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Raton Commissioners Consider Solid Waste Convenience Center Location

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners at the Tuesday, April 25th regular meeting,  spent about an hour listening to information and discussing the location of a solid waste convenience center for the City of Raton, before deciding on the location north of Grant Ave, just northwest of the City Shops, and just south of the Raton Fire and Emergency Services Training Center.

Commissioners heard from City Manager Scott Berry and Jason Phillips about the different possibilities of the location for a convenience center.

The current location of the Raton Transfer Station on Armstrong Lane lacks three-phase power, water and is located a distance from town.  The distance from town is one reason Berry feels there is so much illegal dumping inside the city limits. A location on Hereford Ave was also considered, but once again was felt to be inconvenient for city residents.

The location near the city shop would create better efficiency when it comes to working on equipment and is on city owned property and power and water utilities are located there as well. According to the state environment department, a radius of 250 feet separation is required for this type of center while this location offers over a 500-foot separation from adjacent residences. The location is in the center of town and hopefully this will help reduce the illegal dumping that takes place in town. As for concerns about the odors, the facility is completely enclosed and trash will be hauled out daily Monday thru Friday. The building will be approximately 120 ft by 120 ft with three bays for the Wilkins trailers plenty of room for expansion if the city grows. (Link to Solid Waste Information)

Commissioners gave their approval to move forward with the design phase with Berry noting that there will be places along the way for commissioners to change their mind and move the facility somewhere else if desired.  The urgency to move forward on the project quickly stems from the need to spend the grant money before the state comes in and takes it away.

Commissioners approved three recommendations from the Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board. One for $3,395 to create a mobile app featuring events and tours of downtown Raton.  The second in the amount of $12,500 to the Raton Rodeo Association.  Of that amount, $2,500 going to promotion and the remainder to help pay for the livestock contractor. Commissioners requested a complete accounting of monies and Association President Beaver Segotta promised survey results as to heads in beds for commissioners to approve the amount. Commissioners also approved $800 for the Raton Chamber to have their new director attend a tourism conference in Albuquerque.

Commissioners then approved MOUs with the Raton Little League and Adult Softball group. Commissioners did stipulate that the Adult Softball organization is required to obtain insurance in order to use the city facilities.

Commissioners approved the agreement for Vector Control Services with Colfax County in the amount of $3000. The city does request that bee keepers call and notify them of their bees location so mosquito spraying can be kept away.

They then approved the dispatch agreement with the Village of Cimarron .

The Commission heard from City Treasurer MichaelAnne Antonucci, that the city continues to see a 5.6% increase in gross receipts taxes. City crews are also operating below budget at about 4.5% currently. The budget adjustment moved money from the gas tax to a construction fund to purchase asphalt for street repairs and drainage on Price St. (Link to 3rd Qtr Financial Report FY2017)  (Link to Budget Adjustment #11007)

Commissioners approved the disposal of five surplus Raton Public Service vehicles. The vehicles will be sold at auction on an auction web site.

They approved the reappointment of Kathy Harris to the financial board.

During the City Manager’s report, Scott Berry reported on the airport projects for taxiway A and the lead abatement going on at the National Guard Armory (Doss Aviation), should be wrapped up soon.

The city will also get millings from the I-25 construction project that is now going on south of Raton. The reclamation program is moving forward on the landfill with the use of wood chips from the transfer station location.

The next city commission meeting has been moved to Wednesday May 10 at 6:00 p.m.  due to commissioners attending a EPA meeting on Tuesday. The meeting will be broadcast on KRTN AM-1490.

A Google Maps view of the proposed site for the solid waste convenience center (red square) located on city property in Raton.

A Google Maps view of the proposed site for the solid waste convenience center (red square) located on city property in Raton.

 

Laura Brewer received the You Rock Award for her work in the city from Commissioner Lindé Schuster.

Laura Brewer received the You Rock Award for her work in the city from Commissioner Lindé Schuster.

