GALLUP CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2023; 6:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor
Linda Garcia, Councilor, Dist. 1 Michael Schaaf, Councilor, Dist. 2
Sarah Piano, Councilor, Dist. 3 Fran Palochak, Councilor, Dist. 4
Maryann Ustick, City Manager
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These items are placed on the Consent Agenda so City Council can designate by unanimous consent those routine items they wish to be approved or acknowledged by one motion. If any item does not meet the approval of all Council members or if a citizen so requests, it will be heard as a separate item.
Motion to approve or acknowledge Items 1-12 on the Consent Agenda by unanimous vote:
December 6, 2022 Work Session
January 3, 2023 Special Meeting
January 10, 2023 Regular Meeting
January 24 2023 Regular Meeting
We have ended fiscal year 2022 with unspent expenditure funding in the general fund in the amount of $5,155,707. The current policy is that we will move these funds into the vehicle replacement fund to help with the purchase of general fund equipment and vehicle needs for FY 2024. On September 13, 2022 you approved allocating $2,500,000 of these funds to the new police building. I am requesting budget authority to transfer the remaining funds of $2,655,707 from the general fund into the vehicle replacement fund.
The Senior Program has received and amended FY 21-22 ARP Contract from the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging (NMAAA) state and federal contract. This award will cover Direct Service expenses associated with the Gallup Senior Program.
A. Amended Contract NO. 2021-2022-60013 ARP Federal and State Sub-Award ($9,508.00) - City Project No. GS2204
B. NMAAA OAA-SYS Contracts and Reimbursement System document.
C. City budget general ledger worksheet.
Upon review of the current Information Technology (IT) budget, shortages were discovered in the Overtime, Maintenance, and Professional Service accounts. The IT Department requests a budget adjustment for the following:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Purchasing Department's Travel account is short $3500. for additional travel and training expenses which are essential in the updates of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software aka Naviline. The aforementioned training was scheduled after the budget was finalized.
The current contract for general legal services has expired. This contract provides for consultation with city officials and employees on any matter referred by the City Attorney.
The Keep Gallup Clean & Beautiful Board recommends the appointment of Brent Crowe to fill a vacant position on the board.
Janet Li-Tempest, Carolyn Kuchera and Shawn Nelson are recommended for reappointment to the Library Advisory Board. Percy Byron Anderson is recommended as a new appointee to fill the remaining vacancy on the board.
For CDBG funding, each local government must certify that it will affirmatively further fair housing. To that end, a "Fair Housing Proclamation" must be adopted by the local governing body at an open pubic meeting which publicizes the community's commitment to fair housing.
Staff proposes proclaiming 24 March 2023 as Fair Housing Day.
For CDBG funding, each local government must annually certify the following:
Citizen Participation -- Developing a Citizen Participation Plan is a Federal requirement for grantees who receive CDBG funds. The Citizen Participation Plan states that citizens will be provided with reasonable notices and timely access to local meetings in order to solicit their input and project ideas for the CDBG program. Its adoption by resolution is a requirement for CDBG projects.
Fair Housing -- Certifies the City of Gallup's commitment to the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to affirmatively further fair housing, which prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, leasing, and financing of housing or land to be used for the construction of housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or nation origin.
Residential Anti-Displacement & Relocation Assistance -- Whenever Federal funds, such as CDBG, are used in a project involving the acquisition, rehabilitation, or demolition of real property, a Federal law known as the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Properties Acquisition Policies Act (URA) may apply. The purpose of the URA is to provide fair and equitable treatment for person whose real property is acquired or for persons displaced as a result of a CDBG funded project or activity.
Section 3 Plan -- Section 3 a provision of the HUD Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic development, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 Program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance - to the greatest extent feasible - provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low or very low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their community. Every CDBG grantee is required to adopt a "Section 3 Plan" by resolution for CDBG projects.
Procurement -- Certifies its compliance with Federal Procurement (24 CFR Part 85.36) and New Mexico Procurement Code (§13-1-120 NMSA 1978) by adopting a procurement policy for CDBG projects.
Formal Bid No. 2224 was advertised with only one (1) bid received. Adame Construction, Inc. of Los Lunas, New Mexico was the sole bidder in the total amount of $372,403.01 including New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax.
Replace the Ray Well collector line on State Road 264 crossing by open cut including 20" steel casing (L=I05') and 12" AWWA C900 DRl8 restrained joint PVC waterline (L= I05') complete and in place. For removal and disposal of existing 10" waterline including 18" steel casing and fittings as shown in plans. For Tie-ins "A" and "B" to existing 10" waterline as detailed, For NMDOT asphalt pavement patch (8-inches of SP-111 or SP-IV HMA on 10-inches of Type II basecourse), complete and in place. Removal and proper disposal of asphalt.
For implementation, execution, and maintenance of traffic control including replacement of pavement markings removed during waterline construction. This item also includes installation of temporary asphalt medium crossovers.
