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Answer/s from Rosalyn Fry, Candidate for City Commission, [email protected] 505-334-2510

 

February 23, 2018



Q: THE HUB HAS BEEN A WIDELY DEBATED SUBJECT. THE CITY HAS MADE THE DECISION TO PURCHASE THE BUILDING ($100,000).WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE HUB? DO WE INVEST FURTHER RESOURCES IN MAINTAINING A SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR? OR, DO WE CUT OUR LOSSES AND LEASE/RENT OR SELL THE PROPERTY.

A: In order to educate myself, I recently visited 2 local business incubation programs, R Durango and the Enterprise Center at San Juan College. I’ve done further research to understand what opportunities our own HUB could be in our effort to support local business and to diversify our economy. Representatives of both incubation centers were helpful and willing to assist Aztec to make our facility a success. We should consider getting the HUB certified by the State and this could enable us to tap into funds and grants to alleviate some of the cost we will incur in providing support to local businesses. We should use the advice of successful incubation centers and not reinvent the wheel. Hiring a competent and knowledgeable manager of the HUB can get us on the road to successfully supporting existing businesses as well as marketing to potential entrepreneurs. We must do it right to succeed. We MUST be conscientious with the funds to implement this program. There are additional resources at San Juan College that we should access to assist new business in Aztec. We of course have the option of selling/leasing the property if an incubation facility does not work for Aztec. In the meantime each of us must support our community by shopping local, dining local, doing business locally with those who provide services of all types to Aztec residents. It truly will take a supportive community to succeed in this challenging economic environment in the region.

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Q: Within Aztec’s Commission-Manager Government, explain your understanding of the role of an Aztec City Commission.

A: The City Commission is the governing body of the city. All powers of the municipality are vested in the Commission as prescribed in New Mexico state law. The Commission is responsible for ordinances that secure the welfare of the city. The Commission performs all acts required for the general welfare of the city. The Commission must appoint a City Manager as well as hold that person responsible for the proper and efficient administration of the municipal government. They also are responsible to create all offices and boards necessary to carry out the work of the municipality.

These are not my words but only part of the review of the requirements of the position for which I have applied. I’m prepared to study further these most important duties of a City Commissioner and to fully engage in the high level of responsibilities of this role. An important role of the Commissioners is to be good stewards of taxpayer money that funds the city. I am committed to being that good steward and to be transparent in all financial decisions necessary to properly govern the city. I feel strongly the duty to be a voice of the people of Aztec and to engage in discussions with citizens to better carry out the outlined responsibilities of my position as Commissioner.

 

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