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Raton City Commission Introduces Personnel Ordinance Changes

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners dealt with a myriad of topics Tuesday evening October 25 at their regular meeting including hearing from Roy Fernandez the UMWA union representative, who represent three of the city unions, about the proposed changes to the personnel policies and collective bargaining ordinance.

The city introduced changes to the city ordinance that governs the personal policy and collective bargaining. The change will establish a Labor Management Relations Board to handle negotiations with a union should negotiations hit a stale mate. According to Fernandez this constitutes a significant change to the city ordinance that would negate its grandfathered status and require it to be subject to the Public Employee Bargaining Act or PEBA.  (Link to section-33.28 of Personal Ordinance)

According to City Manager Scott Berry the city attorney has worded the changes to make sure it isn’t considered a significant change, and therefore doesn’t fall under PEBA. Fernandez was at odds with the way the board would be established and that appears to have come from a misunderstanding in communicating the changes in the ordinance. Since this is just an introduction there will be another public hearing on the matter before commissioners give their final approval to the changes later in November.

In other business, Commissioners approved Raton MainStreet’s Safe Trick or Treat event and the third annual Festival of Lights event. They also approved the Raton Chamber Halloween trick or treat event that will be held at Roundhouse Park on October 30th.

Land owners on the Old Pass represented by Steve Hayden, requested that the city limit access to the area because of vandalism, trash dumping and illegal shooting. Commissioner Ron Chavez noted that there had been one residence shot up multiple times and that roofing material and furniture had been dumped along the road. The city will look into a locked gate and even possibly deeding the road to a home owner’s association that will be responsible for their own road maintenance. Berry noted that the road is very low on the maintenance list for the city.

Commissioners also will setup a committee to review the animal ordinance submitted a few months ago by the Raton Humane Society.

The City is still needing volunteers for city boards. Neal Crowley applied for the lodger’s tax board, but the statute states the opening needs someone in the tourism sector to fill that position. The Commission appointed Stephanie Calabro to the ETZ zoning board.

Commissioners approved the Lodger’s Tax board recommendation to give Raton MainStreet $3000 for advertising of the upcoming holiday events.

Commissioners heard from City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci about the capitol assets inventory. She noted that it is finally complete and that all categories balance out. Commissioners certified the asset inventory for 2016.

Commissioners then approved the Financial Report noting that the GRT showed an increase of 10.1204% or $93.833.49 increase over what they budgeted. They also approved budget adjustment #3 for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2017.  (Link to financial-report)  (Link to budget-adjustment-3)

Commissioners then approved the new bid for the parking lot at the new Troy Street fire station after the original bid which included landscaping and other items was bid at well over the budgeted amount. Chief Jim Matthews noted that much of the other items could wait till next year to be taken care of. The bid for the paving project came it a $149,933, and was awarded to WM Serazio and Company.  The fire department only had $150,000 available for the project.

Danielle Esparza gave a short report on the Juvenile Justice Grant application noting this one was much easier to create than it had been in past. The city is the fiscal agent for the grant and receives over $5000 to administer the grant for the Colfax County Juvenile Justice Continuum. The organization serves schools in both Colfax and Union counties.

City Manager Berry noted that city crews had spent time reworking buckled sidewalks and patching potholes this last week. He and Jason Phillips gave a presentation on the Great Blocks plan to the NM State MainStreet in Las Vegas last week.

3rd and 5th graders toured the recycle center and the flag poles at the Raton Veterans park across the street from Legion Park had been replaced. Lead abatement is continuing this week at the armory near the Crews Field Airport and should be completed soon. Once completed the city will get the deed for the property when the armory board meets in December.

Commissioners will meet again on November 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the commission chambers.

 

City Manager Scott Berry asked the Raton Fire Fighters if Roy Fernandez with the UMWA was representing their union at Tuesday evenings meeting.

City Manager Scott Berry asked the Raton Fire Fighters if Roy Fernandez with the UMWA was representing their union at Tuesday evenings meeting.

 

Roy Fernandez came before the commission to talk about the changes in the personal ordinance that the commission introduced Tuesday evening.

Roy Fernandez came before the commission to talk about the changes in the personnel ordinance that the commission introduced Tuesday evening.

 

Raton Water Works General Manager Dan Campbell explains what he knows about the changes to the ordinance that have occurred over the years since it became and ordinance in 1974.

Raton Water Works General Manager Dan Campbell explains what he knows about the changes to the ordinance that have occurred over the years since it became and ordinance in 1974.

