Ordinance to help arts, cultural business

Staff Report

The Tucumcari City Commission approved an ordinance Thursday that gives the city the opportunity to help cultural and art businesses with funding from State Local Economic Development Act funds.

Approval of Ordinance 1125 allows the city to take advantage of an opportunity from the New Mexico Economic Development Department to assist our local cultural and arts businesses, said Jared Langenegger, city manager.

Langenegger said with the new ordinance in place the city can help the Odeon Theater seek state LEDA funding for roof repair. He said the city can try to seek state LEDA funding only. The city cannot use local LEDA funds for these type of businesses and projects.

Other item, the commission:
• Approved Ordinance 1126, authorizing the rezoning of block 29 lots 1-2 of the Russell’s Edition on the 700 block of East Smith Avenue from commercial to residential.
• Approved Resolution 2015-29, to act as the fiscal agent for the New Mexico MainStreet Capital Grant. The $193,600 total package application is for construction of a park at the site of the recently demolished Sands Dorsey building. The breakdown of the funding is $149,600 from NM MainStreet; $20,000 cash from the city; $19,000 in-kind funding (labor) from the city; and $5,000 in kind and cash from Tucumcari MainStreet.
• Welcomed the newest members of the Tucumcari Police Department.
• Approved the waiving  of the entrance fee at the Tucumcari Historical Museum for Tucumcari Raw Hide Day on April of 2016.
• Approved the grant agreement for $108,900 for repairs of the Tucumcari Senior Center roof.
• Approved the grant agreement for $190,000 for purchase of vehicles for the Tucumcari Senior Center.
• Approved the retirement of the Tucumcari Police Department dog Toro.
• Approved New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation grant for $10,000 for the repair of a snow plow at the Tucumcari Municipal Airport.
• Approved the request for proposal from contractors to be hired for the city for nuisance property maintenance.

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