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03-17-2011 1 2 City of Las Cruces 3 4 5 West Mesa Industrial Park Strategic Planning Committee 6 March 17, 2011 7 8 9 The following are summary minutes for the meeting of the West Mesa Industrial Park Strategic 10 Planning Committee for March 17, 2011 at 10:30 am, at the Las Cruces City Hall, 700 North 11 Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 12 13 Members Present: 14 Councillor Olga Pedroza 15 Councillor Dolores Connor 16 Councillor Nathan Small 17 Fred Shepherd for Davin Lopez, MVEDA 18 Robert Garza, City Manager 19 20 Staff Present: 21 Christine Logan, EDR 22 Michael Johnson, Director, Public Works 23 David Weir, Director, Community Development 24 Bill Hamm, Land Management 25 Eric Montgomery, EDR 26 Bonnie Ennis, Community Development, Recording Secretary 27 28 I. Call to Order(10:31 am) 29 30 Councillor Pedroza called the meeting to order. Christine Logan called the role to confirm there 31 was a quorum. 32 33 II. Approval of Minutes — May 11, 2010 34 35 Councillor Pedroza asked if there were any corrections or additions to the minutes. There was 36 one correction to page 5, line 29 which should have stated Chief Brown, not Chief Connor. 37 38 Councillor Connor made the motion to approve the amended minutes. 39 40 Councillor Small seconded the motion. 41 42 All were in favor. 43 44 III. Information Items 45 46 A. Review of Committee Structure and Purpose 47 48 Christine Logan gave a presentation which included a brief review of the history of the 49 legislation involved in creating the Committee and policies and strategies for developing the 50 park. Also included in the packet was a section of the Las Cruces Municipal Code, ORD 2285, 1 I that deals with boards. This is an operational board because it has elected officials in 2 combination with the City Manager and non-city officials. The City Code of Ethics applies to city 3 members of this board. This Committee is to elect two officers every year, a chair and a vice- 4 chair. The terms are to expire March 31St of each year. This Committee is scheduled to meet 5 every other month or six times per year. The Municipal Code says that all City boards must 6 meet at least four times per year. Ms. Logan said this board must meet enough times during 7 the year to meet the requirement, although some were cancelled last year. 8 9 Councillor Pedroza asked Ms. Logan to send out a calendar of all the scheduled meetings in the 10 year to all of the board members so they will be reminded when meetings will be coming up and 11 to avoid conflicts, if possible. 12 13 Ms. Logan said she can make sure all of the board members' calendars are up to date and send 14 out a notice but she also reminded the board members that the meetings are the third Thursday 15 of every odd numbered month: January, March, May, July, September and November. 16 17 Councillor Connor asked if Fred Shepherd could be assigned to be the MVEDA representative 18 instead of as the alternate representative. Mr. Shepherd is usually available to attend the 19 meetings but Davin Lopez is not always able to attend. 20 21 Mr. Shepherd noted that the MVEDA position on the board was designated as a "MVEDA 22 representative" and did not name a specific individual. 23 24 Councillor Connor suggested contacting Davin Lopez to confirm with him that Fred Shepherd 25 would be the actual MVEDA representative and Mr. Lopez could be the alternate. 26 27 Councillor Pedroza agreed that the wording of the Ordinance states "a representative" but it 28 does not specify which representative so it was agreed that Mr. Shepherd would be main 29 MVEDA representative with Mr. Lopez as the alternate. 30 31 Ms. Logan will notify Mr. Lopez of the board's decision so that everything will be officially 32 documented. 33 34 Councillor Small confirmed for the record that the wording of the MVEDA's representative would 35 remain "a representative" and not name a specific individual. 36 37 Ms. Logan will request a letter from MVEDA changing the name of their representative to the 38 board from Davin Lopez to Fred Shepherd. 39 40 B. Current and recent activity in the Park 41 42 Christine Logan had provided a handout in each board member's packet which included a 43 current map with updates of the West Mesa Industrial Park. She went through the maps to 44 explain a change in the property lines, a subdivision plat in the northwest quadrant, which of the 45 properties are privately owned, leased or land that the City is using for its own purposes, such 46 as the Sewer Plant and the radio site. She reviewed the City lands that are available in the 47 West Mesa Industrial Park. There are 24 city-owned development-ready lots for sale. There 48 are also 9 privately owned lots for sale and most of those are along Mountain Vista Parkway, 49 most were sold in 2007 and are now on the resale market. 50 2 I Ms. Logan noted that with the recent zone change there was one objection from a man who 2 owns 2 lots right next to Parkview. The objection was that they were trying to sell their land and 3 there was too much land for sale. She offered to make sure their land/sales information was 4 available through MVEDA and the City to interested parties. 