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By Pilar Owens



November 16, 2018


by Pilar Owens, TALON

Tuesday night11/13/18, our commissioners attended class (a workshop). In the city commission room, Chris Muirhead of Modrall Sperling Law Firm taught the commissioners about General Obligation (GO) bonds. First, they need voters' approval to raise the city's income tax to pay for the bond plus its interest. Muirhead said after the first tax raise, it's possible to time bonds so that the city can continue to get them without raising the tax again. The next step is to get the bond through the city's resolution and ordinance process. GO bond money, is limited to use for projects such as parks, bridges, and streets. City Finance Director Kathy Lamb said the GO Bond conversation started with talk of the project on north Main. "(GO Bonds) was just a possible avenue to find financing for it," said Lamb.

Soon after the workshop, Mayor Victor Snover called the commission meeting to order. Aztec Police Chief Heal led the invocation, and Commander Abe Saiz of VFW Post 614 (in Aztec), led the Pledge of Allegiance. All five commissioners approved the agenda. During Citizen Recognition, Commissioner Sherri Sipe gave a shout out to the girls and boys soccer teams for winning district. During Employee Recognition, City Manager Steve Mueller gave a shout out to all the city employees who are veterans. Next, the commissioners approved all items on the consent agenda except item F, Church Alley Sewer Reconstruction Bid Award, which they pulled for further discussion at the request of Commissioner Austin Randall. He wanted to know what it was, and after City Engineer Steve Morse explained it to him, the item also passed commissioner approval. During Citizens Input, Saiz (who led the pledge), read a letter stating the city's support of employees who are part of the National Guard or Army Reserves.

Next the commissioners approved all three business items on the agenda. Then Mueller gave his report, as did Commissioners Lewis, Randall, and Sipe. When it was Snover's turn to speak, he brought up the idea of giving city employees Christmas Eve off, with pay. He thought it was a good idea to show them appreciation. All commissioners showed favor for the idea, and it passed their approval.

Mayor Snover finished his report with the information that on Monday November 19 there is a hearing in Santa Fe for doubling the well density in the San Juan Basin. It is open to public input and he's happy give interested people the information they need to attend the hearing. His contact information is on the city's website, aztecnm.gov. Snover adjourned the meeting at 6:45 pm.


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