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Citizens have several opportunities to voice their opinions and share ideas with city council members and city administration. Anyone may attend meetings of the City Council, except those meetings that are exempted in the New Mexico Open Meetings Act as closed for specific reasons and where no official council action is taken.

Anyone wanting to speak at City Council meetings may do so during the designated public participation item on the agenda or when their item of interest on the agenda is being considered by the council. Speakers are timed to allow everyone who wants to speak enough time during the meeting. Public hearings are conducted for some agenda items, which provides another opportunity for members of the public to speak directly to the City Council.

Types of City Council Meetings

For meeting times and dates, please use the Events Calendar. Public notice is given 72 hours in advance of the meetings, as required by the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

Regular Council Meetings

The council conducts regular meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month. If the day for a regular meeting falls on a legal holiday, the meeting is held on the next succeeding day that’s not a holiday or as otherwise directed by the council. By a vote of four or more councillors, the date, time, and/or location of a regular meeting may be changed in order to allow the councillors to attend a special function or event.

Special Council Meetings

Special meetings may be held upon the call of the mayor or of four or more councillors and, whenever practical, upon no less than 72 hours’ notice to each councillor and the public.

Work Sessions

For the purpose of studying problems or examining issues, the council conducts periodic work sessions. Instructions may be given to the city manager at work sessions, but no official action may be taken. The agenda for work sessions is determined by council consent. The city manager maintains a list of work session topics for the guidance of the council. Copies of the agenda are made available to the public as early in advance of the work sessions as is feasible, but in no instance is the public given less than 72 hours’ notice of such meetings.

Special Work Sessions

On occasion the City Council may call for a special work session. Notices will be posted as soon as the City Clerk’s Office is notified of a scheduled Special Work Session, but in no instance shall the public be given less than 72 hours’ notice of such meetings.

Joint Work Sessions

On occasion the City Council may call for a work session with another governmental entity. Notices will be posted as soon as the City Clerk’s Office is notified of a scheduled joint work session, but in no instance shall the public be given less than 72 hours’ notice of such meetings.

Budget Work Sessions

The City Council holds yearly Budget Work Session to discuss the City’s Budget before it is adopted. Notices will be posted as soon as the City Clerk’s Office is notified of a scheduled Budget Work Session, but in no instance shall the public be given less than 72 hours’ notice of such meetings.

Closed Meetings

Closed City Council meetings are held pursuant to NMSA 1978, § 10-15-1(I). Notices will be posted as soon as the City Clerk’s Office is notified of a scheduled closed meeting.

Joint Closed Meetings

Closed City Council meetings are held pursuant to NMSA 1978, § 10-15-1(I). Notices will be posted as soon as the City Clerk’s Office is notified of a scheduled closed meeting.

Agenda Setting Meetings

The agenda for regular meetings is set by the mayor or, in the absence of the mayor, by the mayor pro tem, in open meetings with the city manager and senior staff on the Monday immediately preceding regular council meetings, official holidays excepted. Councillors other than the mayor or the mayor pro tem shall not discuss the proposed agenda during the agenda meeting.

TIDD Board (Tax Increment for Development District) Meetings

TIDD Board Meetings are to be held on the second Monday of January, April, July and October unless a cancellation notice has been posted. The district board consists of the members of the city council. The Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners may select a member of the commission to serve as an adjunct representative. The county's adjunct representative shall be appointed to the district board by the mayor with the advice and consent of the city council. The adjunct representative of Dona Ana County shall be a non-voting member of the district board.