The City, in collaboration with Veteran leaders in the community, has identified a solution that will allow the Hometown Heroes banner program to be safely reinstated and the banners to be hung throughout the city this year. The answer: expand the locations of program, purchase new wind-shedding brackets for the banners, and limit the number of banners on each light pole (one banner per pole, specifically).
City leadership would like to thank Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for allowing the use of poles on NM state roads, as this was instrumental in the solution.
City staff worked with the light-pole manufacturer Hapco to get additional information specific to the size of the Hometown Heroes' banners, the structure of the light poles, and methods of hanging the banners, including brackets and height placement, in order to find a safe way to resume the program. The Governing Body will hold a special meeting on Monday, August 15, at 4 p.m. to vote on an amended Resolution to hang the banners. The City is purchasing the required new wind-shedding brackets, and PNM will hang the banners upon the receipt of the new equipment.