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Santa Fe mayor declares emergency over 'non-existent cell service'

Santa Fe mayor declares emergency over 'non-existent cell service'

KOB.com Web Staff
December 11, 2017 06:48 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Cell service can be pretty bad in parts of New Mexico, including Santa Fe. The problem has apparently gotten so bad that Mayor Javier Gonzales declared a state of emergency.

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In a statement released Monday, Gonzales said "The impact on police, fire and emergency medical responders is a threat to public safety. I'm declaring an emergency and taking action to improve cellular network coverage in our city."

The city says it will be working with Verizon to set up temporary facilities until a permanent solution gets underway, and those facilities will be on city property.

Here is the text of the proclamation from the mayor:

CITY OF SANTE FE

PROCLAMATION OF EMERGENCY

I, JAVIER M. GONZALES, Mayor of the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, hereby determine that an emergency exists in the City resulting from insufficient telecommunications capacity in the City, which have caused or are causing danger, or injury or damage to persons and property within the City.

I hereby invoke all of the regulations necessary to preserve the peace and order in the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico that are set forth in Section 20-1.1 through Section 20-1.5 of the Santa Fe City Code of 1987.

I hereby declare that this Proclamation will become effective upon my signature and order the City Manager to disseminate the contents hereof to the public by appropriate news media and any other means at the Manager's disposal.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

City Staff is authorized to work with Verizon Wireless to install temporary and/or mobile wireless telecommunications facilities on City property pending review and approval of fixed wireless facilities within the City; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the purpose of these temporary telecommunications facilities is to supplement the capacity of the cellular networks in the City of that emergency responders, like police, fire, and EMS will be able to better communicate with their departments, other agencies, and most importantly, the public.

This Proclamation of Emergency terminates automatically six months after it becomes effective unless sooner terminated by proclamation of the Mayor.

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