 

2017 ARBOR DAY CHILDREN’S TREE PROGRAM

As part of Stewardship Week, which runs April 30 through May 7, 2017, the Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District (Colfax SWCD) will be honoring Arbor Day 2017 with the help of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and our local International Bank of Raton. 

soil & water conservationColfax SWCD will be in a collaborative project with the above mentioned in presenting to the 3rd grade students of Colfax County the importance of Arbor Day in ways of how the forest can benefit our environment.  Engelmann Spruce and Ponderosa Pine tree seedlings will be given out to students along with tree planting instructions.  NRCS Soil Conservationist, Margaret Gigante will present a short program to the school children representing Maxwell, Springer, and Raton on Wednesday, April 26th; Cimarron on Thursday April 27th and Eagle Nest May 1st. 

On Friday, April 28th, the official day to celebrate Arbor Day, the representatives will be at International Bank with handouts and tree seedlings to give out to the public.  

If you have a question or need further information, contact Kareyl Vatlestad at the Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District office at 445-9471, Ext. 8047.

Fire Ban In Effect

April 19, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE

FIRE BAN

Upon consultation with the Fire Chiefs of Colfax County, and under the authority of Colfax County Ordinance Number 2006-1, the Colfax County Fire Marshal hereby declares effective immediately, a “Dry Season” in the Farley, French Tract, Miami and District 8 (Raton) Fire Districts in Colfax County, and establish a ban on open burning within the areas of Colfax County outlined above.  No Burn permits shall be issued at this time, and any current permits are hereby revoked. This Ban effects only the Districts listed above

No outside smoking is permitted except within a 3-foot diameter barren area.

The use of “exterior” fireplaces, stoves, chimeneas or charcoal briquette barbeques (except for gas-propane stoves and barbeques), and all open flames in the above designated areas of Colfax County are prohibited.  Chainsaws will be permitted provided the manufacturers spark arrestor is in place.

 

Larry Osborn

Colfax County Fire Marshal

 

Colfax County Business Expo and Job Fair

The 2017 Colfax County Business Expo and Job Fair is Thursday, April 20th, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Raton Convention Center.

Please join us for this free event

  • Discover new career opportunities
  • Meet local business and see their products
  • Meet potential employers
  • Discover new employment resources
  • Bring your resume to hand out

job fair peopleAll are welcome and encouraged to attend

For more information contact:
Jim Shumaker                             Sofia Ortiz
505-301-2600                               575-445-5445
jschumaker@slstart.com           sortiz@serjfp.org

 

Governor signs law defining rules for OHV use on paved roads

Governor signs law defining rules for OHV use on paved roads

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 11, 2017:

Governor signs law defining rules for OHV use
on paved roads

SANTA FE – Riders of off-highway motor vehicles (OHVs) soon will have specific laws to follow when driving on paved New Mexico public roads, as stated in legislation signed by Governor Susana Martinez.

Senate Bill 51, sponsored by state Sen. Steven Neville, allows OHVs to be used on paved roads designated by city or state government officials, provided that the vehicle is equipped with legal headlights, taillights, mirrors and mufflers. OHVs that are driven on paved public roads also must have special license plates, issued by the Motor Vehicle Department for $7.

The new legislation takes effect July 1, 2017. It requires OHV operators who ride on paved roads to have valid New Mexico driver’s licenses or permits, vehicle insurance, and to observe speed limits and other requirements of motor vehicles under the state Motor Vehicle Code. While on paved roads, OHV operators must wear eye protection that complies with the Off-highway Motor Vehicle Act, and operators younger than age 18 must wear an approved safety helmet.

For more information about operating OHVs in New Mexico, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us and click on the OHV tab.

Raton City Commission Meets

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media –

 

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday night, April 11th  and during the Public Comment section, heard from Frank Ferri, who praised the City’s employees and department for their hard work and professionalism.  Laura Brewer with the Raton Chamber gave an overview of efforts at the Chamber including the volunteers who are making it possible to man the Visitor’s Center to keep it open seven days per week.  Also, after a question from Robert Horner, City Manager Scott Berry spent several minutes talking about Solid Waste  and about the possible location of the transfer station near the city shop on Grant Avenue.

