Socorro Soil & Water
Open Meetings Resolution
WHEREAS, Section 10-15-1(B) of the Open Meetings Act (Sections 10-15-1 through 10-15-4 NMSA 1978) states that, except as may be otherwise provided in the Constitution or the provisions of the Open meetings Act, all meetings of a quorum of members of any board, commission, or other policy making body of any state agency held for the purpose of taking any action within the authority of such board, commission, or other policy making body, are declared to be public meetings open to the public at all times; and
WHEREAS, Any meeting subject to the Open Meetings Act at which the discussion or adoption of any proposed resolution, rule regulation or formal action occurs shall be held only after reasonable notice to the public, and WHEREAS, Section 10-15-1(D) of the Open Meetings Act requires the Socorro SWCD to determine annually what constitutes reasonable notice of its public meetings;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Socorro SWCD on this twelfth day of December 2022 that;
1. Regular meetings of the Socorro SWCD shall ordinarily be held as follows:
At 12:00 PM on the second Monday of the month at the Socorro SWCD Office in Socorro.
A proposed agenda will be available from Nyleen Stowe whose office is located at 103 Francisco de Avondo, Socorro. Notice of regular meetings will be given 5 days before the meeting to parties who request it in writing.
If Public Health Orders prevent in person meeting, the Socorro SWCD will have a Zoom meeting link listed on the agenda of each meeting. The agendas are posted on the Socorro SWCD’s website: www.socorroswcd.org.
2. Special meetings of the Socorro SWCD may be called by the Chairman or a majority of the members upon 3 days notice. Parties who have requested notice of meetings in writing will be notified by telephone.
3. Emergency meetings of the Socorro SWCD are meetings called under circumstances, which demand immediate action, by the Board of Supervisors. Although the Board of Supervisors would avoid emergency meetings whenever possible, such circumstances may occasionally arise. Emergency meetings may be called by the Chairman or a majority of members upon 8 hours notice. Parties who have requested a notice of meetings in writing will be notified by telephone.
4. Pursuant to Section 10-15-1(E) NMSA 1978, the Socorro SWCD may close a meeting to the public if the subject matter of such discussion or action is included in Subsection E of the Open Meetings Act, Section 10-15-1 NMSA 1978. If any Board or Supervisors meeting is closed pursuant to Section 10-15-1(E) NMSA 1978 such closure:
a. If made in open meeting, shall be approved by majority vote of a quorum of the Board of Supervisors and authority for the closure shall be stated in the motion calling for the vote on a closed meeting. The vote on a closed meeting shall be taken in an open meeting and the vote of each individual member is to be recorded in the minutes. Only those subjects announced or voted upon prior to closure by the Board of Supervisors may be discussed in a closed meeting; and
b. If called for when the Board of Supervisors is not an open meeting, the closed meeting shall not be held until public notice, appropriate under the circumstances, stating the specific provision of law authorizing the closed meeting is given to the members and to the general public.
Signed: J. Chris Lopez,
December 12, 2022
This resolution passed on a motion by Jose Vega and a second by Jimmy Sanchez.
Roll call vote followed: J. Chris Lopez, yes: James Sanchez, yes; Jose Vega, yes.
Attest: Nyleen Troxel Stowe, December 12, 2022, District Manager
Published in the El Defensor Chieftain on December 22, 2022