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 Author: Ski
PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:59 pm 
A few of my thoughts about writing and submitting a resolution to the town council; hope they may be of some use:

Resolutions contain a title, preamble (Whereas clauses) and a Resolved clause(s).

The Title should succinctly state the main issue addressed by the resolution.

Whereas clauses should be succinct explanations of the rationale of the resolution. They should be arranged in a logical order and each such clause should form the argument on behalf of the Resolved clause(s).

Resolved clauses are meant to achieve the main policy goals of the resolution. They should be stated in the affirmative and each resolved clause should stand on its own.

Recommendation:

    Write the draft resolution yourself. In other words, don’t ask a councilperson or the mayor to write it for you. (It’s ok, of course, to write it in consultation with a town councilor, but you should do the heavy lifting.)

    Make the resolution as clear and as short as possible.

    The more you can tie the resolution into the local community the greater the chance it will be adopted. (It may be difficult, if not impossible, to get the proposed resolution adopted if some nexus to the local community is absent from it.)

    Be prepared to defend the arguments in your resolution (the Whereas clauses) with facts and figures. Because a resolution presents an issue and proposes a solution(s) to the issue, it is critical that you intimately know the facts about all parts of your resolution.

    Developing your Resolved clause(s) first will make it easier to limit the Whereas clauses to relevant and necessary background information.

    Check and recheck the resolution for errors in spelling and grammar before submitting it.

After the resolution has been drafted, ask to meet with your town councilor to review and discuss it with him or her. Try to incorporate whatever recommendations the councilor may offer into the resolution. If the councilor supports the resolution, ask him or her to submit it to the mayor (see next point).

Because the mayor controls what goes on the agenda for the town council meetings, the final draft resolution will ultimately have to be presented to the mayor with a request to put it on an upcoming agenda. (The mayor may also have some language suggestions for the resolution before he/she agrees to put it on a council meeting agenda.)

Also, don’t forget to attend the town council meeting where your resolution will be discussed -- and be prepared to advocate for its adoption.

Finally, as an example, the following resolution is one I authored, which was unanimously adopted by the Silver City town council on February 23, 2010:


RESOLUTION NO. 2010-10

SUPPORTING THE BANNING OF ANIMAL TRAPPING ON NEW MEXICO PUBLIC LANDS THROUGH THE USE OF STEEL-JAW TRAPS, KILL-TYPE TRAPS, SNARE TRAPS, AND ANY MODIFIED VERSION OF ANY SUCH TRAP


WHEREAS, commercial and recreational trapping of furbearing animals using hidden and unmarked strangulation snares, steel-jaw and other body-gripping animal traps is permitted on many of New Mexico’s public lands, including in the nearby Gila National Forest, Ft. Bayard Game Refuge and Gila Wilderness; and

WHEREAS, strangulation snares, steel-jaw and other body-gripping animal traps are not particular about the age, sex or species they capture, their use on public lands results in the unnecessary pain, suffering, maiming and killing of untold numbers of “nontarget” animals, including domestic dogs and cats, rabbits, deer, songbirds, eagles, owls, hawks and all manner of threatened and endangered species; and

WHEREAS, millions of people and numerous organizations, including the American Veterinarian Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the World Veterinary Association, and the National Animal Control Association, have declared steel-jaw traps to be inhumane; and

WHEREAS, trappers are not required to mark the location of their set traps in the nearby Gila National Forest, Ft. Bayard Game Refuge, nor on any other public land that borders the Town of Silver City; and

WHEREAS, humans have suffered injuries and companion animals have been injured, maimed and killed by hidden and unmarked steel-jaw traps in the Gila National Forest and on other public lands that border the Town of Silver City; and

WHEREAS, tourism to the Gila National Forest and the Town is of major economic benefit and concern to the Town of Silver City and its merchants and residents; and

WHEREAS, ending the use of strangulation snares, steel-jaw and other body-gripping animal traps on New Mexico’s public lands will benefit the Town of Silver City by eliminating a practice that takes away from the tourist-friendly environment of our region and Town, resulting in an even greater appreciation of the wondrous natural environment that surrounds our Town and thereby creating a stronger Town;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Council of the Town of Silver City supports the banning of animal trapping on New Mexico public lands through the use of steel-jaw traps, kill-type traps, snare traps, and any modified version of any such traps.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the the Town Council of the Town of Silver City adopts this resolution and encourages Congressman Harry Teague to support the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act, H.R. 3710, which proposes to ban the use of steel-jaw traps, kill-type traps, snare traps, and any modified version of any such traps in our National Wildlife Refuge System.

PASSED, ADOPTED and APPROVED this 23rd day of February, 2010


________________________________
James R. Marshall, Mayor

Attest:


________________________________
Ann L. Mackie, Town Clerk

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