Berry explained that the city is in the process of upgrading the sanitation department because of the landfill closure and other environmental mandates. The city has two trash trucks on regular routes during the week with others covering to make up for holidays and weekends. He also talked about the new bear proof dumpsters and explained that they don’t work if you leave the lids open. Recently a lid was left open and a bear climbed into the dumpster and the lid closed on it. A city employee then had to go let the angry bear out of the dumpster which creates a dangerous situation for whomever happens to open the lid.

Berry eluded to the possibility of placing the transfer station near the city shop on Roundhouse Road. The reasoning behind this move is to provide a more convenient location for people to drop off solid waste instead of the illegal dumping that some are now doing. Also, the need for facilities with power since there is no power on Armstrong Lane where the current facilities are located. It will also be more accessible for city employees to do work on equipment as well as having other facilities for employees. The decision to place the transfer station there has not been finalized or approved by the commission.

On a related subject, Commissioners approved a proposal from Gordon Environmental to continue water sampling on the landfill. This will only be for one year and is a logical move since Gordon Environmental is still doing other related work. Berry and Jason Phillips noted the price is a bit on the high side and that future sampling could be done in-house, but the city needs time to get that worked out or to seek bids from other labs.

Commissioner then moved on to the business part of the meeting  City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci noted that there is a transfer from the reserve fund to purchase an asphalt roller for the street department to replace an older piece of equipment, something that Berry noted is becoming a priority as the city deals with aging equipment. (Link to Budget Adjust10 FY17)

Commissioners then approved a resolution supporting Raton MainStreet in their efforts for economic development along with the New Mexico MainStreet.  Berry noted that they have submitted a pre-proposal package to the USDA Economic Development Administration under their EDA public works program, requesting the full balance of funding for the Great Blocks Project for Raton MainStreet,  but there are several hoops to jump through before that is a done deal.

There was little discussion on the city budget as Berry noted they are still in the early stages but are asking for input from Raton residents as to where the city should focus efforts.

Commissioners then held a public hearing regarding the Beer and Wine license for Bruno’s Pizza who is looking to relocate to the old White House Saloon building on Cook Ave. With no comment from the public commissioners approved the move of the license.

The city approved an MOU with the Raton golf course for an 18-hole disc golf course with Professional Disc Golf Association accreditation so they could hold tournaments in Raton. Parks and Recreation Director Jarod Chatterly noted that it is a good mix to have disc golf and ball golf on the same course. He also noted that disc golf is seeing a 12% growth rate annually with over 8000 course nationwide.

Commissioners appointed Larry McQueary to the City’s financial advisory board.

in his report, City Manager Berry noted that they are continuing work on the Shuler projection equipment and he is asking for an RFP due in by May 15 and it will be brought to commissioners at the May 23 meeting.

Raton city commissioners will meet again on May 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers unless they decide to move it in lieu of a workshop with EPA consultants on some strategies for Raton.

The Maxwell Bears 2017 State Championship basketball team were honored with a proclamation for their win at the state tourney.

The Maxwell Bears 2017 State Championship basketball team were honored with a proclamation for their win at the state tourney. Link to

Proclamation Maxwell Bears State Championship

 

Michael Ann Antonucci, Paula Cacciatore andTaryn Giacomo accept the Equal Pay Proclamation from Commissioner Lindé Schuster.

Michael Ann Antonucci, Paula Cacciatore andTaryn Giacomo accept the Equal Pay Proclamation from Commissioner Lindé Schuster.

Proclamation Equal Pay

 

Nathaniel Tarbox was presented with a proclamation from Mayor Pro-Tem Neil Segotta for his efforts on the Community Give Back program and work on the New Mexico State Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

Nathaniel Tarbox was presented with a proclamation from Mayor Pro-Tem Neil Segotta for his efforts on the Community Give Back program and work on the New Mexico State Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

Proclamation Nathaniel Tarbox

 

April Lopez, Carol Baca, Valerie Mojica and Christy Marquez along with Police Chief John Garcia accept the Proclamation for National Tele-Communicators week from Commissioner Don Giacomo.

April Lopez, Carol Baca, Valerie Mojica and Christy Marquez along with Police Chief John Garcia accept the Proclamation for National Tele-Communicators week from Commissioner Don Giacomo.

