AZTEC — One sign that the city of Aztec values—and actively uses—its recycling program came during Tuesday's City Commission Meeting.

"I move to approve the continuance of the recycling center," said Commissioner Eugene L. Current, who represents District One.

The commission unanimouslyvoted to approve its survival with added support.

Aztec Recycle Center, 303 Ash Street, will now receive support in the form of a full-time staff position to replace a temporary position set to expire October 10.

The recycle center attendant position packs a full-to-overflowing collection bin loaded with critical support duties. Among these duties are maintaining the recycle center's yard, assisting the public as needed, transferring storage containers to the San Juan County recycle center located at the County landfill, transporting aluminum cans and scrap metal to recycle facilities in Farmington, collecting recyclable products from City offices, and emptying trash cans along Main Street in Aztec.

The commission also addressed a request by Bryan and Sue Carter to approve a resolution which seeks a zone change to accurately reflect the couple's parcel of land.

In March, the Carters' hopes of a zone change were dashed by City Commission. In turn, a special-use permit was approved to allow the continued operation of the Monument Trading Post for commercial use.


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The parcel is surrounded by residential properties and located in a residential traffic corridor. A zone change for commercial use would create a "spot-zone" conflict, permanently altering the character of the neighborhood and allowing for future development.

Community Development Director Roshana Moojen asked the Commission to approve the resolution.