Raton Veterans Park Gets New Flagpoles

Raton Memorial Veterans Park has a new and improved look as City of Raton Public Works staff installed 8 brand-new flagpoles for the flags at the park located on Legion Drive.

Raton Parks and Rec Director Jarod Chatterly said the poles were purchased and installed for a cost of about $2,500 with help from the Raton Elks Lodge #865, The Raton VFW post #1793 and the DAV.  The American flag pole is 20 feet tall and the other seven service and POW flags will rest on 15 foot poles.

The park was dedicated in October of 2015 and is to recognize those from Raton who served in all branches of service.  Brick pavers are still available for purchase for $50 to recognize those from Raton who served our country.  Contact Raton Parks and Rec or Ron Chavez for information or to purchase a brick.

PBW Hosts Candidate Forum

The Raton PBW hosted a Candidates Forum Monday evening in the Shuler Theater.

On hand at the forum were:

Jeff Carr and Landon Newton candidates for Colfax County Commissioner, District 3.

Kathy Trujillo and Vicki Walton, Candidates for Treasurer

Joyce Valdez, a write-in candidate, and Rayetta LeDoux Trujillo for Colfax County Clerk

Tim Crone a write-in candidate for NM Public Education Commission

Michael Romero for House of Representatives, District 3

 

In Loving Memory of Rosando S. Casaus Jr.

Rosando S. Casaus Jr., age 54, passed away at Parkview Medical Center on October 23, 2016 after a lengthy illness.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

At his request cremation to follow  with no services.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

RHS Robotics Rocks Again

RHS Robotics Team GRRT traveled on Saturday, Oct 22 to TSJC and  took the 2016 BEST Robotics Championship themed “Bet the Farm”.  Sponsored through SoCo Best @ Trinidad State Junior College, the RHS Robotics Team GRRT was awarded:

A team from Raton, made up of 7th through 11th graders, dominated this year.  The Raton team took home first place trophies in four of the seven categories. Two teams qualified for the regional BEST competition to be held December 2 and 3 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  They are Raton and Manzanola.

BEST Awards (this is for the displays and notebooks showing the design methodology)

  • Raton
  • Manzanola
  • Trinidad Middle School

Game Awards (this is the performance part of the competition)

  • Raton
  • Primero
  • Branson
  • Trinidad Middle School

Creative DesignRaton

Most Robust Machine

Raton

Sportsmanship Award

Trinidad Middle School

 

Software Design and Simulation

Raton

Rookie Team Award

Monte Vista

Team Members are:
Noah Schoonover, Donavin Mendez, Brooke Fleming, Benjamin Sanchez, Jaden Martinez Rhianna Hopper, Baylor Walton, Ella Sanchez, Lauren Lucero, Zebadiah Medina, Lane Doyon,
and Riley Hopper
Coaches: Jo Ahlm and Elizabeth Wick

The team will be representing Raton and our Hub Southern Colorado BEST of TSJC at Regional Competition in Ft. Smith, Ark. again this year.

We would like to thank the support of the RHS administration, our mentors, teachers and especially parents.

We would like to thank and recognize our sponsors thus far: XTO as a Gold Level Sponsor, Alpine Lumber Company, Burns Do it Center, Tractor Supply Company and The Center for Sustainable Community

GRRT is working on a fundraising schedule, and although they have a treasury,  the team has grown larger.  They will need to ask our generous and supportive community for support in the next 3 weeks to help them continue our commitment to work our BEST and will be on KRTN’s “This, That and the Other” as soon as we have clear details.

Regular Meeting: Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District

The Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District will meet in regular session on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Raton Post Office, 245 Park Avenue, Raton, New Mexico. The meeting is open to the public and the following business will be conducted:

AGENDA
November 1, 2016
10:00 am

a) Call to Order & Roll Call
b) Approval of Agenda
c) Approval of October 4, 2016 Minutes
d) Special Reports
e) General Correspondence
f) Old Business
a) Discuss/Action Planning of Projects and Priorities
g) New Business
a) Discussion/Action – NMACD 2016 Positon Statements
h) Adjournment

A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District office, Room 206 of the Raton Post Office, Raton, NM 87740.

____________/s/____________
Gerald K. Seward, Chair
Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District

Lady Tigers Tame Lady Panthers In Three

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

It took the varsity three games to tame the Lady Panthers from Pecos Saturday evening but a different story for the JV as Raton dropped both games in the match to Pecos.

It was a slow start as Raton JV volleyball took to the court and allowed Pecos to take an early lead in the both games. The JV Lady Tigers simply couldn’t make the hits over the net and quickly fell behind. Pecos continued to dominate at the net as Raton had trouble handling the slams over the net with many pass attempts going wide or out of bounds.