Proclamation National Tele-Comm

 

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Mauricio Lemus

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Mauricio Lemus

 

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Gina Jackson of K-Bobs

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Gina Jackson of K-Bobs

 

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Bill Serazio of WM Serazio Company

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Bill Serazio of WM Serazio Company

 

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Katie Feldman

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Katie Feldman of Enchanted Grounds

 

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to RPS's Dave Piancino and Cody Vanderpool

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to RPS’s Dave Piancino and Cody Vanderpool

 

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Raton Fire and Emergency Services Firefighter Doug Fredrickson, Firefighter Macinez Mann, Firefighter Richard Garcia and Captain Joe Herrera

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Raton Fire and Emergency Services Firefighter Doug Fredrickson, Firefighter Macinez Mann, Firefighter Richard Garcia and Captain Joe Herrera

 

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Jason Phillips and the Raton Public Works Department

The Raton City Commission presented several Certificates of Appreciation to businesses for their work and accomplishments during the recent snow storm and power outage in Raton as part of the You Rock Award. This Certificate went to Jason Phillips and the Raton Public Works Department

 

Power Outage/Old Pass Road Access Issues at Raton City Comm. Meeting

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners spent about 50 minutes of the two-hour meeting Tuesday evening listening to and discussing the recent power outage that put Raton in the dark for about eight hours last Friday.

Local business owners Mauricio Lemus and Mike Mulligan were present at the request of Raton Chamber president Paul Jenkins to explain to commissioners the problems they had with the power outage. A letter from Lee Phelan indicated that McDonalds lost about $16,000 in revenue due to the outage while Mulligan told commissioners he lost about $8200. The biggest complaint however was the lack of communication about what was going on and when the power would be back on. The situation was also complicated by road closures of I-25 going over the pass and highway 64/87 to Clayton.

Laura Brewer suggested Facebook as the preferred method of communication as most people are on Facebook and with the power being out the local radio stations were unable to broadcast. The problem with Facebook is you have to have a method of looking at Facebook that doesn’t rely on electricity or has an electrical backup.

Walton Showed this photo noting that it was the cause of the power outage that put Raton in the dark for 8 hours.

Walton Showed this photo noting that it was the cause of the power outage that put Raton in the dark for 8 hours plus.

Robert Walton Jr., RPS General Manager, was present to explain the problems they had with the weather and the very bad luck as the one pole that broke was on the transmission line that brought power into town from the Raton substation that connects Raton with either Burro Canyon or Springer Electric. It was noted the pole was in a very difficult location to get to, and required the use of a bulldozer which was donated to the city by Bill Serazio, to pull equipment in and out of the location. The weather was the biggest problem getting to the pole and getting it temporarily repaired in order to get the juice turned back on. Once that power did come on RPS had to deal with other issues in the service area.  Many of the linemen with RPS were up for over 30 hours straight so it became a safety issue as well.

Walton noted that they would start the commissioning process on the new generator in mid-April and the actual commissioning in May hopefully have it online in June. He noted the generator is only a 4.3 KW generator that would support part of Raton but not all of the town at once. If the power goes out from the primary source, Burro Canyon, the city would then see rolling black outs with the business areas and the hospital being the priority.

Commissioners instructed City Manager Scott Berry to move forward with the ordinance process for placing an electric gate on the Old Pass road and to define the process for vehicular access through that gate to the old pass road. Commissioner Ron Chavez brought forth a proposal to place a gate at the “Y” where the road splits and goes up to Goat Hill and the Old Pass Road.

He calls the gate an accountability gate that will create some kind of accountability for vehicular traffic on the old pass road. The gate is felt to be necessary because of the vandalism that has occurred to both public and private property on the old pass road. It is also hoped that it will curb some of the indiscriminate shooting that goes on up there. The fear is that someone will fire off in the direction of I-25 and the bullet could hit a passing car. Chavez noted that the city is not giving away the property but is trying to have some accountability so that if damage is done they have a place to start looking. It’s the old adage a very few ruin it for everyone else. Pedestrians, mountain bikes and horses will have access to the road via a smaller opening by the vehicle gate.

