The City of Carlsbad is served by numerous advisory boards. These hardworking men and women play an important role to our community and help us make sure everything is running smoothly across all city departments. The COVID-19 pandemic changed our routines. Many of our advisory boards have been unable to meet for much of the year, due to both COVID-19 safety precautions and limitations on gatherings. We look forward to getting all of these boards meeting again in the future, as we value the assistance these groups provide to the community.
We have had to continue to have a few of our advisory boards meet, due to the specific role played by these boards. We worked to hold these meetings in a way that treats COVID-19 seriously and respects the safety concerns of all involved.
Our Planning & Zoning board meets the first Monday of each month. This important board acts as the first hearing board for applicants for any zone changes, special use permits and variances. In a growing community such as Carlsbad, they keep very busy. Planning and Zoning members are James McCormick, Brad Nesser, Brigidio Garcia, Trent Cornum and Janell Whitlock.
The Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners meets the third Thursday of the month. These board members are responsible for the management and control of the waterworks and sewer systems for the City of Carlsbad. This is an extremely important board to the City of Carlsbad, or to any community, and we are fortunate to have an extremely knowledgeable board. Our Water & Sewer Commissioners are Craig Stephens, Gary Perkowski, John Bowen, Dennis Miehls and Fred Beard.
The City of Carlsbad’s Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board has also met on an as-needed basis throughout 2020, due to the nature of lodger’s tax programs. Lodger’s Tax meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Board members are currently Neil Wiggins, Dr. S.S. Dara, Dale Balzano and Milan Patel.
We have one other committee that continued to meet throughout 2020. This committee consists entirely of City Council members and is tasked with oversight on our budget. Budget Committee members are Eddie Rodriguez, Wesley Carter, Lisa Anaya Flores and Jason Shirley. Thank you again to all of our elected officials and volunteers who make running the City of Carlsbad possible. You can read the minutes of any of these meetings on our web page at https://www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com/boards-commissions-and-committees.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway