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By Debbie Israel



October 13, 2017

Debbie Israel

Commissioners presented City Manager Josh Ray with a plaque at his last commission meeting, thanking him for his years of service to the city

The Aztec City Commission met for their regular meeting on Oct. 10. The meeting was preceded by a workshop for commissioners to discuss changes to the personnel policy. All commissioners were present at both meetings.

Workshop: Changes to the present personnel policy came to 90 pages. The workshop was held to discuss several of the sections of changes. The first question asked by commissioners was about nepotism. The proposed change to policy would have made it so any "family member" of an elected commissioner would not be able to be employed by the City of Aztec. Mayor Pro Tem Sherri Sipe questioned the change, mentioning that if the change were made, it would make it impossible for her grandchildren to apply for the summer YCC program. Commissioners discussed the public's "perception" of how things seem. They also talked about the fact that the only member of staff that commission hires or directs is the city manager. It is the city manager's job to hire department heads and make sure they are doing their job. After much discussion, it was decided to remove the proposed change from the policy.

Commissioners also discussed payouts for sick leave and hardship issues.

At the beginning of the regular meeting, Mayor Sally Burbridge said she knew many people in the audience were at the meeting because of the agenda item of Sunday alcohol sales being put on the March election ballot. Burbridge said the item was being removed from the agenda because the city attorney had not had a chance to give his professional opinion on whether commissioners could decide to put the item on the agenda, or if residents would have to go through a petition process to get it on the March ballot.

After the item was removed from the agenda, citizen Victor Snover chose to speak about it during the citizen input part of the meeting. He told commissioners that he was "disappointed" that the item was pulled at the last minute. "Suddenly it's a legal concern?" he questioned. "My gut instinct is that this is why people think government doesn't work for them. We struck out tonight as a city." he added.

This being City Manager Josh Ray's last commission meeting, staff took the opportunity to thank Ray for his service over the past seven years. He was presented with a cake, a plaque from commissioners and an Aztec Police jersey with "Super Ray #1" on the back.

Upcoming Commission Meetings

• October 24: Regular Commission Meeting

• November 14: Regular Commission Meeting

• November 28: Regular Commission Meeting

• Special Commission Meeting - A Closed Session will be held on Monday, October 16 at 5:30 pm, Pursuant to State Law, Section 10-15-1H (2) Limited Personnel Matters Appointment of Interim City Manager. The Meeting will be held at City Hall, 201 W. Chaco, Aztec, NM 87410.


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