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02-13-1997PH Dst2PUBLIC HEARING OF FEBRUARY13, 1997 COUNCILOR GUSTAFSON, DISTRICT 2 The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Gustafson stated that the City of Las Cruces has been allocated $ 1,224,000 in CDBG funds and $407,000 in HOME funds for the year 1997/1998. He explained how CDBG funds have been spent in the past, and that one of the reasons for the meeting was to determine the district's needs and propose the use of these funds to address such needs. Two members of the public identified the following: 1. Rental Rehabilitation 2. Sidewalks in Monte Vista 3. Street lights on Locust Mr. Gustafson feels that a study of his district will help in identifying the needs that the neighborhood has. After ten minutes of discussing the community needs, the public turned its full attention into Casto Travel. The concerns expressed are: 1. The number of jobs to be offered by Casto does not warrant a $700,000 loan. 2. A loan of this magnitude at 3% interest is ridiculous. 3. How about their integrity? How do we know we can trust Casto? what warranty do we have that they will deliver what they promise? 4. Other businesses like Sams or Target will benefit the community and provide employment for low income people. 5. Will low- income people out of welfare be able to work for Casto with computers and other sophisticated equipment? How much training will this require? 6. Why giving a $700,000 loan to an outsider when this could be used, in the same manner, with local businesses. The idea of incentives like this one to local businesses 'is supported. The fact that the City rolls down the red carpet for big corporations is outrageous. 7. A former director of a non - profit social services organization said that she never saw that much money coming to her office, and that he totally opposes Casto. C_ 8. Why don't they use their own money? Their annual revenue seems to be in the millions. 9. How are we going to take care of our poor and our other obligations if we earmark large sums of CDBG funds to a for - profit organization? 10. A member of the audience will submit a proposal to support a program to train women getting out of welfare. 11. Outrage was expressed at the fact that Councilor Gustafson did not know about the Casto issue until two weeks ago. 12. It was stated that the Casto issue was underhanded. CONCERNS ADDRESSED TO THE MAYOR 13. How much money has been spent on Casto? City funds have not been spent to visit Casto. 14. Who payed for Councilor Valencia's trip to California to assess Casto? Councilor Valencia went to California on another business. While being in California attending to this business, he went to visit Casto. 15. Who funds Mveda? Mvda is funded privately, by the City and by the County. 16. What does Mveda do? Its purpose is to expand economic development by attracting businesses to this area, thus creating jobs. Companies attracted by Mvda: Car tools and Vista Corrugated. 17. Will Casto provide benefits for its employees? They may do. . 18. Several citizens expressed concerns about the process, or lack of, in dealing with Casto. 19. The group, representing citizens in the district, instructed Mr. Gustafson to vote "NO" on the Casto issue. 20. The Mayor was told by the citizens of District 2 that when they voted for him, was done with trust and confidence in his integrity.. The people do not appreciate his initiative on the Casto issue. His decisions affect the community. 21. Incentives shall be given equally to all businesses. 22. Mayor ask the citizens: Would you be amicable to Casto coming to the community if they are not financed by the City and offer 30 jobs? Answer: Yes. l 3 4 5 6 lv IZ 13 14 IS I (d r� Zv z� -z 7- z� ZZt 213 Zc. Neighborhood Meeting - February 13, 1997, University Hills Elementary NAME ADDRESS �i /cam � `-/ j �� � • � ��l C � S r Aez i -t c ` \ Q r-,%) / D � )4 rr - vk� 4 U�dG �S t yk - MtT-6tkk NwS ►Nn ST. II-y0)1 �t/ri -z 4(4- NIarMo aC'� ke,1_! I i� L I- 7 -6 Zq 3(-, 31 3Z 33 7�c �5 G1� 4� Li 2 4� 4� 44 41 1 LW 7L Neighborhood Meeting - February 13, 1997, University Hills Elementary e�d4f)(f/ NAME ADDRESS 1� 6.AJfO Y WO f- r-OW AZ vr� I k4 e, J V a- /3.3 S- n ti 06 h .2 o J` "Ll,, C1p,6;s Cf--7J ; n) r. 14��� a e�d4f)(f/ S3 54 Neighborhood Meeting - February 13, 1997, University Hills Elementary NAME ADDRESS r