COUNTY COMMISSION SETS GOALS FOR 2006

COUNTY COMMISSION SETS GOALS FOR 2006

At their regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners set out goals for staff to pursue in 2006. The goals are presented here chronologically by deadline date.

* Delegate to the Special Projects Office a volunteer-recognition program for the first Board of County Commissioners meeting of each month. Volunteers will be publicly recognized and presented with a certificate of appreciation from the commission. Deadline: April 1, 2006.

* Delegate to the Health and Human Services Department responsibility for monthly community program presentations (second meeting of each month) designed to highlight community organizations that contribute to the quality of life in Doña Ana County. Deadline: April 1, 2006.

* Delegate to the Fire Marshal responsibility to present a proposed fire-service restructuring plan to the Board of County Commissioners. Deadline: May 15, 2006.

* Appoint a community group from southern Doña Ana County to identify preservation options for Mt. Cristo Rey. Deadline: June 30, 2006.

* Appoint one or more community groups from Doña Ana County to identify preservation options for the Robledo and Doña Ana Mountains. Deadline: June 30, 2006.

* Emphasize the importance of meaningful economic development in Doña Ana County by funding the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance at 2005 budget levels, contingent on MVEDA’s agreement to create a template of economic incentives that can be offered to qualified companies who express an interest in locating clean industry to Doña Ana County. Deadline: July 1, 2006.

* Contingent upon formal presentation of a workable and sound business plan, continue efforts to identify funding for a countywide low-cost spay/neuter program. Deadline: July 1, 2006.

* Create a budget plan to invest interest from the lease of Memorial Medical Center for the long-term health needs and interests of greater Doña Ana County. Deadline: July 1, 2006.

* Award RFPs for healthcare providers. Deadline: July 15, 2006.

* Support efforts by the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization to develop a sustainable regional and rural transportation system. Deadline: July 31, 2006.

* Implement a customer-service-oriented, one-stop-permit shop in the new Doña Ana County Government Center and create a new staff position for a customer service liaison officer whose primary responsibility will be to assist residents as they navigate the permitting process. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2006.

* Ratify an intergovernmental agreement between Doña Ana County, New Mexico State University and the federal Bureau of Land Management to protect Tortugas Mountain and the surrounding land. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2006.

* Implement a jail-diversion project for the mentally ill, contingent on the identification and availability of state and/or federal funding. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2006.

* Delegate to the Legal and Planning departments responsibility to research and publish updated versions of the county’s ordinance(s) regarding litter, trash, junk and inoperable vehicles. Also, identify one department to which codes officers with enforcement capabilities will be permanently and perpetually assigned. Delegate to Human Resources and the County Manager responsibility to evaluate staffing needs to determine whether additional codes enforcement personnel are needed. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2006.

* Finalize creation of the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2006.

* Delegate to the Human Resources Department responsibility to develop a draft performance management system for presentation to the Board of County Commissioners. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2006.

* Conceptually support the spaceport initiative by putting before the voters a gross-receipts tax initiative to provide funding for infrastructure and then working individually and collectively to see that the measure is passed. Deadline: Nov. 6, 2006.

* Facilitate community meetings with elected officials from the federal, state and local levels to address land-use, conservation and development issues within Doña Ana County. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2006.

* Implement a restructured fire service in Doña Ana County, including paid positions within the busiest of Doña Ana County’s fire districts, contingent on funding. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2006.

* Complete an outline of a comprehensive plan, then budget for a consultant in the next fiscal year to develop the plan with input from the community. Deadline: Dec 31, 2006.

* Support and enhance the Colonias Development Initiative by identifying and obtaining funding to improve two colonias to the point that they can be removed from the federally designated colonias list. Deadline: Dec. 31, 2006.

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