From the Office of the Rio Rancho Chamber:
The Rio Rancho City Council meeting has a number of items on the agenda tomorrow. Agenda item 18 is an extension of the city’s Health Emergency Declaration that was originally declared on March 13th by Mayor Hull. This extension is crucial for the city to be eligible to participate in potential emergency funding for the city. The Emergency Declaration at the state level made EIDL funding available throughout the state and now Congress is looking at potential relief for states, cities and counties. The declaration date is being extended to July 31st, which aligns with the Governors tiered opening dates. This declaration has no effect on current or future business openings or closings, as these decisions can only be made at the state level. We look forward to hearing from the Governor this week on her reopening plans. Please look for the Chamber’s Grand Reopening information after the Governor announces the states reopening plans and compliance information at RRRCC.org
The following is a message from the Mayor Gregg Hull offering clarification of the agenda item.
From the Office of the Mayor:
Dear Rio Rancho business owners:
As your mayor, I along with mayors across the state are working hard to provide solutions to the Governor and her staff on how we as municipalities can aide in the reopening of businesses in our communities. My number one objective (which I know is shared by business owners throughout the city and state) is to find a safe path to bringing the economy back on line.
We understand that protecting employees and patrons is paramount and I am convinced Rio Rancho businesses are prepared to meet the challenge.
The Governor has released a baseline of “Corona Safe Practices” along with a tentative three phase approach to reopening, we, as your local government and chamber, stand ready to assist in implementing the reopening and safe practices protocols.
The City has received a number of inquiries regarding the resolution to extend the declaration of a local health care emergency, which is on the Governing Body’s upcoming meeting agenda and was initially approved in March. Extending the Health Care Emergency Declaration allows the City to issue special orders and rules related to public health concerns and to potentially seek state and federal aid for costs associated with a public health emergency.
This resolution only pertains to City of Rio Rancho operations and has no bearing on the operations of local businesses. Stay-at-home orders and limitations on private business operations are pursuant to State law, which the City cannot supersede.
Our top priorities are the health and safety of the citizens, visitors, and businesses in our community. In response to this unprecedented health emergency, we are complying with all orders issued by the Governor’s Office and the New Mexico Department of Health.
Greggory D. Hull – Mayor