A large number of residents have stepped forward to provide assistance to those who were displaced by the apartment complex fire on Monday morning. The Eddy County Office of Emergency Management posted a heartfelt message on Facebook thanking everyone who assisted and encouraging local volunteers to reach out if they would to help through the Red Cross. Carlsbad City Councilor Jason Shirley has also led efforts to make sure that assistance is being provided. Thank you to everyone for stepping up to help these residents and families in need.
Many parents received calls from our school district about several COVID-19 positives within the school district and the impact they will have on schools for the next few weeks. According to the school district, more than 100 students have currently been quarantined as a precaution due to these positive cases, as well as several employees. Even students not under quarantine will have to make major adjustments for the next week or two. Our school district having to make a significant number of adjustments is certainly an excellent reminder that, while we are happy to be moving past the COVID-19 outbreak, we are not done with it yet. Please continue to keep students home if they have any symptoms and wear masks when possible.
Our selection committee has reviewed all of the nominations for our first annual “Spirit of Carlsbad” awards and they were amazing. The nominations truly represented everything that is great about this community and we will be sharing them with you very soon. One of our committee members, Ricky Garcia, is doing two special awards through his own Foundation and has made these announcements. Ricky is awarding his “Comeback Woman of the Year” award to Ashley Lopez and his “Comeback Kid of the Year” to Kameran Williams. We’re looking forward to sharing the names of all of our winners and honorable mentions very soon.
We also have some very special honors we will be giving out at our upcoming ceremony.
We have received notification that several of our capital outlay requests have been approved this year. These requests include $1.4 million for a Bataan lift station and $2.7 million for an Old Cavern Highway Sewer Extension, as well as communication equipment for our fire department. We have also had reauthorized funding for back-up generators for our lift stations. Lift stations are extremely important when it comes to maintaining our community and working to grow. Thank you again to our local legislators for all of their hard work.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway