Commissioners have full agenda tonight

By Jack King

Several items that have been subject to public discussion are on the city commission’s consent agenda for its regular meeting tonight.
The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Curry-Carver Public Library.
Items are placed on the consent agenda so the commission may vote to pass them in one motion, without discussion. They are usually uncontroversial or administrative items, officials said.
On the consent agenda are:
n Approval of an ordinance establishing collective bargaining for the city and creating a Labor Management Relations Board;
n An ordinance establishing procedures for managing water emergencies, including water use restrictions.
n A request to elect Commissioner Isidro Garcia to the board of the New Mexico Municipal League to vote in favor of the International Family of building codes, with amendments as necessary.
n A request to appoint Commissioner Catherine Haynes as a commission representative on the city’s finance committee.
“Items are put on the consent agenda as a prerogative of the city manager. Commissioners can take them off the consent agenda if they want to discuss them, and so can members of the public,” said City Manager Raymond Mondragon.
Both Haynes and Commissioner Kevin Duncan said they were interested in serving on the Finance Committee at the commission’s Sept. 18 meeting. But according to the minutes of the Aug. 23 meeting, Mayor David Lansford already had suggested Haynes for the position. Mondragon said Wednesday Duncan has said he is no longer interested in serving.
Listed as “new business” on tonight’s agenda: the election of two citizens to serve on the city’s planning and zoning commission; selection of a Curry County resident to serve on the city’s Water Policy Advisory Board; reorganization of the city’s Inspections Department, re-assigning Inspections Director Marcus Brice to the position of chief of codes enforcement, then advertising for a new Inspections Director.