Pecos  25  25

Raton  14  14

Alexis Romero makes the hit during the JV Saturday afternoon in tiger Gym against Pecos Lady Panthers

Alexis Romero makes the hit during the JV Saturday afternoon in tiger Gym against Pecos Lady Panthers

 

In the varsity match Raton starts out game one with serves out of bounds and slams that also found the far side of the floor. By the mid point in game one Raton finally began to find the handle on the ball and with strong play at the net managed to take the lead and quickly make the point spread and won the game handily.

Game two saw Raton not only take the lead but dominate the play at the net as well as on the serve. Pecos simply faltered and was unable to make the hits to keep the ball in play.

Game three became the game of the match as Raton took an early and commanding lead only to falter and watch as Pecos closed the gap to four. Raton managed to keep the four point spread throughout the remainder of the game until Pecos found a rhythm and tied the game at 22, again at 23 and took the lead at 25. As the tension built Raton finally managed to break the tie and bring home the win as Pecos missed a couple of hits over the net.

Pecos  13  6  26

Raton  25  25  28

 

Alina Pilmore meets Faith Flores at the net as Pilmore slams the ball over the net as Flores goes for the block.

Alina Pilmore meets Faith Flores at the net as Pilmore slams the ball over the net as Flores goes for the block.

 

Alina Pilmore and Faith Flores meet at the net once again during the district match in tiger gym.

Alina Pilmore and Faith Flores meet at the net once again during the district match in tiger gym.

 

Camryn Mileta makes the hit as Faith Flores again goes for the block.

Camryn Mileta makes the hit as Faith Flores again goes for the block.

 

Its a close one as Montana Trujillo and Halle Medina meet on the floor going for the set.

Its a close one as Montana Trujillo and Halle Medina meet on the floor going for the set.

 

The ball falls down the net as Jadyn Walton meets Reyna Perez at the net. Walton made the block as Perez made the tip over the net.

The ball falls down the net as Jadyn Walton meets Reyna Perez at the net. Walton made the block as Perez made the tip over the net.

 

Autumn Archuleta makes the tip over the net during the district match with Pecos Saturday.

Autumn Archuleta makes the tip over the net during the district match with Pecos Saturday.

 

Casandra Muller meets Alina Pillmore and Tasha Ortega at the net.

Casandra Muller meets Alina Pillmore and Sophia Maddaleni at the net.

 

Faith Flores goes for the block as Camryn Mileta makes the tip over the net.

Faith Flores goes for the block as Camryn Mileta makes the tip over the net.

Raton Faces Tough Texico Team First Time Ever in the Jungle

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Friday night football in Raton saw another first as the Texico Wolverines entered the jungle for the first time ever as Texico was placed in District 5AAA football.

Mark Chicarelli was honored with a proclamation and his jersey on the wall of fame at Tiger Stadium Friday night.

Mark Chicarelli was honored with a proclamation and his jersey on the wall of fame at Tiger Stadium Friday night.

Another first took place in the jungle before the game as two-time national championship player Mark Chicarelli was honored for his football accomplishments both at Raton High and the University of Northern Colorado. Chicarelli quite accidentally ended up filling a running back position at UNC and helped that team win two national championships. He also noted that those winning teams had one of the best GPAs as a group at the school. He also noted that it is important to keep the grades up as he was courted by a professional team but due to injury was unable to play. Today Chicarelli holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees and works for a pharmaceutical firm.

Texico took the opening kickoff to the 30 and then marched it down field but was unable to pass the goal line as the Raton defense held on string forcing the Wolverines to turn the ball over on downs at the 15-yardline. Raton’s hope for a TD were dashed when Juaquin Bravo intercepted a Dustin Segura pass and took it to the Raton 14-yardline.

Mason Golden the big running back that Raton had trouble containing Friday night took the ball in for six from the 4-yardline. Tyler Romans finished it off with the 2-point conversion and at 5:17 in the first quarter left it an 8-0 ball game.

Dustin Segura crosses the goal line for Raton's first score of the night

Dustin Segura crosses the goal line for Raton’s first score of the night

Raton however would finish off the first quarter with a solid drive down field and would start off the second quarter with a 14-yard romp by Dustin Segura for six. Jonathan Cabriales made the jump for the ball on the 2-point conversion and to make it an 8-8 ball game.

