January 22, 2008 - Nancy Phillips, Observer
Staff presentations included
(1) A representative of the the Rio Grande Natural Gas service, a service that covers close to 15,000 customers in Las Cruces and Hatch. Its average winter bill was $21.24 and its summer bill was $15.48;
(2) A representative of the Trust and Public Lands, who offers its services to preserve the 110 acres of the Las Cruces Country Club. Services include polling, technical and campaign services and conservation transactions. City Manager proposed a work session to compile information and then move to contract with the agency; and
(3) Resolution of the combined efforts of the City and County to take over the administration of the animal shelter, formerly managed by the Humane Society, effective February 1. An advisory board will be appointed consisting of three City Council members and three County Commissioners. New Council member Sharon Thomas volunteered to be on this Board.
All routine resolutions were approved unanimously, with the exception of a Resolution Limiting the City Council's Power of Eminent Domain as it applies to Real Property Acquisitions for the Purpose of Private Economic Development. The three new Council members requested that this resolution be deferred to February or March to allow more time for them to review and evaluate this issue. It was tabled until the March 3rd Council meeting.