Silvas said, “As I look back, I feel good about my service and being a part of the team of other councilors and staff that is making Deming a great place to live.”
Below is the full letter to the Citizens of Deming from Mayor Silva.
As my tenure as Mayor nears an end, I reflect back on my eight years in office. During that time, the City worked thru the “Great Recession” of 2008 when our tax base had some significant declines. In spite of that setback, I am proud of the fact that I am leaving the City in a better financial position than when I came to office.
Organizationally the City has also advanced. Our Police Department became accredited by the New Mexico Self Insured Fund and has added computer aided dispatch to the police units to better serve the community. The Fire Department has advanced its ISO rating which will result in lower fire insurance premiums to the community and the department has undergone a major renovation of their facilities to increase its functionality. The City was also recognized last year as one of the highest performing cities in southern New Mexico by the Municipal Analysis Service Inc. of Austin Texas. Our score was even higher than our neighboring municipalities of Las Cruces or Silver City.
Our utility services have also changed. We now have a new transfer station and landfill. The water department has constructed a new three million gallon storage water tank which added to the two water towers that only held five hundred gallons each. The sewer plant has undergone a much needed multimillion dollar renovation to keep it functioning for many years to come. The gas department can now service customers as far south as Dona Ana Road and is completing a project to bring high pressure gas service to the north side of town, thus providing redundancy to existing gas services. Another high profile project was the reconstruction of Spruce Street after 60 years of use. Past CDBG and Colonia’s grants have enhanced our neighborhoods.
A few notable community projects that have been well received also deserve some mention. Hooten Park’s baseball fields were recently refurbished much to the delight of parents and youth. Two dog parks have been introduced to the community and are an unqualified success with pet owners. The extension of the Country Club paved walking path connecting Country Club Estates to “Pit” Park was a major addition to our urban trail system.
As I look back, I feel good about my service and being a part of the team of other councilors and staff that is making Deming a great place to live. Not to say that everything is done that needs to be done. The next administration will also have to deal with upcoming challenges and future needs of the community. Thank you Deming and staff for your support the last eight years and may your future be as productive as my term in office has been for me. God bless!
Mayor Andres Z. Silva