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Mayor Ken Ladner's message regarding COVID-19
Hi, this is Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner,
I would like to thank all of you who are following the advice of New Mexico’s Governor and the Department of Health to “Stay At Home”, and when necessary to leave home, practice social distancing, wear a face mask, and practice good hygiene. Your efforts have paid off. The number of COVID-19 virus cases in Grant County have remained relatively low and constant. But we must not let our guard down.
I have received numerous emails, phone calls and other communications requesting, and even demanding, that I, as Mayor, allow our small businesses to open. I have lived in Silver City for 43 years and know how important our small businesses are, not only to the small retail business owner, but to the economy of Silver City. However, it is a state law that neither the Mayor, Town Council, or Town Manager has the authority to "Open the Town”. That authority rests solely with our Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
One mayor in New Mexico has challenged the Governor’s authority to issue her Public Health Order closing all businesses except “essential” businesses. However, according to the State’s Attorney General, Hector H. Balderas, "The Governor’s executive and public health emergency orders are effective statewide, holding the full force of law as enacted by the Legislature. In fact, Section 12-10-10 of the All Hazards Emergency Management Act, which is invoked when a Public Health Emergency was declared on March 11, 2020, states that it is the duty of all political subdivisions of the state……to comply with and enforce all executive orders and rules made by the Governor or under the Governor’s authority pursuant to law". We in Silver City Government will honor that law.
Although our Town government cannot open up Silver City in the way some citizens would like, we have a Task Force comprised of Town, County, Chamber of Commerce, and other community leaders that are working at the request of the Governor with our small businesses to help them create plans for reopening safely so as to protect their employees and customers. Various plans throughout New Mexico have already been submitted to the Governor. Our task force will submit its plan to the Governor next week.
The Governor had a press conference on Thursday, April 30, and presented her preliminary plan to reopen businesses in a “Phased In” process. She announced an easing up on some restrictions including the guidelines for the opening of small retail businesses, golf courses and others. Her press conference can be viewed on her Facebook page, “Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham”.
Silver City will be opening its golf course, and all parks on Saturday, May 2nd, except Penny Park. Once again, thank you for all that you are doing to protect yourself, your family, and others from the COVID-19 virus.
Mayor Ladner message about COVID-19
NM Attorney General Letter to City of Grants Mayor