5 6 Ms. Logan provided a quick review of current activity: Alaska Structures is working to meet 7 business licensing requirements. They are acquiring the former Rea Magnet Wire building 8 within a month. The Parkview building continues to be shown frequently, although Alaska 9 Structures still has their equipment in the building under a short term lease. 10 11 The cell tower on Armory Road has its permitting information submitted and should be under 12 construction soon. The cell tower is critical to the area as there is no or minimal cell reception in 13 the area currently. 14 15 F &A Dairy Products is putting in a 100 kilowatt photovoltaic system to generate power for their 16 facility's use. That permit has been submitted but will come in for a second review. 17 18 Sapphire Energy is continuing with significant expansion onto the 90 acres that were acquired 19 last December. 20 21 Ms. Logan also briefly reviewed current employment data for the West Mesa Industrial Park. 22 The 12 different businesses operating in the Industrial Park reported 424 employees. She has 23 been unable to get information on the number of regular employees at the Amory, although she 24 has noticed 12 to 20 cars in the lot when she has gone by the facility. The radio stations and 25 City's waste treatment plant have improvements but there's no one working on site. 26 27 Ms. Logan noted that internet service speed at the airport has become problematic. DSL is now 28 available to Sapphire Energy through fiber networking via Qwest but there is still much to be 29 done. The businesses at the airport have to use radio towers to get internet. 30 31 Councillor Small stated that at the previous Monday's City Council session the West Mesa Fire 32 Station, in conjunction with the training center, was identified as a priority that will be funded. 33 He asked if the pending Fire Station and training center could be added to marketing 34 information for the West Mesa Industrial Park. 35 36 Ms. Logan said that information could be added when we have an actual date the Fire Station 37 will be fully available to the business and resident owners. 38 39 Robert Garza said the project is funded and monies are available to build the facility, the 40 property has been identified and City staff will go out with an RFP to design, build and get it 41 done so there should be a Fire Station on site by the end of this calendar year. 42 43 Ms. Logan said as soon as we have a date and can put up a sign saying, "Fire Station Under 44 Construction," that would be a plus for the marketing situation. 45 46 Mr. Garza asked for an update on the Border Patrol project. 47 48 Ms. Logan showed a map of the area to the board members which indicated property near 49 Love's Truck Stop. The Border Patrol has looked at State land and the Army Reserve Center is 50 looking at City land. Negotiations between the Corp of Engineers and the City of Las Cruces 3 I ceased because the federal government cannot purchase land that is subject to covenants. 2 The West Mesa Industrial Park does have covenants. 3 4 Ms. Logan noted the Border Patrol is now looking at a 70-acre parcel between the two Interstate 5 exits that is also City-owned but is not in the West Mesa Industrial Park and does not have any 6 governing covenants. The sewer is a mile away and the gas line slightly less than a mile away. 7 The parcel is zoned HC (Holding Conditional), which means that a zone change would be set to 8 whatever land use is needed through the normal process. 9 10 Mr. Garza asked Ms. Logan if she had a cost estimate to extend sewer and gas lines to the site. 11 12 Ms. Logan said the Utilities Department said they will not extend the sewer and gas lines so it 13 would be the seller's responsibility to get a cost. 14 15 Mr. Garza stated the West Mesa Industrial Park Committee could pledge to put in those lines 16 from the proceeds of the sale of this property. Ultimately that will be a question for this 17 Committee: does that make sense for the Committee and what are the numbers? He said the 18 revenues from selling the industrial property stay in the Industrial Park but can also be used for 19 economic development purposes outside of the Park. 20 21 Mr. Garza said that the sale of the property would go to the full City Council because it is City 22 property but it would go with a recommendation from this Committee. 23 24 Ms. Logan said if the property is sold "as is" it would probably go for about $12K-$15K per acre. 25 If the property were to have gas, water and sewer to the property line it would probably sell for 26 approximately $30K per acre. 27 28 Mr. Garza noted that the utilities need to be extended. He gave an example of a possible 29 situation: if we had a piece of land and we wanted to make it more marketable we could 30 possibly budget for sewer and gas lines to the property, which would bring the selling price up to 31 $30K per acre. The land would now be developable, has all the utilities, and would be worth 32 more so we could sell it for more. Any decision on how the Committee should proceed with 33 potential utilities would depend on direction from the City Council: have the Committee take the 34 lead and put the utilities into the property in which case the appraiser will then say the land is 35 worth more and we will have to charge more for the land. We might instead be directed sell the 36 land sell the land "as is" and help the buyer with engineering and other things to get the utilities 37 on site. The buyer would pay those costs directly. 