Southern New Mexico Common Cause
Minutes of the Governing Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Members Attending: (10)
Phil Banks, Alex Burr, Steve Carter, Lynn Ellins, Woodie Jenkins, Jim Kadlecek, John Lazaruk, Mike McCamley, Tamie Smith and Charles Welch
Members Not Attending: (7)
Mary Ballard, Gus Bigelow, John Bloom, Steve Fischmann, Rose Garcia, Ron Gurley and Dolores Hall
1. Call to Order: Steve Carter called the meeting to order at 11:55 AM.
2. Approval of February Minutes
The February 2008 meeting minutes were approved, as amended, by voice vote.
A. City Council (LAS CRUCES) – (Tamie Smith) The University Estates Lift Station was approved for 8 acres as opposed to 1¾ acres. Most of the time of the meeting was taken up by awards. The City Hall Plan is at the Branigan Library for citizen viewing / review. There is no “green” for the planned City Hall (water, energy, etc issue). (Steve Carter) The (issue of money) passed by 5-1 to send money to the Burn Lake area. (Woodie Jenkins) The hook-up for Tortugas is an eight (8) inch line hooked to a twelve (12) inch line.
B. Board of County Commissioners – (Charles Welch) Each Year for the Budget the Board of Commissioners decides what is going on in Dona Ana County, addresses the issues and then directs a budget to correspond to their findings. The sending of a letter to Mexico was a “moral” and responsible thing to do. (Jim Kadlecek) It, “the sending of the letter,” is a moral thing but they should be putting pressure on US officials to straighten out their Mexican counterparts.
C. Board of Education (LCPS) Nothing, due to no one on the Board Attended.
D. NMSU Board of Regents (John Lazaruk) Many construction projects were approved. NMSU got Twenty Two (22) million dollars in grants. An initiative of Senator Domenici to locate his papers at NMSU underlies a new building at the University (costing thirty-five  million dollars). It will house his papers and other things. One suggestion was for a policy. As far as the meetings go Public Input needs support. The agenda is published on time.
4. Old Business:
A. ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Steve Carter) We, SNMCC, should not be beholding (owing money) to NMSU. Therefore we should / could charge $10.00 for the Annual Luncheon. (Passed) The money collected will / should go toward the cost of the Luncheon (by NMSU). The Luncheon will take place at the NMSU Golf Course (clubhouse) on the 24th of April 2008 between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM. President Martin of NMSU will speak and NMSU will cover the rest of the cost of the luncheon. The theme of the speech should be “the Future of NMSU.” We should try to narrow the theme. The SNMCC Board meeting for April (2008) should be postponed / overcome. The measure to postpone / call-off the April Meeting of SNMCC Board was passed by Voice Vote.
B. MEMBERS RUNNING FOR ELECTED OFFICE; Lynn Ellins is a candidate for DAC Clerk. Steve Fischmann is a candidate for the New Mexican Senate.
C. Elections Business: (Lynn Ellins) He wants to close the schools for the fall election. He will go to the next LCPS Board of Education meeting and ask that the schools be closed for the fall election. He is sending out cards and letters out for the school districts that are totally within Dona Ana County and those that are split and a portion, of any size, is within Dona Ana County.
5. Next Meeting; May 21, 2008
6. Adjournment: Steve Carter adjourned the meeting at 12:48 PM