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By Roger Lanse

At the Silver City Town Council’s Nov, 12, 2019 meeting, Silver City Museum Director Brett Roselli told council that the SCM has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Roselli said the museum’s staff has been working hard, calling it a ‘forced march,’ to get everything re-organized to meet accreditation requirements, reaching that goal in six months as opposed to most museums needing 18 months. The AAM is composed of 5,000 museums across the country. Roselli said, “This is the highest honor a museum could get in the United States. This is recognized as the field’s gold standard for museum excellence and signifies a museum’s quality and credibility.”

District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison reminded residents that the District 1 Territorial Charter Volunteer Work Day is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at 23rd and Yucca streets, to test a traffic calming measure. The event will be rescheduled in case of rain or snow. Mayor Ken Ladner then declared Saturday, Nov. 16 to be rain free – no need for umbrellas.

District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano assured residents with respect to Gough Park that no construction or changes are going to happen for quite a while yet. “There is a plan and that plan is going to take several years to come up with,” she said. “There will be a whole recreational plan that happens before any construction is done.”

Ladner read a letter received from two visitors who experienced vehicle trouble while in Silver City and who expressed praise for city employees who came to their rescue.

Gary Stailey, who heads a team of about 14 young people completing various projects around town, reported that on three Saturdays in October and November, the team moved nearly 30 tons of rock to W. Highway 180 medians making it “look so much better.” Ladner interjected that the manager of Pizza Hut, completely unexpectedly, donated and brought over several pizzas for the team.

Stailey also referred to an upcoming event on Saturday, Nov. 23, when the team will connect trails around the perimeter of Boston Hill for hiking and bicycle riding.

Council approved a special dispenser permit, and waiver to allow alcohol service near a church, at 601 N. Bullard Street for the Power & Light Holiday Market on Dec. 5, 2019, with alcohol service from 5-9 p.m.

Council also approved a resolution authorizing the town to enter into a loan/grant agreement with the Colonias Infrastructure Board of the New Mexico Finance Authority for improvements to Ridge Road. The grant of $722,000, and loan of $80,000, will allow repaving, and construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and a bike lane, from Highway 90 to Pheasant Drive. Town Manager Alex Brown told the Beat this project should be completed in the late summer of 2020.

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