Texaco took the ball and opened it up but stalled with a holding penalty and were forced to punt with 4th and long. Raton took the wobbly punt at the 42 and moved down field but a holding penalty negated a 53-yard footrace to pay dirt by Jonathan Cabriales. The Tigers however didn’t give up and achieved a first down on a long count and off-sides penalty to keep the drive alive. With a combination of runs by Cabriales and Segura along with a pass to Gabe Martinez Raton moved up field. With only seconds left on the clock Segura took to scrambling for a 6-yard TD and Cabriales tacked on the 2-point conversion with another catch.

Not to be denied the Wolverines took to the air after a long kickoff return to the Raton 43 and ended the half with an incomplete pass in the end zone leaving the halftime score at Raton 16-8.

Isaac Ortiz with only a couple of steps booted the ball into the end zone for a touchback giving Raton the ball on the 20 to start the second half. The series was a short one and Raton was forced to punt it away. Three plays later Gabe Martinez finds a Lance Myers pass to give the ball back to Raton at the 37. Raton drove the ball down field to end the series with a pass interception by Skyler Davis in the end zone. Texico would capitalize on the turnover and take it 80 yards where Cayd Bilbrey would finish it off with a 24-yard pass play for six. The Raton defense however would stop Mason Golden just short of the goal line leaving it 14-16.

Raton fumbled the ball on a miss handled handoff giving the ball back to Texico to finish off the third period. Two plays later Golden pounded it through the goal line for six but the 2-point try failed leaving it a 20-16 game. From that point Raton struggled with penalties coming at the wrong time and turned the ball over on downs as did Texico on their next series.

Texico with a slim lead went into time management mode with 4:05 on the clock and worked the ball down field where Tyler Romans took it in from the one-yardline with 59 seconds on the clock. The 2-point try failed and left Texico with a 10-point lead at 26-16.

Raton again struggled but with only seconds on the clock managed to get 50 yards on pass plays to Cabriales. In a last ditch effort Segura puts it up and Texico’s Skyler Davis pulls it in, in the end zone with 8-seconds on the clock. Texico takes a knee to end the game with their second district win.

Raton has a two-week break before taking on Tucumcari for their final home and district game of the season. Raton will have to see how the other teams in the district fair over the next two weeks to see where they may fall in the standings. After Friday night both Santa Rosa and Texico have two wins in district play while Raton and Tucumcari have one win while Clayton falls to 0-2.

Raton City Manager Scott Berry, Mark Chicarelli, Former Raton Coach Tom Vertavec and Raton City Commissioner Ron Chavez honor Mark with a proclamation and a jersey fro Mark's accomplishments both on the field and in life.

Raton City Manager Scott Berry, Mark Chicarelli, Former Raton Coach Tom Vertavec and Raton City Commissioner Ron Chavez honor Mark with a proclamation and a jersey fro Mark’s accomplishments both on the field and in life.

 

Big Senior Mason Golden(28) takes the handoff and plows up field, a force Raton had trouble dealing with all night.

Big Senior Mason Golden(28) takes the handoff and plows up field, a force Raton had trouble dealing with all night.

 

Jonathan Cabriales' run comes to an end as five Wolverines make the tackle.

Jonathan Cabriales’ run comes to an end as five Wolverines make the tackle.

 

Jonathan Cabriales makes the jump and the catch for the 2-point conversion tying the ball game at 8.

Jonathan Cabriales makes the jump and the catch for the 2-point conversion tying the ball game at 8.

 

Gabe Martinez gets a hand up which must have been just enough of a distraction for Isaac Ortiz to just miss this pass near the end zone Friday night.

Gabe Martinez gets a hand up which must have been just enough of a distraction for Isaac Ortiz to just miss this pass near the end zone Friday night.

 

Cayd Bilbrey makes the catch and scrambles for six as Skyler Davis indicates touchdown

Cayd Bilbrey makes the catch and scrambles for six as Skyler Davis indicates touchdown

 

The Raton defense does their job and stops Mason Golden from crossing the goal line for the 2-point conversion leaving the score 14-16 Raton.

The Raton defense does their job and stops Mason Golden from crossing the goal line for the 2-point conversion leaving the score 14-16 Raton.

 

Joaquin Bravo just gets a hand on the ball as he and Jonathan Cabriales go up for the pass from Dustin Segura.

Joaquin Bravo just gets a hand on the ball as he and Jonathan Cabriales go up for the pass from Dustin Segura.

 

Jonathan Cabriales makes the catch near the end of the game as Raton makes a last ditch effort to score.

Jonathan Cabriales makes the catch near the end of the game as Raton makes a last ditch effort to score.

 

It's a hail mary pass to the end zone for Dustin Segura as Skyler Davis makes the play to end Raton's hopes for a score with only 8-seconds left in the game.

