly scheduled meeting. At the meeting, the council will consider approval of a contract to hire Ifo Pili as the next City Manager.
City Council has engaged in a long process to hire a new City Manager, as the position has been vacant since April 22, 2019. On July 23, 2020, the City Council selected Ifo Pili to be the City Manager. Mr. Pili has been the current city administrator of Eagle Mountain City, Utah since 2012 and has worked for Eagle Mountain City since 2006.
The City Council and Mr. Pili have mutually negotiated an employment agreement to become Las Cruces’ next City Manager. The proposed agreement calls for an annual base salary of $216,000 and includes a provision that Mr. Pili live within the Las Cruces city limits.
If the contract is approved by City Council, Mr. Pili will begin as Las Cruces’ new City Manager on September 8.
The proposed contract can be found online at: https://lascruces.civicweb.net/document/8965/A%20RESOLUTION%20APPROVING%20AN%20EMPLOYMENT%20AGREEMENT%20.pdf?handle=F9162FEB5D004E4491B14AD13A9FC66B.
Also, at Monday’s meeting, City Council will also consider the adoption of a resolution to establish new building permit fees charged by the City’s Community Development Department. Commercial building permit fees have not been increased in 14 years and the City’s costs of processing and issuing building permits has significantly increased. In July, City Council initially considered Resolution 20-019 which sought increases in permit fees related to a variety of services provided by the Community Development Department for permitting and inspections. But the council tabled that resolution so a work session could be conducted, on August 10, to provide additional information and public comments about the proposed increases in building fees.
The resolution now before the council calls for simplifying and streamlining the fees list into one document and updating the fees to reflect current market conditions. The resolution is listed under the category of Old Business on Monday’s agenda. It can be accessed at: https://lascruces.civicweb.net/document/7542/A%20RESOLUTION%20REPEALING%20RESOLUTION%20NO.S%2090-235,%20.pdf?handle=8F3E9F7F762742C5B41F914F3F3BBA21.
There are also several items on Monday’s agenda relating to the Royal Crossing Tax Increment Development District (TIDD), on property at 2700 N. Main St. that formerly was the Las Cruces Country Club. However, an application to the City seeking the establishment of a TIDD was withdrawn earlier this week by the developer of the property. The council will have to amend the discussion of these items, since the agenda was published before the City received notice of the TIDD application withdrawal.
The full agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting can be accessed here.