Southern New Mexico Common Cause

Minutes of the Governing Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 21, 2004


        Meeting Location: J.W. Flours Restaurant, Las Cruces, NM 88001


        Members Attending: (12 [11 with L Ellins not yet elected])                                                                                                                                                                               


M Ballard, P Banks, G Bigelow, J Bloom, A Burr, S Carter, L Ellins, W Jenkins, JM Kadlecek, M McCamley, V Simons, and T Smith


      Members Not Attending: (7)


      J Asche, MA Digman, R Garcia, R Gurley, D Halls and V Quiroz, 

and C Welch


1.  JM Kadlecek called the meeting to order at 11:50 AM.


2.  No changes were made to the Agenda.  Introductions were made around as appropriate.


3.  The minutes of the SNMCC Board Meeting for June 16, 2004 were approved without changes. [Moved and seconded. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.]


4. Projects


A.     City Charter - (W Jenkins and P Banks).


        A draft letter to the Las Cruces City Council was submitted and explained by W Jenkins.  The subject and purpose of the letter is the establishment of a Citizen’s Committee to conduct a review of the City Charter. It included two attachments; a draft City Council Resolution to establish a Citizen’s Review Committee charged to review the City Charter and submit recommendations to the City Council; and a draft Las Cruces City Charter Review Form to be used in this Review.  The focus or reason behind the letter is to conduct a complete and through review of the City Charter.


A general discussion followed the motion concerning the Las Cruces City Charter.  P Banks explained the efforts of SNMNCC during 2003.  His comments included areas such as: The review being a subject of the Mayor’s debate; The need for 1300 citizen signatures for each change outside of a City Council change (the City Council can change the Charter without the need for petitions); and the interested citizens who attended last year’s meetings. A Avallone commented that some of last year’s SNMCC efforts have already been adopted by the Las Cruces City Council.