Ryan expected to be named new municipal judge Monday
Mar 31, 2012 (Las Cruces Sun-News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
See Council information on the formation of a Campaign Finance Ad-Hoc Committee.
See Council information on the city's Fourth of July celebration.
See Council information on concept plan and final site plan for the Metro Verde Planned Unit Development.
LAS CRUCES -- There's about to be a new judge in town, and his name is Kieran Ryan.
Ryan, who has served as an alternate municipal judge since September 1998, is expected to be formally appointed a full-time municipal judge by the Las Cruces City Council when it meets at 1 p.m. Monday. Mayor Ken Miyagishima has already said Ryan's appointment by the council is an almost certainty, and a swearing-in ceremony is scheduled as one of the first items to come before the council during Monday's meeting, at City Hall, 700 N. Main St.
A five-member committee, consisting of city councilors Miguel Silva, Olga Pedroza and Greg Smith, City Attorney Harry "Pete" Connelly and Police Chief Richard Williams, unanimously recommended to the council that Ryan be appointed as municipal judge. If confirmed by the council as anticipated, Ryan would succeed James Locatelli, who
resigned Nov. 20, 2010.
Ryan will serve the remaining 19 months of Locatelli's four-year term. If Ryan wants to continue serving as a municipal judge after that, he would have to run in the November 2013 municipal elections.
Ryan has been an attorney in private practice in Las Cruces since January 1994.
Also Monday, the council will consider approval of the formation of a campaign finance ad-hoc committee. The council is seeking amendments to the city's campaign finance regulations to meet state law requirements, and to improve on past requirements and practices.
"This resolution establishes the composition of an ad-hoc committee, its purpose and desired outcomes, as well as duration to reach a recommendation for City Council to consider for possible amendment," City Manager Robert Garza said. "The committee will be made up of a cross section of knowledgeable community partners and city staff, with no current elected officials participating."
A committee consisting of one member from the League of Women Voters, a member from the Southern New Mexico chapter of Common Cause New Mexico, a member from the New Mexico State University Department of Government, and two members who are former elected officials would serve on the committee. City Attorney Harry "Pete" Connelly and City Clerk Esther Martinez would also serve on the committee.
The committee would review and evaluate the city's Campaign Finance Ordinance and recommend changes to it. The committee would provide a final report of its recommendations within six months.
Council will also consider authorization for the planning and funding of the city's Fourth of July celebration. An estimated budget of $90,000 to stage the annual celebration has been proposed.
Events would include the city's annual Electric Light Parade, on July 3. It has been proposed to city officials that the route of the parade be changed. If approved Monday by the council, the new route would go along a portion of Church Street, to Water Street, and end on north Main Street in front of City Hall.
In recent years, the Electric Light Parade has taken a route from north Solano Drive, at Apodaca Park, south to Hadley Avenue, east on Hadley to Walnut Street, north on Walnut to Spruce Avenue, and east on Spruce to a parking lot at Sierra Middle School.
In the future, city officials might be willing to consider a parade route along Main Street, through downtown Las Cruces. But that won't happen until an approximate three-block portion of Main, from Amador Avenue north to Griggs Avenue, has been reconstructed and reopened to vehicle traffic.
A $90,000 budget will pay for the celebration, which would include the parade, local entertainers and special guest performances, and the city's annual fireworks display.
Also up for council approval on Monday is a concept plan and final site plan for Metro Verde, a planned unit development (PUD) that encompasses approximately 695 acres. The subdivision is located in the Sierra Norte area.
"This PUD has been discussed by the city council on numerous occasions over the last year," Garza said. "The developer has addressed city staff concerns with property ownership and associated indemnification provisions, so the ordinance to adopt the concept plan and final site plan will be presented for council consideration."
The concept plan identifies nine different land use designations, each with its own development standards.
If you go
Las Cruces City Council meeting
When: 1 p.m. Tuesday
Where: City Hall, 700 N. Main St.
TV/Internet: The meeting will be televised live at 1 p.m. Monday on CLC-TV, Comcast Cable channel 20 and webcast at www.clctv.com. Click on the "Meetings" link, and the the "View event" link to access the webcast.
Information: City Clerk's Office, (575) 541-2115
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