By Marty Mayfield
Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, October 10th to take care of a short agenda that included discussion of the Fixed Capital Assets Inventory and approval of a couple of events coming up for the month of October.
Commissioners approved the last meeting’s minutes and heard from City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci concerning the Fixed Capital Assets Inventory. The city has used RCI for the last few years to do the inventory who then presents a new inventory based on the new purchases and disposal of damaged or unrepairable equipment. The city has 1665 inventory items and 562 land and infrastructure items on the inventory. Antonucci noted the total inventory totals out at $8,241,814. Commissioners approved this year’s inventory.
Commissioners then approved the Calvary Baptist Church hay ride set for October 25, 2017 and Raton Mainstreet’s halloween trick or treat event that takes kids down First and Second Street to trick or treat on October 31, 2017.
Commissioners then heard from City Manager Scott Berry, who informed them that he had not received any comments concerning the new Solid Waste Ordinance. Berry noted that the ordinance will be brought before the commission at the next October meeting for approval. The new ordinance removes the landfill from the ordinance and clarifies the rate schedule as well as clarifying how and what maybe placed near the dumpsters for pickup. He also noted that in order for the bear proof dumpsters to work the lids have to be closed indicating that bears have climbed in the open dumpsters and became trapped.
In the city manager’s report Berry noted that the taxiway construction work at the airport is underway and weather permitting will be completed this year. Public Works is cleaning up the excess gravel from the chip seal project as well as doing pothole patching. He met with the group concerning the Coal Camp Community Kitchen about acquiring appliances and scheduling for its use.
Mayor Mantz asked about the transfer station and Berry told commissioners that it should arrive in December and that construction should be completed in mid 2018.
Commissioners will meet again October 24, 2017 at 6 pm for their next regular meeting and it will be broadcast on AM 1490 KRTN.