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By Debbie Israel


Dec. 12, 2017


December 15, 2017

When City Commissioners met on Dec. 12, two business items were on the agenda for commissioner’s approval.

Before business discussions were started, Mayor Sally Burbridge, commissioners, Acting City Manager Mueller, and Aztec School Superintendent Kirk Carpenter all thanked the Aztec Police Department for their quick response to the emergency at the high school on Dec. 7.

“This is our school, our district, and we’ve eliminated boundaries in this county,” Mr Carpenter commented, referring to all the other schools in the Four Corners who have come to the aid of Aztec. He added, “Evil came to our school and that hurts. We specifically thank the police department for what they did, protecting 900 students on that campus.” The four officers who were first on the scene at AHS were presented with a certificate of everyone’s appreciation.

Commissioner Austin Randall said he had been asked several times if he was going to leave Aztec. His response was, “I would never live anyone else.” He said we know that we live in a safe community with dedicated first responders.

Chief Heal took the opportunity to swear in two new members of the Aztec Police Department. The newest members of the department are Matthew McKinney and Ty Atencio.

A land use hearing was the first item of business on the agenda. The request was for a zone change for 308 and 312 S. Main, which was approved by 5-0 vote. Laramie Hardin requested the zone change in order to consolidate the two lots and construct a fourplex. None of the adjacent residents objected to the change, but one resident who couldn’t attend the meeting sent a letter stating that she was concerned about parking. Community Development Director Steven Saavedra explained that regulations state that there will be two parking spaces for each dwelling, and that will be addressed as they development their building plans.

Commissioners also voted 5-0 to approve appropriating funds from two different accounts to pay for the purchase and expected expenses of the HUB building located at 119 S. Church. A large chunk of the funds will be “borrowed” from the Joint Utilities Fund and the remaining $50,000 will come from the general fund earmarked for economic development.


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