It’s a hail mary pass to the end zone for Dustin Segura as Skyler Davis makes the play to end Raton’s hopes for a score with only 8-seconds left in the game.

Candidate Forum Hosted By Raton PBW October 24

Make an informed decision on Election Day by attending the Colfax County General Election Candidate Forum hosted by Raton Professional Business Women (PBW) at the Shuler Theater on Monday, October 24th. Doors open at 6:30 pm; Forum begins at 7 pm.

 

Candidates ForumCan’t make it to the forum? Listen to the Live Broadcast on FM 93.9 KRTN.


Questions may also be emailed in advance to ratonforum@gmail.com

For further information, contact Michael Anne Antonucci at 575-447-3723

Venue

Shuler Theater
131 N. 2nd Street
Raton, NM 87740 United States
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Raton City Commission Regular Meeting October 25, 2016

AGENDA

CITY OF RATON REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING

RATON CITY HALL, 224 SAVAGE AVE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016 AT 6PM

 

A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on October 25, 2016 at 6 p.m.  The Meeting will be called to order by Mayor Mantz. The following subjects will be considered by the City Commission and may be considered in any order that is most convenient for the City Commission.

 I.  Meeting Called To Order – Mayor Mantz

 II. Roll Call of the Members of the City Commission and determination of quorum.

 III.  Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.

 IV.  Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation, Service Award, Congratulations, Condolences, Holiday Schedules and City/Municipal events –

  • Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6pm.
  • All City Offices will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2016 in Observance of Veteran’s Day.
  • Proclamation: Mark Chicarelli

 V.  Comments from the General Public

 VI.  Committee Reports From Commissioners:

  1. Raton Water Works: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta, Commissioner Chavez)
  2. Raton Public Service: (Mayor Mantz, Commissioner Giacomo)
  3. Parks & Recreation Advisory Board: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)
  4. Senior Center Board: (Commissioner Chavez)
  5. Planning & Zoning Commission: (Commissioner Schuster)
  6. Housing Authority: (Commissioner Schuster)
  7. Airport Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)
  8. ETZ Zoning Commission: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)
  9. Arts & Culture Board: (Mayor Mantz)
  10. North Central NM Economic Development District: (Mayor Mantz)
  11. Library Advisory Board: (Commissioner Giacomo)
  12. ETZ Zoning Authority: (Mayor Mantz)
  13. Financial Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)

VII.  Action items/Public Hearings/Ordinances/Resolutions/City Manager’s Report-The City Commission may discuss and/or take actions on the following agenda items:

A.  Approval of the October 11, 2016 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B.  Deliberate and Act on an Event Form: Raton MainStreet’s Safe Trick or Treat.

C.  Deliberate and Act on an Event Form: Raton MainStreet’s 3rd Annual Festival of Lights. (Street Closures)

D.  Deliberate and Act on an Event Form: Raton Chamber Halloween Trick or Treat.

E.  Discussion of Property Owner Request to limit access to Old Pass Road.

F.  Public Hearing: Introduction to Raton, New Mexico Code of Ordinances:

      Chapter 33 – City Personnel Policies

      Section 28 – Collective Bargaining

      Providing for Labor Management Relations Board and other revisions.

G.  Deliberate and Act on appointment to City Boards:

  • Discussion: Humane Society Ordinance Review Committee
  • Lodger’s Tax Board
  • ETZ Zoning Board

H.  Deliberate and Act on Lodger’s Tax Board Recommendations.

I.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-37: Authorizing the Certification of the City of Raton’s 2016 Capital Asset Inventory

J.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-47: September 2016 Financial Report.

K.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-48: Budget Adjustment #3 FY17.

L.  Deliberate and Act on Recommendation for Bid Award for the New Fire Station Parking Lot.

M.  Deliberate and Act on Approval of FY18 Juvenile Justice Grant Application Submission.

N. City Manager’s Report

VIII. Adjournment

I, the undersigned authority do hereby certify that the above notice of meeting of the governing body of the City of Raton, New Mexico is a true and correct copy of the said notice and that a said copy of this notice was then posted on the front window of the City Hall of said City in Raton, New Mexico in a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times, and said notice was posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 5 p.m. and remained so posted continuously at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.  Said notice was also posted in six public places (Library, Aquatic Center, Senior Center, County Courthouse, International Bank, Post Office) conveniently placed for the public. Also, KRTN Radio Station and the City of Raton Website will have the agenda posted prior to respective time limits designated for regular and special meetings. Please contact the City Clerk at 445-9551 or tgarcia@cityofraton.com if you have any questions or concerns.

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Tricia Mascarenas, City Clerk