Bid - $372,403.01 x 15% Contingency ($55,860.46) = $428,263.47
Allocated in Fund 306:
Ray Collector Line - $284,680.06 project #JU2208
Budget Transfer to project # JU2208: ($144,203)
$80,876 project #JU2013 - replace waterline on Victoria - project complete
$63,327 project #JU2105 - replace waterline on Marguerite Franco - project complete
Total project funding: $ 284,680.06 + $144,203 = $428,883.06
On September 27, 2022 City Council approved the acceptance of the McKinley County Industrial Park water line extension and upgrade for the EDA Grant award funding in the amount of $3,515,108.00.
DePauli Engineering and Surveying LLC has submitted a design proposal in the amount of $277,900.04.
Scope of Work: City of Gallup - 2018/2019/07/P Design services - prepare water well house and equipping specifications and bid documents for two (2) City of Gallup wells and the same for a waterline to the McKinley County Industrial Park/Carbon Coal Road For EDA Project No.08-79-05634.
Stalwart Productions, LLC, has submitted a request for the closure of 5th Street between Highway 66 and Coal Avenue, the alleyway between Highway 66 and Coal Avenue from 3rd Street to 5th Street and the parking lot west of the Rex Museum. The purpose of the closures is to film scenes for the TV series Dark Winds. The film shoot was to take place on January 20, 2023; however, it was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
The City has advertised, conducted interviews and reached an agreement with David R. Eason to be the new City Attorney. An employment agreement has been negotiated with Mr. Eason who will work for an annual salary of $115,000 and shall be entitled to:
The agreement is conditioned upon Mr. Eason being licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico pursuant to the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar (Chapter 15, NMRA) and shall become effective on the date Mr. Eason is so licensed. Mr. Eason shall not be entitled to any compensation or other benefits prior to the date of issuance of the license.
The term of the agreement is for three years unless terminated earlier as provided by the agreement. If the City terminates the agreement on or before March 1, 2024, Mr. Eason shall be entitled to six months' severance pay. If the City terminates the agreement after March 1, 2024, Mr. Eason shall be entitled to three months' severance pay. If Mr. Eason resigns his position, he must give the City 90 days written notice of his intent to resign, unless a lesser period is agreed to by the City and Mr. Eason.
The employment provided for in the agreement shall be Mr. Eason's sole employment. The City acknowledges that Mr. Eason is required to complete work (two appeals) from his previous law practice in Colorado. Under the agreement, Mr. Eason will not be allowed to perform legal services on the Colorado appeals during regular business hours, nor in a manner that interferes with his duties to the City.
The National Opioid Settlement came before the Council three times in 2022: January 11, March 22, and June 14. During those meetings the Council approved (1) participating in a national settlement involving claims asserted against Jansen Pharmaceuticals/Johnson & Johnson and three distributors, (2) the allocation amounts for the proposed settlement, and (3) the election to receive settlement proceeds independent of those to be paid to McKinley County.
Tonight, the Council is asked to approve settlements arising from a lawsuit filed by the State of New Mexico against four retail pharmacy chains: Albertsons, CVS Pharmacy, Kroger, and Walmart Pharmacy. The settlements with these four pharmacy chains will result in payments totaling $274,000,000. From that amount, approximately $82,800,000 will be paid to the outside law firms who were retained to file the lawsuits. In addition, the City will be required to reimburse the State for a portion of its attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in directing the litigation. From the total amounts available to local governments, and based on an allocation percentage of 0.7722895935%, the City’s share is anticipated to be $643,251.58. Up to 15% of the City’s share of the settlement proceeds may be withheld by the State for an “attorney fee backstop fund” for the outside counsel involved in suing the defendants on behalf of the State and local governments. That amount may ultimately be paid to the City at a later date if outside counsel are able to obtain full payment of their requested fees from other sources. The settling pharmacies have already funded the settlements, and the funds are being held in an account controlled by the New Mexico Attorney General’s office. The funds (minus the backstop funds) are to be paid within thirty (30) days of the date of execution of the required Participation Agreements. The City is not required to participate in the settlement. In the event it elects not to do so, its allocated share of the respective settlements will be returned to the settling defendants. Pursuant to the New Mexico Opioid Settlement Agreement previously approved by the Council, the use of the settlement funds is subject to specific remediation purposes.
To receive funds from the settlement, the City is required to execute a Participation Agreement for each settling defendant and return it to the Attorney General by March 1, 2023. By executing the Participation Agreement, Gallup will be releasing any and all claims it presently has against each of the participating pharmacies, including claims that may exist at this time but of which the City is not actually aware. The underlying lawsuit filed by the State against the four retail pharmacies will be dismissed. That portion of the lawsuit that involved claims against a fifth pharmacy, Walgreens, has concluded and the parties are awaiting a ruling by the assigned Judge.
Approval to authorize the City Manager to execute the New Mexico Opioid Litigation / Retail Pharmacy Settlement Participation Agreements.
Members of the public are invited to comment on matters not appearing on the meeting agenda.