Raton City Commission Approves Water Agreement
By Marty Mayfield
Before their regular meeting, Raton City Commissioners met in a joint meeting on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 with the Raton Water Board to discuss a water rights issue in the Capulin water basin that has been in negotiations for the last couple of years.
The City of Raton bought water rights in the Capulin Water Basin several years ago and there have been issues that have come up in years past that have required Raton to protect their water rights. Several ranches have requested or have wanted to increase their water usage for irrigation, as a result there have been disagreements that have been negotiated and worked out. The joint meeting went over the agreement with both boards approving it.
Following the joint meeting Raton City Commissioners met in their regular meeting to handle an agenda which included setting the final capital outlay priorities to present to the NM State Legislature in January. The first priority is to replace some public works equipment that has exceeded its normal life. Other items on the request include city street improvements, drainage system improvements and the transfer station and recycling center funding. (Link to Capital Outlay Priorities)
Budget adjustments included the sale of a surplus ambulance and other line items changes. Commissioners then approved the disposal of surplus equipment, a landfill compactor. It is hoped the compactor which has over 6300 hours of operation will bring at least $75,000 or as much as $130,000. (Link to FY18 Budget Adjustment #6)
Commissioners approved the final loan agreement with the New Mexico Environment Department for initial work on the transfer station. The principal is $25,000 with an interest rate of 2.375%. The first payment is due in November 2018 and commissioners will discuss whether to pay it off completely during budget discussions next year.
In his report, City Manager Scott Berry noted that the work on the airport taxiways is complete with the exception of some signage and taxiway striping.
Berry attended a meeting concerning city branding with the state Mainstreet organization and Raton Mainstreet.
Berry told commissioners that Carol Baca was able to secure a $53,634 grant to upgrade the Raton PD Dispatch center and, due to her hard work, the upgrades will begin in January.
Berry also noted that one enterprise is already using the Coal Camp Community Kitchen to make candy, however, not all the equipment has been installed yet.
The Raton city commission will meet again January 9, 2018 for their next regular meeting.