Berry noted that Skyline road which is now unpassable for most vehicular traffic will have to be closed so that off road vehicles won’t be able to gain access that way. (other reading might include the pack it in pack it out editorial on the KRTN Web page)

Commissioner in action items moved the approval of Raton Mainstreet’s Cinco De Mayo celebration. During the meeting the Commission also approved an Economic Development grant of $260,000 to go along with other monies that MainStreet is in the process of acquiring for the Great Blocks project on First Street.

Commissioners approved a revised budget adjustment for JJAC at the request of CYFD. Commissioners then heard the financial report for February 2017, noting an increase in GRT again this month. It was up 6.32% over what was budgeted while the city continues to operate under budget by about 5%. The city had budgeted $200,000 in small cities assistance but the recent check came in at $177,488 a short fall of $22,551.  (Link to Feb2017 Financial Rpt001)  (Link to Budget Adjustment#9 FY17001)

Commissioners approved budget adjustment #9 for FY17 which dealt mostly with the Police and Fire Department budgets. City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci noted that there had been some savings in salaries at the police department and those savings were transferred to the overtime line item.

Commissioners approved paying off the loan for the visitor’s center early and the purchase of a steel building for the transfer station at a cost of $136,631.98. The building will be a 120 by 120-foot steel structure with six doors to allow vehicular access for loading and unloading of refuse.

 

City Manager Scott Berry gave a very short report on upcoming meetings before the commission moved into executive session for limited personnel matters. Listed is the city manager’s evaluation.

Commissioners will meet again on April 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting.

 

Robert Walton Jr., RPS General Manager, was on hand at Tuesday evening's city commission meeting and explained some of the problems RPS had in getting the power back on Friday evening.

Robert Walton Jr., RPS General Manager, was on hand at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting and explained some of the problems RPS had in getting the power back on Friday evening.

 

A picnic table that was placed on the Old Pass Road as part of a picnic area along the Santa Fe Trail by Nancy Robertson has been destroyed by vandals.

A picnic table that was placed on the Old Pass Road as part of a picnic area along the Santa Fe Trail by Nancy Robertson has been destroyed by vandals.

 

City Manager Scott Berry holds up a sign that the Vermejo Ranch brought in to him as a result of indiscriminate shooting on the Old Pass Road

City Manager Scott Berry holds up a sign that the Vermejo Ranch brought in to him as a result of indiscriminate shooting on the Old Pass Road

 

Raton Parks & Recreation Competes for $20K Grant

NRPA has an exciting grant opportunity for Raton. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN on the Meet Me at the Park initiative to provide 16 communities with a $20,000 grant to improve local parks.

 

As part of the initiative, one of those 16 communities (hopefully Raton) will be selected through a nomination process. Starting April 1, the public can nominateRaton every day through the online voting website. The city with the most nominations will be the winner.

 

Here are some key dates moving forward:

  • April 1 — Nominating begins, post messages on social media
  • April 30 — Nominating period closes
  • May 2 — NRPA contacts the park and recreation agency that governs the winning city
  • May 18 — Winning city and park announced publicly

The winning city (hopefully Raton) will choose a local park in their district to receive the $20,000 grant for a park improvement project or program that connects youth to nature, increases youth’s access to sports, and/or inspires healthy living within the grant period of May to September.

 

For more information and to access the voting site, please visitwww.nrpa.org/beinspired .

meet me at the park grant

Jared Chatterley
Director
City of Raton  Department of Parks and Recreation
jchatterley@cityofraton.com
575-445-2413 (WK)
website www.ratonrecreation.com  
Explore Raton www.visitraton.org

Early Spring Storm Zaps Power & Closes Roads

An early spring storm packing high winds and plenty of moisture, affected hundreds of travelers with closed roads and knocked out power to thousands of customers for both Raton Public Service Company and Springer Electric Cooperative on Friday, March 24th.

Making an appearance in the early morning hours, the powerful storm closed northbound I-25 over the Raton Pass shortly after 5 am and then Southbound at about 11 am. With winds whipping the snow to zero visibility, Hiway 87 between Raton and Clayton was soon closed at around 11:45 am.