38 39 Mr. Garza noted there are questions regarding easements along the land in question with the 40 State Land Office. Mr. Garza said if we are involved in the sale of the property we would 41 possibly negotiate with the State Land Office and inform them that we are bringing utilities to 42 their property and increasing the value of the property, they might give us the easements for 43 free. 44 45 Ms. Logan said she is the person who negotiates land purchases and sales instead of several 46 people involved in the process. 47 48 Ms. Logan said the unimproved value of the property is approximately $800K. With utilities the 49 value would be over $2M. Mr. Garza estimated it would cost $400K or less to run sewer and 50 gas to the property. 51 4 I Mr. Garza said the best option is to sell the property "as is" and we will agree to extend the lines 2 within a period of time. 3 4 Ms. Logan and Mr. Garza explained that we got the land by way of an "area for area" trade with 5 the State Land Office for the electric sub-station that we built several years ago. 6 7 Mr. Shepherd asked about land prices on the initial properties that had been looked at by the 8 Corp of Engineers. 9 10 Ms. Logan said there were two different, completely separate, projects both being run by two 11 separate people at the Army Corp of Engineers' Office. They had site plans and a purchase 12 agreement on the price on one of the pieces of property. They were working with the State 13 Land Office and had final appraisal and have put a lot of money already into the site, but without 14 checking the title issues. Ms. Logan did not know whether or not they had site plans for the 15 second property. 16 17 Mr. Garza said the Committee has the responsibility to make these sales happen. We can 18 negotiate the best way we can. The buyers seem ready to make the purchase in the next 19 couple of months. They have everything funded to build the facilities as quickly as possible. 20 21 Councillor Small confirmed that the sale would be "as is" and right after the sale we would turn 22 around and put those monies into the extension. 23 24 Mr. Garza said we could begin negotiation of the sale by selling the land "as is" and telling the 25 buyer we would share the cost of extending utilities to the property. There are several 26 strategies which could be discussed that would be fair to both the buyer and the City. 27 28 Ms. Logan said negotiations would begin soon as possible because the buyer is ready to 29 proceed with the purchase. 30 31 IV. Action Items 32 33 A. Selection of Officers for 2011-2012 34 35 Officers were elected to serve April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. 36 37 Councillor Nathan Small was elected Chairman by acclamation. 38 39 Fred Shepherd was elected Vice-Chairman by acclamation. 40 41 V. Other Items of Interest 42 43 Eric Montgomery, Program Coordinator for the Farmers and Crafts Market, was introduced by 44 Ms. Logan. He will be her alternate staff liaison for coverage in case the Committee should 45 need to meet and she was unavailable. 46 47 Mr. Garza asked Ms. Logan to coordinate with all of the members and make sure their 48 calendars are updated for the odd-numbered months' meeting dates. 49 50 Ms. Logan said zoning and master plan information will be coming before the City Council on 51 the solar site. 5 1 2 VI. Adjournment(11:09 am) 3 4 Councillor Pedroza requested a motion to adjourn. 5 Councillor Connor made the motion. 6 Councillor Small seconded the motion. 7 All were in favor. s 9 10 Chairperson 6 %d MEMOTgr City of Los Cruces West Mesa Industrial Park Strategic Planning Committee March 17, 2011 The following is the Agenda for a meeting of the West Mesa Industrial Park Strategic Planning Committee for March 17, 2011 at 10:30 am, in City Hall, Training Room 2007-A, 700 North Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico. The City of Las Cruces does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, ancestry, serious medical condition, national origin, age, or disability in the provision of services. The City of Las Cruces will make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual who wishes to attend this meeting. Please notify the City before the meeting by calling 541-2286 (voice) or 528-3157 (TTY) if accommodation is necessary. This document can be made available in alternative formats by calling the same numbers list above. I. Call to Order II. Approval of Minutes September 16, 2010 II. Information Items A) Review of Committee Structure and Purpose 6) Current and recent activity in the Park III. Action Items A) Selection of Officers for 2011-2012 IV. Other Items of Interest V. Adjournment