Mayor Edna Trager said the declaration of emergency is necessary to seek reimbursement of emergency expenditures for the City and helps Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in seeking federal reimbursements.
The emergency resolution states the City’s code, Chapter 32, established the Office of Emergency Management and “establishes the Mayor as Director” of that office.
Trager, as director, may name an “executive coordinator to assist in the comprehensive emergency management of operations within the City.” During the meeting Trager did not name an executive coordinator.
The resolution increases Trager’s signing threshold to $60,000 per contract, to be presented to the whole board for “ratification” at the next meeting of the City Council.
If the Mayor is unavailable, Mayor Pro-Tem Kim Skinner may execute emergency contracts and if she is unavailable then City Manager Vicki Ballinger can.
No emergency checks may be issued until Clerk-Treasurer Rani Bush “certifies” the funds are available.
No contract may be signed until reviewed by City Attorney Ben Johnson.
All City gatherings are cancelled until further notice, to be reviewed every 30 days, as is travel by City staff.
The City Council meetings will be limited to five people in a room and the public may attend via electronic online means or via the local radio station. Public comment is to be submitted to Clerk-Treasurer Rani Bush via email, email@example.com.
Rani has also been charged with tracking costs of the emergency.