Raton Public Service company experienced a short outage a little before 8am because of problems to the North with Tri-State Generation, and then lost power completely until after 7 pm. The cause of the outage, according to RPS General Manager Robert Walton, was the combination of wind and heavy snow snapping a pole carrying the 69 kv line just west of Raton.  Walton said crews had a tough time getting equipment close to the pole because of the soggy, wet conditions and got bogged down and stuck several times and would not have been able to navigate and make the repair if they had not been aided by a bulldozer provided by contractor Bill Serazio.

Springer Electric also had a tough time with the weather, losing several poles and not getting power restored to all areas till late in the evening.

Commissioners Get Opinion on Old Pass Road Access

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, March 14th and received the opinion from Attorney John Utton concerning the Old Pass Road and access to the road and area beyond the city limits.

Commissioners heard from Preciliano Martin and Laura Brewer on the subject during the Public Comment Section.  Martin noted that the current signs and gate up near Comcast is, in his opinion, an intimidation factor and is as much the problem as people going up there and doing the vandalism and trash dumping. He questioned its legality if the City did not give permission for it to be there. Brewer was concerned about the Iridium layer and picnic areas along the old road. City Manager Scott Berry noted that there has been vandalism to the picnic tables in the area as well.

Commissioner Ron Chavez told those in attendance that he will have a proposal for the next meeting when the matter is brought up for action. His idea is that the city create an accountability access to the area but not close it off. He also noted that in no way will the City give away or completely close off the road.

Berry told commissioners that several details will have to be worked out such as where the access will be restricted and how it is to be implemented. Attorney Utton recommended that an ordinance be drafted to deal with the issue and spell out how access is to be setup and who will have what kind of access. It is recommended that land owners, emergency personnel, hikers, and mountain bikers have unfettered access while all four wheel and off road four wheel vehicles have permitted access.

The matter will likely be brought up at the next regular meeting on March 28 where some direction will be given to Berry on how the commission wants to proceed on the matter.

Commissioners then approved a budget adjustment for the Juvenile Justice program simply moving monies around to meet the needs of the different programs and to expend the grant money by the end of the period in June.

Commissioners also approved a Lodger’s Tax recommendation for $5000 to the Raton Chamber to create a community guide. The request was for more but the board only recommended $5,000. Laura Brewer who is on the chamber board noted the full cost of the guide would likely cost around $15,000.

Commissioners approved the requests for Raton MainStreet’s Hops and Vines event allowing Sierra Blanca Brewery and Black Smuggles Winery to bring their wines and brews for the annual event at the Raton Museum on April 22.

Commissioners approved the appointments of Joe Gagliardi to the Raton Water Board, Ferman Ulibarri to the Raton Housing Board, William H. Daly to the Labor Management Board and Jessica Barfield to the Lodger’s Tax Board.

City Manager Scott Berry noted that a special session of the legislature may be in the works as budget issues continue to stifle law makers. Once the session is over the Municipal League will hold a meeting to explain many of the issues that affect small communities.

Berry is planning to meet with the Armory Board in Santa Fe and discuss the issues with the armory including the on-going lead cleanup. He noted the lease on the building expired in January and that the month-to-month clause was in effect. He is hoping the lead issues are resolved and the Armory Board will be able to deed the property over at their June meeting.

Berry also noted that there are several projects that are in progress or completed such as the concrete repairs on the Lake Maloya spillway and foundation work on the water intake building near Cimarron.

Commissioners will meet again on March 28 in the commission chambers for their next regular meeting.

 

 

Michael Anne Antonucci and Tarin Giacomo accepted the proclamation for Women's History Month from Commissioner Lindé Schuster Tuesday evening at the city commission meeting.

Michael Anne Antonucci and Tarin Giacomo accepted the proclamation for Women’s History Month from Commissioner Lindé Schuster Tuesday evening at the city commission meeting.

Link to the full Proclamation Women history Month

 

Pricilino Marten spoke to commissioners Tuesday evening about the Old Pass Road indicating that the sign and gate that was illegally placed across the road was intimidating.

Preciliano Martin spoke to commissioners Tuesday evening about the Old Pass Road indicating that the sign and gate that was placed across the road was intimidating.